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Run memorializes late Concord-Carlisle track standout

By Cindy Cantrell
Globe Correspondent / July 1, 2012
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RACES FOR ALL: Steve Lane, track and cross-country coach at Concord-Carlisle High School, remembers the late Adrian Martinez as a “sweet, good-natured kid who was humble about his ability and accomplishments” as captain of the cross-country and track teams, and Dual County League champion in the 1-mile event.

The 2002 Concord-Carlisle graduate may have projected quiet calmness, but Lane said he was also a dedicated student who thought of others before himself.

Martinez was so conscientious that Lane was surprised when he didn’t show up for practice one foggy morning during his sophomore year. Soon a police officer pulled up to inform him that Martinez had been hit by a truck while bicycling to practice, but had insisted the officer find his coach to explain that he had to go to the hospital.

“By the time we got to the hospital, he had already been released,” Lane said, “but that gives you an idea of how much he looked out for other people.”

On Saturday, the fourth annual Adrian Martinez Classic will take place at 4 p.m. at Emerson Field, at Everett and Thoreau streets in Concord, in memory of the Williams College graduate, who died after collapsing while playing soccer in 2006.

The evening of 1-mile races for all ages and abilities is a fund-raiser for the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund and Concord-Carlisle High School track and cross-country programs.

The event, which includes a first-timer’s mile, begins with youth races for ages 5 and older and progresses through age groups, with elite races offering prize money. As a result of the sponsorship by sports-equipment manufacturer New Balance, this year’s event will also include an 800-meter race for elite competitors.

“This is a nice way to bring the community together by remembering Adrian and something he loved,” Lane said.

The entry fee is $15 for advance registrations, and $25 on Saturday. For more information, call Lane at 617-306-4650 or visit www.martinezclassic.com.

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Brookline artist Laura “Lola” Baltzell is in Russia this week for an exhibition of her War and Peace Project, consisting of 747 individual collages fusing literature and art based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace.”

The show opened June 22 at Yasnaya Polyana, the Leo Tolstoy Estate and Museum in Tula Province, where it will remain on display through August.

Baltzell and her fellow artists are offering workshops in collaborative collage-making as part of their visit. The members of “Team Tolstoy” worked elbow-to-elbow around a small table in an East Boston studio for more than two years, creating each 7- by 5-inch piece using the novel’s Russian text, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, letters, thread, dried flowers, wax, inks, and graphite.

Baltzell (below), who initiated the project after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2008, calls the process an “amazing journey.”

“The War and Peace Project brought so many threads of my life together,” she said. “It’s about friendship, love of Russian language and literature, and exploring the art of collaboration.”

Portions of the project have been exhibited at Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston and the New School in New York City.

The artists’ reflections on their collages, the process, and book is documented at www.warpeaceproject.blogspot.com.

FUND-RAISING HONORS: The New England Chapter — Bay State Branch of JDRF (formerly named Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in Wellesley recently honored Leslie and Michael Weintraub of Sudbury (above) at its 30th annual Hearts and Heroes Gala at Boston Marriott Copley Place. Additionally, the Nancy Jones Diabetes Champion Award was presented to Team Cure of Wayland.

The Weintraubs became acquainted with JDRF through its Bag of Hope program after their son Greg was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2001. Since that time, they have been active members of Team Sudbury in the Boston Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Team Cure was established in 2000 when 16 Wayland families combined their efforts to raise funds through the Boston Walk. The team has contributed more than $2.3 million for diabetes research.

More than 500 guests attended the gala, which raised nearly $1.38 million for research to cure, treat, and prevent Type 1 diabetes.

COMMUNITY LEADERS: The Framingham-based MetroWest Health Foundation recently announced two recipients of this year’s Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award, (below, from left) Fran Bakstran of Northborough and Ashland resident Edna Smith.

Bakstran is health access coordinator at MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham. She has worked as a legal advocate and assisted more than 5,000 individuals and families in obtaining and maintaining insurance coverage through MassHealth and Commonwealth Care.

Smith is a registered nurse and chairwoman of Community Health Care Coalition of Metrowest, which works to improve the health of disadvantaged residents. She is a former chairwoman of the foundation’s board of trustees, and serves as chairwoman of the MetroWest Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Workgroup.

The award given in Blumer’s name honors the late state representative’s passion for health care, advocacy for the underprivileged, and concern for the community.

DANCING AT DEAN: Wrentham resident Mindy Knyff and Keren Sinai of Framingham were among students in the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in Franklin taking the stage recently at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The school’s modern dance piece, “Strange Invisible Perfume,” was selected from 450 works by 300 colleges and universities nationwide submitted to the American College Dance Festival Association. The dancers’ costumes were created by Franklin resident Daniel Kozar, a Dean faculty member.

OUTSTANDING ART: Arlington artist Claire Burke received the Outstanding Painting Award for her work “Cautery” in the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show. The exhibition runs through Thursday, with Burke’s piece on display in the Kathryn Schultz Gallery at 25 Lowell St. in Cambridge.

Burke’s mixed-media artwork incorporates painted papers, found papers, and acrylic paint. She calls it a “pieced” painting to emphasize the building aspect of the process.

“My work is always in some way about fragmentation, loss, and identity reconstruction,” she said, “the idea that we are constantly making and unmaking ourselves in the process of living.”

For more information, call 617-876-0246 or visit www.cburkeart.com.

People items may be submitted to Cindy Cantrell at cantrell@globe.com.

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