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A year into the shop’s tenure on Beacon Street, co-owner Carol Sapoznik shares what it’s like having your family as coworker

Brookline's Olive Connection Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Photo via the Olive Connection website

Here’s a look at what’s opening from April to July

Pop-Up at the Street: Coming Soon

68 Kmart stores and 10 Sears stores to close this summer


There is one women that has left quite a mark in my memory. Brookline just won’t be the same without Ethel Weiss. On so many hot summer days while taking a break from summer school I would escape to “Irving’s Toy Store”.  It’s funny, when I was young I use to fantasize about running the very same store alongside her. One day 10 years ago I stopped in with my then three younger children to see if she remembered me. She surprise me and said that she did and even recalled my sister by name. That is the kind of person that makes Brookline what it is.

I can’t even begin to imagine the whole that the sad loss of Ethel Weiss will have amid our town. I can’t fathom the idea of her store front missing from view. I only wish I had had the money to offer to buy her story so that her legend could continue. Maybe, just maybe her children will carry on in her name.

R.I.P. dear Ethel Weiss.

Ethel Weiss

1. The Institutional Racism Against Black Indians

2. Bering Strait Theory, Pt. 4: The Indisputable Facts in the Artifacts

3. Code Talker Stories: Penned by a Daughter, With Love

Courtesy Rio Nuevo Publishers

4. Do American Indians Celebrate the 4th of July?

Courtesy Pius Spottedhorsechief, vice president of the Pawnee Indian Veterans
The Pawnee Indian Veterans Homecoming Pow Wow recognizes returning veterans.
Pawnee, Oklahoma. The 68th annual Pawnee homecoming takes place
July 3 through 6, 2014.

5. Heroes Till the End: Code Talkers in Their Twilight Years

6. Camp Out July 4 Weekend at Top-Rated RV Parks in Indian Country

The Villages at Turning Stone RV Park earned a perfect rating for the 2014 Good Sam
RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The Villages is one of only 68 parks to
achieve this in the US.

7. Happy 4th From Your Friendly Neighborhood Rez Fireworks Stand

8. Iroquois Nationals Gearing up for World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado
Iroquois Nationals U-19, who were the Bronze Medalist Field Lacrosse Team at the World
Lacrosse Championships in 2012 in Turku, Finland. The team will play in Denver, Colorado
on July 11, 2014 for the World Lacrosse Championship.

9. Catawba Trust Land Support Boosted by Three Congressmen

YNNE HARLAN/EBCI Public Relations
Principal Chief Michell Hicks (center) is shown with NC Governor Pat McCrory (left) and
NC Speaker of the House and Senatorial candidate Thom Tillis at the NCGOP Convention
held this past weekend [June 9] at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

10. The Irony of Fireworks and Freedom While Living With PTSD on July 4th

Courtesy National Center for PTSD

11. Huh? Snyder Might Let Go of ‘Redskins’ Name if This Happens…

Associated Press

12. Word Up: Gyasi Ross Teaches Gawker About Native Hip Hop

Source: Gawker

13. Native Gays Celebrated at West Hollywood Intertribal Pow Wow

Diego James Robles
Jingle dress dancer Kathryn Draper, Choctaw/Creek, dances in an intertribal during the Celebrating
All Life and Creation Pow Wow in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park, on Saturday afternoon,
June 28, 2014.

14. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Updates Climate Change Adaptation Policy

15. Sorry, Pete: The Dutch Just Made Christmas a Little Less Racist

AP Photo/Peter Dejong
A ‘Zwarte Piet’, or Black Pete, the blackface sidekick of the Dutch version of Santa Claus, takes
part in a parade in Amsterdam in 2013. AP Photo/Peter Dejong


1. Outrage in Indian Country as Redskins Owner Announces Foundation

Associated Press
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

2. An Agenda Banks on Weed

3. The ‘Other Brady’: Strongest Special Olympian Rivals NFLers

Courtsey of Janie Tanner
Brady Taner, Cherokee, deadlifts during competition

4. Navajo Council Member’s Anti-Redskins Bill Ready for a Vote

Courtesy Joshua Lavar Butler’s Twitter Page
Joshua Lavar Butler, Navajo Nation Councilman

5. Single Mother, Entrepreneur Helps TANF Families Advance in School and Workplace

Courtesy BG Associates
Brenda Guachena, enrolled member of the Rincon Luiseño Band of Indians, owner of BG Associates TANF training and technical assistance

6. Tribes Demand Return of Native Scalps From Karl May Museum in Germany

Courtesy Wikicommons
The upcoming Karl May Festival in Radebeul, Germany, from May 30 to June 1, will have plenty of controversy leading up to it.

