Thursday, September 30, 2010

200 attend Save Our Somerville event



A coalition of young entrepreneurs and community activists gathered nearly 200 basketball players, skate boarders, and supporters at Conway Park on Saturday.

This year, the sixth annual Save Our Somerville/J-Rock Publishing basketball tournament combined with the fourth annual SOS/RAW skate demo for a day of fun and unity that brought out the best of Somerville.

A number of groups participated to bring these very diverse communities together. Special thanks to Jasen Sousa of J-Rock Publishing and Danny McLaughlin of SOS who organized the event. Also involved were Steve and Paul Morris of Villen Enterprises, and Kevin Susienka and Steve Costello of the RAW skate shop on Somerville Ave. Both young companies provided the time, money, and resources necessary to pull the event off. Thanks also to the Tufts Men’s Rugby team who provided volunteers.

This partnership of young people is paramount to the mission of SOS, which relies on the goodwill of members to contribute to their community. SOS, Villen, RAW, and J-Rock are all Somerville-based organizations who have combined their efforts to better society.

The multi-faceted event also served as an organizing tool to give a voice to young people and highlight their importance in the community. Both the skate demo and basketball tournaments were combined to promote the future reconstruction of Kelly Park, which will feature basketball and skate elements. We wanted to ease concerns that the two groups couldn’t coexist and dispel the notion that having young people use a park is a bad thing. After six years of basketball and four years of skate demos, all attracting hundreds of participants without incident, we believe our point has been made.

The event also featured temporary tattoo art, free prize giveaways courtesy of all four groups, and music.

“I felt like I was on Venice Beach, with all the art, skating, ball playing and music,” said Danny McLaughlin, a Teen Empowerment organizer and cofounder of SOS. “It’s all about different people coming together. That’s what we try to do, unite people in the city that otherwise wouldn’t know each other.”

The event is also meant to organize young people politically. Volunteers helped register eligible voters and collected signatures to reduce the voting age in Somerville elections to 17. The goal of SOS is not only to provide activities for Somerville’s youth but to also provide a voice for those who feel they have no voice.

Basketball and skating for community activism in Somerville



On September 29, 2010, in Latest News, by The News Staff ....


A team of young Somerville entrepreneurs joined forces this weekend at Conway Park to engage city teens and young adults in local political and civic issues. More than 200 people participated in the sixth annual Save Our Somerville/J-Rock Publishing basketball tournament combined with the fourth annual RAW skate demo, organized by RAW skate shop on Somerville Avenue.


The multi-faceted event served as an organizing tool to give a voice to young people and highlight their importance in the community, organizers said. Both the skate demo and basketball tournaments were combined to promote the future reconstruction of Kelly Park, which will feature basketball and skate elements. “We wanted to ease concerns that the two groups couldn’t coexist and dispel the notion that having young people use a park is a bad thing. After six years of basketball and four years of skate demos, all attracting hundreds of participants without incident, we believe our point has been made,” said SOS founder Matt McLaughlin.
“A number of groups participated to bring these very diverse communities together. Special thanks to Jasen Sousa of J-Rock Publishing and Danny McLaughlin of SOS who organized the event. Also involved were Steve and Paul Morris of Villen Enterprises, and Kevin Susienka and Steve Costello of the RAW skate shop on Somerville Ave. Both young companies provided the time, money and resources necessary to pull the event off. Thanks also to the Tufts Men’s Rugby team who provided volunteers,” McLaughlin said
“I felt like I was on Venice Beach, with all the art, skating, ball playing and music,” said Danny McLaughlin, a Teen Empowerment organizer and co-founder of SOS. “It’s all about different people coming together. That’s what we try to do, unite people in the city that otherwise wouldn’t know each other.”
The event also organized young people politically. Volunteers helped register eligible voters and collected signatures to reduce the voting age in Somerville elections to 17.

- George P. Hassett

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Early Front and Back Cover Art for Somewhere Lost



Early Front and Back Cover Art for Somewhere Lost

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Message From the Boss


Dear Solstice MFA Faculty, Students, and Alumni:



You probably noted that the first item in our September MFA newsletter was the fabulous news that Poets & Writers magazine has ranked the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College #14 in the country for low-residency programs.



The Solstice MFA Program launched in July 2006, and already we are one of the best in the country! This is the result of all of us working together to make our program academically rigorous and our community so supportive. I want to thank each of you for the role you have played in earning us this high ranking when we’re still so “young.”



While I am dedicated to the idea of the Solstice Program remaining small—between 50 and 60 students would be ideal—we also need to recruit new students in order to remain healthy and strong. Anything you can do to help spread the word about our program will be greatly appreciated. Please tell everyone you know about our strong ranking and urge them to tell THEIR friends. Post it on FaceBook! Twitter about it! Send out an email blast!



Here is the link: http://www.pw.org/content/2011_mfa_rankings_the_top_ten_lowresidency_programs



After Labor Day, we are mailing out 18,000 postcards to potential students around the country. If you would like to help us distribute some postcards as well, please let me know and we’ll mail you some.



I hope you are having a prolific semester!



Meg



Meg Kearney

Director, Solstice MFA Program

of Pine Manor College

www.pmc.edu/mfa
 
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