New U.S. Citizen. Northampton,MA.

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Entisar Al Nasr of Iraq pledges allegiance before accepting her new certificate of U.S. citizenship at a July 4, 2018, naturalization ceremony in Northampton, MA. “58 immigrants were sworn in on Wednesday in a ceremony organized by the Center for New Americans

The Russell House Bed and Breakfast. BoothBay Harbor, Maine.

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During my recent trip to Maine while covering the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, I stayed for three nights at the Russell House Bed & Breakfast, located just minutes from all the action in downtown BoothBay Harbor. Bed and breakfasts have only three things to accomplish well: A comfortable bed, an excellent breakfast, and a fantastic staff. The Russell house excelled in all categories.
I stayed in guest room three on the second floor. It had a gas fireplace that added a nice touch, a flat screen TV, great shower and bathroom and a super comfortable bed that I had trouble leaving in the morning.

The breakfasts in the morning were fantastic and changed each day varying from homemade waffles to bacon and eggs, always accompanied by yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, and toast. Coffee and tea was available day and night, and there was a cookie jar on the counter if you wanted a quick snack
Finally, as is always the case, no matter how beautiful the accommodations are, it is the staff that makes the difference. Nancy Long and Linsey Grover made my stay there an extraordinary experience.

Russell House Bed & Breakfast

350 Townsend Ave.
Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538
207.633.6006
info@rhmaine.com

Northhampton MA. Fog in the Morning.

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The more I travel, the more I love my home town. This image was from the first day the weather broke in spring. It was cold the night before and a dramatic warm weather front was predicted for the next day. I knew there would be fog in the morning, so I went out out early to see what I could find.

Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, Maine.

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Great to pull up along side the Otter Cove Oyster Farm during the Tour de Source river cruise at the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration in Maine.

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On the Damariscotta River in Maine, Jude Alamo cleans, sorts and sizes oysters at the Norumbega oyster sea farm.

Jude Alamo cleans, sorts and sizes oysters at the Norumbega oyster sea farm on the Damariscotta River in Maine,

Can- AM Shuck Star competition Damariscotta Maine.

James Geoghan (right)of the West Robins Oyster Co., Southampton NY was the winner of the  Can- AM Shuck Star competition at the Damariscotta Oyster celebration. 12 oysters perfectly shucked in 56. 92 seconds. A totally cool party with great music and fantastic local oysters. I lost count of how many I ate!

United Way 2018 Kay Sheehan Spirit of the Community Award

United Way 2018 Kay Sheehan Spirit of the Community Award

Very honored to have received the United Way 2018 Kay Sheehan Spirit of the Community Award yesterday at the Mullins Center.

The Jane Hotel Review

The Jane Hotel

Here is a link to my review of The Jane Hotel in NYC on Gonomad.com  Love the Jane!

 

 

Single Room Occupancy

Single Room Occupancy:
​Portraits and Stories of Northampton Lodging, 1976-2016
March 9 – June 10, 2018 at Historic Northampton
by Cassandra Holden and Paul Shoul
​For the past two years, Cassandra Holden has been interviewing former residents of Northampton Lodging, a single room occupancy boarding house located on Pleasant Street in Northampton, and members of the community about what it was like to live and work there.  The stories of camaraderie and mutual support stand in stark contrast to some of those seen in the police blotter.
​Photographer Paul Shoul came to know many of the former residents and captured thoughtful portraits of them just before they relocated to other housing.
​The exhibition, which will run from March 9th – June 10th, features 20 photographs of residents, staff, and the building; excerpts from oral histories about their lives; construction documents, and a re-creation of a resident’s room at the Lodging. 
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​Until it closed in 2016, Northampton Lodging, located at 129 Pleasant Street, occupied an awkward place in town. Positioned just past Hampton Court, it marked the transition from the brightly lit storefronts, galleries, and restaurants of Main and upper Pleasant Streets to the less pedestrian friendly stretch of road that connects the city to the highway.
Initially constructed in 1967 as a dormitory for the now-closed Northampton Commercial College, the property, since 1976, offered 58 single-room rentals with common kitchens and baths.
​In October of 2016, the building was demolished. Today, the newly constructed, yellow brick, “Live 155” stands in its place. The building boasts 70 affordable and market rate units, all studio and one-bedroom apartments, and will see its first tenants move in later this spring.
​In the larger context, the exhibit traces the waning years of boarding house living in Northampton and raises questions about the availability of affordable housing in our community.

The photographs and the oral histories will become part of the collection at Historic Northampton. 

