Candy Maddalo’s grandparents moved from Palermo, Sicily to East Cambridge. Her father was the first generation here. He worked in the Court House Barbershop from 1951 until he passed away in 2002. Among her childhood memories: “[My father’s barbershop] was open six days a week from 6 in the morning to 6 at night. He was there all the time … Read More
Fred Fantini was born in Cambridge in 1949. He is a member of the Cambridge School Committee. Among his childhood memories: “In those days like I said my mother would wake us up at 7am and we would be gone for the day. Our street was loaded with kids. I would go up to the Cambridge Common and play baseball … Read More
Jean Raymond has lived in the same house on Thorndike Street in Cambridge for 75 years. Her parents were both born in Nova Scotia. Among her childhood memories: “My sisters worked at the candy factory for a short time. It was called something else before Necco. They also worked somewhere else where they made things for the war. There was … Read More
Pierre Fils-Aime was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti. He first traveled to the US as a member of Haiti’s national volleyball team, to represent Haiti in an international volleyball tournament at Miami Dade University in Florida. After graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a major in psychobiology, he moved to Boston to be near his sister. He is currently a Community Coordinator … Read More
Jean Dany Joachim was born and grew up in Haiti. He visited Boston in 1989 to help care for a sick friend; political unrest in Haiti kept him from returning. He produces the City Nights Reading Series and was the Poet Populist of Cambridge from 2009-2011. He is the current Poet in Residence at First Church in Cambridge.
Marie France Santiago was born in Cambridge at Mt. Auburn Hospital; both of her parents are from Haiti. She graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 2006 and has a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art. She started attending the Cambridge Community Art Center at age 5, and is now its School Age Program Director.
What do you do when your classmate, friend, and neighbor turns out to have been responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that shook the world? The unforgettable closing event of a year spent exploring the question “Where is Cambridge From?” was a screening and conversation with the filmmakers of “Jahar,” a short film made by two high school friends … Read More