MAYA MEIRAV GREW UP IN ISRAEL AND WAS CONSTANTLY SURROUNDED BY ART AND DESIGN. THE DAUGHTER OF CHILEAN IMMIGRANTS, HER GRANDFATHER WAS A PATTERN-MAKER AND CLOTHING MANUFACTURER WHO OWNED A BOUTIQUE WHERE, AS A YOUNG GIRL, MAYA SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS SCOUTING GLITTERY TRIMS AND SHINY BUTTONS. IN LATER YEARS, EXPLORING FLEA MARKETS AND STUDYING THE HISTORY OF ART FURTHER ENRICHED BOTH HER FORMAL EDUCATION AND THE PROPENSITY TO LEAD A CREATIVE LIFE.
IT WAS THAT CONTINUOUS EXPOSURE TO VARIOUS FORMS OF DESIGN AS AN INDISPENSABLE PART OF LIFE, THE QUEST TO SURROUNDING HERSELF WITH BEAUTY AND THE PURSUIT OF INDIVIDUALISM, THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE REALIZATION OF MAYA’S FASHION PHILOSOPHY IN ONE-OF-A-KIND COUTURE GARMENTS.
FOLLOWING HER LIFE-LONG INTEREST IN THE WORKINGS OF THE HUMAN MIND, MAYA STUDIED PSYCHOLOGY AND WAS PREPARING TO TRAIN AS A THERAPIST. BUT THEN CAME A TURNING POINT.
WHILE A STUDENT, SHE TOOK A PART-TIME JOB WITH HER AUNT, A DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE, THE LATE RUTH MOLCHO. WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH HER GREATEST MENTOR, SHE LEARNED THE MEANING OF LIVING PASSIONATELY, LISTENING TO ONE’S OWN VIOCE AND SUMMING THE COURAGE TO BRING ONE’S AESTHETIC VISION TO LIFE. ACCOMPANIED BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, BRENDA LEE, INTI-ILLIMANI AND MERCEDES SOSA. THEY SPENT LONG DAYS MAKING JEWELRY, SCULPTURES AND OTHER OBJECTS D’ARTS, WORKING WITH METALS, GEMS, TEXTILES, PAPER MACHE AND A VARIETY OF PAINTS AND WOOD TYPES.
DURING THAT TIME, MAYA REDISCOVERED HER LOVE OF HAND CRAFT AND BEGAN DESIGNING AND MAKING CLOTHES, EXPLORING THE JUXTAPOSITION OF RAW AND PROCESSED MATERIALS, AND SIGNING HER CLOTHES WITH HAND-PAINTED LABELS.
EARLY ON SHE RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF MASTERING THE TECHNIQUES OF FINE-TAILORING AND DRESSMAKING, IN ORDER TO ALLOW HER DESIGNS TO SOAR. SHE APPRENTICED WITH BRIAN GLICK, A GIFTED BRITISH PATTERN-MAKER WHO GENEROUSLY MENTORED HER AND TAUGHT HER THE EXACTING SKILLS OF SAVILE ROW MASTER TAILORS. MAYA SPENT THE NEXT FEW YEARS REFINING HER CONSTRUCTION SKILLS AND DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL PATTERNS FOR HER CLIENTS.
SINCE MOVING TO BOSTON, USA MORE THAN TEN YEARS AGO, MAYA HAS ATTRACTED AN EXCLUSIVE CIRCLE OF PRIVATE CLIENTS, CREATING ONE-OF-A-KIND PIECES, FROM ECCENTRIC WEDDING GOWNS TO SIMPLE – YET FABULOUSLY LUXURIOUS – COUTURE DAYWEAR.
TODAY MAYA IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW DEDICATED TO NOT ONLY PRESERVING BUT REVIVING THE OLD-WORLD ART THAT IS HAUTE COUTURE. HER WORK EXHIBITS IMPECCABLE CONSTRUCTION, HAND-STITCHED SILK LININGS, UNIQUE EMBROIDERY OF SEM-PRECIOUS GEMS AND ANTIQUE ORNAMENTS, ALL PUT TOGETHER WITH AN EASE AND SIMPLICITY THAT CELEBRATE THE FREE-SPIRITED INDIVIDUAL.