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This project was made possible with the generous support of Way FindersNorthampton Arts Council, and Historic Northampton with additional assistance from Jim Gipe at Pivot Media, Jean-Pierre Pasche of Big Red Frame, and photographer Stan Sherer.

During the course of the exhibit, Historic Northampton will host programs to explore issues of transitional and temporary housing in Northampton and the variety of groups these properties serve.
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​Historic Northampton is located at 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from Sunday 12-5.  There is no admission fee.  Donations are welcome. 

Women’s March 2018 Northampton,MA.

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Fantastic turnout today at 2018 women’s march in Northampton MA.

Portrait of a Spanish Shepherd.

 

shepherd-extremadura-spainExtremadura Spain. A portrait of a Spainish shepherd. I love Extremadura, Often over looked by travelers, this region on the boarder with Portugal has spectacular landscapes, amazing food, and some of the  most well preserved Roman ruins in the world. For more info on travel to Spain and Extremadua check out, Spain.info

Portugal: Ria Formosa Salt Harvesting

Harvesting Flor de Sal at the Ria Formosa Salt Pans In the Algarve, Portugal.

Harvesting Flor de Sal at the Ria Formosa Salt pans In the Algarve, Portugal.

Spain: Tenerife Carnival Vixens

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An image from my story “Tenerife’s Wild Carnival“.  “Historically, Carnival is the last chance to party for Catholics before 40 days of Lent, a time of penance, sacrifice, and reflection. There will be no abstinence tonight and much to atone for……” Come on, you have to go to this party. Check out Spain.info

 

Nuno’s Grill & Pizza. Good and cheap food in the Algarve, Portugal

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Love it when I find a place that has great food at a reasonable price. Nuno’s is simple, casual and fantastic. The fish is as fresh as you can get.

R. Gen. Humberto Delgado C, 8700-011 Fuseta, Portugal

TIvoli Carveoiro Algarve Resort

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

The TIvoli Carveoiro Algarve Resort in Portugal is a great example of a 5 star hotel done right. Great food, dance parties by the pool and spacious rooms. It is a  happening place and the staff are exemplary. Check it out at Tivoli

Algarve Horse, Portugal.

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A simple scenario. A horse in a field in the Algarve region of Portugal.

A Fishing Boat in Salema. Algarve, Portugal.

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A fishing boat crew cleans their nets on the Algarve coast, Salema, Portugal.

 

Portugal, Algarve,Faro, Stork Nest.

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Portugal, Algarve,Faro, Stork Nest.

Eating Algarve. Grilled Sardines.

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Wonderful grilled sardines. Eating Algarve Food Tours, Faro, Portugal.

The Birdman of Lisbon, Portugal.

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The Birdman of Lisbon. Waterfront Praca Do Comercio, Quay Pillars.

Octopus pots, Salema, Algarve, Portugal.

Octopus pots, Salema, Algarve, Portugal.

Octopus pots, Salema, Algarve, Portugal.

Sunset on the Azores

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A magnificent sunset on Pico Island in the Portuguese Azores.

Azores Pico Island Portugal

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On Pico Island in his home distillery,Augusto Silva shows me the fruits of his labor from which he makes his sweet liquor.His stone walled vineyards of Verdelho grapes are within the Unesco World heritage site in the Criaco Velha wine region on this tiny Island in the Azores.

Costa Rica Flash Dance

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A happy accident. Often I “drag the shutter” when shooting flash. Using a shutter speed of 1 second or more, the speed of the flash freezes motion while the background swirls. While Photographing this dancer in Costa Rica with this technique I happened to catch the flash exposure of two other photographers

Compass Youth Collaborative

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What a pleasure it has been to work with the Compass Youth Collaborative and the Compass Peace builders out on the streets of the North end of Hartford. Only an hour away from Northampton yet worlds apart. Looking forward to another day out in the community with them.

 

Extremadura, Spain: Trujillo’s Conquistadors and Plasencia.

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Extremadura, Trujillo

Check out my new story from Extremadura Spain on Gonomad https://www.gonomad.com/95815-extremadura-spain-trujillos-conquistadors-plasencia

Extremadura. Savoring the Taste of Spain

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Check out my new story on Extremadura Spain featured on  Gonomad.com “Savoring the Tastes

Trujillo Spain.

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The city of Trujillo in Extremadura , Spain, feels unchanged by the passage of time. The home of the conquistadors who changed the world in the 16th century, It is a must see destination if you are in Extremadura.

#36th Annual NOHO Pride March 2017

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Over 35,000 people turned out for the 36th annual NOHO pride march this year in the paradise of America, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Extravaganja 2017 It takes a village to light a bong

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Extravaganja 2017 Northampton, Mass.  It takes a village to light a bong.