East Milton Thinks about the Deck

Milton, MA — Wealthy residents looking for a quick way into the city or out to the islands and yachts of Boston Harbor may have gotten their wish, as international developer R.U. Brighton yesterday purchased the rights to build on the East Milton deck for a sum of $40 million, with $10 million going to directly to town coffers.

In a move that is sure to irk residents and anything but the highest-end merchants, the Dubai-based development firm has said it plans to install a private, for-profit helipad in the space.

“This is the only viable option with the correct proximity to the city,” said company spokesman Anjari DiVerdad. “Take a 4-mile piece of rope, tie it to the top of the John Hancock building, and drag the end of it in a giant circle. East Milton is the only place on that line that could work for our heli-commuters. The people of Milton are in for a very large windfall.”

According to the company’s website, R.U. Brighton has installed over 1,000 urban helipads around the world in the past six years, including eight in proximity to Manhattan.

“The price of non-jet airborne transportation has dropped dramatically since the year 2000,” said the spokesman. “Military stealth technology has recently been released onto the commercial market, reducing rotor noise and wind vortex creation by more than 50 percent each, opening the door to close-proximity takeoffs and landings.

“Furthermore, at each and every location at which we have installed one of our TruHel transport facilities, desirable top-of-the-line merchants such as Louis Vuitton, Maserati and Cartier have established retail stores. Tax receipts will be, in a word, considerable.”

Owners will be able to transport their helicopters via trailer from the highway onto Granite Avenue, and once they are at the location of the helipad, said DiVerdad, a system of ropes and pulleys will remove any remaining helicopters and lift the next one to be readied for takeoff onto the facility.

The impact of air-based travel has already been felt in town with the increased number of commercial jets flying to Logan Airport being routed over Milton. Logan spokeswoman Hollie LaFluie said she believes this should help lessen the burden on residents: “Helicopters have a much more pleasant ‘whump, whump, whump’ sound than the ‘Eeeeeeeeeyew’ noise of the jets, so this will likely have the effect of blocking out some of the airplane noise. At the very least, people will have something to distract them from us.”

APRIL FOOLS!

Imagine the East Milton Deck being used for something practical - a helipad.

Imagine the East Milton Deck being used for something practical – a helipad.

Berklee Student Pens “The Boston Song”

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Boston, March 31, 2014 – Clef Nite, acoustic guitarist/singer and student at the Berklee College of Music has a song in his heart, “The Boston Song.”  He dedicates his song to the spirit and pride of Bostonians.

Nite was inspired to write “The Boston Song” because of the indelible spirit that he felt and saw as the city of Boston recovered from the Marathon bombings in 2013. Nite noticed Bostonians sharing a common bond, the bond of the human heart as they rebuilt their city.  There is a certain empathy required for making music, and as Nite sings and plays guitar in his heartfelt song it is both encouraging and patriotic.  It speaks to the diversity, pride and historic nature of Boston.

“We are very special people

we show the light for other people

even tho they try to shake us

that only made us get up stronger”

The cheers of celebration that normally greets runners at the finish line turned into cries of panic with destruction everywhere and injured people in the streets. What could have been really hit home Nite said when Berklee College was closed for a week because it was in the crime zone.

In his second year at Berklee College, Nite is following his dream of a music career. He states that Berklee is every musician’s dream school and places you on the path to success in your music career. Nite states that he hopes to change people’s life with his music and that Bostonians might accept The Boston Song as their Anthem song.

 

 

About Clef Nite

Victor Chukwunoso Nite also known by his popular music name Clef Nite is well known for his amazing acoustic guitar skills. Nite’s music reflects the diversity of his influences and ignoring traditional boundaries in music, he blends folk and pop music into that of a style of Afro-pop music. Born in Nigeria, he studied classical guitar and was discovered by popular Nigerian music producer/artist Mekoyo. Working as a studio music producer, he had the opportunity to work with several African renowned artists like Nneka, Siji, Kefee and more.

 

 

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing the curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today’s music professional.

