City officials last week showed off their latest plans for the Fallon Field playground upgrade that would include a 25-foot slide down the side of the park's hill and what would be Roslindale's first playground water-spray area, Roslindale Wants to Play reports. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the assault-and-battery conviction of a Brockton man arrested after spanking his three-year-old daughter in view of two police detectives.
The court noted that corporal punishment "as an integral aspect of parental autonomy" remains widely accepted in American society and so in the absence of specific laws on the subject, "we must guard against the imposition of criminal sanctions for the use of parenting techniques still widely regarded as permissible and warranted." Read more.
Fathers teach your sons..
Anger and jealousy are human emotions. Using violence will not solve the problem....
Guns and knives?
Accountability and consequences for your actions. Anger management, self control.
Teach your children well.
The mayor's office yesterday announced a new "family friendly beach" at M Street in South Boston.
For a $5 fee, families will get access to an enclosed part of the beach, restrooms with changing tables, picnic tables with umbrellas, outdoor showers, beach game equipment - and WiFi.
The new beach space opens June 20 and will be open 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Memberships are available at the K Street entrance of the Curley Community Center.
Instead of bake sales, families at the Sumner School on Basile Street are making and selling "biodegradable, Borax-free, aromatherapeutic laundry soap handmade from all natural ingredients."
Lauren Cooperstein Corduck, whose daughter Esther is a first grader at the school, got the idea while folding her laundry - laundry she'd cleaned with the homemade soap she'd made herself:
Wendy Blom, Executive Director of SCATV, sits down with Eric Fellinger, Board Chair of Union Square Main Streets, and Esther Hanig, Executive Director of Union Square Main Streets to discuss their grassroots fundraising campaign to help provide farm fresh food to Somerville neighbors in need of Farmers Market SNAP benefits. Support their endeavor: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/20...
WCVB reports on an incident at North Quincy this morning.
Westwood Police report breaking up a teen bonfire in the woods off High Street last night. One girl had to be transported to a Boston hospital with serious head injuries after she fell about 20 feet off a rocky ledge; a boy suffered minor injuries when an aerosal can somebody tossed into the fire exploded. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that two women seeking to formally adopt the son one of them bore with the help of a sperm donor don't have to give him a chance to object to legally adopt the baby.
The ruling at first might seem nonsensical, since the women are married and were married at the time of their son's birth last year, and both are listed as parents on his birth certificate, so why bother with adoption?
But as the court noted ... Read more.
Welcome to Dot reposts a query from the Lower Mills Nextdoor group:
Anyone know of a local ceramic shop or thrist store where I can find ceramic fairies?
I know it is a weird request, but I really need a few for the neighborhood kids.
The few I had in my front yard broke over the winter, and at least 3 little girls in the neighborhood feel a real loss because the fairies are missing. One 6 year old girl gave me some seeds to attract new fairies.
The vote was unanimous. Councilors said they hope they can soon extend the benefit to all unionized workers as well.
Boston Police report detectives rushed to a Franklin Park playground off Walnut Avenue yesterday morning when somebody playing with several young children noticed a gun just lying at the base of a tree.
The Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum revolver ... was fully loaded and the hammer was cocked. The firearm was rendered safe and recovered by detectives.
Incoming School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning released names of a 35-member transition team that will "imagine what the future holds for the Boston Public Schools."
So all anyone in Boston with a young, school-age child is going to talk about in the next 36 hours is the lottery placements that are going out for BPS.
I know each school is different, but is there any rule of thumb on how much a wait list tends to move in terms of spots? I feel like anything under 10 should be decent, but if a given K1 only has 17 seats I suppose that still isn't likely.
Read 'em and weep (or rejoice)
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City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) - who recently had a son - want to let city employees who have kids take time off with pay.
Under their proposal::
During the leave period, the employee shall be paid 100 percent of her or his base wages for the first two weeks, 75 percent of his or her base wages for the following two weeks, and 50 percent of base wages for the remaining two weeks.
Employees would be able to take off longer periods of time without pay.
CommonWealth Magazine ponders a Boston with a continuing decline in the pre-18 set.
Boston is becoming not only a city without young people to shovel snow for those of us with arthritic hands and bad backs, but also a city which has a strikingly reduced number of young people participating in Little League, youth hockey, scout groups, and all of those other bedrock institutions that cement neighborhoods and create a sense of community.