Mar. 1, 2012
Nothing is more important to a community than the quality of its schools. The future of our schools and our children’s education are at stake in the contract being negotiated now between the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU). Read more
Feb. 23, 2012
Students from Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy greeted Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Friday, Feb. 17 after a breakfast hosted by the Irish-American Partnership in Boston. The students, who participate in the Academy’s Fine Arts program under the direction of Mary Swanton, played violin for the prime minister during the event.
The students shown, left to right, are Angela Augustin, Emily Tran, David Revere and Jacqueline Tran. They paid musical tribute to An Taoiseach with their renditions of "The West's Awake" and "Moonlight in Mayo.” Mayo is Kenny's home county in Ireland. They ended their performance with “America the Beautiful.” Photo by Harry Brett Read more
Feb. 22, 2012
Scores of Dorchester students are learning to ice skate for the first time thanks to a special program that brings city kids into the Boston Common’s Frog Pond for weekly lessons.
The initiative is led by the Skating Club of Boston, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Cheri Rigby, a Sudbury native who directs programs at the Frog Pond, started the program to help teach the fundamentals of skating along with valuable life lessons. Read more
Police: Man tired of Greenwood School parents stopping in front of his driveway threatens one with a rifle
The Boston Police Department reports arresting a Greenwood Street resident who'd finally snapped at all the parents who stop in front of his driveway to pick up kids at the school across the street.
The Boston Water and Sewer Commission will transfer ownership of the Calf Pasture Pump Station on Columbia Point to UMass Boston in exchange for $2.1 million over 15 years in scholarships to Boston Public School students, under an agreement announced Tuesday.
The new program, dubbed “Boston City Scholarships,” will provide to Boston Public School graduates with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) scholarship grants of $1,000, which can be used for tuition, fees, or other costs. Read more
Dec. 14, 2011
City officials announced late Wednesday that a second claim of abuse has been lodged against a Harbor Middle School teacher's assistant accused of lewd conduct with a student.
Meanwhile, the assistant, LaShawn Hill, was arrested Wednesday night on larceny and forgery charges in connection with computers stolen from the school. Police say the arrest was unrelated to the investigation into the lewd-conduct charge. Read more
Teaching assistant at Harbor Pilot Middle School to face charges of inappropriate behavior with student
The Boston Police Department reports it will be charging an assistant at the Harbor Pilot Middle School with lewd and lascivious behavior for an incident involving "a disabled, non-verbal student." Read more
A 12-year-old student at Boston Latin Academy died Monday after falling ill just three days earlier with meningitis. Read more
Oct. 19, 2011
The grand re-opening of the Mattahunt Community Center was celebrated last Thursday, capping off an unprecedented transition from city-run facility to a center privately managed by Wheelock College that could serve as a model for future community centers across Boston.
Guests were invited to explore some of the programming to be offered at the center, which closed abruptly due to city budget cuts in spring 2010. The various athletic organizations affiliated with the Mattahunt-Wheelock Partnership held clinics for younger visitors while parents had the chance to talk with several groups about the upcoming services to be provided at the Mattahunt. Read more
Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings
City Councilor Charles Yancey has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to the old Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, when nearly 4,000 high-school students attend classes in "substandard" buildings originally built for elementary students or as warehouses. Read more