He’s a reserved young boy with a pleasant smile and an inviting personality. His name is Eddie Stewart.
Eddie, 10, is the son of Susan Stewart. He has an older brother named Nicholas and an older sister named Anita. He’s in the fifth grade at the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School which is located inside the Old Colony Development. The school, the “Home of Outstanding World Learners” is preparing children with “with an unparalleled learning experience that broadens them as thinkers, problem-solvers, and change agents.” With dedicated teachers and focused students, the school’s mission is to enhance the creativity, passion, and optimism of every child, so that they can excel as learners and as global citizens.
At school, Eddie loves his teachers because they teach him a lot of “good things.” His favorite subject is math and someday hopes on being a scientist or an astronaut. His favorite foods are apples, pizza, and veggie burgers. His favorite color is red and his favorite professional athlete is Stephen Curry, the star point guard of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. And, his favorite TV show is the “Pokemon” Anime show which first aired in 1997.
During his leisure time, Eddie enjoys watching TV, especially movies and shows on Netflix, playing on his computer, and “sleeping.” In the world of sports, he enjoys playing basketball in the Perkins Schoolyard. He likes to dribble and shoot the ball and considers hoop a tough sport to play.
“Players have to be alert,” he said. “Have to stay alert on defense and when your team has the ball. You have to be smart all the time.”
Eddie also likes playing two-man tag football with his friends on the grassy area behind the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center.
“I like throwing the football,” he said. “And I like to run with the ball. It’s a lot of fun and I get to play with my friends.”
If Eddie was the President of the United States, he said that he would, “Help people feel safe by having the police patrol the streets and if people look suspicious the police officers should check to see if they have any weapons like guns, or knives, or something else.” Additionally, he said that he’d have longer school days for all students and less homework.
She’s a beautiful, young girl who is enjoying life and all that it has to offer. Her name is Keren Tyrell.
Keren, 13, is the daughter of Ralph and Aracelly Tyrell. She has four older brothers; Christopher, Christian, Ralph, and Sergei. She’s in the eighth grade at the John W. McCormack Middle School which is located on Mount Vernon Street in nearby Dorchester. This school is dedicated to the “academic excellence for every student” and prides itself on their quality teaching in the classrooms. The school’s team structure translates into a friendly environment to students and families alike; committed to the arts by offering courses in music, vocal music, drama, strings, and a variety of arts programs.
Keren said that she is doing well in school, her favorite subject is every subject, and someday plans on being a doctor so she can help people live a happy, carefree life. Her favorite color is red, her favorite food is various salads; and her favorite TV show is “Teen Wolf” which first aired in June of 2011. This show is about an awkward teen bitten by a werewolf and becomes one afterwards. He changes, some of a positive nature like a surge in confidence and increased physical abilities in sports, but being a lycanthrope has concomitant dangers he must also face. Keren also watches other shows on the CW network channel like “Arrow” which first aired in 2012 and “The Flash” which premiered in 2014.
In her leisure time, Keren enjoys going outside and hanging with her friends. She likes playing Manhunt and Survival. She also reads as much as she can. She’s currently reading “This Shattered World.” Written by Meagan Spooner, this science fiction adventure centers around rebellious colonists, who are exploited by greedy corporations, and whose promise of a better life on a terraformed planet is never fulfilled.
Keren is a thoughtful girl and would simply love to live on Pennsylvania Avenue as our President.
“I would start by having a swimming pool in every school,” she said. “Kids could have fun, get some exercise, and learn to swim. I would also give more money to the Boston Public Schools so they can compete against richer communities. Then maybe everything could be equal.
“I would make everything newer,” she added. “If there were dead trees, I would plant new ones. I would build modern buildings. I would build new orphanages for kids and really make it feel like home. I would clean parks and fields then build and paint new fences. Everything would be new and that would be good. This would make everyone’s lives better because we’d have a healthy environment.
“I would help the poor have better lives,” Keren further stated. “I would like everyone to choose and own awesome, new cars or bikes, and have jobs for people who need them. I would also try to lower crime and train the police better so they can protect the people who need them.”
Last weekend, the Mass Bay Columbus Day Shamrock Classic was held at the Murphy DCR Rink in South Boston. Overall, four teams in the Under 16 midget division and four teams in the Under 18 midget division age brackets competed in this tournament. The four teams in the Under 16 midget division were the Junior Bruins, Canton, South Shore Conquistadors, and the Mass Bay Shamrocks. The four teams in the Under 18 midget division were the Junior Bruins, the Eastern Mass. Senators, the South Shore Conquistadors, and the Mass Bay Shamrocks. All the teams are Tier II National Bound select teams.
The two Mass Bay Shamrock teams are comprised of players from South Boston and Greater Boston high schools. The Under 16 Mass Bay Shamrock team is coached by Tommy McGrath, Teddie Cunniff, and J.R. Butler. The Under 18 Mass Bay Shamrock team is coached by Arthur Fritch and Danny Lynch.
