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LAWRENCE Antar Jimenez is the new face of squash sort of.

He attends public high school. His parents are Dominican and Puerto Rican. In September, he plans to be the first of his family to attend college.

It’s not that Jimenez will go to school on a squash scholarship. But in many ways, the sport with a relatively small following, and is more associated with prep schools and the Ivy League, is helping to send him there.

Jimenez is among the first graduates of a Lawrence program that uses squash a racket sport that is difficult to both learn and play to give structure and motivation to students in the city.

“I had never heard of it before,” said Jimenez. “The only reason it interested me was I was mortified playing sports, and every other kid that signed up had never played before, either. I wouldn’t look as bad.”

Students in the SquashBusters program commit to an intensive structure of playing, studying and community service three days per week during the year. There are summer activities, as well.

The Lawrence program started six years ago, the outgrowth of an organization founded by Greg Zaff, a former squash professional who began SquashBusters in 1996 with two dozen students from Cambridge and Roxbury.

His idea was to broaden their horizons and inspire them to work hard and dream big.

In 2012, Dora Lubin, who’d spent three years at a similar program in New York (CitySquash in the Bronx) moved to the Merrimack Valley to replicate Zaff’s model.

She said the eventual goal is to open a SquashBusters facility, with courts, offices and classrooms, catering to more students like Jimenez.

“For me, the whole program is a confidence booster,” said Jimenez, who had ambitions to continue his studies before he ever heard of SquashBusters.

He has since applied to 11 colleges.

“I honestly believe I was going to somehow get out of the projects eventually, and maybe go to college,” he said. “But I believe that this program made me into a better version of myself.”SquashBusters and Lubin couldn’t have gotten him to this point without help from throughout the region.

Following the script handed to her by Zaff,
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Lubin began the program by connecting with middle schools in the city, Wetherbee and Arlington, to make her pitch for a sport that some outsiders confuse with racquetball but that involves far more complexity and finesse.

With assistance from the Andover Squash Club, she approached Brooks School and Phillips Academy about securing courts and rooms for students to do their homework.

The program provides coaches and tutors.

SquashBusters runs six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Three days are for middle school students, and three are for high schoolers.

Students get rides from school to the program, and they return about 3 1/2 hours later.

Six years after starting SquashBusters, which has since added Lawrence High School to its van route, a half dozen of its players are seniors looking forward to graduation.

All are planning to go to college in the fall.

Ashley Flores, 18, who has applied to several colleges, said she joined SquashBusters in the seventh grade.

Her sister, Tatiana Hernandez, had signed up and “basically forced” her to go along, too.

“I remember the first day. I wanted to quit,” said Flores. “I couldn’t use the racquet. I couldn’t swing it. It was awful.

“But I remembered going back the second day, and actually hitting the ball. Then I couldn’t wait to go back,” she said.

As Flores has grown, so has SquashBusters.

Renting office space in Lawrence, it now has a staff of seven. This summer it bought its fourth vans, all of which have “SquashBusters” signs on both sides.

Unlike a lot of other youth programs particularly those related to sports SquashBusters will focus not just on getting students to college, but keeping tabs on them while they are there.
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Clive Lloyd is an angry man. It’s 1983, soon after Lloyd’s West Indies thrashed India in India to avenge their World Cup final loss, and the picture of the touring team at the Taj Mahal is yet to arrive. The Indian photographer had delayed the delivery. The pictures finally arrive. The players are framed by the beautiful white marble monument but Lloyd is still angry. One man, an integral part of the whole set up, is missing from the picture. “Sir, there was this one white man in all the pictures. I had to cut him out. Hence the delay,” the photographer tells Lloyd.

Dennis Waight laughs loudly as he recounts the story. He was that white man. Waight was the famous Australian trainer and physiotherapist who worked with the West Indies team for 23 years, most of it during its glorious reign at the top of world cricket. He features in the documentary Fire in Babylon and has an entire chapter dedicated to him in Michael Holding’s book.

His work with West Indies is something Waight is immensely proud of. Back then, Lloyd let Waight run the show and even used him to fire up his bowlers. Waight talks about one such instance. “At Adelaide, we needed to take six wickets and then chase on the last day. Lloydy said, ‘Let’s give it a go it’s only a short day, can you make these blokes fire? Make them angry.’ At Adelaide, behind the nets there is a hill with a big statue on top of it. For half an hour before the start of play I made the players run up and down. They weren’t happy; Croft, Holding, Roberts and Garner were hopping mad and they went out and bowled like fire. Bird [Joel Garner] was the worst, grunting and groaning. Lloyd told him, ‘you are whinging the most, take the first ball’. He got four wickets in a short time, and we chased 236 in 61 overs.”

