Tuesday, March 31, 2009

EVENT: Wed., April 1---Boston's Charter vs. Public Schools

A panel of experts dives into the contentious debate over the value of Boston’s charter, pilot and traditional public schools. The panel features Chris Gabrieli, chairman of Massachusetts 2020 and a former gubernatorial candidate; Thomas Payzant, former superintendent of the Boston Public Schools; Mike Goldstein, CEO of Match Charter High School; Ellen Guiney, executive director of the Boston Plan for Excellence; and Kay Merseth, Harvard lecturer on education. The panel will be moderated by Tom Kane, professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

When/Where: 7 PM at Askwith Auditorium, Longfellow Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Education



CCIA Hosts Press Conference with Guest Speaker to Promote Free Tax Help for MA Taxpayers

What: The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) will host a press conference on Friday, April 3, in coordination with DotWell and One Economy, to announce the availability of a public-private partnership aimed at helping lower and moderate income Massachusetts taxpayers – including those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, active-duty military, students, and seniors – electronically prepare and e-file their federal tax return for FREE.

Free File is a partnership between the IRS (www.irs.gov), 21 state tax agencies (including Massachusetts - www.mass.gov/dor, choose the e-filing information link, and then click on the Massachusetts Free File Alliance link) and the nation’s electronic tax software manufacturers, including Intuit, the maker of TurboTax Freedom Edition (www.taxfreedom.com).

Following the 10:00 a.m. press conference, community-based organization representatives will participate in an hour-long tax training workshop to learn how easy it is to use these programs. The training will take place in the same location.

From April 2 until April 15, taxpayers can come to the Codman Square Tech Center (450 Washington Street in Dorchester) to try this service with the help of a trained VITA volunteer or on their own; OR they can go to www.IRS.gov or the MA Department of Revenue website (www.mass.gov/dor) and click on the e-filing information link and use it on their own.
Taxpayers can also receive from tax help at http://www.thebeehive.org/BostonTaxHelp.

This service is available Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

** Media outlets are strongly encouraged to attend. **

** Please post in your community events calendar and/or daybook. **

Who: Stephen Murphy, City Councilor at Large

Doreen Treacy, DotWell

Lee Davenport, Program Director, National Financial Partnerships, One Economy Corporation

Jim Ruda, Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation

David Macklin, Computer & Communications Industry Association

When: Thursday, April 2

10:00 a.m. - press conference

Hour-long TurboTax Freedom Edition training workshop immediately following the press conference - media is strongly encouraged to stay for the training)

Where: Codman Square Tech Center

450 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA

Contact: Elana Stein, (202) 777-3517

Monday, March 30, 2009

EVENT: Friday, April 3---Martin Luther King Jr.'s Sister Speaks at BU

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center invites you to attend the inaugural
Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture given by Dr. King’s sister, our first Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow Christine King Farris who will speak about her work and personal memories of the King Family.

When/Where: Friday, April 3, 2009 ~ 7:00 p.m.

Metcalf Hall, Second Floor ~ George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue

Mrs. Farris will sign copies of her new book which will be available at the event.

RSVP by March 31st 617-353-3697 or email archives@bu.edu

Sunday, March 29, 2009

EVENT: Monday, Mar. 30---Last Stop: Hardship Listening Tour

Republican lawmakers make the seventh and final stop on their “Hardship Listening Tour,” a series of statewide forums on citizen concerns over potential tax and fee increases. The final stop is hosted by Reps. Robert Hargraves, Bradley Jones and George Peterson.

When/Where: 7 pm at North Middlesex Regional High School, Townsend.

EVENT: Monday, Mar. 30---Making budget choices during a fiscal crisis

House budget chief Rep. Charley Murphy joins Administration and Finance Secretary Leslie Kirwan for a discussion of making budget choices during a fiscal crisis. Peter Zimmerman, senior associate dean and lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, will also participate.

When/Where: 6 pm at Bell Hall, 5th floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK St., Cambridge.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

EVENT: Wed, April 1---“Negotiating with North Korea: Process and Practice”

Who: Stephen W. Bosworth
Special Representative for North Korea Policy
and Dean of The Fletcher School

“Negotiating with North Korea: Process and Practice”

When/Where: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 12:15pm
ASEAN Auditorium
Cabot Intercultural Center, The Fletcher School

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

EVENT: Mar. 26---US Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant for 2008

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds meeting to discuss its assessment of the safety performance of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant for 2008 and the role of the agency in ensuring safe operations at the plant, which is licensed to Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc.