7. $58M in Grants Available to Support Native American Employment and Training Programs

8. Power of Northern Cree Talking Drum

Courtesy Canyon Records
Members of the Alberta, Canada, drum group Northern Cree perform.

9. North Dakota Oil Spills Highlight Gaps in Regulation and Oversight

An aerial shot of the seven acres flooded with oil from a pipeline rupture on Steven Jensen’s farm in North Dakota in September 2013.

10. Let’s Move! Solicits Young Chefs to Submit Lunch Recipes

Courtesy Let’s Move
First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas, last year’s recipe winner from Arizona, introduces Mrs. Obama during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2013.

11. 8 Amazingly Timed Photos of Birds in, and Out of, Their Element via Buzzfeed
The moments that life is made of: rarely captured shots of everyday miracles.

1. ‘Why Am I Crying?’ False Lightning and Buried Emotions

2. Milwaukee Pow Wow Welcomes Spring and Gives Back to Community

Courtesy Charlie and Me Photography
A man dances at a previous Winter Pow Wow

3. Calif. Sacred Sites Bill Would Boost Protections but Exclude Some 50 Tribes

Jeffrey Amato/
Medicine Lake in California is sacred to many tribes, the Pit River Tribe of Northern California among them.

4. Historic Truce in Century-Long Water War Balances Needs of Klamath Tribes, Farmers

AP Photo/The Herald and News, Steven Silton
Upper Klamath Lake, part of tens of thousands of acres in Oregon’s drought-stricken Klamath Basin that had to forego water last summer after the Klamath Tribes exercised their water rights to save their fisheries.

5. Nomlaki Indians Fund Mapping Software to Improve Emergency Response of Local Police

6. The Lillian St. Cyr Story, Part 3: New York City

Photo Courtesy Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives.
Lillian St. Cyr with co-star Dustin Farnum in the 1914 silent film ‘The Squaw Man.’

7. In Honor of Loretta Saunders

8. Dene Woman Wins Youth Activist Award for Preserving Aboriginal Culture

9. Obama’s Billion-Dollar Climate Resilience Fund Will Help States, Tribes Prepare
President Barack Obama signs the 2015 budget, which includes a copy billion Climate Resilience Fund that will help states and tribes adapt to an altered environment.

10. Maryland Church Proposed a Boycott Against Washington NFL Team

Associated Press

11. World’s Oldest Living Person Credits Health to Sushi and Sleep

AP photo
Misao Okawa blew out three candles for each figure of 116 on her birthday March 5.

12. Jason Momoa on ‘Red Road’ Character: ‘You Don’t Know Who He Is Yet’

Courtesy Sundance TV
Momoa plays Phillip Kopus, a menacing ex-con at the center of Sundance TV’s ‘The Red Road.’

13. Oneida Nation and New York Agreement Gets Final Approval

AP Photo
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, and Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises at the signing of the historic agreement last year. On March 4, the agreement was finalized by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn.

Restaurant served final meal in October

SAUGUS, Mass. —Everything had to go at the Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus on Saturday, even the kitchen sink.

Watch report

The 52-year-old restaurant on Route 1 was forced to close in October due to declining business.

On Saturday everything from barstools and signs to the original cookbook were all put up for auction. Owners said that since announcing the closure, people had been stealing mementos from the famous restaurant, which is known for its outdoor neon cactus and fiberglass cows.

Cows at the former Braintree restaurant, which closed in 2007, sold for an estimated $3,000 each.

Former owner, the late Frank Giuffrida, opened the western-style restaurant in 1961. His widow, Irene Giuffrida, said her husband had dreams of running a steakhouse as soon as they got married.

“On our honeymoon he kept saying to me, ‘I’m going to open up a steakhouse. What do you think?’” Irene Giuffrida said at the restaurant’s final day of service. “I said, ‘Frank I don’t know a thing about the restaurant business.’”



