Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Get Rambled for Haiti with local folk rockers, Adam Ezra Group

By Amanda C. Thompson
Gordon College News Service
April 21, 2010

When local folk rock band Adam Ezra Group sold out the Paradise Rock Club for their CD-release-turned-Haiti-benefit show in January, it was not the first or the last time the band would use their music for the good of others. On Sunday, May 2, AEG will play a concert to benefit Haiti through Partners in Health.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Road Bullies Challenge Bicycle Safety

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
April 19, 2010
(Photo by Muriel Hoffacker)

When Beverly resident, Bill Woolley rides his 12.5 mile roundtrip commute Monday through Friday from Beverly to Salem, he often times gets bullied, but it’s not because he’s vandalizing property or hurting people.  He’s merely riding his bike and making sure he stays alive.  Woolley thinks of himself as the “awkward, geeky kid in middle school” who is bullied, in this case by cars.

Medford natives brand the Boston lifestyle

By Maggie Roth
Gordon College News Service
April 20, 2010
(This story appeared in April 26 in the Boston Globe, Medford edition.)

MEDFORD, MA – The broad “a” sound and lack of “r” that makes up the infamous “Boston accent” can be heard in Charlestown, or Dorchester, or Everett, or even Medford and Somerville. To many Bostonians, the dialect is more than just an accent. And for this reason David “Buddy” Hanley, Jr., Johnny Cunningham, and Matt Taylor—all Medford natives— founded the apparel company, No R Lifestyle.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Beatlejuice Band Rocks Across the Universe for Melrose Knights of Columbus Benefit Show

By Amanda C. Thompson
Gordon College News Service
April 11, 2010
(This story appeared April 13 in the Boston Globe, Melrose edition.)

Even when he’s getting a root canal and a Beatles song like “Good Day Sunshine” comes on the radio, John Muzzy is happy. In fact, that song in particular takes him to the Batman comic books he used to read while listening to the record. No wonder Muzzy, 54, of Woburn and drummer for the local band Beatlejuice, is thrilled about playing the Melrose Knights of Columbus food drive benefit concert for the fifth running year. The event is all music, all Beatles, all night.

After Years in the Race, Medford Man Sits Out Marathon

By Maggie Roth
Gordon College News Service
April 9, 2010

(This story appeared April 15 in the Boston Globe, Medford edition.)

MEDFORD, Mass.—After running eleven marathons, Edward Woods knows what it takes to be a successful runner. This is why, for the first time in five years, he will not be running the Boston Marathon.

It Takes Two to Tri: A Different Type of Community-Sponsored Triathlon

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
(This story appeared April 16 in The Salem News.)
April 12, 2010

As Boston will soon host its annual marathon runners and fans, so will a local town on the North Shore, but serving a different type of competitor.  The difference is in the race’s demand and the competitor’s motivation.

Monday, April 12, 2010

“Heavy Seven”: Melrose Family and Friends Bring a Film to Life

By Alysa Obert
Gordon College News Service
April 10, 2010
(This article appeared April 11 in the Boston Globe, Melrose edition.)

When long time Melrose resident Rob Azevedo, 31, sat down to write about seven critical moments in his life, he had no idea five years later he’d be seeing them on the big screen.

The debut of his 38-minute film, “Heave Seven” at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge yesterday, Sunday, April 11th, marks the end of an accomplishment that took guts, a lot of home-cooked elbow grease, and an all out family and community effort.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Somerville and Hamilton-Wenham Schools Ahead of the Fight for Healthy Foods

By Amanda Thompson
Gordon College News Service
March 31, 2010
(This article appeared April 6 in the Boston Globe, Somerville edition.)
Michelle Obama has just declared war on child obesity and Naked Chef Jamie Oliver did his best to start a healthy eating revolution in schools, but some schools in Massachusetts, particularly Somerville and Hamilton-Wenham, started fighting years ago.

“The obesity issue started in the ’70s,” said Mary Jo McLarney, a registered dietician who has been a food service director for Somerville schools for eight years. “But now it’s mushroomed. Everybody is making changes. The most important thing to remember is that change is slow; it doesn’t happen overnight.”

Locals Weigh in on Postal Service Budget Deficit

By Maggie Roth
Photo by Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
March 31, 2010

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Monday through Friday, that is.

Because of an anticipated $238 billion in losses over the next 10 years (if Congress does not permit it to overhaul its outdated business model), the U.S. Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) recently announced it would adjust its mail service schedule, eliminating Saturday deliveries and its prepaid retiree health benefits. These changes, they said, would reduce $90 billion in costs over the next decade.

The Language of Work: North Shore Immigrants Translate English Classes into Success

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
March 31, 2010

When she was 17, Rosa Paulino-Diaz (pictured) moved from the Dominican Republic to Lynn, MA. She knew no English and wasn’t sure what to expect. Mercedes Paulino, Rosa’s 37 year-old single mother, had brought her seven children to the U.S. because she couldn’t find enough work in the Dominican Republic to support their family.