When/Where: 6PM at Hilton Garden Inn, 4 Home Depot Drive, Plymouth

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Interviews Available -- Geithner's Plan: "Pure Plunder"

Rule by "Hedge Fund Democrats", Interviews Available

NOMI PRINS, [in NYC] (646) 483-5639, nomi@nomiprins.com, http://www.nomiprins.com, http://www.motherjones.com/authors/nomi-prins

Prins just wrote the piece "Geithner's Plan: Pure Plunder" for Mother Jones magazine. Prins is a senior fellow at Demos and is the author of two books: "Other People's Money: The Corporate Mugging of America" and "Jacked: How Conservatives Are Picking Your Pocket." She is a former investment banker turned journalist. She used to run the European analytics group at Bear Stearns and has also worked at Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.

JOHN SAKOWICZ, cell: (415) 310-6710, thetruthaboutmoney@kzyx.org,

Sakowicz is a 30-year veteran of Wall Street. He is currently a general partner at Templar Advisors, an offshore investment advisory group. Sakowicz also hosts "The Truth About Money" at KZYX in Northern California and he writes for alternative weeklies as a contributing editor at the North Bay Bohemian.

He said today: "Bank stocks have soared, but their bonds haven't budged. In some cases, they've actually fallen. When that happens, the market is telling us something. It's telling us to come back to reality. It's telling us these toxic assets may be more toxic than we think. ... In Geithner's plan, the leverage is about five or six federal dollars to every one dollar invested by the private sector. That's like saying, 'Let's drive a truck full of money directly at a freight train full of money to prevent a train wreck.'"

TIMOTHY CANOVA, [call after 8 a.m. PT] (714) 628-2640, cell: (714) 401-8818, canova@chapman.edu, http://ssrn.com/author=405808

Canova is a professor of international economic law at the Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters forewarning of financial crisis, in addition to such short essays as "Greenspan's Grip" and "Legacy of the Clinton Bubble."

Canova said today: "The latest Treasury plan by Timothy Geithner is befitting an administration run by 'hedge fund Democrats.' Such is the nature of bankster capitalism, the zombie banks are propped up by public subsidies and their losses are socialized. Under the plan, the Federal Reserve and Treasury as the 'public partners' would provide enormous subsidies to the 'private partners,' the unregulated and unregistered hedge funds that have been overleveraged and facing mounting losses of their own. The subsidies would go to hedge funds for taking near worthless assets off the books of the ailing banks.

"There's been much criticism of the American Insurance Group for paying out $165 million in excessive bonuses to executives in its financial products division, the now notorious AIG unit that sold more credit default swaps than the firm could cover. Lost in the outrage was news that AIG had paid out $40 billion in taxpayer bailout money to some of the world's largest banks and hedge funds. Most of that went to ten U.S. and foreign banks, with Goldman Sachs leading the list. This is the same Goldman Sachs that has owned the Treasury Department for two decades. Its former CEOs, Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson, became Treasury secretary. Its chief lobbyist, Mark Patterson, recently became chief of staff to Geithner, one of the few vacancies filled in the department, and one that required an immediate waiver to Obama's supposedly tough ethics rules.

"Within the academy, there's a recognition that the sanctity of private contract requires striking down sham contracts. Bert Ely, a Cato Institute banking analyst, now argues that credit default swaps should be considered unenforceable contracts since the counterparties lack any insurable interest in the underlying assets. Lucian Bebchuk, a Harvard Law professor and centrist, now proposes Chapter 11 bankruptcy for AIG to stop the bleeding on its $1.2 trillion in credit default swaps. Paul Krugman, Nobel economist, argues for nationalizing the zombie banks to get them to shed their toxic assets and jump-start their lending activities for productive investment in real economic activity.

"The subsidies to Wall Street hedge funds and banks are not without enormous costs. Last week the Federal Reserve announced that it would double the size of its balance sheet to $3 trillion by doubling its purchases of asset-backed securities from its favored clientele, which now includes foreign banks and central banks. Three trillion dollars that could be spent on real needs, like jobs and education, the kinds of large public spending programs that raised the economy out of the Great Depression, created the last great middle class boom for the Greatest Generation, and left future generations with tangible assets instead of worthless paper."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

EVENT---Clean Technologies: How Things work

Oil shale conversion technologies continue to advance at a rapid pace, providing a more economically viable, environmentally responsible way to develop this abundant domestic energy resource. Join us this Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m. Mountain, and hear from two companies now operating on the leading edge of oil shale development.

This one-hour technology briefing will be conducted live via internet "webinar," so you can listen from the comfort of your own office via computer and phone line. Topics and presenters include:

"Shell's In Situ Process"
James Thurman, Manager, Regulatory Policy, Shell Unconventional Resources

"Environmental Alternative Fuels"
Dr. Laura Nelson, Vice President, Energy and Environment, Red Leaf Resources/EcoShale
How to Participate
This webinar is offered at no charge by the Western Business Roundtable, but you must register to participate. Go here to register. Information on how to participate will be e-mailed to you upon your successful registration. Please contact Michelle Hindmarch at mhindmarch@westernroundtable.com if you have questions.

