Eleven students at the Pioneer Charter School of Science have been invited to attend the prestigious MIT Beaverworks Summer Institute this upcoming summer where they will attend a 4-week intensive course on STEM programs.
MIT Beaverworks Summer Institute (BWSI) is a research and education center that is jointly operated by Lincoln Laboratories and MIT’s School of Engineering. It consists of a rigorous pre-requisite online course that students must take in the spring semester and the 4-week long Summer Institute. During the Summer Institute students will participate in their choice of program from technology-based topics ranging from how to build a satellite, autonomous Grand Prix racing, cybersecurity and cryptography and remote sensing for disaster response among others.
I met the Blue Suit Tuesday afternoon at the Elm Street Bakery. He was buying cupcakes. I purchased a Scali bread. It was windy, crazy windy. We fought the wind. The cold was brutal. The Blue Suit sank into the passenger seat. I started the car up. We drove off into the Everett afternoon.
“Why do you drive such a dump of a car?” the Blue Suit asked me. I felt just a bit insulted. I wondered what was wrong with my banged-up red 2007 Honda Fit. The front end is held together with Gorilla Glue. Other than that, I don’t believe there is anything classless about driving around Everett in it. But then, I’m not Carlo DeMaria. He needs a Mercedes or a Cadillac. He measures some of his self-importance by the car he drives. In my family experience, self-importance and stature were about how smart you were, or how large your bank account was.
Back to my Honda Fit.
“What’s the matter with my Honda?” I shot back. “My car isn’t good enough for you?”
“Carlo would never drive a piece of junk like this. He would consider it below his class.”
We were joking about the mayor’s “class” when driving through Glendale Square. I interrupted the Blue Suit.
“Look over there,” I said. “That’s where the mayor gasses up for free.”
The Blue Suit looked at me like I was an idiot.
“Do you think you’re telling me something I don’t know?” he responded with mock amazement.
“Forgive me,” I said. “I forgot you know everything about Carlo.”
“Damn right,” the Blue Suit said with self-approval. There’s a bit of the mayor in all of us, I thought to myself.
In a recent Boston Globe Op-Ed and during a radio appearance on the Jim Braude and Margery Egan news show on National Public Radio, Adrien addressed how she is being treated by her colleagues and the mayor since she was elected.
She was invited to appear on the radio show based on the revelations she made in the Globe Op-Ed.
Her appearance last week on NPR caused the mayor to demand equal time on the Braude and Egan Show, a request they granted to him late last week.
During his radio appearance, the mayor said Adrien was “rude and ignorant.”
Adrien had detailed her poor treatment by her council colleagues and the mayor since her election during her earlier appearance on the Braude, Egan Show.
She described being taunted, being threatened, and being asked to resign by several of her colleagues.
She also gave substance and detail to her belief that the mayor is out to get her and isn’t exactly trying to hide the animus he holds for her.