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Despite a chilly and torrential rain, the mood was warm and celebratory at the 10th annual Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) grant awards ceremony at Raymond V. Mellone Park in Allston on April 25.Since its creation in 2008, HAPF has provided $1 million in grants to dozens of local organizations, supporting programs for thousands of Allston-Brighton residents.HAPF, established by Harvard University and the city of Boston, in collaboration with the Allston community, was created to support nonprofit organizations providing neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming for residents living in North Allston-Brighton. The awards support a wide range of programs from educational and enrichment activities, to arts and family engagement programming.Allison Brodney-McDevitt (from left), Pablo Avila, and Jennifer Gamez of the Boston String Academy perform at the celebration. Photo by Tony Rinaldo“Hundreds of people in Allston and Brighton benefit from the work of the nonprofit organizations that have been awarded grants this year,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “They bring to their work an extraordinary amount of energy and creativity, and we are honored to partner with them to bring more opportunities to residents throughout the community.”“I want to thank Harvard for their commitment to Allston-Brighton. Boston’s identity is forged by the union of great global leadership with great local community,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We have the best universities in the world and the best neighborhoods in the world. That’s an unbeatable combination and what this partnership and these grants are about.”Listed among the 32 organizations to have received the annual $100,000 funding are its newest recipients. It’s estimated that more than 5,000 Allston-Brighton residents and families have been supported by the critical — and diverse — work being done by these groups.Some of the organizations have provided public performance opportunities for young musicians; others have brought poetry programming into the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA); while another has supported the creation of an intergenerational and culturally diverse sewing community.The Boston String Academy, which performed at the event, is based out of the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston and is composed of students in grades one through six.“Many of our students are immigrants, or low income, and the [HAPF] funding helps us to provide scholarships — opportunities they might otherwise not have access to,” said Mariesther Alvarez, one of the directors of the Boston String Academy.Among some of the other contributions are teaching literacy skills; offering citizenship preparation; providing financial security training to low-income adults; and supporting job placement services for North Allston-Brighton residents with disabilities. Some grant recipients have even provided home-cooked meals and diapers to North Allston-Brighton families.“We are grateful to the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund for the support and generosity that helps us do the work that we do connecting with families, with young children here in Allston Brighton,” said Colleen McGuire, director of Allston Brighton Community Programs for the Family Nurturing Center. “This grant is enabling us to grow our programs and play groups, and ultimately serve more families. … One of the reasons why our partnership with HAPF is so strong is that we have a common goal: supporting families in Allston and Brighton. We’re all neighbors and we all benefit from the varied and diverse families that reside here.”Youth programming opportunities such as ice skating, boxing, swimming, fishing, filmmaking, and community organizing were offered to more than 1,000 local youth, and more than 200 scholarships were provided for sleep-away summer camp, fishing instruction, and swim lessons.“Youth hockey is traditionally not as affordable as other youth sports,” said Craig Cashman, president of Allston Brighton Youth Hockey. “The Harvard [Allston] Partnership Fund helps us keep it affordable for local families who wouldn’t necessarily be able to play hockey because of that cost. We’ve been fortunate enough to receive this grant a few times, and it’s really made a difference in our program. We’ve been able to engage more kids because of it.”,Other organizations offered health and wellness education programs, including free bicycle workshops.