More Information
All of the Roundtable's webinars in the "Clean Technologies: How Things Work" series will be recorded and made available on the Roundtable's website (www.westernroundtable.com). If you would like to have the recorded link to the webinar sent to you automatically, please e-mail Michelle Hindmarch at mhindmarch@westernroundtable.com.

Monday, March 16, 2009

EVENT: Monday, Mar. 16---"Hardship Listening Tour."

Republicans host a stop on their "hardship listening tour." Hosts include Elizabeth Poirier, Richard Ross, Jay Barrows and Sen. Scott Brown.

When/Where: Attleboro City Hall at 7:00 PM

EVENT: Monday, Mar. 16---“Correcting the Approach: Managing Prisons Effectively in Challenging Times.”

Department of Correction Commissioner Harold Clarke headlines a Harvard University forum called “Correcting the Approach: Managing Prisons Effectively in Challenging Times.” The forum will include conversation on reducing recidivism through drug treatment, housing and reentry programs, and the difficulty of implementing such programs during challenging economic times.

When/Where: Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, 2nd Floor, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge at 6:00 PM

EVENT: Monday, Mar. 16---Foreign Policy Experts Discuss What US is Up Against Under Obama Administration

A trio of foreign policy experts discusses what the U.S. is up against abroad under the Obama administration. The experts include Nicholas Burns, former Undersecretary of State and a professor of International Politics at Harvard University, Andrew Bacevich, professor of International Relations at Boston University, and Martha Raddatz, chief foreign correspondent for ABC News.

When/Where: Stephen Smith Hall, JFK Presidential Library, Dorchester at 5:30

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Boston, Cambridge, Quincy Residents See 21 Percent Increase in ID Theft

The FTC collects identity theft complaints from consumers throughout the year and reports them the following year. According to this year's report, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metropolitan area saw an increase in the number of complaints its residents filed with the FTC of about 21%.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

EVENT: Thurs. March 11---New E-Prescription Initiative

Doctors currently e-prescribing or interested in beginning are invited to a conference of the eRx Collaborative, a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield, Neighborhood Health Plan and Tufts Health plan. Topics of discussion will include state incentive plans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The program will include panel discussions on physicians’ experiences with e-prescribing and electronic medical records, and participants will get to test e-prescribing systems in the conference’s exhibit hall.

When/Where: 7 PM at Massachusetts Medical Society Headquarters, Waltham Woods, 860 Winter St, Waltham

EVENT: Thurs. March 11---Forum on Mass.Having the Lowest Rate of Contested Legislative Elections in Nation

Health care executive and potential GOP candidate for governor Charlie Baker joins a pair of elected officials and a UMass-Boston professor at a forum on Massachusetts having the lowest rate of contested legislative elections in the nation. The elected officials include Boston City Councilor At-Large Sam Yoon, a Dorchester Democrat who is one of three candidates challenging incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino, and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain), who beat former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson on her second try last year. Maurice Cunningham, a political science professor at UMass-Boston, will also be on the panel.

When/Where: 6 PM at UMass Club, 225 Franklin St., 33rd floor, Boston

EVENT: Thurs. March 11---Former NFL Wide Receiver Speaks Out for Adult Literacy

Massachusetts Alliance for Adult Literacy holds an annual awareness event to highlight adult learners and the challenges they face in today’s economy. Former GED instructor and NFL wide receiver Eddie Jenkins will give the keynote address.

When/Where: 11 AM at Gardner Auditorium

EVENT: Thurs. March 11---National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Health Care for All and the Consumer Health Quality Council observe National Patient Safety Awareness Week by screening four videos to illustrate health care needs around Massachusetts. Lawmakers will attend and discuss bills aimed at improving health care. Attendees include Sen. Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge), Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville), Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton), and Paul Griswold, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.

WHEN/WHERE: 10 AM in Room B-1

Monday, March 9, 2009

EVENT: Tuesday, Mar. 10---Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association hosts a forum on the efficiency of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The founder of Gifford Fuel Savings Inc., Henry Gifford, will hold a discussion on the system, energy modeling, real-time measurement, construction management, and validated performance. The panel includes USGBC's LEED Technical VP Brendan Owens, Steven Winter Associates' Maureen Mahle, Integrated Building and Construction Solutions' Duncan Prahl, and energy modeler Maria Karpman of Karpman Consulting.

When/Where: 6:00 at Seaport World Trade Center Amphitheater, BostonSeaport World Trade Center Amphitheater, Boston

EVENT: Tuesday, Mar. 10---Forum Featuring CEOs of the Commonwealth Institute's Top 100 Woman-Led Business List

Foley Hoag sponsors a forum featuring CEOs of two of the Commonwealth Institute’s top 100 woman-led businesses list. Dancing Deer Banking Company CEO Trish Karter and Circles CEO Kathy Sherbrooke join Foley Hoag partner Barbara Hamelburg to discuss lessons from previous economic downturns, how to be part of a team and keeping a workplace team inspired.

