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Veteran career strategist LaVerne Freeman and a regular guest on our show is back to help you get that new job. She’ll discuss the highly successful training workshops created by Operation A.B.L.E. (www.operationable.net) that debuted in October and will be repeated in November. Reinventing Yourself, Staying Relevant and Strategic Networking are three of the power-packed sessions designed for older workers in job transition or getting back into the workplace. Modestly priced, these sessions will help Greater Boston area residents to step up their game, become more competitive while advancing their career options in industries across the region.
I am excited to facilitate these upcoming sessions and we’ll show how each one can help YOU land that dream job. Spread the word to your friends and colleagues who need a job makeover and aren’t afraid to become transformed!
And we will pay tribute to former Boston Mayor Tom Menino who just died this morning at 9:10 am. Truly a great leader and Mayor of the city of Boston. He was the longest serving mayor of the city.
Mayor Thomas Menino
Died at 9:10 am at the age of 71. Cancer
The Life Of Thomas Menino
Biography: Source: Wikipedia
Thomas Michael Menino (December 27, 1942 - October 30, 2014) was a Massachusetts politician who served as the 53rd Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1993 to 2014. He was the city's longest serving mayor. Before becoming mayor, the Boston native was a member and President of Boston City Council.
Menino was President of the United States Conference of Mayors from 2002 to 2003, and was co-chair and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In 2014, he taught the practice of political science at Boston University
Menino was born in Readville, a part of Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood on December 27, 1942. He was the son of Susan and Carl Menino who are both of Italian descent. Menino’s father was a factory foreman at Westinghouse Electric and his grandparents lived on the first floor of his parent’s Hyde Park home.
After graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Jamaica Plain in 1960, Menino enrolled in three night classes at Boston College and began working at Metropolitan Life insurance. Much to his father’s dismay, Menino decided college was not for him.Carl Menino once recalled his son’s reasons for opting out of higher education: “Truman didn’t go to college,” the younger Menino would tell his father.President Harry S. Truman was Menino’s favorite president and personal hero. A portrait of Truman hung above Menino’s desk in his office in Boston City Hall.
Menino received an associate degree in business management in 1963 at Chamberlayne Junior College, now Mount Ida College. During his tenure as Boston City Councilor, Menino received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Planning at University of Massachusetts Boston in 1988.
Menino was elected Boston City Councilor for the newly created District 5 in 1983. He served the Hyde Park district for nine years. In 1984, he was named chairman of the council’s Planning and Development Committee. Menino ran unopposed for the city council seat in 1985.
In 1986, then-mayor Raymond Flynn offered Menino the position of Parks and Recreation Commissioner. In response to Flynn’s proposal, Menino said it “surprised” him, but that he does “think about all opportunities that come before [him]”.Ultimately, Menino did not assume the position.
In 1988, Menino became chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee. This committee was renamed the City Council Ways and Means Committee in 1990, a name it continues to hold today. Menino remained chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for the entirety of his tenure as City Councilor. Menino was known to be a “vigilant watchdog of the city budget,” as hailed by The Boston Globe.
Menino was a founding member of the City Council’s Tourists and Tourism Committee, which was created in 1991.
In 1992, Menino planned to run for the United States Congress seat that Rep. Brian J. Donnelly (D-Dorchester) was vacating.This 11th Congressional seat served a district that stretched from the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester through communities on the South Shore and into Plymouth County. After federal courts decided to allot Massachusetts only 10 congressional seats, Donnelly’s district disappeared and Menino chose not to challenge Representatives from the other districts.
In March 1993, President Clinton appointed Mayor Flynn to be the United States Ambassador to the Holy See. Mayor Flynn accepted the position, effectively making Menino, who was President of the Boston City Council at the time, acting mayor. On July 12, 1993 Menino became acting Mayor of Boston until the upcoming November 1993 election.
Mayor Thomas Menino in 2013
•Ran against James Brett, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Assistant Secretary of Energy, to secure his first mayoral bid after serving as acting mayor.
According to Menino’s official biography, “Among his main priorities, are: providing every child with a quality education; creating affordable housing; lowering the crime rate; revitalizing Boston's neighborhoods; and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all city residents.”
On March 28, 2013, Menino announced he would not seek a sixth term.
Tom Menino met Angela Faletra in 1963 when the two were playing tennis in Roslindale, MA on adjacent courts. The two were married three years later and moved to Hyde Park, where they resided until Tom's death. Tom and Angela have two children—Susan and Tom Jr.—and six grandchildren, Olivia Fenton, Giulia Fenton, Will Fenton, Taylor Menino, Samantha Menino, and Thomas Menino.
Menino has been hospitalized several times since taking office. He has been admitted for abdominal pain and intestinal inflammation, and was treated for kidney stones in 1995 and 1997. In 2003, Menino underwent surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital to remove a rare sarcoma (DFSP) on his back. The tumor had not spread, and the mayor was able to return to work in a matter of days. In 2004, the mayor's doctors confirmed he has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, helping to explain his recurring intestinal problems. The condition requires lifelong treatment with anti-inflammatory medication and careful monitoring of his diet.
In March of 2014, Menino announced that he had been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer of unknown primary origin that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes, and was beginning intensive chemotherapy treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. On October 23, 2014, he made the announcement that he would be halting cancer treatments as well as his book tour in order to spend more time with family.
On October 30, 2014, it was announced that Menino had passed away at 9:10 am..
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Last March when Mayor Thomas Menino announced that after five terms in office as the longest serving mayor of Boston he would not run for re-election, the floodgates of candidates opened wide for all. Poor health stopped Menino’s political dynasty, but left huge shoes to fill.
Enter the floodgate of candidates, including the 12 now running in the city’s upcoming September 24th primary. Nearly half of them are people of color, a record for a city with a checkered racial past.
Of the 12 candidates, only one of them is a woman: Charlotte Golar Richie. Former three term State Representative who has served under both Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino, Charlotte breaks the mold when it comes to balancing family with a stellar political/civic engagement career.
We interview Charlotte on today’s show. Our goal is to interview all 12 candidates before the September primary.
And we’ll showcase some quick interviews from young people attending the Christian Education Congress of the First District AME Church here in Dover, Delaware as we dig deep into the summer activities of young people across the country.
About Charlotte Golar Richie:
Charlotte Golar Richie (born December 11, 1958 in Brooklyn serves as the senior vice president for public policy, advocacy and government relations for YouthBuild USA. She is currently a candidate for mayor of Boston.
Charlotte Golar graduated from Rutgers University and then tried her hand at acting, appearing off-Broadway and in minor roles on soap operas. She spent two years with the Peace Corps in Kenya teaching English to schoolchildren, spurring an interest in journalism and public service. She also met her future husband, another volunteer, in Kenya. Golar returned to the United States where she earned a master's degree at the Columbia University School of Journalism and married Winston Richie.
Richie represented the 5th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1995 until she resigned in 1999 to become the Executive Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development for the City of Boston. As a freshman legislator, she was elected vice-chair of the city's State House delegation and chair of the Housing and Urban Development Committee, the first time in three decades that a freshman won a leadership position. As a State Representative, Richie sponsored a $296 million housing bond bill to develop low-cost housing.
Richie's appointment to Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development coincided with Mayor Thomas Menino's decision to elevate the post to a cabinet position.
She remained with the DND until 2007 when she became Governor Deval Patrick's senior advisor for federal, state and community affairs. In 2009, she left the Patrick administration to become the executive director of the Governor's re-election committee.
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