Bill may like to joke about how his personal trainer likes to put the hurt on him every week, but the truth is, Lynne Marie Wanamaker is doing what she can to lessen the amount of pain in the world. The suicides of several teenagers over the past year has raised the topic of bullying everywhere – from our local papers to the internet to our favorite TV shows. Lynne Marie and her friend Jenn Bealer discuss the effects of bullying and harassment, especially in regard to the LGBT community, and offer some tips on what you can do to help. They’re also offering a workshop.
Mention the name “Andrei Berman” to some Northampton progressives, and you may see a flash of annoyance. The former Northampton high school student is notorious for what may have been a key role in the defeat of the 2004 override. These days, Mr. Berman is finishing up a stint in “Teach for America,” and has some interesting opinions on education reform; especially the way the issue is dealt with in Waiting for Superman.