THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 6, 2022 Page 21 Art exhibition pays tribute to the strength and creativity of Black women T he past and present come together in the exciting exhibition Modern Sojourner & Sojourner Truth’s Malden – now showing at the Malden Public Library’s Converse Galleries through June 8. The exhibition features the work “Modern Sojourner” by renowned artist Gale Fulton Ross. “Modern Sojourner” is a Fulton Ross tour de force done in her signature fi gurative style, capturing the wisdom and strength of the family matriarch. a y avvy S iorenniiooro a avvyavvy iori n r by Jim Miller Specialized Moving Services That Help Seniors Downsize and Relocate Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any businesses or services that specialize in helping seniors downsize and relocate? I need to fi nd some help moving my mother from her four-bedroom home – where she’s lived for nearly 50 years – to an apartment near me. Overwhelmed Daughter Artist Gale Fulton Ross displays her painting “Modern Sojourner.” (Photo Courtesy of Malden Public Library/Stacy Holder) A fi erce civil rights and arts activist since the 1960s, Fulton Ross has been representing the Black community as a painter, printmaker, sculptor and multimedia visual artist for decades. Raised in Malden, Fulton Ross has a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts, Berkeley. She currently shares studios in New York, Los Angeles and Sarasota, Florida. In “Sojourner Truth’s Malden,” historical artifacts provide a glimpse into the life and times of the celebrated African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and author of the famed “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech. Themes from Sojourner’s life in New England are explored – including slavery in the North, the Fugitive Slave Act and the resistance by enslaved people to their bondage – as well as her longstanding friendships with Malden abolitionists Bishop Gilbert Haven and James Redpath. The exhibition is made possible by the support of the Malden Public Library Board of Trustees and Library Staff , with special support provided by Denise Russell, John Tramondozzi, the Friends of the Malden Public Library and the Malden Historical Society. The Converse Galleries are located at 36 Salem St. in Malden. The exhibition is open on Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. or by special arrangement. Group tours are welcome. For information or to schedule a tour, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or by email at info@maldenpubliclibrary.org. Dear Overwhelmed, The process of downsizing and moving to a new home is a big job for anyone, but it can be especially overwhelming for seniors who are moving from a long-time residence fi lled with decade’s worth of stuff and a lifetime of memories. Fortunately, there’s a specialized service available today that can help make your mom’s move a lot easier for her, and for you. Senior Move Manager ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Middlesex Probate and Family Court 10-U Commerce Way Woburn, MA 01801 (781) 865-4000 Docket No. MI22P2093EA Estate of: Julio Castro Date of Death: 10/20/2021 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Adjudication of Intestacy and Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Alessandra Silva Castro of Malden, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that: Alessandra Silva Castro of Malden, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With Surety on the bond in unsupervised adminstration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before: 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 06/16/2022. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised administration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, Hon. Maureen H. Monks, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 21, 2022 TARA E. DeCRISTOFARO REGISTER OF PROBATE May 6, 2022 To help your mom get packed up and moved into her new home, you should consider hiring a “senior move manager.” These are trained organizers (they are not moving companies) who assist older people with the challenges of relocating and can minimize the stress of this major transition by doing most of the work for you. A senior move manager can help your mom pare down her belongings, decide what to take and what to dispose of, recommend charities for donations and help sell her unwanted items. They can even create a customized fl oor plan of her new home so your mom can visualize where her belongings will fi t. Senior move managers can also get estimates from moving companies, oversee the movers, arrange the move date, supervise the packing and unpacking and help set up her new home, have the house cleaned and just about anything you need related to her move. If you want to do some of the work yourself, you can pick and choose only the services you want. For example, you may only want a move manager’s help with downsizing and selling excess furniture and unwanted belongings but plan on doing the actual packing and moving yourself. The cost of working with a senior move manager will vary depending on where you live, the services you want and size of the move, but you can expect to pay somewhere between $60 and $125 per hour or more, not including the cost of movers. How to Find One To locate a senior move manager in your area, visit the National Association of Senior Move Managers website at NASMM.org or call 877-606-2766. The NASMM is a trade association with an accreditation program that requires its members to abide by a strict code of ethics that ensures integrity. They currently have around 1,000 members across the U.S. You can also search at Caring Transitions (CaringTransitions. com), which is the largest senior relocation and transition services franchised company in the U.S. They currently have nearly 200 franchises throughout the country. But, before you hire one, be sure you ask for references from previous clients and check them, and check with the Better Business Bureau too. Also fi nd out how many moves they have actually managed and get a written list of services and fees. And make sure they’re insured and bonded. If you can’t fi nd a senior move manager in your area, another option is to hire a certifi ed professional organizer who specializes in downsizing and relocating. To fi nd one, check the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, which has a searchable database on its website at NAPO.net. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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