The Consumer Vision

            July/August, 2013

Address: 359 Coggeshall St., New Bedford, MA 02746

Telephone: 508-994-4972

Web Site: www.consumervisionmagazine.com

Email Address: bobbranco93@gmail.com

Publisher: Bob Branco

Editor: Janet Marcley

CD Production: Allen Hensel

CD Reader: Bob Zeida

Email Production: Bob Branco and Janet Marcley

Braille Production: Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library

Board of Directors: Clement Beaulieu, Darryl Breffe, Steve Brown, Lauren Casey, Dan Germano, Bob Hachey, Allen Hensel, Alan Soule and Gail Teixeira

Note: For searching purposes, three asterisks (***) have been inserted just before the beginning of each new article or section.

Table of Contents

Mama

Nightside or Blindside

My Response to the Previous Article

Community Notices (3 items)

Mixed Messages about Vulgar and Inappropriate Language

Lazy Summer Days

Consumer Vision Trivia Contest

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            Mama

by John Justice  

Mama always lived a hard life, but somehow found the grace and charm to remember the good things. She was born in 1919 in a fishing town called Biloxi, Mississippi. The McCarthy family was never rich but they had enough to go around. Mama would work on the shrimp boats as a young girl, helping relatives sort the shrimp into barrels based on their size.  This was done on the docks where the boats tied up and dumped their loads into huge bins. After the sorting, someone else further down the line would chop off the heads and still further along, the shrimp were packaged in one way or another for shipping to market. Handling shrimp hour after hour made her little hands bleed. For years, she wouldn’t go near a shrimp in any form.  

At the age of eighteen, Mama met a man who swept her off of her feet and right into the back seat of his car. She became pregnant and, in those days, the man had to make an honest woman out of her. That is what Mr. Fuller did. My half sister Hazel was born after the usual time but the marriage didn’t last. It wasn’t long before my mother was on her own with a baby in the heart of Philadelphia. My great grandmother took her in and Hazel was raised for part of her life in a big row home on North 23rd Street.

But life wasn’t through with Mama, not by a long way. She trained as a telephone operator and worked there for a time but soon moved on to a local department store. Mama didn’t like taking orders from people for whom she had no respect. My father came along then and Mama became a Justice. I was born in 1945 at the end of World War II. My parents had both gone off to serve, as many young people did in those days. Eventually they came home, but Dad was never the same after the war.

I was born with congenital Glaucoma and Mama’s bad luck followed her right into a new life on a farm in southern New Jersey. After serving in the war together, my parents bought that farm with their combined G.I. Benefits. No one knew about my illness at first but I soon began to develop horrible headaches and it became obvious that my vision was going.

It was then that Hazel Geraldine Justice showed her true metal.  She mortgaged that farm for everything she could get and spent the money trying to deal with my illness. I was almost 20 when she made the last payment. Unfortunately, all of her efforts and every penny she spent weren’t quite enough. After nine operations and months in various hospitals from Baltimore to Philadelphia, I finally lost all of my vision.

Did my mother give up? As she would put it, “Hell no! That just made it more important to try harder!”  Mama worked hard to teach me what she could and then tried to find the best possible school that instructed blind children. There was no way she was going to let me go to a school in a city she hated, namely Philadelphia. So I ended up in Maryland School for the Blind. As it turned out, that choice was a big mistake. In those days the school was very large, poorly managed and the children had only minimal supervision.  A laundry building was burned to the ground and I was blamed for it. The principal beat me so badly with his belt that I ended up in the school infirmary for days. I never went near that building. When my mother heard about how I had been treated, she came up there with blood in her eye and brought me home.  When the principal tried to interfere, she threatened to sue him or knock him on his butt, whichever he preferred. Nothing more was said and the next summer I went off to school in Jersey City, New Jersey.

During my stay there, my father disappeared, leaving Mama to deal with a poultry farm, a back-breaking mortgage and a blind son. Later we learned that he just couldn’t handle serious responsibility after the war. He did leave my mother with one parting gift, my younger sister. The next time I came home, Dad was gone but Jane was in a basket in the back of our station wagon. No one had ever told me about the baby. As a blind boy living in a residential school, much of normal life passed me by.

