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The Waltham Committee is pleased to invite you to an exciting tour around Waltham, introducing our community to “Waltham Women, Past and Present.” Former city councilor Sally Collura will guide the tour to Waltham’s historic gems, introducing us to women who helped shape the city. Highlights include Gore Place, Lyman Estate and Paine’s Stonehurst Estate. We will stop at WCAC-TV, where the station’s executive director Maria Sheehan will host a reception with Waltham women who combine their passion for business, art and activism to drive change and make a difference in the city. On our way back we will visit the Watch Factory Museum for a glimpse at the photo exhibit of the factory women workers. Transportation via the Waltham Trolley is generously provided by John Peacock, executive director of Waltham Chamber of Commerce.


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Marybeth Duffy, director of Waltham Council on Aging:

I want to thank everyone for the donation to our Meals on Wheels program. It was very kind and generous of you. The senior center has benefited greatly from our relationship with the Women’s Research Center. We have enjoyed all things you have done here.

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Marilyn Lee-Tom, Executive Director of the Community Day Center of Waltham:

Thank you, the Waltham Committee and the Scholars for thinking of us during the Giving Season. During the winter we see more people whose primary night-time residence is in a homeless shelter, a warming center, a domestic-violence shelter or other insecure housing situation, Donations like yours help keep our doors open.

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We would like to thank everyone who participated in Waltham Committee’s 2013 Holiday Fund Drive by donating to Waltham’s Community Day Center and the Council on Aging! As in previous years, the Waltham Committee continued its efforts to support not-for-profit community aid services in Waltham.  In its 2013 fund drive, the Waltham Committee collected $163 in donations. Scholars contributions were directed to Community Day Center of Waltham which provides day shelter and access to services to homeless in the metro-west area, and to Waltham CoA’s Emergency Fund in support of the Meals on Wheels program, where Waltham citizens and retired citizens can volunteer to help prepare or deliver meals to the city’s home bound elders.

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Helen Berger

Helen A. Berger is a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center whose research focuses on Women’s spirituality and its relationship to social activism. She has published four books on the topic and is now in the process of writing her fifth, which explores changes in this movement in the past fifteen years.  In addition to her affiliation with Brandeis she is a frequent visitor to Waltham to shop, see movies, enjoy the many wonderful restaurants and walk by the river.  She is interested in exploring more of what Waltham has to offer and working with the Waltham committee to help build bridges between the WSRC and the community.

As a new Visiting Scholar in 2010, Jennifer Coplon is happy to be back in the Waltham community where she has a prior history. In the mid 1990s she earned her PhD in social policy from the Heller School at Brandeis.

Jennifer Coplon

In the 1970s she practiced as a social worker in Waltham, helping families and leading parent groups at the Prospect Terrace Housing Development. In her professional and personal life, Jennifer is passionate about making a difference on many levels–organizationally, civicly, and interpersonally.

Odgerel Dashzeveg

Odgerel Daszeveg  is a Visiting Scholar at the WSRC. She is very excited about joining the Waltham Committee to contribute towards Waltham’s multicultural, diverse community support activities.

Odgerel has prior experience working for several community development organizations in Massachusetts and her work focused on family self-sufficiency, community finance, affordable housing and women’s advancements.

Rajashree Ghosh  is a Resident Scholar and an ardent advocate of social development. The Waltham Committee provides her with opportunities to be locally engaged.

Rajashree Ghosh

In establishing and renewing relationships with local administration, non profits, philanthropists that influence social development at the community level she aims to promote sustained civic engagement. And together with other members of the Committee she works towards developing authentic voices amongst us and in the community as a whole.

Elizabeth (Liz) Marksonis a Visiting Scholar at WSRC.  A sociologist and psychotherapist, her current research at WSRC focuses on stereotypes of aging.

Elizabeth Markson

Aware of Waltham’s past history as the site of the Lowell family’s first mills in the city plus the Waltham Watch Factory, she is especially interested in learning more about Waltham  and participating in its exciting social changes today

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We launched our Newsletter on March 23 and were happy to receive many positive responses.  We’d like to share a few of these comments.  We also welcome your ideas and suggestions!

What a great idea! … and thanks to you!  I think the Waltham Committee has done fabulous work this year.    Janet Freedman, Visiting Scholar, WSRC

Wow.  Your Newsletter is definitely not your average newsletter, online or otherwise!  I have just had the pleasant and rewarding experience of reading and learning about the Committee and its members (all you wonderful Scholars!), your activities, successes, and history, as well as quite a bit about Waltham – all in a very clear and beautiful format.  The writing, information, images, and design are superb, and they invited and encouraged me to learn more.  Each link was well worth the click-of-the-mouse because the further I went, the more I wanted to continue.   Louise Lopman, Resident Scholar, WSRC

This is terrific!  I look forward to reading more and getting more involved with the committee at some point soon!   Denise Riebman, Assistant Dean.  Office of Career Services, The Heller School

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