Waight’s association with West Indies dates back to Kerry Packer’s World Series. Waight, who had a rugby league background, was asked by Packer to train the Rest of the World team but he insisted on working with West Indies.

Waight was in a bar with Jeff Thomson, Len Pascoe and Rod Marsh when the West Indies team arrived after a long trip. “I was drunk like a skank when I saw Lloyd and Co. in the lobby,” Waight remembers. He wobbled across and introduced himself as their new trainer and told them they would meet at 6am the next morning. He then trudged off to drink more. “I heard Lloyd saying, ‘we are not going to see him tomorrow’.” They did of course. Waight got up early, sat in a tub of cold water for 20 minutes, went for a 12 mile run and returned, dripping in sweat, to the hotel. He heard Lloyd telling his team, “C’mon let’s go; that joker ain’t gonna show up.”

Waight tapped Lloyd on the shoulder and told him he had been waiting for them. They went to the ground and Waight was appalled by their training methods. “I told Lloyd,
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‘this is a waste of time. I think I will go home. You are a professional side and this can’t work.’ Lloyd told me to come for a drink and we talked.” Waight told Lloyd what he wanted from the team and Lloyd told him to give it a go. “There was a bit of whinging to start with but the whole team was with me soon.”

It was running, rather than gym work, that Waight believed was necessary for cricketers. “Cricket is a game played on grass. You run on grass. You don’t run in the gym. Back then hotels didn’t have big gyms. We used to work with a set of dumbbells. My main aim was to get them to do 500 sit ups in a row every day. Croft, Garner, Holding and Roberts and the whole team had to do it.”

Waight slowly became more than just a trainer. He became one of the boys. He played his part in keeping the spirit up too. “If you have had a bad day, and if you are going sit in your room then you are not going to get out of that slump. Michael Holding never used to drink. He was having a little bit of a problem and I told him he could have two drinks. He did, and just spending time with everyone helped him. His limit even now is still two drinks!

“On tours to Pakistan, I always used to travel with a wine cask. I had all these bowlers coming to my room complaining of a niggle but I knew actually they wanted a drink. While they were there I would tend to their niggles, have a drink with them and off they would go.”

Waight is in Bridgetown for the second Test between West Indies and India, and hangs out with his friend Garner. Waight was with Garner and Richards when they played for Somerset. More stories roll out. “Bird used to like to have a good time. One day they were playing the NatWest semi final. Ian Botham was on Test duty and Viv [Richards] was captain. Joel might have had too much of a good time the previous night and his first spell was terrible. Viv got angry and gave the ball to someone else. Yorkshire kept scoring runs. Joel kept asking Viv for a bowl.

“Then something happened between Joel and the crowd and the big fella came running to Viv saying, ‘Give me the ball, I want to bowl. The bastards threw a banana at me.’ When the bird is cranky he’s like fire you know! And he destroyed them. We won. The captain of Yorkshire later said, ‘We have got the worst supporters in the world. We have Big Bird bowling rubbish and they throw a banana at him. And he comes and destroys us! Why would you do that? Worst supporters!'”

As much as Waight tried to insist on a high level of fitness, the West Indies cricketers were still prone to having a night out or two. “We were in a beautiful Melbourne hotel, and one morning people kept saying to me, ‘You got these blokes very disciplined. You don’t see the Aussies get up early and run like this.’ I was confused. ‘We saw a few guys but I don’t know how they were running in normal shoes,’ someone told me. I realised then what these guys were up to! They weren’t running, they were just sneaking in after a long night!”

It wasn’t all fun though. After the Lloyd and Richards era, troubles began for Waight. The team began to falter and Waight’s own problems grew. He had a spat with Brian Lara and there were some players who thought Waight was pushing them too hard. “Lara got very big and it wasn’t just him; the other players, too, wanted it easier. Nothing comes easy. I suppose Lara had backing from the board but I don’t think he was the one who got me the chop. Things became harder for me to do the way I wanted to. A different board came in and I had to go. I was just getting to my end of my tether.”

