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By - 5/19/15 - 11:05 am

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...

About this segment: Union Square Main Streets staff and board...Read more

By - 5/9/15 - 10:33 pm

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....Read more

By - 5/7/15 - 10:49 am

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...Read more

By - 5/4/15 - 3:09 pm

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

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By - 4/29/15 - 12:53 pm

The vote was unanimous. Councilors said they hope they can soon extend the benefit to all unionized workers as well.Read more

By - 4/22/15 - 3:55 pm

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.

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By - 4/19/15 - 12:02 pm

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."

Among the key initiatives the transition team will immediately focus on is embarking on a ‘listen and learn’ tour that will ultimately help establish a 100-day entry plan to guide the district during the first semester of the

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By - 4/14/15 - 6:39 pm

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,...Read more

By - 4/14/15 - 12:28 pm

Read 'em and weep (or rejoice)

Call your local resource center to get the news.

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By - 3/23/15 - 2:58 pm

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

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By - 3/21/15 - 9:22 am

The Globe reports the announcement.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough had originally included the school, housed in the former West Roxbury High School, in a list of schools to shut to close a budget gap.Read more

By - 3/19/15 - 2:41 pm

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

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By - 3/16/15 - 9:35 am

The Globe reports one way BPS plans to save money is by reducing options for school breakfasts and lunches - and that some mornings, kids will be given a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and some fruit or they can just go hungry.Read more

By - 3/10/15 - 7:39 am

Jamaicaplainiac ponders the news that some high-priced lawyers are looking at a civil-rights lawsuit to force the state to end its cap on charter schools, decides to look at some enrollment and test numbers in Boston and comes to somewhat different conclusions:

If the contention of the potential lawsuit is that charter schools are so much better than district schools that it’s a

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By - 3/9/15 - 9:58 am
Proposed spray deck at Fallon Field

City parks officials and a design firm last week showed off renovation plans for the Fallon Field playground that would include Roslindale's first playground spray deck and a "secret garden" in a layout that spreads across two levels on the park's hillside.

Roslindale Wants to Play has more details on the proposal and some thoughts on making it even better.

The site is...Read more

By - 3/3/15 - 9:01 pm
Tommy Chang

The School Committee tonight selected Tommy Chang, who currently oversees a system of 95,000 students in the Los Angeles school district, as Boston's next school superintendent.

The vote was 5-2 for Chang, 39, over Pedro Martinez, a Nevada state education official and former superintendent there. Guadalupe Guerrero, a San Francisco school official who spent six years as a principal at Dorchester's Devers School, did...Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 11:15 am
West Roxbury Academy protest sign

West Roxbury Academy students plan a protest outside City Hall tomorrow over BPS plans to shut their school and send them somewhere else in the system.

A T rider forwarded photos of fliers posted on the wall on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street this morning calling for the protest between 4 and 6 p.m. outside City Hall.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough...Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 1:56 pm
West Roxbury Education Complex

West Roxbury Academy, in the West Roxbury Education Complex, slated for closure.

Interim Boston School Superintendent John McDonough last night released the names of the five schools he says need to be shut this year to save money: Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, Middle School Academy in South Boston, Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and West Roxbury Academy.

BPS says that with a $40 million to $50 million shortfall...Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 8:28 pm

WGBH reports, adds there are questions about the status of finalist Guadalupe Guerrero's doctoral work at Harvard.Read more

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