MAYA’S CLOTHES ART INTENDED TO “SPEAK TO THE WEARER”; TO EXPRESS ONE’S INNER QUALITIES IN THE FORM OF A WORN CANVAS. HENCE, THEY ARE TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND. HER DESIGNS LAY BARE THE SUBTLE SIGNATURE OF LUXURY-BEAUTIFULLY FINISHED INSIDE, HAND-ADE OF THE BEST FABRICS WITH PAINSTAKING ATTENTION TO DETAILS.
MAYA DRAWS HER INSPIRATION FROM THE SOUNDS AND IMAGES OF THE MULTIPLE CULTURES SHE EMBRACES AND THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN HER LIFE. “HAUTE COUTURE IS ABOUT ONE SIZE FITS ONE. PERFECTLY.”
Tiffany Dowd and Adriana Sassoon at “The Fashionably late” at Liberty Hotel, Boston.
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Discovering one’s passion can be as easy as awaking one morning to a divine epiphany of direction for your talent, energy, and love, or it can be a long and exacting process of trial and error. arturo’s journey to his passion for photography has been a mix of both extremes, leading him on a fascinating and fulfilling adventure towards self-knowledge and satisfaction. Studying, practicing, and teaching in the areas of science, business administration, literature, fine arts, and the martial arts, arturo achieved multiple degrees in these themes before finally arriving at his current point of absolute allegiance to and enthrallment with the art of photography.
Forever fascinated with Beauty, arturo has found a way through photography to create images of magnificence that reflect and affirm his personal vision and perception of the aesthetics. When he is not shooting, arturo practices vinyasa yoga, he is also a self-proclaimed, devoted student of the “Science of Personal Achievement.” Constantly seeking knowledge and enrichment, arturo has traveled within and experienced the cultures of thirty different countries and has studied in France, the United States, and Mexico, but he now spends the majority of his time between Florida and Massachusetts in the pursuit of his passion .
Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch. The group has released three albums on Atlantic Records. They have issued popular singles such as “45“, “Heroes“, “Save Me“, “Devour“, “Sound of Madness“, “Second Chance“, and “If You Only Knew“. All of their eleven singles to date have climbed into the Top 5 of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making them the first to accomplish the feat. Shinedown’s musical influences are Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Foo Fighters.
*ROCK FOR THE CURE*
* Shinedown at HOB Boston. Great Show.
LIKE A STORM
Like A Storm is a four-piece rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. In the past 6 months, the band has toured the United States with rock giants Creed, Staind, Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Skillet, Shinedown, and Burn Halo, as well as The Veer Union and Framing Hanley. Like A Storm sold over 3,000 Limited Edition Tour EPs in their first 3 weeks of touring in the United States . Overwhelming fan response to the band’s live show saw their debut album “The End of the Beginning” enter at #61 on Billboard‘s New Artist Charts – from tour sales alone. The album has since been made available on iTunes and at Like A Storm’s shows. UPDATE: Like a Storm is now set to begin touring January 22nd 2010 with Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and record breaking rock band Skillet! [www.likeastorm.com] [www.skillet.com].
Their song “Enemy” is featured weekly on ESPN’s College Football, their song “Chemical Infatuation” was featured in USA’s hit Royal Pains, their video is set to debut on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and their songs were featured in trailers for Wolfenstein and Halo video games. The band’s brand of alternative rock music includes vocals, drums, guitar, and bass, as well as programming, piano, synths and didgeridoo. The band’s hit song Lie to Me was the official theme song of TNA’s pay-per-view event Genesis.Like A Storm began in 2005 when brothers, Chris Kent, and Matt brooks first played together in their native New Zealand. They immediately decided to move to move to North America to pursue a career in music. According to Chris “New Zealand is such an awesome place to grow up, it’s a really inspiring place–so beautiful and isolated. But the first time we jammed, we had this amazing chemistry, and we knew we had to take our sound to the world. We left our family and friends and set up in Canada. There are so many different experiences from that time, and the songs on the record are about them.” They settled in Vancouver and quickly created a buzz. After their first show, Kai Marcus from Methods of Mayhem befriended them and introduced them to producer Mike Plotnikoff. In 2006, they began working on the record and officially began recording with Plotnikoff and Igor Khoroshev in 2007 in California. After about sixteen months of writing and recording the record, The End of the Beginning was complete.
* LIKE A STORM- Great Show at the HOB Boston.