Waight, still very fit, says he has no regrets. He would have liked to stay with West Indies for two more years as the money was just beginning to come into the profession then. “No regrets but. As I always say, instead of drinking Johnnie Walker Black you drink Johnnie Walker Red.”

What happened to that picture in front of the Taj Mahal? “We got lucky. We had a picture taken by one of us which had me in it as well. It holds a very special place in my home now.”
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Ever sit in a movie theater and think you see something familiar on the screen?

While most of the United States may know little about the Montgomery, Delaware and Chester County towns that follow the tracks of the “Main Line” railroad, our fair towns have been featured in many nationally recognized movies.

Among the best known uses of the Main Line’s high society is “The Philadelphia Story” even though it doesn’t use any Main Line references in its title. But another movie with references to the Main Line’s high society that garnered a Best Actress Oscar for Ginger Rogers is “Kitty Foyle,” whose handsome bachelor beau has the quintessential Main Line name: Wynnewood Strafford VI.

The Main Line in the movies

The Main Line has often been a character in a movie or served as the perfect backdrop for a scene. There is even a section in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia devoted to the Main Line in the movies.

The Main Line has mentions in the Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd movie “Trading Places” and in Tom Hanks’ Oscar winning performance in the 1993 movie “Philadelphia” as his character, Andr Beckett, visits his family during Thanksgiving at their home in Lower Merion Township.

In the 2005 movie “In Her Shoes” starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine, written by former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Jennifer Weiner and adapted from her 2002 novel of the same name, actress Toni Collette’s character attends a Main Line wedding and jokes about what she should wear.

It may be a long way from Hawaii to Ardmore but the movie “South Pacific” made the journey. Lt. Joe Cable, a fictional character from the musical, is said to be from the town of Ardmore. The Cable character was portrayed by New York actor John Kerr, the son of stage actors who made his Broadway debut in 1963 in “Bernardine,” a high school comedy.

The movie is a 1958 film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which in turn was based on James A. Michener’s novel “Tales of the South Pacific.” The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950.

In Brian De Palma’s 1976 movie “Obsession,” Michael Courtland, the main character, talks about his wife’s “Bryn Mawr walk. A Bryn Mawr walk is a kind of a glide, you know? Those girls used to wear long polo coats in those old days, long raincoats. They kind of glide, like they’re late for class. They move fast and just kinda glide.”

De Palma was more than familiar with Bryn Mawr, having been raised on the Main Line and being a graduate of the Class of 1958 at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood.

“Obsession” starred Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold and John Lithgow and is the story of a New Orleans businessman who is haunted by guilt following the death of his wife and daughter during a kidnapping rescue attempt. Years after the tragedy, he meets and falls in love with a young woman who is the exact look alike of his long dead wife. “De Palma has pointed to Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ as the major inspiration for ‘Obsession’s’ narrative and thematic concerns,” reads Wikipedia.

‘To Wong Foo’ visits Bala Cynwyd

Wong Foo may sound like a gourmet special at a Main Line restaurant, but this Chinese treat is actually a movie where one of the main characters is from Bala Cynwyd. The town is selected for the movie because the movie’s executive producer, Mitchell Kohn, attended Bala Cynwyd Junior High School as did another famous producer, Marshall Herskovitz, who is a well known movie producer but is best remembered among Main Liners for his television series “thirtysomething.” Herskovitz can count among his movie productions “Traffic,” “The Last Samurai” and “I Am Sam.”

“To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar” is a 1995 comedy starring Wesley Snipes, the late Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo as three New York drag queens embarking on a road trip, with a side visit to the Main Line. Another Main Line connection one of the songs featured in the movie, “Over the Rainbow,” is recorded by singer Patti LaBelle, who has a family home in Wynnewood.

Swayze’s character is from Bala Cynwyd. In the movie the trio makes a stop to see his family at their Bala Cynwyd home and for this movie the stars really did travel to a Main Line home for the shoot.

“The gang makes a detour to see his family home located on Bala Cynwyd’s extremely wealthy Highland Avenue (the house shown in the movie still stands today, although it has been recently repainted), just in time to see his snobby looking mother going into the house. Although Highland Avenue runs through Bala Cynwyd, the home is technically on the neighboring Merion side of the street,” reads a Wikipedia review of the movie, whose title refers to an autographed photo of Julie Newmar that the trio carries with them on their journey.

