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Brockton youth has his eye on politics

By Paul E. Kandarian
August 12, 2012
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HEAD START IN POLITICS:Marc-Daniel Paul (inset at right) speaks slowly and thoughtfully, in the manner of a politician, talking about working with young people and visiting Washington, D.C., rubbing elbows with Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, and seeing the nation’s political machinery at work.

If only he were old enough to vote.

Paul, who graduated this spring from Brockton High School, is 17,  and working this summer as an intern at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leader program. Part of the internship included a trip to Washington.

He’ll vote when he turns 18,  and plans to turn his eye toward politics as a career, Paul said.

“I’ve had an interest in politics for the last few years,” the young man said, “but never had a confirmation of that until I got into this program. We went to D.C., met politicians and saw what they do, so it piqued my interest even more.”

His stint at the Boys & Girls Clubs is part of an eight-week internship that ends Aug. 24. Paul has been working with children as well as in the administrative side of the operation to get an overall look at volunteer work.

Paul is no stranger to helping: He’s tutored students at Brockton High and through the Easton-based School on Wheels program.

He was one of five students from Massachusetts chosen for the Bank of America program, which awards 225 high school juniors and seniors nationwide with paid summer internships.

Paul is one of five children; the youngest is entering middle school, with Paul next, and the others have gone on to college. He came to the United States as a baby from Haiti, and credits his parents, Imanice and Marie Paul, with “making us into who we are. I give them all the credit.”

This fall, Paul will attend Suffolk University, majoring in political science for a foundation in what he hopes will be a life in politics.

“Getting a chance to go and see what they’re doing in Washington was great,” he said, adding he briefly met Brown, the Bay State’s Republican senator. “It’s one thing to elect them and forget about it, but to see them in action and actually talk to them about what they’re doing was pretty interesting.”

His group was to meet with Kerry, who was busy and gave the task to one of his assistants. But after their meeting broke up, Paul said, he was in the hallway and spotted the Democratic senator coming out of a different meeting.

So Paul orchestrated his own get-together, and was able to snag a photo with Kerry as well.

“I just ran up to him and said ‘Senator Kerry, I’m your biggest fan,’ ” Paul said with a laugh.

Spoken like a true (future) politician.

WRITERS ON WRITING: Several area authors are converging on the Book Shack in Kingston and Hanover this week to discuss their work, starting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Kingston location with Loretta LaRoche and Marianne Leone Cooper. There will be a book signing, silent auction and presentation of “Power of the Written Word” award. Admission is $5, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Kingston Public Library.  

Free events during the week include a nonfiction writers panel Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kingston store with authors Alberta Sequeira, Susan Trausch, Jim Coogan, Ted Burbank,  and Joyce Keller Walsh

From 7 to 9 p.m Wednesday at the Kingston store, a panel on independent authors will be hosted by Stephanie Blackman and feature Gretchan Pyne, Americo Tulipano, Skip DeBrusk, Siobhan Desmond,  and Kathy Handley

Other free events include a romance author panel Thursday at the Kingston store from 7 to 9 p.m. hosted by Blackman and featuring romance writers Virginia Young, Kevin Symmons, Pam Loewy,  and Marissa Doyle discussing their work.

On Sunday a variety of free events are scheduled, including author appearances and book signings.

The week also has a number of fee-based workshops. For information, visit or call 508-747-1340.  

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Weymouth-based Hill & Partners Inc. won a bronze award from Exhibitor magazine for its eco-friendly exhibition designed for client SIGG USA Inc. Hill took the award in the small-booths category for a streamlined exhibit that premiered at last year’s Surf Expo. 

Kris D’Andrea of Norton was named branch manager of the Wellesley office of Needham Bank. Prior to joining the bank, he was assistant branch manager at Citizens Bank in Braintree. He has also worked for Bank of America in Sharon.

Dr. Ian Rivera,  (inset at right), a specialist in pain medicine, joined Southcoast Physicians Group to support the Southcoast Brain and Spine Center, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, and Southcoast Physicians Group. In his new position, Rivera provides inpatient and outpatient consultation and management of patients with a variety of pain conditions, and will base his practice in Southcoast’s pain management program in Wareham.

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at

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