September 6, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 4
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Local and Culturally Relevant Events this week:

The Boston Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL) recently held its 38th annual championship games at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. The winners of the boys’ 15 and under division were Team Shelburne from the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury. The players: Jordan Rodger, Marvin Mungo, Tyreek Allen, Benjamin Patrick, E.J. Rodgers, Marshall Kennedy, Donald Bland, Marcus Mitchell, Reggie Edge, Stephon Braithwaite, Stanley Green and Amani Gill. The head coach is Darryl Bishop, and the assistant coach is Lee Gill. Joining the team are “Coach” Willie Maye and BNBL Program Manager Woodley Auguste. (Photo courtesy of Boston Centers for Youth & Families)

Boston firefighters Warren Payne, 53 (left), and Paul Cahill, 55, were killed and 10 others injured while battling a four-alarm blaze that started in Tai Ho Mandarin and Cantonese Restaurant in West Roxbury on Aug. 29. The raging fire spread to adjoining businesses in the row of yellow-brick storefronts, and at least four other stores were damaged, including L’Essence Art Gallery, owned by former accountant Carline Chery. As a tribute to the memories of the fallen firefighters, Gov. Deval Patrick ordered flags to be flown at half-mast. (Photos courtesy of the City of Boston)
In advance of the new school year, state Senate candidate Jeff Ross (second from right) took a trip to Chelsea High School and its health center, visiting with the school’s staff. Ross, a progressive Democrat who supports fully funding health care reform, is seeking the seat vacated by Jarrett Barrios in July. (Nathan Spencer photo)

Monet Brathwaite, 14, of Roxbury with her coach, Curtis Jackman, who captains the Cambridge Jets. Monet was the champion among high school girls in the 200- and 400-meter track and field events in the Bay State Summer Games.
(Lisa Brathwaite photo)

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