Nights on the Main Line

Many of the films of M. Night Shyamalan use Main Line and Philadelphia sites.

Raised in Penn Valley, Shyamalan is a graduate of Waldron Mercy Academy, Episcopal Academy and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Manhattan’s Class of 1992. Shyamalan lived for many years with his wife and two daughters in Gladwyne and his production company, Blinding Edge Pictures, is in Berwyn.

Shyamalan’s movies are known for their supernatural plots and twist endings and include 1995’s “Wide Awake,” 1999’s “The Sixth Sense,” 2000’s “Unbreakable,” 2002’s “Signs,” 2004’s “The Village,” 2006’s “Lady in the Water” and 2008’s “The Happening.”

“Shyamalan had an early desire to be a filmmaker when he was given a Super 8 camera at a young age. Though his father wanted Shyamalan to follow in the family practice of medicine, his mother encouraged Shyamalan to follow his passion. By the time he was 17, Shyamalan, who had been a fan of Steven Spielberg, had made 45 home movies. Beginning with ‘The Sixth Sense,’ he has included a scene from one of these childhood films on each DVD release of his films, which he feels represents his first attempt at the same kind of film (with the exception of ‘Lady in the Water’),” reads his biography on Wikipedia

In his popular 1999 psychological thriller, “The Sixth Sense” with Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, a funeral is filmed in Bryn Mawr. But it was his second movie, “Wide Awake,” where he returned to his roots in 1995, filming parts of the movie starring Rosie O’Donnell and Robert Loggia at Waldron Mercy Academy.

The extras in the race scene of the film were Waldron students and their families.

“The drama dealt with a 10 year old Catholic schoolboy (Joseph Cross) who, after the death of his grandfather (Robert Loggia), searches for God. The film earned Shyamalan the 1999 Young Artist Award nominations for Best Drama, but with a limited release, the film only grossed $305,704 in theaters. It is the only Shyamalan directed film to date in which the director does not make a cameo appearance,” reads Wikipedia.

The Main Line’s high society

While many of the Main Line references in the movies could be described as bit parts, the Main Line would be one of the main characters in the quintessential high society flick “The Philadelphia Story.”

The 1940 romantic comedy stars Bryn Mawr College graduate Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. The movie is based on the Broadway play of the same name by Phillip Barry, who wrote the character of Tracy Lord specifically for Hepburn to play.

The character of Tracy Lord was inspired by socialite and philanthropist Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, whose husband, Edgar, was a friend of playwright Barry.
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The craft brewing boom has reached Nazareth.

After months of anticipation, Birthright Brewing Co., the Lehigh Valley’s newest brew pub, opened Thursday, Feb. 1 at 57 S. Main St.

Birthright offers a lineup of its own beers alongside a menu of wood fired pizza and other snacks in a rustic, industrial setting. The space is decked out with a black walnut live edge bar and huge saw blades, sourced from a Kutztown mill, serving as communal tabletops.


While some aspiring brewers make the leap straight from home brewing to their own taprooms, Birthright’s brewmaster and co owner Wayne Milford has spent 18 years honing his skills professionally, ever since he quit a job in pharmaceuticals to take an apprenticeship at Climax Brewing Co. in Roselle Park, New Jersey.

He has since worked as head brewer for Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware, as the first brewmaster at Two Rivers Brewing Co. in Easton and as a consultant for other breweries.

Milford, who has lived in Lower Nazareth Township for about three years, will run the brewery with his wife Shanna Milford and their business partner Mike Dailey, whom Milford met while working at Two Rivers.

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He recalls visiting a Trappist monastery in Belgium with his wife, and sitting at a communal table with four generations of the same family, all drinking beer together. It’s a scene he hopes to emulate in Nazareth with large, communal tables encouraging people to interact with strangers.

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One of our favorite must have dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas is honey baked spiral ham. For the past few years, I would just tossed the hambone away. It was only recently that I found on Pinterest that the bone can be used to make a simple bone stock. So, this year I saved them and with the bone stock, I made this delicious ham lentil and vegetable soup. This hearty soup tasted so good with my homemade baguette and even my picky eater son gave a two thumbs up!

(Note: To make the bone stock, just place the hambone in a large stockpot and add enough water to cover the bone and bring to a boil. Skimming off the scum and fats from the soup and reduce the heat and simmer for about 30mins to an hour.)