But when I came home, my training in independence came from a woman who had more than her share of common sense and an understanding of my unique problems. I can still remember her saying, “Jacky, I’m not going to treat you like some kind of cripple. You are blind and that will take some adjusting but I just don’t have the time to wait on you hand and foot. You’re a strong young boy and you will get hurt from time to time. Together you and I will figure out what you can do and how to do it. We’ll try some things that work and others that won’t but I won’t baby you, Jacky. I can’t.”  Like any young farm boy, I did get banged up a bit but for the most part, her support and her ability to teach me how to be independent has served me well all my life. Mama bought me a bicycle and taught me how to ride it along the soft shoulder of our country roads. She brought me along when we picked up fruit that we didn’t grow for our store. I worked right beside her, carrying watermelons and bags of corn. My mother bought futures in local crops. Every year she would invest in the vegetables and fruit grown by farmers in our area. She brought me to several different farms where I would work cutting corn, picking strawberries, peppers, broccoli and other vegetables. I would spend hours in a field working my way along the rows, filling the burlap sack and then following the ploughed furrows back to the parked wagon. I couldn’t understand why she did this at the time since there were plenty of farm workers but I learned to be independent and to work until a job was done.

We nearly lost Mama while I was in sixth grade. She caught Rocky Mountain Fever from a tick and it damaged her heart. For the rest of her life, Mama lived with a plastic heart valve. It slowed her down a bit but she didn’t quit. She never quit as long as there was work to do. But Mama always found time to read to me from books by such authors as Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burros. She would always check my typed homework after one particularly embarrassing incident. I typed an entire five-thousand word assignment with the portable machine set on Stencil. In that position, the ribbon doesn’t touch the page.  Thank God I kept my notes.

Mama always wanted me to be a lawyer or a teacher. She encouraged and even bullied me into studying hard even when I wanted to be lazy. But I had other plans. I wanted to be a night club musician just like she had been in her younger days. Gerry Burke worked in the Philadelphia area, singing with band leaders like George Nardello and Butch Mathes. Yes, I was bitten by the performing bug early in life and it was her fault. She bought me a used piano when I was very young. When the local teachers couldn’t handle a blind student, she tried to teach me herself. Thanks to her encouragement, I was awarded a piano by a local Lion’s Club at the age of ten. Mama soon had me playing for her as she performed in skits for her Daughters of the American Revolution club or the Lady’s Moose lodge.

One of her last professional singing jobs was at the Latin Casino in Willingborough, New Jersey. She was in the house band, warming up the crowd for people like Louie Prima and Julius Larosa.  My favorite was Louie Prima. When he started singing those noisy party tunes, I wanted to be up there playing the piano with Sam Butera, his band leader.  Children weren’t allowed in the club so I was ordered to stay in the car while my mother was performing. On many nights, the lead act would start late so I’d sneak up to the side door. If I heard Louie singing, it wasn’t long before I was inching my way inside. That old club was smoky and had poor ventilation so the management would open the side doors to bring in some cool air. At first, I’d stand in the door, then the music would draw me inside. If Manny, the M C, saw me, he’d order me out and back to the car. After doing this three times one night, he just shrugged, brought me a chair and a glass of soda. As long as I could hear Mama singing or Louie’s band playing, I was happy.

Mama had a great voice and loved to make the people laugh with her antics. She had this huge felt hat. The thing had to be about size fourteen. In the middle of a solo, Mama would walk quietly up behind the pianist and pull that hat down over his eyes. He just kept right on playing but the audience went wild. Another one of her tricks was to do a split and have her dress tear right off. Of course, she had another outfit on under it but everyone got a kick out of that too. She was always singing around the house so why was she surprised when I wanted to be an entertainer as well?

After a brief stay at college, I went to New York and finally got a job with a touring band. Mama was so angry that she wouldn’t talk to me for a couple of months. But finally, after the last show, we made our peace.

Mama saw me through one disastrous marriage and then into a happier time when I met Linda, my present wife. Mama and Linda didn’t see eye to eye for the longest time. But finally, after years of armed truces, they came to an understanding. That happens with two strong women at times. Linda just wasn’t going to be pushed around by anyone, not even The Duchess, as some people called my mother.

Cancer attacked Mama in the eighties. She fought it off the first time but lost a kidney in the battle. In the early nineties, it returned again and she didn’t have the strength to win a second time. My wonderful vibrant, sometimes annoying and overbearing mother, died in nineteen ninety-one. She left a terrible aching emptiness inside me that only Linda’s love and understanding has been able to fill.  For my Mama, blindness was a challenge to overcome, not the end of life.  Every day brings new problems and I remember her attitude and determination as I face each one. I have learned much in my sixty-six years from many people, but none has had more of an influence on me than my mother, Hazel Geraldine Justice. On this special day for mothers all over, I dedicate this story to her and to all of the mothers who have faced the challenge of bringing up a blind or physically impaired child. I believe that God has a special place set aside in Heaven for people like that.      

