Bay Lines Express
April 25, 2017

From the Editor

Welcome to the April edition of Bay Lines Express. The BSCB Spring Convention was a roaring success. Congratulations to all the organizers for a fantastic job.

Spring has most certainly sprung, with flowers blooming, baseball bats cracking, and budget bashing on Beacon Hill. It’s been raining a lot too, hence the link below:
Listen here and enjoy!

As always, if you would like to contribute information or comment on ways to improve Bay Lines Express, please contact me, the editor, at

News from the Board

The latest Board call took place on April 9. As you will see below, there is lots of news about BSCB chapters.

The Student Chapter promises to be busy over the coming months. Their bank account was established with $200 in initial capital. In early May, they will be organizing a movie night for chapter members at the Carroll Center. They will have a pool party this summer. They have also agreed to work with Perkins to serve as mentors in their college prep program. Finally, the election of Carry Scouler to the Board at the spring convention should strengthen lines of communication between the Student Chapter and the Board.

Membership committee chair Mary Haroyan reported that there is interest in starting up new Boston and Worcester chapters. She is endeavoring to find venues for initial meetings of members interested in establishing these chapters. Stay tuned!

President Brian Charlson will soon establish a series of quarterly conference calls with the chapter presidents in order to enhance communication.

Finance committee members Brian Charlson, Rick Morin and Jerry Berrier will soon meet with a professional finance manager to seek advice on investment strategies for managing BSCB treasury funds. At present, the treasury is just sitting in the bank making minimal interest. It is hoped that we can increase returns while maintaining a prudent investment portfolio.

Gretchen Thompson will be advising the Publications Committee on the design of a new BSCB logo. In case you were unaware, the current logo is an eyeball with the state of Massachusetts superimposed on it. Sort of creepy sounding, if you ask me. The logo has not been updated in many years and it is time for a change. We hope to have it designed before the next fall conference.

Events Calendar

On Sunday, May 7 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm, the Museum of Fine Arts Feeling for Form tour will move outdoors to the Japanese Garden and Outdoor sculpture tour. The MFA has been adding sculpture to the Museum’s outdoor area for several years, and there is now a fabulous variety. In case of inclement weather, the tour will stay inside. To reserve your place for either of these tours, email Hannah Goodwin (, or call 617 369 3189.

On Tuesday, May 16 From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, the Perkins Library Without Walls will hold a conference call to discuss with historian and author Kate Larson her best seller “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” (DB83946). This biography of the sister of JFK tells how her famous siblings and parents were affected by her intellectual disability and how they reacted to Rosemary’s struggles. A heartbreaking and hard to believe true story of the Kennedy daughter that the world never got to fully know until more than a decade after her death. To RSVP or Listen to the upcoming LWW schedule held over the telephone each month, please call the voice mailbox system at 617-972-7852.

The Charles River Chapter of the BSCB will be holding its Spring meeting on Saturday, May 20 from 1:30 to 4:00 in the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library. You do not have to be a current member of CRC to attend this meeting, all are welcome. The featured speaker will make you forget those long winter days, plenty of information will be blooming from the flowers of knowledge and with all of the opportunities to socialize with others, you will be chirping like a Spring Bird! If you have questions or need further information, contact Jim Denham, CRC President at (773) 330-0803 or email

The 2017 ACB Convention will be held at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks Nevada from June 30 to July 7. The format is Friday through Friday with the banquet on Thursday night. Convention registration will open on May 24 and close on June 20.

News from the Web

Erich Manser from Littleton ran the Boston Marathon this year using a revolutionary new technology. Read about it at:
Visually impaired Littleton man to run Boston Marathon with a remote assistant 3,000 miles away

This recent article from the New York Times reveals that legal safeguards for children with disabilities are not present in private charter schools:
Special Ed School Vouchers May Come With Hidden Costs

Recent Mass Eye and Ear research finds that neuroplastic brain changes occurring as a result of early blindness may be more widespread than initially thought. Read more at:
Brain rewires itself to enhance other senses in blind people

Using US Census data on persons with vision loss, a recent edition of the AFB Research Navigator provides an overview and highlights of their new 2015 Data Workbook. This series will be extremely useful for advocacy efforts. Read more and access the database at:
Home Sweet Home: State and National Household-Level Data for People with Vision Loss

See you all next month!