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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 11,2014 Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, WINS EASTER SEALS AWARD Easter Seals will honor Spaulding Rehabilitation Hos- pital with its Empowerment Award on June 18 th for the hospital's work with some of the most severely injured Boston Marathon bombing survivors. The award reflects Easter Seals' mission of ensuring that children and adults with disabilities have equal oppor- tunities to live, learn, work and play. Spaulding, one of the nation's top rehabilita- tion hospitals, was singled out to receive the Empower- ment Award in the "Live" category. "As colleagues, Easter Seals and Spaulding work toward a common goal empowering pebple with dis- abilities to reach their full potential," Easter Seals Pres- ident Kirk Joslin said in announcing the award. "Spaulding also has been a generous Easter Seals sup- porter and works side-by- side with us in advocating for people with disabilities." The hospital was also cited for its community-based pro- grams, which foster inclu- sion of people with disabili- ties and awareness, while improving the quality of their lives. "We are so honored by this recognition from an organi- zation whose mission and goals are so aligned with our own," said Oz Mondejar, senior vice president of Mission and Advocacy at Spaulding. "While no one could-have imagined the tragic events surrounding the Marathon., at Spaulding we have always been com- mitted to helping people recover to find the highest quality of life possible. It was our honor to once again be there in a time of great need and we will continue to join with great partners like Easter Seals to ensure that for people with disabilities nothing limits them from pursuing their dreams." The Empowerment Awards are being presented for the first time this .year at the annual Easter Seals "Evening of Empowerment." The event will be held at the State Room in Boston. About Easter Seals Easter Seals Massachu- setts provides services to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play. Non- profit and nonsectarian, Eas- ter Seals offers technologi- cal assistance, employment and training services, recre- ational activities, youth tran- sition and leadership pro- grams, veterans' services, rehabilitation services and public awareness programs. For more information, call (800) 244-2756 or go to www.EasterSealsMa, org. About Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital' Founded in 1971, Spauld- ing Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston is one of the larg- est rehabilitation facilities in the United States, and ranked the 6 th top rehabili- tation hospital in the coun- try by U.S. News & World Report. As the official teach- ing hospital of the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding is at the forefront of research In advances in rehabilita- tive care. In April 2013, Spaulding opened a new 132-bed facility in Charles- town which is a national model for environmental and inclusive design. With a wide range of inpatient pro- grams and 23 outpatient centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts, Spaulding strives to continually update and improve its programs to offer patients the latest, high-quality care through its leading, expert providers. Spaulding has been awarded a Model Systems designa- tion in three specialty areas -- Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Rehabilitation -- by the Na- tional Institute on Disability and. Rehabilitation Research. For more details, visit LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 1 IMount Vernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 }, P,ivole Func|ion oorns foe anq Occasion ChPisleninq. Bd00,l Show+00 . Bob+ Show+00 l Bithclc,,j Bepec+vement, Etc. Donato Fraflaroli donato @ J S i m p ! e TIMES.. "L by Girard A. Plante No matter the medium, we listen or watch our early- morning news reports of the day, we are bombarded with story after story of too many young people com- mitting violent acts on each other. Teens shooting and oftentimes killing their co- horts. Other senseless mur- ders and violence by seem- ingly sensible youths in their 20's. Such prevalent anti-social behavior has the vast major- tty of people old enough to remember a simpler era wondering how our society al:rived at the moment that teens killing teens has become acceptable behavior to settle differences. Are we to grow cynical and, thus, write off that particu- lar era of today's youth? Or do we see hope in the face of unexplainable, in- comprehensible behavior? I witnessed hope last Thursday as I waited out- doors for public transporta- tion to retum me home after a Universal Design confer- ence at M.I.T. The clear- spring night teemed with scores of young people get- ting about Massachusetts Avenue. Bicyclists. Runners. People in groups as they walked up and down both sides of the busy street. Others walking alone chat- ting on cell phones, listening to music, standing as they waited for rides, and slowly walking tip and down the steep wide stairs into the main building. Packed buses continuously carried passen- gers to their destinations. Before my observations, I strolled out of the main build- ing with my friend and his wife. We stopped to talk next to the curb while my friend's wife pulled their SUV into place. After struggling to climb into the passenger's seat, his wife closed the door. / k In 