The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 10, 2003

John Ballantine, Jr. of Fiske Street recently published a summary of his research findings on non-college workers in Low-Wage America: How Employers are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace, a book published this fall by the Russell Sage foundation.

The book is a collection of 13 multi-year case studies of non-college workers in the U.S. funded by the Rockefeller and Russell Sage Foundations. John and his colleague, Ronald Ferguson, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, completed their study of 60 manufacturing firms in Worcester County. In their research they found that wage disparity and employment practices (temporary workers, training) were very much influenced by company culture, management strategies and technology decisions.

Bonnie Krims, the author of Perfect Palettes For Painting Rooms, is a local author who lives on Westford Street with her husband and two children. Krims is a nationally recognized color consultant who will be giving a talk and doing a signing at the Concord Bookshop this Sunday at 3 p.m. This is her fourth book. "The goal of all of my books is to help people pick paint colors for their house, interiors or exteriors. The systems for doing this are described step-by-step in each book. This is a task that stumps many people when they go to paint their rooms, and is even more difficult when choosing paint colors for their house," says Krims.

Brita Bero of Hartwell Road, a senior at Northfield Mount Herman School, has been selected to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) in Washington, D.C. from December 9 to 14. NYLC is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Bero will be one of approximately 350 outstanding scholars from around the country at the conference.

The theme of NYLC is The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today. Throughout six days, Bero will interact with key elected officials, political appointees and news makers in an exploration of the three branches of government, the news media and the international community.

"While many students are reading about leadership in books, students like Bero will interact with members of Congress, Washington's press corps and key political appointees to continue formulating their ideals and leadership skills," said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors the conference. "The National Young Leaders Conference positions each of these students as colleagues in whose hands the future of our country rests."


In last week's story on the report of the Revenue Enhancement Committee (pages 1,5) we reported that the Recreation Commission's revolving fund (53D account) was "estimated by [committee co-chair Lisa Jensen-Fellows] at up to $700,000." Jensen-Fellows says that her estimate was "several hundred thousand dollars." RecCom Chair Maureen Tarca disputes both figures. "The average balance [in the 53D account] is around $125,000. Maybe it has been up to $200,000 for a day," she says.

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