If the diet is right, there is no need for medicine. doing a lot of research, I come to realize how red meats dairy rich food can affect one health. (Think high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer etc) After getting the support from my dear husband and kids, we embarked on our new diet journey a few weeks ago.

Yes, we are on a no red meats, high fiber, low dairy Mediterranean diet now! And besides this, I am also trying to add more whole grains to our diet and buying less refined/processed food.

To be frank, the change isn really that difficult la. Even though we love to eat out on weekends and snack on unhealthy chips occasionally, we are actually eating pretty healthy food at home most of the time. I think the most difficult part has to be the inconveniences that come with this diet change. Now, I can just cook what we craved or eat junk or processed food as and when we like it. And when we dine out or do our grocery shopping, we have to be very selective of what we order and what we buy.

Since I really want to make the switch as and unnoticeable as possible for my family, I have to do more research, spend more time planning for our meals (again, Trello is a great tool!) and learn to read nutrition labels more carefully. Can you imagine how time consuming it is? Really ah, if it is not for the love for the family, I don think this lazy sahm could to do this at all.

Anyway, it has been more than 3 weeks since the switch. I very pleased to say that the family hasn complained about the missing meat dishes YET and also, we finally managed to convert to eating all brown rice yesterday!! Woohoo!
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Both DH I also noticed a change in our physical health. He has lost almost 58lbs of weight so far and his nation belly is beginning to and his 6 packs seems to want to make a comeback! Well, I called them is because I have never ever seen them even though I was with him for 20 years alreadylor. Heheee As for me, even though I didn weigh myself at all, I can see that my flabby always bloated tummy looks a little smaller lor (small voice)and I feel more energized, though I still need to take a short nap after lunch. Hmm I guess .grin

Ok la lili lolo such a long post, I think it time for me to take a rest and do some craft work. I will write again soon and probably start sharing with you on the healthy food I cook for my family next time. Ciao!

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Recently DH I started using Trello to keep track of our busy life. One of the many items, which is listed in my weekly to do Trello board, is to make a weekly meal plan. When DH saw this action item, he quickly updated MY list with a list of food HE loves. Haha that glutton. Anyway, without any surprise, Briyani rice is on this list. Since I haven cook this for a long time, I decided to be good to him and

cook this with Beef potato curry (Southeast Asian style) for dinner tonight.

This easy spice rice recipe is adapted from the Joy of Cooking series. I modified a little according to my family taste bud.

3 cups rice (i used Jasmine, though Basmati is recommended)

Water per rice cooker recommendation

1. Fry curry leaves, lemongrass, star anise and cloves in heated pot (with oil) until fragrant.

2. Add curry and chilli powder and stir fry until the color changed to dark shade.

3. Add onions, ginger minced garlic until onions turn translucent.

4. Add meat and stir fry until the spices are well coated on the meat.

5. Add coconut milk to the meat in high heat for a few mins and reduce to simmer when curry sauce boils. Add potatoes, and continue simmer. If the coconut milk is not enough to coat the meat potatoes, you may add some water at this point.

6. Continue cooking until meat becomes tender and curry sauce thickens.

7. Add salt to taste when curry is done.

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This was actually the 4th grader school project a few months ago. We had so much fun researching and learning about River otters and making the shoebox diorama together. First she drew the otters habitat on paper, and then started building the diorama on a shoebox bit by bit by herself, using mostly recycled materials that we have around the house.

(I actually wanted to show you her impressive habitat draft, but I couldn find the photo in my photo album now. Argh! Hopefully she still has the original drawing so that I can show u later.)

Here my contribution to her project polymer clay river otters models. It was our first time playing with polymer clay. My original intention was for her to create her own models. But becos I was too curious, and couldn wait for her to be back from school, I went ahead to create these otters first. And when she saw my models after school, she loved them so much that she decided to use them instead. Oh well at least she did color these models herself! :p

(Idea from this pin on Pinterest.)

The polymer clay that we used is from Scupley,
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in translucent color. After the models were oven baked, we painted them using Acrylic paints and seal it with all purpose acrylic sealant.

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Pennsylvania last voted for a Republican for president in 1988. Trump repeatedly campaigned there, believing his populist message would resonate with the state’s working class voters.

Clinton long viewed the state as a key part of her “firewall” and rallied in Philadelphia with President Barack Obama on Monday night. The Democrats also held their nominating convention in the city.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has congratulated Donald Trump on “his big night.”