 

 

To listen to Clef Nite’s song, “The Boston Song” click on the link.

https://soundcloud.com/clefnite/the-boston-song or visit www.clefnite.com

 

 

The Boston Song 

Lyrics

 

intro

Doesn’t even matter

Cos we are just awesome

Yea yea

Oh yea

 

Verse 1

We are very special people

We show the light for other people

Even tho they try to shake us

That only made us get up stronger

 

Refrain

Cos we don’t die we make it

Forever we shall make history

From Fenway Park to TD Garden

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Chorus

This is why we are ballin’

Cos yes or no we are stronger

This is why we are patriots

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Verse 2

We are made in diverse culture

We are part of living history

Everywhere we go we’re awesome

 

Refrain

Cos we don’t die we make produce

Forever we shall make history

From Fenway Park to TD Garden

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Chorus

This is why we are ballin’

Cos yes or no we are stronger

This is why we are patriots

Boston we’re the best

The best, the best

 

Bridge

I don’t even care what you might say

We always head and other follow

Doesn’t even matter what you think

We are just nothing but the best

Eh eh eh

 

Back to chorus

Beethoven, Brahms at Next Symphony Concert

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Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

Masterworks Gala:

Viennese Masters

Saturday, February 1, 7:30 pm

New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

30 Gainsborough St., Boston

 

 

Program

featuring Hung-Kuan Chen, piano

Beethoven – Symphony No. 4

Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1,

 

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, featuring world-renowned pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, performs a concert of masterworks at the acoustically superior Jordan Hall. New England Conservatory’s venerable concert hall is located right off Mass Ave and next to a parking garage.

 

For $20 per person, a luxury bus will transport concert-goers from free parking at Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, and bring them directly to and from Jordan Hall

 

Attendees may order a boxed dinner, with a choice of beverage, for $20 per dinner.

 

For reservations or more information, visit www.atlanticsymphony.org or call 781-331-3600.

Milton Players Open Woody Allen Comedy

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Tickets are on sale now for the hilarious Woody Allen comedy
Don’t Drink the Water!
Happy New Year from the Milton Players!After the very successful debut of The Diary of Anne Frank in our new home, the Players are excited to present the hilarious comedy Don’t Drink the Water January 31-February 9 at the Massachusetts Hospital School’s Brayton Auditorium, 3 Randolph Street, Canton, MA.Seating is cabaret style, with four seats to a table, and all evening shows include complementary wine and cheese.

 

PERFORMANCES

Friday, 1/31 at 8PM

Saturday, 2/1 at 8PM

Friday, 2/7 at 8PM

Saturday, 2/8 at 8PM

Sunday, 2/9 at 2PM

 

TICKETS

Evening Performances (includes wine and cheese): $20

Matinee Performance: $15

 

For tickets or more information click here.

The Brayton Auditorium is handicapped accessible, and plenty of free parking is available.

Kennedy Museum Offers Online Tribute

jfkportraitThe John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester will observe the 50th anniversary of Nov. 22, 1963 with a number of events that celebrate the legacy of the nation’s 35th President. Observances will include a ceremony webcasted by satellite from the Kennedy Library’s IM Pei-designed glass pavilion; the presentation of a selection of artifacts from the President’s State Funeral that have never before been displayed; an interactive documentary and website celebrating the vibrant presence of JFK in the world today; and an award ceremony on Nov. 25 during which Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson, will celebrate two young Americans who answered President Kennedy’s call for pioneers of the New Frontier.

“The Kennedy Library seeks to honor the memory of John F. Kennedy every day by serving as a dynamic center for discourse, storytelling, and debate that inspires younger generations to engage fully as citizens of this world,” said Tom Putnam, Director of the Kennedy Library. “Fifty years after his death, we pause to look back at symbolic artifacts from this defining moment in our nation’s history and, looking forward, we hope to draw inspiration from the arts that he championed and from JFK’s timeless words. By offering our observance and programming to a worldwide audience online, we pay tribute to our fallen president and to the millions who came together to mourn him.”

“Three years ago, we launched our campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Presidency,” said Tom McNaught, Executive Director of the Kennedy Library Foundation. “Using new technology and media to reach every corner of the globe, we have sought to inspire today’s youth as President Kennedy did half a century ago. We are grateful for the support of so many, whose generosity has been critical to helping us pass the torch to a new generation and to instill in them the ideals of public service and responsible citizenship.”

A Nation Remembers: A Tribute to President John F. Kennedy

Nov. 22  1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

On Nov. 22, 2013, the Kennedy Library will invite the public to join a special live webcast of a musical tribute in honor of the memory of President Kennedy. Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor; award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Sextext, which was invited by Jacqueline Kennedy to be the first jazz ensemble ever to play at the White House; and the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will each perform musical selections including two from the President’s State Funeral. They will be joined by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; Elaine Jones, director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and former Peace Corps volunteer to Turkey; US Naval Commander, Navy SEAL, and NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy, who just returned from six months on the International Space Station; Richard Blanco, poet for the 2013 U.S. presidential inauguration;; and Sarah Groustra, an 8th grade student from the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, Massachusetts that John F. Kennedy attended as a child, who will all read excerpts from a selection of President Kennedy’s most historic speeches.