“We are very grateful for the partnership, and the support from Harvard. The funding allows us to expand and offer our services to more of our community,” said Galen Mook, president and founder of CommonWheels, a nonprofit that provides free bicycle workshops and resources to residents. CommonWheels “is not just about riding a bike. It’s about giving someone an opportunity to ride to work. To be independent. To be healthier. To empower. We’re really grateful to be able to expand in the neighborhood and reach all sorts of new folks.”The ceremony, which was also attended by Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo and Boston Planning and Development Agency Director Brian Golden, was a celebration of the grant recipients, recognizing the impact of the work they do. Yet it was also a celebration of the partnerships and friendships that have formed since HAPF’s inception.One particular partnership was emphasized by Walsh, as he took the opportunity to recognize and thank Faust for her leadership and service. Faust, who’s been Harvard’s president since 2007, is stepping down this June. Walsh acknowledged her work over the past decade, and thanked her for her unwavering friendship.“During her time as president of Harvard, President Faust has brought the University to new heights, particularly in terms of its relationship with the community, and with the city,” said Walsh. “She’s helped open the doors of this historic institution to many people from across the city and all around the world, and Boston looks forward to continuing its relationship with Harvard through the years ahead.”Faust too highlighted her relationship with Walsh, saying she was proud to call him a “good friend.”In their remarks, both Faust and Walsh took the opportunity to recognize Raymond V. Mellone, in attendance at the event at the park named for him in a 2011 dedication ceremony. The 1.75-acre public park was designed through a community process, with construction costs and ongoing maintenance provided by Harvard University as a community benefit related to the University’s Science and Engineering Complex project.Faust also spoke fondly of her years taking part in HAPF celebrations.“When I became president of Harvard in 2007,” said Faust, “I could never have imagined all of the wonderful moments I would share with you, and how I have enjoyed watching this partnership grow. I have been so fortunate to meet so many engaged citizens, to see such a vibrant and caring community, and so many people who hold this very special place in their hearts and work tirelessly to see that it changes in ways that strengthen it for everyone. Your work — and our partnership — give me hope for everything that Allston and Harvard will undertake together in the future. So thank you for helping me along my journey as president and for being such a wonderful ally.”A full list of recipients since 2008 can be found at www.community.harvard.edu or www.edportal.harvard.edu.Funding decisions are made by a volunteer board of community members following careful review of all applications received. For more information, please visit http://edportal.harvard.edu or email [email protected]
JULY 14-20 A Handbag?: Arguably the most immortal question ever asked on stage will be posed yet again by Lady Bracknell when Oscar Wilde’s perennial favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest, gets a fresh airing, this time at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Lucy Bailey directs a cast who are (deliberately) older than usual in this play—Nigel Havers (of Chariots of Fire fame) and Cherie Lunghi among them. ALSO: July 26 sees a flurry of closings, starting with American writer Anne Washburn’s provocative Mr. Burns at the Almeida Theatre, with a local cast headed by Jenna Russell, and American actor Seth Numrich alongside Joshua James in Brian Friel’s version of the Russian classic Fathers and Sons at the Donmar; Olivier winner Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) directs the latter. JULY 7-13 Hunchback: The ruler we love to loathe chills us anew when Martin Freeman—yes, of The Hobbit, Sherlock, and Fargo fame—opens July 8 at the Trafalgar Studios in Richard III, with Jamie Lloyd (Passion, The Pride) directing Shakespeare’s devilishly funny and frightening portrait of the hunchbacked monarch. ALSO: First full week of post-opening performances for the latest U.K. edition at the Menier Chocolate Factory of Forbidden Broadway, with Ben Lewis (Love Never Dies) and Damian Humbley (Merrily We Roll Along) among those doing the show-biz skewering. Tanya Moodie, seen last summer inheriting Viola Davis’s New York stage role in London in Fences, does the same again, this time in the Lynn Nottage play, Intimate Apparel, opening July 9 at the Park Theatre in north London and set in 1905 New York. ALSO: Torben Betts’s acclaimed Off West End play Invincible hits the big-time with a West End transfer opening July 15 at the St. James Theatre. South of London, the ever-busy Chichester Festival Theatre—soon to play host to Imelda Staunton in Gypsy—gears up with a starry revival of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, pairing Rupert Everett as Salieri and the fast-rising young actor Joshua McGuire (Privacy) as Mozart. JULY 21-27 Stage to Screen: Stage musicals of films are a dime a dozen, but there have been comparatively few successful plays adapted from well-known movies. That may change with the opening July 23 at the Noel Coward Theatre of Lee Hall’s stage version of Shakespeare in Love, with Lucy Briggs-Owen and Tom Bateman in the Gwyneth Paltrow/Joseph Fiennes parts and Tony nominee Paul Chahidi (Twelfth Night) inheriting Geoffrey Rush’s Oscar-nominated screen