By Kathryn Roy, The Springfield Republican

Republican photo by Mark Murray

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —He hasn’t quit his day job yet, but a Springfield engineer is hoping to grow his grass roots boomerang business.

Jeffrey LeBeau, an engineer who started Big Daddy Boomerangs about a year ago, has involved his whole family in his business, with his three sons testing out his new designs and his wife, Kari LeBeau, painting designs on them.

Jeffrey LeBeau said he first discovered boomerangs, the curved-shaped lightweight devices that return to the thrower if thrown just right, when he was a teenager. He was in a science museum in Canada when he discovered a book on making boomerangs in the gift shop.

“I started dabbling in it, making some cross stick-type boomerangs,” he said. “I got them to work, and shared them with my friends at that time.”

He then didn’t pick up a boomerang for years, until he was married with three boys, and wanted to share his love for boomerangs with his children.

“My kids (ages 11, 12 and 14) called me ‘Big Daddy’ growing up, so that’s how I got the name for the business,” LeBeau said. “They are my product testers. They’ll help me design different shapes and colors. It’s a family business.”

The boys and their mother paint the wooden boomerangs after LeBeau carves them and tests them.

“The kids help out with some new ideas for shapes,” he said.

Kari LeBeau helps with painting. Big Daddy will create custom paint designs by request for customers.

Kari, whose passion is throwing pottery, said she doesn’t love boomerangs quite as much as her husband does, but she enjoys contributing to the artistic aspect of the boomerangs he produces.

“I love painting and being a part of that process,” she said. “And he is a great role model for our boys. With every fair, with every order, with every minute he spends in his ‘boom shop,’ he shows our children it’s never too late to chase your passions.”

LeBeau’s sport wooden boomerang is made out of Baltic birch plywood. He said it’s a good material for beginner boomerangs, rather than competition level boomerangs, which he hasn’t attempted yet.

“I really want to introduce people to the sport,” he said. “Teaching them that they really work — that’s part of the excitement.”

LeBeau said a boomerang can be made out of almost any shape.

“The key is to have proper ratios of width to length for the wing, he said. “(There’s also) the thickness of the wing and the air foil shape. There is a lot of science to it. ”

He said there’s a lot of trial and error.

“I’ve had a bunch that don’t work,” he said. “I either abandon it or I re-tool it. But for the models that do work, which give me results I’m happy with, I make a template of. I use power tools, but they’re all hand shaped, unique and different.”

In addition to Big Daddy’s wooden boomerangs, LeBeau created a boomerang that folds up and fits in a pocket.

“I came up with the idea because I wanted portability,” he said. “I had a different product line with plastic and I can’t put it in my pocket. I wanted some to carry with me while I’m out hiking, at the beach or at the park.”

He envisions the three-wing Pocket Boom as a popular, new, backyard game.

“Instead of playing Frisbee or lawn darts, let’s play Pocket Boom,” he said. “You have an instant game ready to go, and you don’t have to worry about this thing breaking.”

LeBeau has a patent pending on the Pocket Boom. He buys the plastic from Delaware and a company from Agawam laser cuts it for him. LeBeau and his wife do the post-processing of the wings. He said he tries to use only materials from the U.S.A.

Throwing a boomerang takes practice and skill, but LeBeau said he can teach anyone to throw one. He said kids as young as 5 or 6 can successfully throw the Pocket Boom, and kids 10 or 11 can handle the wooden boomerangs.

“You do need a little athletic ability,” he said. “If you can throw a baseball or softball, you can do it. Boomerang is more of a finesse sport than a muscle sport. It takes practice.”

How a thrower holds the boomerang, the way they throw it and the direction and speed of the wind are all factors in a boomerang’s performance.

For now, LeBeau is marketing through his website,, on Facebook and Twitter, and word of mouth. He’s also attending craft and market fairs. He said he has attended nine such fairs in the past year. People seem to love the pocket boomerangs.

“I’ve sold close to 240 Pocket Booms, so I know there’s traction there, which prompted me to pursue my passion,” he said.

Eventually, he hopes to see his products in independently owned toy shops, and hopefully, sporting goods stores.