Category Archives: Riverview

The community where I first volunteered; lived for two summers; and became a community organizer.

Remembering Connie Petrunenko

I had the pleasure and honour of working with Connie in Brightwood’s Riverview Housing project. She defined community nursing and community health long before these became concepts for me. I watched her with parents, children, and professionals. Smooth, gentle and … Continue reading

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Request backgrounder and questions

From: Sean Purdy Sent: January 14, 2002 1:00 PM Subject: RE: Regent Park Hi Simon. How are you? I found your name in the Regent Park Community News in the 70s and then did a search on the Internet. You’d … Continue reading

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Linc Durand, organizing to the end

From The Boston Globe Feb 12, 1989 A memorial Mass was said in St. Polycarp’s Church in Somerville on Jan. 23 for John Lincoln Durand, former founder and chairman of the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants. Mr. Durand died … Continue reading

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Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants in Springfield

Springfield Republican, Oct. 21, 1973 A tenant union leader praised the record of public housing in Massachusetts and attacked federal policy on the poor Saturday .in a speech at American In­ternational College. Speaking at the end of an all-day convention … Continue reading

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We’re Looking For People

To The Editor [University of Massachusetts student paper]: One night early last spring one of my co-workers pointed out that Springfield had made the Big Time. Much to my amazement the big dot in Western Mass. was referred to in … Continue reading

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Tenant management video approved

Brightwood Social Services approved for producing video focusing on tenant participation in public housing project modernization in Lowell and Springfield.

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The Tenant Paper Jul 20/72

Riverview tenant council report Tenants finally get trash barrels Under the threat of action SHA finally put more barrels outside. A gain tenants showed their cooperation – the barrels were filled in two days. We must get SHA to empty … Continue reading

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