A Ryan spokeswoman confirms that the Republican speaker called the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday evening. The spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, says they had “a very good conversation.”

She says, “The speaker congratulated Trump on his big night and also spoke with his good friend Gov.

The mood is dark at Hillary Clinton’s election night party.

Stony faced supporters were crying and anxiously staring at the big screens showing election results. Some began leaving as the race wore on into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Thousands had gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City for Clinton’s election night party. president.

Clinton, her family and close aides have spent hours ensconced in a suite at the Peninsula New York, a luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is describing the mood inside Trump Tower as “buoyant.”

She tells The Associated Press that the team is hopeful as results continue to roll in.

A Trump victory would represent a stunning upset against his rival Hillary Clinton.

Thousands of his supporters are gathered in a midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom watching the results on Fox.

Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has won the Missouri governor’s race, beating Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster. The contest offered voters a vivid choice between experience and a fresh start.

Greitens, a first time Republican candidate, has touted himself as an outsider and pledged to tackle corruption in the state Capitol. Koster took the opposite approach, emphasizing that his nearly 22 years in elected office make him qualified to run state government.

Without a voting record, Greitens was running on his time as a Navy SEAL officer and founder of a charity for veterans, The Mission Continues.

Republicans have clinched continued House control for the new Congress. They’ll likely lose seats from their current historic high, but they won enough seats to extend their six year streak of commanding the chamber.

With voting results still being counted early Wednesday, Republicans have won at least 218 House seats. That exceeds the number needed to control the chamber.

Democrats started the year hoping Donald Trump’s divisive presidential candidacy would cost Republicans bushels of House seats. His impact on down ballot candidates proved spotty.

Republicans now control 247 seats in the House. With a smaller GOP majority, dissident hard right conservatives could have added leverage to press House Speaker Paul Ryan and other party leaders on the budget and other issues.
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Past the heavy glass doors of the world’s most famous jewelry store, two glimmering rings sit waiting to be selected for the proper marriage. One is a diamond inlaid platinum band selling for $11,700, the other a matching engagement ring priced at $37,900.

Though it’s not required, a bride and groom might find it easier to afford such luxury if they come from the “right” families. Such was the case with the man who, with a partner, started the world’s most famous jewelry store.

Charles L. Tiffany originally sold goods in the company store to workers in his father’s cotton mills in the hills of 19th century Connecticut, in a town named Killingly. He and the son of another mill owner bet a $1,000 stake they could make it in New York City.

They made it. Today Tiffany Co. is an international business worth $3.3 billion, and a symbol of opulence and success.

That $1,000 investment about $15,000 in today’s dollars is the start of just one of many strands of wealth created by the booming New England textile industry in the 19th century, an explosion that helped turn Connecticut from a colonial outpost of farms and villages into a center of manufacturing and international trade. Behind this transition were men of ingenuity and vision who invented the machinery, built the mills and developed revolutionary industrial processes.

What kept the mills humming were thousands of immigrant men, women and children who worked under often dreadful conditions.

And what made it all possible were hundreds of thousands of slaves who, toiling for free under even worse conditions but at a convenient distance hundreds of miles away, provided the raw material: Cotton.

Before 1820, Connecticut’s main export was food and drink. Most clothing, made from wool or linen, was woven at home.

Within 20 years, wool and cotton were the state’s top products, and by 1850, tiny Connecticut ranked fifth in the nation in the number of cotton mills. By the Civil War, the state was producing wool and cotton goods worth nearly $14 million a year, not including the mills making thread, yarn and other cotton products.

The fortunes of Charles Tiffany and John Young and countless others who made names for themselves in Connecticut as merchants, manufacturers and traders have their roots in what Charles Sumner, abolitionist and later a senator from Massachusetts, called an “unhallowed union . between the cotton planters and fleshmongers of Louisiana and Mississippi and the cotton spinners and traffickers of New England between the lords of the lash and the lords of the loom.”

“The first industrial spy”

Samuel Slater grew up in a small mill town near Manchester, England. At 14, he went to work in a factory and for six years learned every aspect of cotton manufacture, including how to build and operate the spinning loom introduced by Richard Arkwright in 1768. Arkwright’s innovation helped produce the first sturdy cotton yarn. Though Slater eventually became a mill manager, he soon decided he could find better opportunities in America.