When/Where: 5:45 at Foley Hoag LLP, Seaport World Trade Center West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

EVENT: Tuesday, Mar. 10---Hearing On An Advanced Energy Code

State Board of Building Regulations holds a hearing on an “advanced energy code” for buildings, which Massachusetts residents could face if the municipalities where they live agree to adopt the code. The proposal would require newly constructed homes to use at least 40 percent less energy than homes built under the traditional code.

When/Where: 1:00 at One Ashburton Place, Ashburton Café Conference Room, Boston

EVENT: Tuesday, Mar. 10---Meeting on Transportation/Environment

Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi meets with members of the Democratic Study Group. That group is partnering with Rep. Will Brownsberger’s environmental transportation working group to host Aloisi and talk about Gov. Patrick’s transportation reform bill and its impact on the environment. Environmental advocates and staff have also been invited to the meeting.

When/Where: Noon in Room 350

Sunday, March 1, 2009


The New York Times’ media and culture columnist, David Carr, drops in for a brown bag lunch, courtesy of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center. Carr covered the Oscars this year and has also published a 2008 memoir, “Night of the Gun,” which details his cocaine addiction.

(Tuesday, noon, Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman Building, Harvard University, Cambridge)

EVENT: Tuesday, Mar. 3---DeLEO LUNCHEON

House Speaker Robert DeLeo talks at Denterlein Worldwide Public Affairs’ “In the News” luncheon. The talk will be moderated by Denterlein senior adviser John Henning. The luncheon is scheduled for Locke-Ober, the 134-year-old downtown restaurant, which the Boston Globe recently reported has suspended its mid-day lunches on account of the recession.

(Tuesday, noon, Locke-Ober, 3 Winter Place, Boston)


House and Senate members have had relatively little to say to date about Gov. Deval Patrick’s plans to balance the fiscal 2009 budget, a proposal that Patrick has described as an emergency plan, as well as his fiscal 2010 budget. Starting Tuesday, members will start checking in publicly on spending and tax issues as they begin a series of hearings on Patrick’s fiscal 2010 budget. The joint Ways and Means Committee hearings begin with testimony from the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, and the state’s constitutional offices, which are occupied by Attorney General Martha Coakley, Secretary of State William Galvin, Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Treasurers Tim Cahill, who oversees an agency that’s of great interest to lawmakers, the Lottery, since it’s responsible for delivering vast amounts of local aid to cities and towns. The hearing will be co-chaired by Rep. Charley Murphy (D-Burlington) and Sen. Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell). Administration and Finance will be represented at the hearing by Undersecretary Jay Gonzalez, Assistant Secretary for Budget Matt Gorzkowicz and general counsel David Sullivan. Secretary Leslie Kirwan is recovering from a minor medical procedures, according to aides. Aides confirmed Friday that Cahill and Galvin will testify Tuesday. Either DeNucci or First Deputy Auditor Ken Marchurs will testify.

(Tuesday, 11 am, Gardner Auditorium)


U.S. Reps. Jim Ramstad (R-Minnesota) and Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) host a conversation titled “The Road to Recovery: A Personal Quest, A Political Struggle – Congressmen Get Real About Drugs, Addiction and Recovery.”

(Monday, 6pm, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Cambridge)


The MBTA holds a meeting of its citizens’ working group for the transit agency’s second busiest bus route. The agency is planning improvements for Route 39, a five-mile corridor between Forest Hills and Back Bay. According to the MBTA, the improvements, which range between traffic signal adjustments, bus stop consolidation and sidewalk improvements, are meant to heighten accessibility, reduce bus trip times, and increase reliability and convenience.

(Monday, 6:30 pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Center St., Jamaica Plain)


Returning Peace Corps volunteers from Cape Cod are expected to share their stories in an effort to recruit new members to join the independent federal agency that promotes peace abroad. The agency was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.

(Monday, 7 pm, Cape Cod Community College, Studio Theater, 2240 Iyannough Rd., West Barnstable)


House and Senate Republicans host a State House press conference Monday to announce the activation of an email address they’re calling the “government waste hotline.” Sen. Michael Knapik and Rep. Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo, who both serve on legislative budget committees as well as a temporary committee on federal stimulus fund oversight, will send the message that they believe taxpayers and local citizens are government’s best fiscal watchdogs. “While state stimulus spending information will be available at www.mass.gov/recovery, the site will be maintained and decisions made by members of Governor Patrick’s inner circle,” according to a press advisory circulated by Knapik in Friday. Republican lawmakers on the Hill have made spending and taxation issues a focus early in the new session.

(Monday, 1 pm, outside Room 124)