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Boston Scenes 08-06-2015

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley (c) presents Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong (r) with special T-shirts as part of honoring her accomplishments as the first Asian-American mayor, youngest female elected and one of few women mayors in the Commonwealth. Award-winning educator Suzanne Lee (l) looks on with admiration. Mayor Wong was celebrated by the Women’s Pipeline for Change on the rooftop of the new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Sq., Roxbury.
JazzBoston, the Newport Festivals Foundation and Natixis Global Asset Management partnered for the second year to bring 100 Boston teenagers to the Newport Jazz Festival on opening day – Friday July 31. JazzBoston executive director Pauline Bilsky (center in photo, with striped slacks), John Coltrane Memorial Concert founder Leonard Brown, and singer/saxophonist/actor Stan Strickland accompanied the group. This year’s students came from Berklee’s City Music and 5-Week Summer Programs. John Hailer, NGAM’s CEO was there when the students arrived to welcome them. Photo Credit Jean Hangarter
Tenor saxophonist and Berklee College of Music Reed Department Chairman Bill Pierce leads a quintet during the annual Jazz at the Fort event, held at Highland Park in Roxbury.
Governor Charlie Baker takes a selfie with ABCD SummerWorks teens at a program celebration in Mattapan on July 30. Among the 100 teens who crowded the Mattapan Center for Life community room were 20 enrollees in the Boston Police Teen Academy, a Boston Police Department initiative that fosters positive relationships between police officers and inner-city youth. In the center is Cynthia Beckford-Brewington, BPD Youth Services Officer. Action for Boston Community Development’s SummerWorks program is serving 1,050 inner-city teenagers from low-income families at 250 worksites this summer. At the event, ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew praised the Governor and legislature for increasing youth program funding in the 2016 state budget.
The 48th annual Puerto Rican Festival parade lit up downtown Boston Sunday with floats, dancers, live music and politicians. Beginning at the Hynes Convention Center, the parade made its way down Boylston Street, then headed up Tremont Street to City Hall Plaza, where participants enjoyed carnival rides, food stalls and live music.

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