EMERALD NECKLACE PARTY
Adriana Sassoon, Tonya Mezrick , Sinesia
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy was created to protect, restore, maintain and promote the landscape, waterways and parkways of the Emerald Necklace park system as special places for people to visit and enjoy.
The Conservancy’s programs and funding support and complement initiatives by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston and Town of Brookline who began the Necklace’s restoration in the 1980s.
Our programs focus on:
- parks restoration and maintenance
- public education including presentations, exhibits and publications
- constituency-building and park advocacy
- volunteer and other activities which promote parks stewardship
- improvement of public access to and through the park system, among other activities.
A public-private partnership, the Conservancy was formed in 1996 and incorporated in 1998 as a non-profit organization. Our organization brings together government, business, residential and institutional representatives, community leaders and organizations, and environmental and park advocates in support of the Olmsted legacy. President Julie Crockford and the staff work closely with the Board of Directors, the Park Overseers (representing all of the parks and friends groups within the Emerald Necklace), the Stewardship Council, and hundreds of volunteers to accomplish our mission.
Join us in the continued renewal of an historic landscape, and an environmental and cultural treasure that is:
- a place to join together in celebration
- a backyard for our children
- a special wildlife habitat
- a boost to our area’s economy
- a source of serenity and renewal
Hopeline registration with the Boston Youth Fund is closed for the year, but students ages 15 – 17 that are interested in becoming members of the Green Team can still apply through the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
Please see the Green Team page for more information about the 2008 program.
These are paid positions. You will be expected to work 25 hours a week and attend work every day of the program unless excused. Once again you must be between the ages of 15 and 17.
Interested applicants should contact Kate England at email@example.com with your:
As well as a cover letter telling us about your interest in the environment and the Green Team.
Please feel free to contact Kate England at the Conservancy with any questions.
891 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
*Beautiful flowers and great food. I have to confess the Police Horses took my attention. They were the Starlight of the event for me. We have to support the future of Horses, by keeping the Emerald Necklace Alive. The Emerald Necklace was created to protect, restore, maintain and promote the landscape, waterways and parkways but the most important are the Bridle Paths. Support the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and ensure that the landscape, Bridle Paths and waterways are maintained for years to come.
Too much, clutter all I could see was Hats. All together Visual Pollution. Please Ladies. “Less is more” a basic phrase.
The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, the Institute also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to our target community across the United States and throughout the world.
In 1947, the late Sidney Farber, MD, founded a Children’s Cancer Research Foundation dedicated to providing children with cancer with compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment and simultaneously developing the cancer preventatives, treatments, and cures of the future. The Institute officially expanded its programs to include patients of all ages in 1969, and in 1974 became known as the Sidney Farber Cancer Center in honor of its founder. The long-term support of the Charles A. Dana Foundation was acknowledged by incorporating the Institute under its present name in 1983.
Today, the Institute employs about 4,000 people supporting more than 200,000 patient visits a year, is involved in some 600 clinical trials, and is internationally renowned for its blending of research and clinical excellence. The Institute’s expertise in these two arms of the fight to eradicate cancer uniquely positions it to bring novel therapies that prove beneficial and safe in the laboratory setting into clinical use.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, a federally designated Center for AIDS Research, and a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), a federally designated comprehensive cancer center. Providing advanced training in cancer treatment and research for an international faculty, the Institute conducts community-based programs in cancer prevention, detection, and control throughout New England, and maintains joint programs with other Boston institutions affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Partners Health Care System, including Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is supported by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the generous support of numerous foundations and individuals, who contribute to the Institute’s individual research and clinic programs or to the Jimmy Fund, the principal charity of the Institute named for one of its child patients.
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LEARN ABOUT SAILING ON THE CHARLES RIVER AT COMMUNITY BOATING INC. (CBI). Sailing on the Charles River is without a doubt one of those iconic Boston experiences and it has never been easier to get started. Join CBI . Open House to learn more about Boston’s greatest resource for sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking.
Complimentary Orientations, Rigging classes, or Shore School, and meet the staff and some of the dedicated volunteer instructors.CBI serve light refreshments. The adult full year membership cost only $240 and includes use of boats, equipment and all classes.
For the experienced dinghy sailor they have a great fleet of 420s, Lasers, and windsurfers and a full summer schedule of racing and advanced clinics.
