Sep. 14, 2011
Kids at Dorchester’s Leahy-Holloran Community Center had a brush with greatness on Tuesday, when Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin made a surprise appearance. After being met with a round of applause and cheers, Seguin announced that each of the 20 youngsters and a parent would be attending the Bruins’ October 6 home opener. Read more
Sep. 8, 2011
Boston Public Schools superintendent Carol Johnson said she is re-examining a proposal to move Dorchester’s Boston Latin Academy to Hyde Park. Read more
Aug. 31, 2011
Students who attend the Neponset campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will start their academic year a few days late— on Monday, Sept. 12— and many will spend the next four months in temporary classrooms in Milton due to delays in a construction project at the Neponset Ave. school. The school is adding a floor to the old St. Ann School building as part of an ongoing modernization project. Read more
Jun. 23, 2011
Dorchester’s Shawnna Thomas, a Boston Latin Academy graduate, will be attending Yale University this September thanks to a Gates Millennium Scholarship.
Thomas, who graduated from Boston Latin on Sunday, has been granted a full scholarship to Yale, for her undergraduate through graduate studies. She currently lives with her grandmother near Grove Hall. Thomas has known since her childhood that she wanted to attend college, and it was, in part, thanks to her participation in the Steppingstone Foundation’s after-school programs that she was able to fulfill this ambition. Read more
May. 13, 2011
Parents and faculty at the Lee Academy were shocked to discover a truckload of debris dumped behind the recently-cleaned school grounds Wednesday morning.
A large heap of doors, drywall, televisions and trash bags littered the rear access path leading to the schoolyard, creating an unsightly barrier between the school and Harambee Park. Adding insult to injury, 30 volunteers from the Boston Project Ministries (BPM) and the Lee spent three and a half hours cleaning the space less than a week before the discovery. Read more
Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Sunday he’s launching an effort to reclaim one of the four at-large seats he held prior to running for mayor in 2009. In a release, Flaherty, who was an at-large councillor between 2000 and 2009, said he will be at the Election Department on Monday at 11 a.m. to apply for nomination papers.
Flaherty is also planning an organizational meeting with top supporters on Wednesday evening at the Cornerstone in South Boston.
Flaherty’s entrance into the race guarantees a ballot royale in an off-year election, with low turnout expected in most neighborhoods. All four incumbents -- Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley -- are running for re-election. Read more
Boston Public School officials will get the first at-bat next week as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino's $2.4 billion fiscal 2012 budget.
A Monday hearing on the BPS budget - which comes in at $829 million - starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Iannella Chamber, and is expected to stretch into the afternoon. Mark Ciommo, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and John Connolly, chair of the Education Committee, will oversee the proceedings.
On Tuesday, at 10 a.m., city budget officials will be up, giving an overview of the budget. Read more
Apr. 5, 2011
Mattapan’s Mildred Avenue K-8 School briefly went into “safe mode” on Tuesday morning, following a spat between two parents, according to the Boston Police Department. A spokesman on Tuesday afternoon said that the situation had been resolved and students were sent home at their regular schedule.
A call came into police at 11:20 a.m., when two parents were in a spat over the custody of a child and one was fearful that the other would take the child without proper permission, police said.
"The situation was resolved peacefully, amicably," said BPD spokesman James Kenneally. Read more
For Archana Ailawadhi, a college counselor at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, it was all about the numbers when President Barack Obama stopped by the school on Tuesday afternoon.
“The students here come from some tough neighborhoods – am I right?” asked the president. “Yes. And yet the graduation rate is almost 20 points higher than the rest of the city – 20 points higher,” Obama said to applause. “Ninety-four percent of the most recent graduating class went to college. Eighty-five percent of those students were the first in their family to do so. Your math and science scores are consistently higher than other Boston schools, and the attendance rate here is 94 percent.”
Ailawadhi smiled, recalling the moment. “I was overwhelmed,” she said after the speech, as local politicians and students milled around the gymnasium of the former Dorchester High School, still soaking in the pomp and circumstance of a presidential appearance. Read more