The Under 16 Mass Bay Shamrock squad lost in the championship finale, 2-1, in nail-biting shootout against the Junior Bruins from Brighton.
Pictured at the rink is the Under 18 team battling on the ice during the tournament. Also pictured at the game is Coach Danny Lynch taking charge of the line changes as Coach Arthur Fritch looks on pensively at the end of the bench.
General Electric has been making a multi-pronged effort to become part of the Boston community, with special emphasis on South Boston, where its new headquarters facility will be sited. Following the successful launch of “STEM Week” at the Perry School on Monday, October 3 (see Online’s October 6 issue, page four), GE and the City of Boston have since launched the “Brilliant Career Labs”. The date was Thursday afternoon, October 6, at 3:30; the location was Excel High School – more often still called “the High School” by local residents.
The GE Brilliant Career Lab is one of the key commitments the GE Foundation has made to the students and teachers in the Boston Public School (BPS) system. It will be a major step towards building a so-called STEM career. “STEM” is actually an acronym that stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics”. The two most important words are in the middle – “Technology, Engineering”. Sciences like biology, chemistry, and physics, along with several levels of mathematics, are already taught in Boston’s high schools. STEM newly introduces technology and engineering to the high school curriculum, which allows students to make more informed college and career selections in a highly technical world such as ours.
Mayor Marty Walsh spoke of how delighted he has been with GE’s coming to Boston, and thanked them for their commitment to our community. School Committee Chair Michael O’Neill and BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang added their own expression of gratitude. Excel High School Headmaster Stephanie Sibley spoke of putting the Brilliant Career Lab right to work exploring college and career possibilities. Ann Klee, who is President of the GE Foundation and Vice President of Boston Development and Operations, summed the event up perfectly when she said, “We are thrilled to be here.”
The Brilliant Career Lab is part of a commitment that GE made to Boston, which involves close collaboration with the BPS. It allows students to learn workplace skills, find new interests, explore potential careers, look at the available job markets, and experience technology all in one space. Five careers that can be explored with this Brilliant Career Lab include Software/Game Development, Machining with Numerical Control, Biomedical Engineering, Wearable Technology Design, and Airplane Mechanics – all challenging, fast-growing, well paid career fields. An important part of this entire endeavor are steps like Interest Assessment and Essential Skills, which enable each student to rank herself/himself correctly and are features of the GE Brilliant Career Lab.
“Nurture Salon and Spa, which is located in the heart of South Boston at 127 L Street, celebrated its (very) Happy 15th Birthday last Thursday evening. Nurture’s Proprietor and Lead Stylist Susan Devlin (shown above) is not only an artiste in what she does, she’s also a successful businesswoman. The sur- roundings inside Nurture, the party refreshments, and of course, Susan’s white-on-white 15th birthday cake were nothing short of elegant. The attendees, who included Jim Collins and Distillery art photographer P.T. Sullivan, ha rget others, either – Nurture’s 15th Birthday Party was also a fundraiser in support of Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment.”
The Fort Point Theater Channel (FPTC) has produced many fine, memorable live performances over the past several years. One of the more remarkable of these was the first performance on October 1 of “Basra-Boston Connections” in the Atlantic Wharf performance space at 290 Congress Street. This stirring production, which was blessedly free to all, will be repeated on Friday evening, November 4 in Arts at the Armory in Somerville (191 Highland Avenue). Here again, admission will be free.
“Basra-Boston Connections” is one result of an Iraq-U.S. collaboration entitled The Boston-Basra Project. “Connections” combines live theater, poetry, and music on a stags that actually uses studio arts like paintings and photography to create a flexible and striking performance space. A word about Basra: Basra is a city in southeastern Iraq below the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. It is surrounded by vast, brackish marshes overgrown with reeds. It is the legendary site of the Biblical Eden. It was also a prime target of Saddam Hussein’s oppressive dictatorship
The production began with poetry of Elham al-Zabaedy; a staged reading of “In the Reeds” followed, written by Amy Merrill and directed by Naomi Isbasitas. Anne Loyer then delivered her comments on the onstage art by herself and Asmaa Samir al-Hasan. Poems by were read by Mitch Manning; a slide presentation of Basra archeology followed.
A high point of the evening was the music. By video from Basra, the University of Basra played “Panorama Joy” composed by Qays Owda Qasim. An improvisation followed using the themes within “Panorama Joy” by Jorrit Dijkstra on alto saxophone and Jeb Bishop on trombone. These improvisations were based upon the melodic lines within the original composition, which were then skillfully developed in ways that reminded this listener of American jazz techniques.
Performances continued with additional readings of poetry written by Elham al-Zabaedy and Mitch Manning. The performance ended with a another well-received staged reading entitled “Brides Look Forward”, written by Johnny E. Meyer, a U.S. veteran who served in Iraq, and directed by Kathryn Howell. Remarks from FPTC’s Marc S. Miller closed out the evening.
And please remember that you are invited to the next performance of “Basra-Boston Connections” on Friday evening, November 4, at 8 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 181 Highland Avenue, in Somerville – also a free performance.