There will be no physical audience during these performances – simply the backdrop of the sea that the President loved so dearly as the ceremony is broadcast live at www.jfklibrary.org and via satellite by media outlets that wish to cover the event. The ceremony will include a moment of silence at 2 p.m., the time that the President’s death was announced to the nation.

A Nation Remembers: A Special Display of Artifacts from the President’s Funeral

Nov. 22  – Feb. 23

Opening on Nov. 22, the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library will present a selection of artifacts from the President’s State Funeral. Items on display – many for the first time – will include the American flag that draped the President’s coffin and was presented to Jacqueline Kennedy; the saddle, sword, and boots from Black Jack, the riderless horse that followed the President’s horse-drawn coffin in the funeral cortege; the Green Beret left by a serviceman on the President’s gravesite; notes handwritten by Jacqueline Kennedy as she planned the funeral; and historic film footage and photographs of the State Funeral and national mourning.

An Idea Lives On Legacy Project

www.AnIdeaLivesOn.org

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Foundation today announced the launch of AnIdeaLivesOn.org, an online tribute to President John F. Kennedy that aims to create a multigenerational conversation about the many ways in which the legacy of our nation’s 35th president lives on today.

Named for President Kennedy’s poignant observation that, “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on,” the project invites the public to participate in the creation of an interactive documentary, putting a modern, human face on the enduring impact of John F. Kennedy. Entries answering the question: “How do the ideals of John F. Kennedy live on in your life today?” can be uploaded as video, audio, photographs or written messages at www.anidealiveson.org, or by using the hashtag #anidealiveson on Twitter.

The site is being created in collaboration with The Martin Agency and Tool of North America.

John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award Ceremony

Nov. 25

Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), one of the first two female combat veterans to serve in the U.S. Congress and an emerging leader on veterans’ issues, and Charles Best, Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, a pioneering online charity that connects individual donors with public school teachers to meet classroom teaching needs, have been named this year’s recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The awards will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy’s grandson and a member of the New Frontier Award Committee, at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 during a ceremony at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard’s Institute of Politics to honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service. The awards are presented annually to two exceptional individuals whose contributions in elective office, community service, or advocacy demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

In remarks delivered on Nov. 21, 1963 at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center in San Antonio, Texas, President Kennedy said:

“For more than 3 years I have spoken about the New Frontier. This is not a partisan term, and it is not the exclusive property of Republicans or Democrats. It refers, instead, to this Nation’s place in history, to the fact that we do stand on the edge of a great new era, filled with both crisis and opportunity, an era to be characterized by achievement and by challenge. It is an era which calls for action and for the best efforts of all those who would test the unknown and the uncertain in every phase of human endeavor. It is a time for pathfinders and pioneers.”

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and supported, in part, by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1984 to provide financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

For more information, visit www.jfklibrary.org.

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra presents Salon Revel, Nov. 10

The Atlantic Symphony Orchestra presents:

Cool & Colorful: Salon Ravel

Sunday, November 10 @ 6 pm

At the South Shore Art Center – 119 Ripley Road – Cohasset

 

Featuring:

Atlantic Symphony String Quartet

Jessica Lizak, flute

Kai-Yun Lu, clarinet

Franziska Huhn, harp

 

Set amid the stunning national exhibition “Cool” in the Art Center galleries, Atlantic Symphony musicians will perform an intimate chamber concert featuring Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. The program begins at 6 pm with gallery viewing, delicious fare provided by Whole Foods, Hingham, and wine from Ralph’s Wine & Spirits. Concert will begin shortly after 7 pm.

Sponsored by Pilgrim Bank.

 

Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

 

ASO tickets $50 – reserve online or by calling 781.331.3600

www.atlanticsymphony.org

Holiday Artisan Fair at Milton Art Center

The Milton Art Center, at 334 Edgehill Road, Milton, will host its Holiday Artisan Fair Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artisans’ offerings will include handmade jewelry, bags, scarves, loungewear, cards, homemade pies and other gourmet goodies. Themed gift baskets will also be available to bid on or buy.

 

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can visit the Super-Secret Elf Gift Workshop where they can create custom-made gifts, at a cost of $10 to $20 per item, and leave with a giftwrapped present ready for giving.