John and Linda Justice

with Guide Dogs Jake and Zachary

personal e-mail: john_justice@verizon.net 

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            Nightside or Blindside

By Dennis Polselli

   

Discrimination takes on many forms, not only in restaurants (refusing someone with a service animal) or in employment. A recent case occurred to an individual who wanted to do what any author does when he/she writes a book. Robert Branco authored a book, “My Home away from Home: Life at Perkins School for the Blind.” He made arrangements with WBZ’s Dan Rea to appear on his show, Nightside, to promote his book.  Usually when a book is promoted, there is discussion about its content, enough to wet one’s appetite in order to get people to buy the book, including how to order it. When Bob Branco sent word via e-mail that he was going to be on Nightside, and that President Steven Rothstein of Perkins would appear on the same show, I knew exactly what was going to happen, and it would not be good for Bob Branco.

   

Why was President Rothstein coming on a show meant to promote Bob’s book? I contacted President Rothstein to get more information about his appearance on the show. I had read Bob’s book and I knew it would be controversial. I also knew President Rothstein was nowhere near Perkins during the period Bob was writing about, 1969-1977. I was there from 1958-1972, part of the time that Bob was there. Steve replied by telling me his appearance had nothing to do with Bob’s book. He was there to promote Perkins. Therefore, I knew after President Rothstein’s e-mail that Bob was not appearing on Nightside, but rather on “Blindside,” and that’s exactly what happened.

To begin with, Dan Rea did not introduce Bob for some ten minutes into the program. “Let me introduce a dear old friend” he began. “From one of the finest institutions in this area, The Perkins School for the Blind, which helps the sightless, and yes,” he boldly pronounced, “I use the term sightless. I don’t care what anyone else has to say about it. I prefer to use sightless.”  Dan went on to mention how he was the commencement speaker 20 years ago at one of Perkins’ high school graduations. President Rothstein responded by saying he would be glad to invite Dan back.

   

Finally he introduced Bob Branco. “What are you doing now, Bob?” asked Dan, not about the book but what Bob is doing now.  Bob answered the questions. “And I imagine your experience at Perkins was valuable and helpful to your life” said Dan. Professionally and respectfully, Bob responded to Dan’s satisfaction.

Bob mentioned why he had written the book. He believed people felt that with the experiences he was sharing with others, this was why he should write it. So Bob did, taking six months to do so.

 

Whenever Dan took calls from listeners, he would ask them what they were doing, and of course the calls agreed with Dan’s assessment of how wonderful Perkins was and is. President Rothstein was allowed to promote the school and the services.

I had no problem with Steve’s role in the program; as president, it is indeed his responsibility to promote the school in whatever way he can, but this was not the show for Steve to be on.

   

I have read Bob’s book, as I mentioned, and I don’t agree with parts of it. I even discovered some factual errors. However, Bob was on the show to promote the book and that should have been the theme. One time when Bob tried to bring the subject back to the book, Dan responded, “Can you see, Steve, how he is determined to go back to pushing his book?” How arrogant for “the voice of reason.” 

   

Therefore, I ask you, what if an alumna from, say, Milton Academy had written a book, “My Home Away from Home: Life at Milton Academy” and arranged to be on Nightside. Would Dan arrange to have the leader of that school appear on his show?

Bob’s book about his years at Perkins may not be the same as our experiences, but they were Bob’s experiences while he was there.  Perkins has done much for me, and it has a rich history of bettering the lives of the blind, but this does not exempt Perkins from criticism. It’s the old perspective that we as people with disabilities should be grateful for all these institutions and what they have done for us. Without them we would be nowhere, so don’t criticize them. Don’t write about life at the Hospital School, for example, or any other residential institution – just be grateful for where you are in life because of these institutions, and God bless us everyone.

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My Response to the Previous Article

by Bob Branco

I was very happy to publish Dennis Polselli’s article about my appearance on Nightside because I felt it was important to reveal the opinion of a blind listener to the program. Where I was the subject of the article, I thought I would take this time to respond to Dennis’s constructive criticisms.

