For Artisan’s Asylum, moving day is coming

first_imgHarvard has announced that Artisan’s Asylum, a local nonprofit arts collaborative, will begin moving its facilities to Allston-Brighton later this year.The move sets the stage for a significant long-term partnership between the University and Artisan’s, a nonprofit organization founded in 2010. It will allow Artisan’s, which is currently located in Somerville, to expand its new space and continue to grow its operations.Plans call for transforming a warehouse at 55 Antwerp St. into a vibrant community center. Another project is planned at 176 Lincoln St., now under development by Berkeley Investments; that project is currently under community review.“Harvard is thrilled to welcome the Artisan’s Asylum, and its cutting-edge, innovative maker space to the neighborhood. Their plans for the Allston space represent an exciting opportunity to strengthen the region’s creative economy and support community-wide creativity and collaboration,” said Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “Artisan’s is a vital community resource that complements and widens our shared goals of nurturing creativity, collaboration, and economic impact.”“We are delighted to begin our move to Allston-Brighton, and excited to make our new home in a neighborhood that is teeming with artistic innovation, ingenuity, and collaboration,” said Lars Hasselblad Torres, executive director of Artisan’s Asylum.“All of us are grateful for the ongoing support from Harvard, and we look forward to our continued partnership in the months and years to come,” said Steve Derezinski, the group’s chair. “This is an exciting, transformative time for the organization.”“An inclusive refuge for teaching, learning, and practice of fabrication,” Artisan’s maintains affordable studios and workspaces for craftspeople in a variety of specialties, including jewelry, 3D printing, woodworking, and robotics. It has more than 160 studios, 15 shops, and access to hundreds of tools, and has developed a range of educational programming for learners of all ages, including classes, featured speakers and special events.Artisan’s Asylum will relocate from Somerville to the Allston-Brighton area this year.Since its inception, Artisan’s Asylum has placed a heavy emphasis on local entrepreneurship, and has contributed more than $70 million in economic development impact. It leads the nation in development of innovative spaces and programs that support creative expression and entrepreneurship. By exchanging ideas and sharing skills, it has fostered startups such as Atlas Devices, GeoOrbital, 3D Doodler, Unruly Studios, RailState, and Cantux Research, among many others. Over the years its investments have helped create more than 100 jobs and helped contribute to the livelihood of hundreds of independent creatives.“We are excited to welcome Artisan’s Asylum to Boston and grateful to Harvard for this innovative partnership. We are looking forward to expanding on the work we did together [in 2020] on employment for returning citizens, and look forward to the additional partnerships that will be fostered as a result of this exciting new resource in Allston,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.Last summer, Harvard welcomed a satellite of Artisan’s to Allston, where its members and volunteers ramped up efforts to create personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns to be used in nonsurgical settings among a variety of users, including dentists, hospitals, and even child-care centers. In doing so, it worked with the Harvard Ed Portal, as well as the cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and was able to hire and train new immigrants and formerly incarcerated workers.Artisan’s plans to expand its programming and benefits in response to local community input. It also plans to work extensively with the community and Berkeley Investments on the intersection of innovation and arts in Allston-Brighton.“Harvard is committed to ensuring that the arts remain central to the University’s campus in Allston,” said Marika Reuling, managing director of Harvard’s Allston Initiatives team. “One of the University’s top priorities remains continuing to engage in efforts to support the region’s robust artist community and to [continue] to bring a diverse mix of uses in the neighborhood. Through its ongoing support of local artists through programs such as the Allston-Brighton Winter Market, the Western Avenue Arts Walk, and Zone 3’s Pop-Up! Artist Shop, and more recently announced Window Shopping experience, the University is working steadfastly to ensure that the arts continue to thrive throughout the region.”last_img read more

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20 Displaced in ‘Severe’ Albertson Apartment Fire

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York About 20 people were displaced Friday night after a fire ripped through two apartments inside a 14-unit town-house complex in Albertson, officials said.Residents of the two units engulfed in flames were on vacation and nobody was inside when the blaze erupted around 6:15 p.m., said Jason Lasek, assistant chief at the Albertson Fire Company.Firefighters responded to 153 I.U. Willets Road after a passing Nassau County police officer saw the burning apartments and called for help.Approximately 100 firefighters from 12 fire departments responded and had the blaze contained about two hours later, Lasek said. Nobody was injured in the fire.The episode could’ve been far more dangerous if it wasn’t for quick-thinking firefighters who noticed structural failure in the apartments and ordered everyone out to prevent injury, Lasek said.The ceiling eventually collapsed onto the second floor, Lasek said. Moments later, the second floor also caved, he said.“It was a pretty severe fire,” Lasek said, “but it was well contained to the two apartments.”Two dogs inside a neighboring apartment were rescued and returned safely to their owners, he added.Because of the frigid temperatures, displaced residents were taken to the Albertson firehouse before they moved in with either nearby family members or an American Red Cross affiliated facility, officials said.Residents were later allowed into the complex only to retrieve belongings. They will only be allowed to return once the Town of North Hempstead Building Department deems the complex safe. It’s unclear how long that will take.Officials have yet to determine what caused the fire. The Nassau County Fire Marshall’s office is currently investigating the blaze.Lasek said the fire department has been in contact with the vacationing families affected by the fire.last_img read more

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Top spot for the family in popular Parkinson

first_imgThe home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.Above the double lockup garage there is a rumpus room opening on to a deck. “My husband loves the upstairs area the most,” Ms Lu said. “My husband has his friends over for soccer games. It’s separate from the rest of the house so you can make some noise up there without being heard.” The property has two water tanks, a solar power system, monitored back-to-base alarm and security screens. The home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.Ms Lu said the home was perfect for families as it had plenty of space inside, a big entertaining area for gatherings and a big pool and yard for the kids. “Our neighbours are very friendly and the area is very convenient. There’s a short cut to Woolworths and we’re walking distance to the lake and the park,” she said. The property is being marketed by Andrea Manson of Belle Property Calamvale for offers over $739,000. The home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.The spacious family home has a separate dining room and an open-plan lounge and kitchen area that opens to the outdoor space. The kitchen has granite benchtops, a gas cooktop, corner pantry, breakfast bar and plenty of bench and cupboard space. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master bedroom has airconditioning, an ensuite and built-in robes. The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. There is also a study and family bathroom with dual basins. center_img The home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.THIS family home is on a huge block with an in-ground swimming pool in a quiet Parkinson street. Owner Connie Lu lives at 34 Woodlark Cres with her husband and daughter. “We love the location,” she said. “It’s very convenient to shops and bus stops, and child care and schools are right next door. “We also love the size of the outdoor area. There is so much space to have family and friends over. In the summer, we have friends over for barbecues and a swim in the pool.” last_img read more

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State Champs!

first_imgThis is a belated congratulations to the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles who won the 1A State Championship this past Saturday in Indianapolis.  They defeated the Argos Lady Dragons 57-39.  This marks the second state championship for Jac-Cen-Del and the first for the Lady Eagles.Coach Smith’s team was led by Lily Simon with 16 points and Jordan Day with 12.  The Lady Eagles never trailed after the first minute of the second quarter.  Their day was capped off when Abby Wagner received the Mental Attitude Award.Congratulations on a great feat and a memorable season!last_img read more

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