Santa will also be making a visit from 2 to 3 p.m.

 SANTA-ELVES

 

Additional artwork will also be available for purchase at the Small Works Show at Milton Art Center Dec. 1 through Jan. 10.

Visit www.miltonfava.tumblr.com for more information.

Milton Players Present “Diary of Anne Frank,” First Show in New Home

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Lucy Gladstone and Ken Carberry.

After having to leave their home of 80 years due to the sale of the Milton Woman’s Club, the Milton Players will perform The Diary of Anne Frank in their new, state-of-the-art theatre at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton November 1-10. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama portrays the hopes and fears of the real-life Anne Frank, a Jewish girl in hiding with her family and neighbors in German-occupied Holland.

Milton resident Ken Carberry, who plays Anne’s father, believes that this show resonates with people not only because of its emotional impact, but because “the play has many surprises. It’s funny, touching and full of life.”

The play is also a curriculum piece of educational value, which supports the Milton Players’ partnership with their new host, the Massachusetts Hospital School. The MHS is a school that provides medical, recreational, educational and vocational services to 88 children and young adults with multiple disabilities. Brian Devin, the school’s CEO, welcomes the Players’ involvement on campus. “When the Players first approached us, we felt it might be a good fit and an opportunity to expand our community outreach efforts in a slightly different direction. We’ve prided ourselves on being a sports and recreation resource to specific outside groups, but the performing arts has the potential to bring enjoyment to a much wider spectrum of folks. I’d characterize it as a mutually beneficial adoption.”  Director Frank Moffett, agrees, saying he is happy to increase the school’s exposure to theatre while at the same time enjoying the benefits of a much newer theatre. “The space, acoustics and lighting are wonderful. We look forward to seeing our long-time subscribers here and to welcoming newcomers from the surrounding communities.”

The Diary of Anne Frank runs November 1-10 at Brayton Auditorium at the Massachusetts Hospital School, 3 Randolph St., Canton, MA. For tickets or more information visit www.miltonplayers.org or call 617-698-7469.

Museum Passes for a Day

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Smithsonian Magazine is offering free passes for Sept. 28 to a number of museums.
Go to Smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive to download a free ticket for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! A ticket grants free admission, on Sept. 28 to the ticket holder plus a guest to participating museums across 50 states. The event celebrates knowledge and fun through the nation’s wide array of museums and cultural institutions.
Visit: www.smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive
The museums accepting the passes include:
-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
-Berkshire Museum
-The Discovery Museums
-Beverly Historical Society
-Historic New England
-Museum of African American History
-Old South Meeting House
-Otis House
-Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
-The Mary Baker Eddy Library
-The Shirley-Eustis House
-Tower Hill Botanic Garden
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
-Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
-Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
-Museum of Russian Icons
-Concord Museum
-The Old Manse
-Cahoon Museum of American Art
-Martha’s Vineyard Museum
-Cogswell’s Grant
-Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum
-New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods
-Fruitlands Musuem
-The Great House at Castle Hill
-And more

Musicians of All Levels: A Chance to Play Beethoven with Professional Orchestra

Quincy Symphony Orchestra

The QSO, with conductor Yoichi Udagawa

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra (QSO) invites string players of all ages and abilities to bring their instruments and join them on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a play-through of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. QSO music director Yoichi Udagawa will lead the ensemble through all four movements of Beethoven’s iconic masterpiece over the course of the evening. Community members joining in for the event will be paired with regular QSO members and seated right in the heart of the orchestra. This event will launch the QSO’s 60th concert season, which will also include three free concerts in the coming months.

“The Quincy Symphony is made up of fabulous amateur musicians from all walks of life. The orchestra is serious, focused, committed and disciplined. At the same time, we have a lot of fun and enjoy making music together in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We take it seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously,” said Udagawa. “Even if you haven’t played in an orchestra for a while and just want to give it a try, come out and join us on September tenth. We are quite sure you’ll be glad you did.”

The Play Along event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at North Quincy High School, which is located at 316 Hancock St. in Quincy. Free parking is available on site. North Quincy High School is also walking distance from the North Quincy MBTA station.

Founded in 1955, the QSO consists of more than 50 volunteer musicians, including both amateurs and professionals, from the Boston Metro-South region. The QSO offers three free concerts every season, in addition to an annual Pops fundraiser and a holiday concert in partnership with the Quincy Public Schools. For more information, call 800- 579-1618 or visit www.quincysymphonyorchestra.org.