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brucemenin

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Freelance writer/journalist for nearly 40 years; publications include a dozen newspapers/weekly magazines in NY & New England. Subjects include arts, human interest, political commentary, features, interviews and reviews. Have also worked in education and human services,with accompanying insight into communities and people. Have done grant and academic writing, plays, end-pages, speechwriting, PR, radio commercials, book editing, grant/proposal writing, short stories, column writing, ghost-writing, humor writing, children's stories, reviews of all forms of art, and have a notorious reputation in the community for the notes I write to my kids' schools explaining their absences.
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Education

Graduate Certificate, Dispute Resolution

2009 - 2011 (2 years)

Masters of Science, Special Education, Elementary Education

1980 - 1982 (2 years)

Bachelor of Science, Special Education, Elementary Education; Magna Cum Laude

1974 - 1976 (2 years)

International Baccalaureate Degree

1972 - 1974 (2 years)

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts; Cum Laude

1972 - 1974 (2 years)

Qualifications

Community Hero (2010)

Red Cross of the North Shore

Anonymously nominated for the Community Hero Award, for my lifetime of work on the North Shore of Massachusetts- which includes building an organization that serves homeless men and women, opening the first transitional housing for men and women who are HIV+, the first transitional housing program for individuals who have mental illness and substance abuse problems, operating the first "sober" homeless shelter in Massachusetts. As well, for serving 10 years as an elected member of the Newburyport School Committee, and being the founding chair of the Newburyport Youth Commission; as well as helping to establish a learning enrichment center in a public housing project in Newburyport.

Certifcation in Divorce Mediation (2005)

Divorce Mediation Associates

40 Hour training yielding certification in Divorce Mediation

Certification in Victim-Offender Mediation (2006)

University of Minnesota

24 hour training in Victim-Offender Mediation

teacher Cert in Elementary Education, Special Education (1982)

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Licensed to teach in MA public schools

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