After “My Home Away From Home” was released, my responsibility as an author was to find as many media outlets as possible in order to publicize the book. At one point, I called Dan Rea’s producer and asked to be a guest. He accepted my offer to be on the show, but there was a condition. They wanted a representative from Perkins to accompany me.

On June 4, a volunteer drove me 60 miles to Radio Station WBZ so that I could appear on Nightside in person, and then drove me 60 miles back home. He wanted no money for his efforts, which made my experience a little more humbling, to say the least.

I agree with Dennis that the original purpose for my appearance on the show didn’t fit with what Dan Rea wanted. Dan wanted to do a segment about Perkins and the services it offers. I am an author who is trying to promote a new book. Having a school director and an author on the show simultaneously is not a good blend, because an author deals with one subject matter while the school director deals with another. It might have been more productive had Mr. Rothstein and I had separate hours in order to focus more on our respective topics, though I believe that if I had stayed home, the segment would have been just as effective with only Mr. Rothstein there.  Dennis was correct when he stated that Dan waited nearly 10 minutes before introducing me, and didn’t give the book much attention. Again, the two guests, while both had a lot to offer, weren’t the appropriate match.

I support Dennis’s claims about how much we should or shouldn’t criticize great schools like Perkins. To that point, I have my own thoughts as to why I wasn’t allowed to talk exclusively about my book on the show. The book refers to several unpleasant situations that took place at Perkins while I was there. Let’s face it.  If Dan’s goal was to publicize Perkins in a positive fashion, the last thing he would want to do is expose a few bad things that happened there, even though the events took place 40 years ago. For that, I don’t blame Dan because his job is to promote what he believes in, and to generate support from the listening public. If I went on Nightside to talk about abusive housemothers at Perkins, along with drugs, theft, drinking, and bomb scares, it would have been counterproductive. I must also point out that both Dan Rea and Mr. Rothstein read my book before the show, so they both read about the bad and the good.

After receiving a copy of the above article with Dennis’s constructive criticism, Dan Rea called me on the phone privately . He asked me if I knew Dennis, and if I knew what the heck Dennis was talking about. I then thought to myself, “Why would Dan care about one negative letter out of millions of listeners?” According to Dan, he used this Nightside opportunity in order to help promote Perkins, even though I had prompted the whole thing by requesting an appearance. Dan added that I should be very thankful and fortunate to appear on Nightside in the first place, because had I written a book about any other subject matter, I would not have been invited at all. That particular statement by Dan proves everything. He saw his chance to promote Perkins School for the Blind, a school he totally believes in. Mr. Rothstein would be on as the director of Perkins, and I would be the complementary guest, a product of Perkins.  To put this all into perspective, Dan Rea’s agenda was very simple:  Instead of Bob Branco, the author, it was going to be Steven Rothstein, president of Perkins, as well as Bob Branco, class of 1977, who just happened to write a book about it. As for my being pleased, thankful and grateful for being on Nightside, I felt good about my experience, no matter what I was allowed to talk about. I also must consider the fact that WBZ is a large radio station where many, many people want to appear on talk shows as guests. Where I made the cut, I have nothing to regret where WBZ is concerned. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for allowing me time on the air.

Having said that, I have heard many authors interviewed on talk programs. When an author appears as a guest, he or she wants to discuss the issues in the book in order to attract potential readers. An author wants to give out information about where to buy the book, and repeat that information throughout his appearance. I was only allowed to do it once, and I was rushed because it was almost time for that segment to end.

With all that said, I commend Steven Rothstein, not only for his appearance on Nightside, but for all that he does by serving blind children in the community and around the world. He works tirelessly to do what’s best, and he has my full support. Though Perkins has changed drastically in the 40 years since I was there, Mr. Rothstein does his best to keep up with the times and the technology that blind people need in life.

Dan Rea pointed out something during our phone conversation that I took issue with. He told me that as a direct result of Dennis’s article, he may not want to do any future programs concerning this subject. To begin with, Dan Rea is a professional, and constructive criticism sometimes goes with the territory. He has millions of listeners throughout the country. I find it hard to believe that he would let Dennis’s article affect him that much.

There are a few comments written by Dennis that I disagree with. First, there was a hidden custodial theme that he implied when he suggested that Dan Rea would not have had another guest accompany me on his show had I been a sighted author writing about life in another school. As I said earlier, Dan would not have invited me on the show at all had the topic not been about Perkins. Although Dan used the word sightless, I don’t think he intended to hurt anyone’s feelings, even though the term is not a favorable one. If Dennis, I, or anybody else wanted to take Dan to task for using that word, we could have educated him to the sensitivity.