900ing Memory of Mario j:11f ano 2011 ; lpril I8, 2014 qTree Fear emembrance There is a bridge of memories from here to Heaven above. It keeps you very close to us, it's called the "Bridge of Love". As time goes by without you and days turn into years, they hold a million memorie s. To us you were so special what more is there to say, Except we wish with all our hearts that you were here with ?oujdre oreer in Our fIearts NIa, aul, Jgathy, Will, ..Carla and family From my right a young man stepped towards the vehicle, asking: "Do you need help?" She politely de- clined and thanked him for offering to pick up my friend's manual wheelchair-to place it in the rear of their SUV. I stayed at the edge of their vehicle as they waited for traffic to halt so they could drive away. Suddenly, another youth- ful-looking guy approached me. "Do you need to get across the street?" My friends parked in front of a curb cut that slopes flush to the street that allows people using wheelchairs for mobil- ity and others with visual impairments to move into the crosswalk easily and safely. I told the friendly fellah: 'I'm waiting for a ride, thanks.' He smiled and walked on. Several minutes passed. I decided to call the public transit's dispatcher. My cell phone was home, so I asked a student walking down the stairs of M.I.T.'s main build- ing if I could use his cell phone to call my ride. He happily agreed to dial the number and held his phone while I inquired about my transportation. "Ten min- utes," the dispatcher told me. I thanked the student as he waved and walked on. There are many factors that have trapped troubled youths into a cage of unimag- inable violence that tears away the safety shield we relied on once upon a time. For me, three vexing ques- tions that evade easy an- swers or solutions are: Why are teens carrying guns? Where are they getting the guns? Who is supplying their guns? I believe solutions will arise when every citizen works closely with neigh' bors, elective public ser- vants, law officials, educa- tors and engage parents to be ever more vigilant in the face of hopeless situations daily unfolding out on the streets of our urban and sub- urban communities. I cling to hope because there's a spirit of together- ness in every neighborhood where people live to build bet- ter futures for themselves, their families and neighbors. I did not need to see hope at work at M.I.T. as most people might expect such a place, with its vast resources, can only accom- plish what looks lost to those of us outside of that historic academic institution. You see, givers and doers long ago created the neces- sary means to set a founda- tion for youth of generations to come to learn, grow, and mature. They never set limits to giving because of the color of the skin or the prospective sthdent's socio- economic background. They gave because their wisdom taught them that hope for a better world rests squarely on the youth of every suc- ceeding generation. Selfless givers from recent generations have in the past 13 years of this young cen- tury proyided thousands of youth opportunities to earn the tools to go out into the fre- netic world to settle scores of societal vagaries impacting human beings yearning to cure killer diseases, end pov- erty, and offer lasting peace to warring nations. Look around. There are more similar places larger and smaller,, richer and of moderate means, that are readying the youth of tomor- row to solve problems we all will someday benefit from. Hope for a better tomorrow passed me by dozens of times as I sat patiently waiting for my ride. Boston Marathon {Continued from Page I) Helman and Jenna Russell speak about their book Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recov- ery, and the Epic Hunt for Jus- tice on Thursday, April 17 m, at 6:00 pm in Rabb Lecture Hall. Long Mile Home tells the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately in- spiring week of April 15, "2013, and highlights the bravery, resourcefulness, and resiliency of the Boston com- munity before, dfiring, and after the tragedy. The talk is moderated by WBUR reporter and host Deborah Becker. "Aftermath" Photo Lec- ture: Photographer Joshua Touster speaks about "After- math: A Photographic Reflec- tion on the Boston Mara- thon," a compilation of photos taken in the days and weeks after last year's Boston Mara- thon, on Saturday, April 19 m, at 2:00 pin. Our Marathon: Share Your Story: A community project hosted at Northeast- ern University, Our Marathon is a crowd sourced digital f _ archiv.e_of +stories, - photos, videos, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon and its aftermath. From Wednesday, April 16 m to Saturday, April 19 th, from 12:00-4:00 pm in the Orien- tation RoOm, visitors will be able to examine some of the thousands of digital items presently in the archive and will have the opportunity to add their own stories and photos to the collection. Dear Boston: Messages from the l Marathon Memo- rial: The exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of last year's Marathon and includes a selection of items from the memorial collection displayed in Copley Square. The exhibition runs through Sunday, May II th, in the McKim Exhibition Hall. The organizing partners include the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Associa- tion, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain. The complete schedule of Boston Marathon programs is available at pressboston-marathon.