role. JULY 28-AUGUST 3 Stellaaaaaaaaaa!: Ben Foster becomes the latest actor to let rip with that famous howl when the Young Vic on July 28 opens director Benedict Andrews’s staging of A Streetcar Named Desire with recent Orphans actor Foster making his U.K. stage debut as Stanley Kowalski alongside London stage semi-regular Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Is there no end to the London stage’s infatuation with all things American? You might think not in a month that promises major works by Tennessee Williams and the Gershwins, and with notable American actors in both cases attached. Alongside those comes a flurry of quintessentially British fare, ranging from Shakespeare in Love, this time as a play, and that most-beloved of all comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest, promising cucumber sandwiches along with laughs. For more information, read on. ALSO: An additional July 28 opening is The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess here performed alfresco at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, with Tony nominee Phillip Boykin reprising his Broadway role as Crown. Previews begin July 31 for the Donmar revival of the celebrated gay-themed British play My Night With Reg, this time starring musical leading man Julian Ovenden (Grand Hotel, Finding Neverland) in a non-singing role. The play’s author, Kevin Elyot, died on June 7, making this production very much a memorial. View Comments
New reports from Evans Data and The 451 Group were issued last week about the health of the Open Source movement. The reports show that Open Source is gaining in commercial acceptance globally. Further, the reports find that software vendors with traditional licensing models are being increasingly pressured to reinvent their business models, and causing them not only to rethink how they license and distribute their software, but also causing them to realign their relationships with their customers.Increasingly vendors are testing the waters by opening up some part of their software portfolios as Open Source. Microsoft has begun to experiment too, even as they continue to spread FUD as with comments in the news today from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer where he says that Open Source trampels Intellectual Property rights. Microsoft started some years back with the “Shared Source” concept. More recently, Microsoft has set up a web site called Codeplex to host Open Source projects based on Microsoft technologies. An interesting example of the kinds of projects hosted on Codeplex is enterprise PLM software from a company called Aras. Aras has transformed their proprietary licensing model for their Innovator product to Open Source. More recently Microsoft has also begun experimenting with an incubator project called OfficeLabs within their Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM groups that is chartered as true Open Source.The Evans Data study found that, rather than services revenue, more than half of the 31 vendors they surveyed said that their greatest revenue opportunity is in commerical licensing. It is quite common for vendors to offer Open Source Community editions that have limited forum-based support and to provide a commercial license for an enterprise supported version of their software.Some critics charge that the original intent of the free share-and-share-alike philosophy of Open Source has been lost as more commercial entities are adopting some forms of the Open Source model. As an example, IBM has released strategic Open Source initiatives like Eclipse, OpenCloud, and Unstructured Information Analysis and Search (UIMA) that have driven revenues to IBM in the forms of compatible for-fee middleware and services, and at the expense of their competitors.Another problem of Open Source often cited is that there are a flood of point Open Source solutions. Integrating all the pieces from Open Source together into more comprehensive enterprise business solutions can be a huge task, one that might lead you to reconsider the one-shop certified solutions coming out of Oracle, Microsoft or SAP.A new organization has been formed called the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) that seeks to remedy the interoperability problem. The goal is to create something comparable to the big-vendor software suites and that provides consistent licensing and interoperability. Founding OSA members include EnterpriseDB, JasperSource, SpikeSource, and sourceforge.net.
APTN National NewsPeople from Lake St. Martin First Nation have been displaced for more than three years since the 2011 flood in Manitoba.Deals have come and gone between the chief and council, the Manitoba government and Ottawa to compensate and relocate the community.Now there is some hope the latest signed offer on the table will be the final one.Chief Adrian Sinclair has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Manitoba and Ottawa that would see the community received a settlement package for losing their homes.The deal is estimated to range between $250 million to $300 million and will be split by Manitoba and Ottawa.