Dennis also pointed out that there are some factual errors in the book. I’m not so sure. My story is totally a recollection about my experiences, just as I’m sure Dennis remembers his own experiences.

As far as I remember, Dan Rea took seven calls that night. While one caller was the father of a current Perkins student, and another was a humanitarian from Framingham, I knew the other five callers personally. I had originally told those callers that I would be on the show to talk about my book, so they listened with great anticipation.

As of this writing, I intend to make more media appearances, especially national ones. I will also be setting up a comment section in the Consumer Vision about the pros and cons of my Nightside appearance. I welcome comments, which I would like to publish in September in order to keep the healthy discussion going.  

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            Community Notices

1. Join a Free Voice Chat Site on the Web!

Come check us out at:  www.Out-Of-Sight.net for some fun interactive games, classes, and general chat, free to all users!

Some examples of games are Sing It To Me Baby, Jeopardy, Family Feud, Slogans, Chain Reaction, Play it by Ear, Make a Scene, Alphabet Soup, Password, and lots and lots more. We also feature On Stage, where you can share your musical talents with us and listen to others sing and play instruments. We have Chess chats where you can learn anything from the basics to advanced strategies, and learn how you can get an accessible chess board and pieces. We also have iPhone discussions, Book Club, and guide-animal discussions. We have many more activities to offer, and we are constantly looking for volunteer hosts and hostesses for new games and events. So, come join us for all of the fun. Sign up for the daily announcement to hear all of the details by sending a blank email to: Out-Of-Sight.net-announcement-subscribe@yahoogroups.com   

Debi Chatfield 

2. A Notice from Sherill Rodriguez Valley

I just want to give you a background on me. I became a Licensed Dispensing Optician last month. I have been in the industry since 1999. I became certified by the American Board of Opticians and the National Contact Lens Examiners in 2012. I graduated from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston in 2012, and received my Associates Degree in Science with an Opticianry major.

Going on 14 years of being in the optical field, I realized that the majority of opticians and optical businesses I have encountered do not show compassion for the needy and disabled. Many people are not able to get their glasses due to lack of resources such as transportation to the optical store. If a person does not pick up glasses which are supplied by MassHealth within six months, they goes back to the insurance.

So I offer to the community my professional services at no cost one day a week on Tuesdays. The service includes:

-- Repair, adjustment, and cleaning of glasses.

-- Pick up and delivery of glasses, contact lenses and any visual aids.

-- If possible, through donations by my sources, I can fabricate a new pair of glasses for someone who really needs them.

I can be reached at 774-294-4349. If emailing me is easier to reach me, my email for the above purpose is:  valleyvisionopticians@gmail.com

Thank you again for your support and you and your readers are the first to know of my service.

God Bless.

Sherill Rodriguez Valley, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC

3. A Notice from Adrijana Prokopenko

Feel free to share this info with visually impaired individuals.  If you or anyone you know has used this product, I would like to hear from you. I just wish it wasn't so expensive!

OrCam harnesses the power of Artificial Vision to compensate for lost visual abilities. OrCam is a sensor that sees what is in front of you, understands what information you seek and provides it to you through a bone-conduction earpiece.

Characteristics and Features

OrCam reads, recognizes faces, identifies objects, products and places, locates bus numbers, and monitors traffic lights. It does all that with the most intuitive user interface you can imagine.

Easy to Use – All you have to do is point.

OrCam understands what you want on its own, whether it's to read, find an item, catch a bus or cross the road.

Faces and places are recognized continuously. OrCam will tell you when it sees a face or a place it recognizes, without your having to do anything.

To teach the device something new is just as simple: for an item, shake it; for a place or face, wave your hand. When OrCam sees these gestures it will instruct you in real time on how to store the item.

Read

OrCam can read any printed text, in real time.

You can read newspapers and books, signs, labels on any product including medication, and even text on a computer, phone or television screen.

It understands what you want on its own! If you point to a specific article or paragraph, OrCam will start reading from the beginning of that part, or point to the top of the text and OrCam will read it from the beginning.

Recognize objects

OrCam comes pre-installed with hundreds of objects it can recognize, and you can personalize it by teaching it to recognize the objects around you.

It can recognize products and money notes to make shopping quicker and easier, but also personal items, like your own pen or credit card. So you can always easily know what's in front of you.