In the years after the American Revolution, Britain strictly protected its textile industries, banning the export of any related technology and the emigration of anyone with expertise in the field. So Slater knew he was breaking the law when, in 1789, he disguised himself as a farmer and slipped past British agents to sail for New York. He had the plans for the Arkwright loom in his head.

Slater, whom Putnam town historian Robert Miller calls “the first industrial spy,” arrived in Rhode Island and created America’s first Arkwright style mill in a small shop in Pawtucket. “Slater system” operations soon sprang up on streams all over the state. He moved into eastern Connecticut in 1804, buying 2,000 acres and the right to use power along the Quinebaug River in Putnam. His father in law, Oziel Wilkinson, followed the next year, buying the Pomfret Manufacturing Co.

Slater created more than an industry; he created a way of life in southern New England. Each mill and its surrounding village, built around small, fast moving streams,
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operated under a single extended family, and ownership and management were based on blood and marriage ties, says Barbara Tucker, a Slater biographer and history professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. Families who lived in the mill villages supplied the labor, including children as young as 7, and often shopped in a company store and attended company schools and churches.

By and large, the mill owners saw no conflict between reliance on slave labor for their raw materials and a morality that had begun to condemn the ownership of one human being by another.

“They separated their conscience from profit,” says Myron Stachiw, an archaeologist, college professor and expert on Rhode Island’s textile industry. And those profits were large. When Slater died in 1835, his estate was worth $9 million more than $153 million today.

Some Rhode Island textile manufacturers who were abolitionists had family ties to the slave trade. One of Slater’s original partners, Moses Brown, whose family helped endow Brown University, lobbied for the emancipation of slaves while his brother, John, continued the family business of slave trading.

Though moral sentiment in New England turned increasingly against slavery in the 1800s, outright opponents of the system who were willing to live out their beliefs were rare. They were akin to the modern consumer who declines to buy shoes made by child labor or a blouse sewn in a sweatshop. Jesse Garrettson Baldwin, a native of Meriden, was one: He became a peddler in the South and returned to his home state committed to the abolitionist cause. There were stories about him carrying his own lump sugar with him when he traveled. And he refused to wear spun clothing.” Baldwin’s webbing business in Middletown used cotton grown on a settlement where all the workers were free. He also made certain that the canvas for the sails of his schooner was produced by free labor.

“Apply to Mr. Whitney”

Many historians cast Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, as the man who crowned “King Cotton.” But an exasperated William Brown, director of the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden, insists the story is not that simple.

The cotton gin “made short staple cotton more profitable, but it did not revive slavery by itself,” Brown says. “It made cotton fiber less expensive. . It’s a bit like saying net stockings led to prostitution.”

What’s indisputable is that Whitney’s timing was perfect. His gin came six years after the Constitutional Convention, which had postponed any federal regulation of the slave trade until 1808. At the time of the convention in 1787, cotton was largely a coastal crop, and many Southern plantations were struggling to survive.

Whitney’s invention in 1793 revolutionized cotton production, making it easier and more profitable to process. This fueled the spread of cotton as a staple crop across the South, which increased the demand for slaves to work the fields.

Whitney, born on a farm in Westboro, Mass., early showed signs of a genius for the mechanical. He graduated in 1792 from Yale at age 27 and the next year agreed to take a job as a tutor for the children of a South Carolina plantation owner. On the boat ride south, he met Catherine Greene, plantation owner and widow of the Revolutionary War Gen. Nathaniel Greene. When he discovered on arrival that his salary had been cut in half, Whitney rejected the job and accepted Greene’s invitation to stay with her on Mulberry Plantation in Georgia.

Most of the cotton then grown in the United States was the long fiber variety, or “long staple,” that took its name from the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. With fibers up to 2 inches long, the cotton made high quality cloth that still is prized today; catalog retailer J. Peterman sells a polo shirt made from Sea Island cotton grown in the West Indies for $138. But, then as now, its limited supply and high cost curtailed its utility.

Short staple cotton was better suited to inland soils, but its sticky green seeds defied the rollers used to process Sea Island cotton. A slave, working by hand, could clean only a pound a day. Greene’s neighboring plantation owners were bemoaning the inefficient system. She reportedly told them, “Apply to my young friend, Mr. Whitney. He can make anything.”

“Whitney faced the problem of removing seeds from the cotton,” Brown explains. “Instead,
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he pulled the cotton from the seeds.”