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BOSTON BY BICYCLE
Boston area transit advocates are livid over the state’s attempts to weasel its way out of commitments made two decades ago to expand public transit as a requirement for building the $15 billion dollar central artery highway. Fred Salvucci, the former state transportation chief who championed the Big Dig, recently told the Boston Globe, “We always knew that this thing would create a very brief improvement and things would recongest if we did not improve public transportation.” Bicycling and pedestrian advocates, too, are disappointed that little money and attention has been allocated to their modes.
Advocates for safer road conditions for cyclists and the creation of off-road bicycle paths in Boston feel they have had limited success over the past several decades. “Bicyclists are a tiny minority of transportation mode users. We cannot rely on our numbers alone, rather on having the public and decision-makers realize that the entire community benefits when other modes of transportation receive necessary funding,” says Doug Mink, long time Boston bicycle advocate and MassBike Board member. In rethinking a strategy toward making Boston a more bicycle-friendly city, Mink believes that, “success requires proven coalitions with other groups, such as health and parks advocates, and acting opportunistically on as broad a field of issues as possible.”
Contemporary bicycle advocacy was born with the oil crisis and surge of environmentalist activity in the 1970s. Concerns were over the reliance on oil from governments we would rather not support, automobile pollution, and urban sprawl. Also touted were the positive benefits bicycling brings to health and community noting that a significant number of trips in Boston are under 5 miles. Early on, cyclists were simply fighting for their right to share the road. In 1990, an average of only $2 million out of an approximate $400 billion in Federal transportation funds were spent each year nationwide on bicycle and pedestrian projects, and only a handful of states and cities had bicycle coordinators.
Today, cycling has entered the mainstream of transportation planning concepts, at least as far as words and potential funding are concerned. After decades of highway-only federal spending, in 1990 the Federal Highway Administrator described bicycling and walking as “the forgotten modes” of transportation. For the first time, U.S. Department of Transportation adopted a national transportation policy to “increase use of bicycling, and encourage planners and engineers to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian needs in designing transportation facilities for urban and suburban areas.” 1998′s Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) allows states to apply for federal transportation dollars for a variety of modes, including biking, public transit and pedestrian facilities. By 2003, Federal spending on bicycle and pedestrian improvements reached over 400 million dollars per year. Tim Blumenthal, Executive Director of Bikes Belong, a bicycle industry group, is optimistic. “The past two years of strategic advocacy may result in the next Federal Transportation Authorization bill including twice the funding for bicycle facilities and programs,” he asserts.
At the local level, several cities such as London, Bogotá, and Chicago have emerged as visionary leaders in integrating bicycling into transportation policy, in partnership with hard-working bike advocate organizations. Chicago’s ambitious, multi-million dollar program with a staff of six has established 100 miles of new bike lanes, installed 10,000 bike racks, and will be installing 100 miles of signed bike routes in 2005. “My goal is to make the City of Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the U.S.” asserts Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago. Their new Millennium Park Bicycle Station offers free indoor secure bike parking, showers, lockers, bike rentals, tours, snack bar, and repair shop. “We’re not telling people to get out of the car, but we’re trying to provide incentives and encouragement to make the city more bicycle-friendly,” says Ben Gomberg, the city’s bicycle program coordinator.
Bostonians want more opportunities to bicycle. According to a January 2005 report, part of MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, a project of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), support for bicycle commuting was identified in a list of most critical issue facing Metropolitan Boston today. “We found that in nearly every community, people see a need for more sidewalks and bike paths to get around safely without a car,” says Tim Reardon, a Regional Planner at MAPC. “And when people talk about dealing with the region’s transportation problems, they don’t talk about new highways and wider roads–they talk about transit, bike paths, and walkable communities.” And with its compact nature and existing greenway bike paths, Boston is ripe for increased bicycling for transportation and recreation.
Founded in 1977, the Boston Area Bicycle Coalition became a statewide advocacy group in 1993 and changed its name to MassBike in 1998. Dorie Clark, MassBike’s executive director, says they are working on state-wide issues that have an impact on local bicycling advocacy. “We are actively involved in the State Highway Manual redesign which will bring modern standards into the document, last updated in the 1960s, that guides every new and reconstructed roadway in the Commonwealth,” Clark says.