Recognize People

OrCam can be taught to recognize the faces of your family and friends.  So you can easily recognize who is in a room when you come in, or who is coming towards you.

Mobility

OrCam will help you get wherever you want.  It can tell you when the light changes from red to green and which bus line is coming. You can use its reading abilities to read signs,

and its ability to memorize places you've already been to, in order to orient yourself.

So what can you do with OrCam?

Read any printed text

Get around on foot or public transportation

Know who is near you

Shop, recognize objects, find items etc…

And equally as important – do all that easily with just the point of a finger!

Hear a description at this site (hit enter on the play button): http://www.orcam.com/

I hope you enjoyed hearing about this amazing new technology. The world is getting very interesting for us with limited vision!

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            Mixed Messages about Vulgar and Inappropriate Language

by Bob Branco

Recently, Paula Dean, a famous television chef, was fired for using questionable language on her program. I don't want to talk about what she said. To begin with, I didn't hear it, but I hear vulgarity, racism and poor advice offered through television and song on a regular basis, where much of the audience includes young, impressionable children.

Many rap music artists promote inappropriate life styles through their song lyrics. They talk about how great sex is, instruct you on how to do it, encourage gang activity, use derogatory racial slurs, and describe how to show off prize possessions in order to get what you want. Children who don't have loving parents turn to these alternative role models for guidance, and the music industry, which is a business, uses this to its

advantage.

Archie Bunker, the main character in the television series, "All in the Family," offended the blacks, the Puerto Ricans, the Jewish community, homosexuals, and many other groups on a regular basis by using racial slurs and myths. Despite all of that, the program was a huge success for nearly a decade.

I tried to raise a point among friends earlier today. If we're supposed to make a big deal about what Paula Dean said because of how she offended a particular group, then why are rap musicians, Archie Bunker, certain comedians and other public figures allowed to use racial slurs and offer corrupt advice through their profession while nothing is done about it?

Do you think a young, impressionable child will no longer repeat what Paula Dean said when he hears it from many other sources anyway?

If our goal is to protect the next generation and to love and respect everybody, no matter what race, nationality or sexual preference, then let's go all the way with it. I know it's easy to say that music is out of control, and the radio industry can't stop it. Sure it can. Let business make the sacrifice if the message is going to be clear and consistent. A

young child will continue to hear whatever Paula Dean said while the source of that language will be supported by big business and industry.  As a result, the dismissal of Paula Dean accomplished nothing.

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            Lazy Summer Days

by Karen Crowder

 

June arrives warm days encouraging blooming peonies and roses,  

Warm Sunshine temper icy lake and pond water,

Ice-cream stands, clam shacks and roadside stands opening for another season.

People don shorts and tops on hot days wearing sun tan lotion, escaping to beaches, lakes pools and ponds.

Summer quietly beginning to weave its magic, 

July arrives with its relaxed rhythm,

Back yard picnics and barbecues are everywhere while chives and lavender bloom; Outdoor concerts entertain us on warm sultry evenings,

beaches lakes and pools are crowded on hot sunny days,

The enticing smell of hamburgers tantalize us at concession stands

Smiling faces and warm summer evenings help weave the summer’s hypnotic spell,  

August quietly comes with long lazy days

People sit relaxing, reading on porches,

Everyone enjoys fresh garden tomatoes, cucumbers and blueberries,

savoring unhurried summer days,  

Hearing cicadas and crickets, the hint of cooler evenings,

Gently reminding us these delightful days will soon end.  

Early September days are here, with sultry summer heat,

we enjoy swimming on another lazy afternoon,

Cooler nights arrive, hints of fall start unweaving summer's magic spell; we will leave leisurely summer days behind.

Kids and adults back at school and college,

Vacations over, the serious brisker pace of life beginning after another New England summer.      

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            Consumer Vision Trivia Contest

Here is the answer to the trivia question submitted in the May/June Consumer Vision. The name of the general manager who signed Jackie Robinson as the first black baseball player in the Major Leagues was Branch Rickey. Congratulations to the following winners:

Jan Colby of Brockton, Massachusetts

Terri Winaught of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Debi Chatfield of Sun Lakes, Arizona

Joyce Driben of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ruby Alphonse of Bangalore, South India

Patrick Gormley of Frostburg, Maryland

And now, here is your trivia question for the July/August Consumer Vision.

On the soap opera General Hospital, who was known as Spanky Buns? If you know the answer, please email bobbranco93@gmail.com, or call 508-994-4972.

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