The Community Foundation elected three new members to its Board of Directors and a slate of officers at its 20th Annual Meeting, held June 23 at the UMass School of Law.
Dana R. Norman, CPA, RI, founder and partner of Norman & Graham CPAs; Lisa Strattan, Senior Vice President/Executive Editor and Publisher of Wicked Local; and Vera Vadeboncoeur, Office Manager and Controller for Fernandes Masonry were elected to the board.
Officers elected are Seth Garfield, Chair; Sister Kathleen Harrington, Vice Chair; Mary Louise Nunes, CPA, Treasurer; Liz Isherwood, Assistant Treasurer; June A. Smith, Esq., Clerk; and Linda Bodenmann, Assistant Clerk. Edward G. Siegal, CPA, is the Immediate Past Chair.
Jim Stergios (pictured at left), Executive Director of the Boston-based think tank Pioneer Institute, was the guest speaker. His presentation on the Education Reform Agenda sparked a lively discussion of issues, including the pros and cons of Charter Schools and the need for more Vocational Technical education in the Commonwealth.
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- Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2015-2016 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation. All applications must be received by 3 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015. Download the application. For more details
- Massachusetts ranks 9th nationally when it comes to women’s health and safety, earning a grade of “B-” on women’s health and well-being and “B+” on women’s reproductive rights, according to a recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the latest in a series from the Status of Women in the States: 2015 report. "While Massachusetts overall ranks well, women in the SouthCoast, especially poor women and women of color, face major challenges — with higher rates of teen pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy, obesity and related diseases," said Valerie Bassett, Executive Director of the Women's Fund of Southeastern Mass. "We can do better." Read about it in The Standard-Times
- The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.
- At a press conference April 28, Fall River area leaders announced the launch of the Fall River Alumni Network (FRAN), a social networking tool to reach and involve former Fall River citizens wherever they may currently reside in the revitalization of Fall River. FRAN is a fund of the Community Foundation. This much anticipated tool, under development for the past 18 months, was created to encourage absentee Fall River alumni to invest their time, money and ideas in projects back home. Read the full press release
- Sara Feijo, a reporter at the Cambridge Chronicle and Tab and a Durfee High School/UMass Dartmouth graduate, has been awarded the third annual MacGregor Fiske Novice Journalist Award. A $1,000 stipend check was presented to Ms. Feijo on May 14 during a ceremony at The Chronicle & Tab headquarters in Somerville. Read the press release Pictured, Editor Amy Saltzman (left) with Sara Feijo at the Cambridge Chronicle & Tab