“However,” says Jeffrey Ferris, Boston bicycle shop owner and activist, “MassBike’s focus on statewide bicycle issues has left a noticeable void in organized local Boston-area bicycle advocacy.” In 2001, the Boston Transportation Department, in collaboration with the Mayor-appointed Boston Bicycle Advisory Committee, published the “Boston Bicycle Plan” as part of the city 2000-2010 transportation plan. Sadly, four years later, few of the plan’s key recommendations have been implemented. There is currently no Bicycle Program Manager and no Interdepartmental Bicycle Task Force. To its credit, the City has adopted a bicycle parking ordinance to ensure adequate bicycle parking facilities in new buildings, but without adequate enforcement provisions.
In late January, Mayor Thomas Menino convened a high-level meeting to announce his support for the upcoming Boston Bicycle Festival, planned for Sunday October 2, 2005. This suggests a “renewed effort in giving bicycling legitimacy within City government,” says Steve Miller, Festival Director. Boston City Councilor Hennigan held a public hearing in November 2004 on the importance of reinstituting a Bicycle Program Manager. A newly formed organization called the Boston Bicycle Planning Initiative (BBPI) gave a coordinated formal testimony to a packed audience at the hearing, and is spearheading follow-up advocacy in collaboration with MassBike, Bikes Not Bombs, and WalkBoston.
But what can this new bike advocacy attempt do differently to get city officials to take bicycling seriously? New York’s advocacy group Transportation Alternatives appeals to a wider car-alternative audience by working toward “better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars; safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks.” “But Bike advocates don’t win by themselves,” says Noah Budnick, Projects Director of Transportation Alternatives and Board Member of Thunderhead Alliance, a national coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. “Bike advocates and parents and health professionals and park users and businesses and block associations win when they work together.”
Bikes Not Bombs helped create and is on the steering committee of “On the Move: Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition,” a two-year old group consisting of 50 community organizations focusing on improved transportation services in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The advocacy group BBPI has been pushing the message of “Complete Streets,” arguing that all road users must accommodated, including handicapped, transit users, pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles. “The incremental costs of bike, pedestrian, and traffic calming measures are very low when considered during routine road redesign,” says Larry Slotnick, BBPI board member.
Groundwork Somerville, a group working toward healthier, greener neighborhoods, leads the Somerville Active Living by Design Partnership. With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Partnership supports the completion of the Somerville Community Path to Boston and sponsors urban cycling skills workshops in collaboration with MassBike. “People are more likely to be physically active if the exercise happens naturally in daily routines, for example walking up stairs or bicycling to work,” says their Executive Director Jennifer Hill. “That’s why the Partnership includes bike advocates, City planning agencies, and social service and public health agencies, to bring together the people who can make those changes happen.” With funding from the Center for Disease Control, Boston Public Health Commission’s new “Boston STEPS” program aims to reduce the burden of diabetes, asthma, and obesity for residents in seven Boston neighborhoods, and “bike advocates are urging them to develop programs to increase bicycling among their target populations,” says Mink.
BNB’s former Transportation Organizer, Mira Brown, says the challenges before bike advocates are formidable, but exciting. “We cyclists, have to get the entire community to realize that everyone benefits from improved cycling facilities, in combination with more walkable streets and better public transportation. To do this, cyclists have to listen a lot more to our natural allies – transit users and people stuck in cars they really can’t afford or don’t want. Then we have to work together in a diverse movement to force the city, state and federal governments to allocate transportation dollars wisely.”
History of Boston Area Bicycle Coalition
City of Boston Bicycle Plan
Boston Phoenix Article (May 2004) on loss of Boston’s Bicycle Program Manager
Boston Bicycle Festival
Boston Bicycle Planning Initiative (BBPI)
There’s something to be said for that whole “destiny” thing. After a stretch in the movie biz, Elan Sassoon (yes, he’s the son of the legendary Vidal) proceeded to forge his own way in the beauty industry, launching a skincare line, running a chain of medi-spas, and developing a suburban spa concept called Green Tangerine. But he truly hit his stride with the practically concurrent openings of two Mizu salon locations: the first in Boston’s swank Mandarin Oriental Hotel this past October and the second only a couple of months later on Park Avenue in New York City. (Beverly Hills is the next market he’ll tackle.) But the thing that most intrigued us? Sassoon, the brains behind the business, doesn’t actually cut hair — though that may change, he’s quick to point out, when he opens up the 90,000-square-foot flagship “beauty academy” he has planned for Comm Ave.