Monthly Archives: May 2013

Growing demand for interpreters, translators at Boston Medical Center

The requests for medical translators are growing at Boston Medical Center.

Boston Medical Center

The interpreting and translating professions are growing faster than most other occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor—and local hospitals are hiring. The demand is especially great at Boston Medical Center, where more than a quarter of patients have limited English proficiency. Here’s a look at the program.

205,839: Number of requests for interpreter services at BMC in 2012.

8: Percentage increase in the number of requests from 2011 to 2012.

10,069: Number of requests for a Haitian Creole interpreter.

83: Number of requests for a Korean interpreter.

12: Number of requests for an Ubu interpreter.


Bombing victim, rescue hero throw out first pitches at Fenway Park


Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo, whose actions in the aftermath saved Bauman’s life, threw out the first pitches at Tuesday night’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the bombing, threw to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from his wheelchair, while Arredondo pitched to slugger David Ortiz. They also met Red Sox players and other team officials at the park.


Thoughtful Parenting: Put your child in the correct car seat

When a parent says, “Let’s go for a ride in the car,” the invitation usually is greeted with excitement by young children. Engineers have been working to ensure car seats are designed to keep kids as safe as possible, but it’s up to every parent to take full advantage of these innovations by making sure car seats and booster seats are used and installed correctly. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car and booster seats saves lives and reduces serious injuries.

Here’s what you need to know to ensure your most precious cargo is safe:

■ Backseat is safest. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the backseat. The middle of the backseat is the safest spot in the vehicle. Airbags are dangerous to young children riding in the front seat.

■ Rear-facing seat: Infants and children from birth to 2 years old should be kept in a rear-facing child safety seat buckled with the seat’s harness until they reach the upper weight or height limits of their particular seat.

■ Convertible seat: Convertible car seats allow children to ride rear-facing until they are 30 to 45 pounds. Use a five-point harness system until the child is 40 pounds or at the upper weight limit of the seat. Refer to your car seat and vehicle owner’s manual.

■ Forward-facing seat: Your child should ride in a car or booster seat until they are about 57 inches tall.

■ Seat belt: When the booster seat has been outgrown, your child should be able to sit back against the seat with knees bent naturally at the edge of the seat with the shoulder belt crossing between the neck and arm and lap belt crossing low on the hips.

■ Get up-to-date information: Car seat age and size charts as well as information about safety and Colorado law are available at

■ Avoid used seats: Only buy or accept a secondhand car seat from someone you know and trust. If a car seat has been in a crash, it needs to be replaced.

■ Buckle up every ride: When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. Young children learn by watching others, and they will mirror parent behavior.

■ Let your child help pick out a booster seat: Some seats include cup holders, armrests and other cool features. Let you child decorate the seat with stickers or his or her name. Point out the better view from the booster seat.

Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. High temperatures in the car can cause heatstroke in the time it takes for you to run a quick errand.

Information in this article was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado Department of Transportation and Safe Kids USA.

With ‘Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston,’ BU students hope to help the city heal through artistic collaboration

Two days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Boston University students Taylor Mortell and Luca De Gaetano were seated in painting class, their first since BU had resumed classes. But nobody painted that morning.

“We naturally formed a circle and were trying to talk about it,” Mortell says. “Everyone was very shaken up by what had happened. Out of this group discussion, Luca and I had expressed that we wanted to do something to help the community heal.”

Two days later the friends had created ‘Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston.’ They put out a call for art through their contacts in the art community — as well as through various social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr — asking any and all to donate original works of art — inspired by the events at the marathon and by Boston at large — for the project.

“We hope to bring the art community and the general community of greater Boston together in an effort to give back and heal together,” says Mortell. “There are so many different art programs and art associations around Boston, and I think it would be awesome to see them working together on something. And, it is important to us to have the product of this cooperation be friendly and accessible to the general public. We want to show that each individual contribution matters, and that collectively, we could say something very powerful. We really like the idea of an art show for Boston, by Boston.”

And, as the name of their project suggests, it’s less a show than an ongoing community collaboration.

“We will be having a series of ‘Art Marathon’ events and smaller exhibitions in the year leading up to the 2014 Marathon,” says Mortell. “[At which point] we hope to have a larger final exhibition of these works and sell them to benefit local charities.”

A mixed-media submission by Mass Art student Alyssa Aviles


During this process, Mortell and De Gaetano plan to, in turn, give much of the donated artwork they receive as gifts of thanks and “gestures of kindness” to local police stations, runners, the injured, and anyone who was involved in the tragedy, in any capacity. They also hope to, eventually, raise enough money to be able to donate to the One Fund as well as other local non-profits that have aligned themselves with the cause.

To present their project to the public, and stimulate more involvement, they’re holding their first “marathon” this Saturday at BU’s 808 Gallery. To be clear, it’s not a show, but a participatory art event. It’s “confusing for a lot of people,” says Mortell. “We’re inviting all the different art communities of the greater Boston Area and the public to come together and make artwork together to kick off the Still Running effort. We are hoping to get a large enough volume of work from the event to get a small traveling exhibition going to continue to promote awareness and get even more people involved.”

The event is open to all, and Mortell and DeGaetano will provide all paper and art materials. Participants are invited to work from each other’s community portraits as well as to sketch sneakers and running shoes they’ll have on hand for inspiration.

“I think it would be interesting to have a collection of drawings of running shoes alongside drawings of shoes that people wore to the event,” says Mortell. “I personally like this because I think it puts an emphasis on the community aspect of the event while keeping the marathon theme relevant.”

Thus far, the project has received submissions and proposals from interested artists ranging in age from 7 to 89, a testament to the spirit of community both in this town’s art scene and Boston as a city.

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The first Art Marathon is Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boston University’s 808 Gallery, 808 Comm. Ave., Boston. The event is free and open to the public.