Parenting

By - 2/7/14 - 4:13 pm

Two dozen Boston Latin School students who may have been in close contact with that student are being urged to visit their own doctors this weekend, BPS confirms.

Some of those students may have to take a preventative course of antibiotics. Additional families were also notified.

In patients past infancy, the disease is rarely fatal, although it can mean weeks of persistent coughing.

Although young... Read more

By - 2/4/14 - 6:20 pm

We just got the robocall.

An official city snow emergency goes into effect at 11 p.m., so if you're parked on a snow-emergency route, move that car.

City Hall will be open for business.

By - 1/29/14 - 4:21 pm

Acting School Superintendent John McDonough announced today that the state has chosen two private education groups to take over control of the Holland and Dever schools in Dorchester, which the state says BPS has been unable to get into shape and which are rated as low as you can get under the scoring system used by the state to judge schools.

Unlocking Potential which... Read more

By - 1/28/14 - 5:01 pm

Ambulances took four students at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School to Boston Medical Center for checkups today after they shared pills and vitamins one of them brought in from home.

All four turned out to be fine, Khita Pottinger, principal of the school on Lawrence Avenue in Dorchester, said in a phone message to parents this afternoon:

Hello, this is Khita Pottinger, principal

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By - 1/25/14 - 12:42 pm

Associated Press reports on Alastair Moock, who began singing songs to his daughter Clio after she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2012.

By - 1/18/14 - 12:03 pm

Cara Rubinsky asks:

Can anyone suggest a kid-friendly sushi place in/near Cambridge to take out-of-towners for lunch?

By - 1/15/14 - 7:52 am

We're starting to hear from folks associated with elementary schools in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park that Court Street's sent directives to principals to submit budgets that include cuts - in the case of one small school, $65,000, which would mean eliminating a teacher position.

BPS says it will publish proposed budget details on Feb. 5 and then hold a month of hearings... Read more

By - 1/15/14 - 7:36 am
Isis

Isis Parenting, which provided classes, consulting and products for expectant and new mothers, announced yesterday it's closing all of its centers in the area - Back Bay, Arlington, Needham and Hanover.

The chain, which started in Brookline in 2003 - and which provided pre-natal classes for a number of local hospitals - broke the news on its Facebook page last night:

With heavy hearts,

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By - 1/9/14 - 9:24 pm

Brookline Police tweeted tonight that Caleb Jacoby, son of Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, has been found "safe and well." The department elaborates:

The Brookline Police, working with many other agencies over the past few days were able to provide information to the New York City Police Department that Caleb Jacoby may be in the area of Times Square. Based upon this information at

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By - 1/7/14 - 2:58 pm
Caleb Jacoby

UPDATE, Thursday: Found safe.

Caleb Jacoby, 16, an 11th grader at the Maimonides School, has not been seen or heard from since 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

He's 5'11" and 140 lbs., and was last seen wearing navy chinos, a navy polo shirt, a brown winter jacket with a hood, white socks and brown sneakers or shoes.

Police urge anybody with information about his whereabouts to... Read more

By - 1/5/14 - 9:41 am
Missing mittens

Sacha Pfeiffer noticed these fliers up around Cambridge and Somerville:

Sad children with cold hands (and annoyed parents) somewhere in Cambridge/Somerville

By - 1/1/14 - 5:35 pm

Boston Public Schools are closed on Friday. This was followed by a few minutes later by a press release from the mayor's office with the following sub-headline:

Extended vacation one last gift from Mayor Menino to students of Boston

Also:

A Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will take effect TOMORROW, Thursday, January 2 at NOON. Boston Public Schools will be

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By - 12/5/13 - 8:59 am
Lion and pizza

Mike reports that when he ordered a pizza from the Randolph Papa Gino's last night, he made a request: "Draw a lion on box, please. Even if cheesy." As you can see, they delivered. He adds:

My one year old saw it and roared. Which was my entire reason for the request.

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By - 11/13/13 - 1:50 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating how a toddler girl wound up at 1833 Washington St. yesterday afternoon with injuries that would claim her life.

Police say she was found unresponsive around 4:40 p.m. and was declared dead at Boston Medical Center. The Globe reports authorities do not consider her death "suspicious."... Read more

By - 11/4/13 - 10:11 am

Some Globe columnist determines the reason so many people in their 20s don't have jobs isn't because the economy sucks and the middle class is disappearing, but because their goddamn coddling boomer parents were too nice to them and didn't kick them out of the nest to forage for bananas.

Is this what John Henry meant when he wrote: "A newspaper needs to... Read more

By - 10/29/13 - 1:08 pm

BPS added extra security to the Hyde Park Education Complex today after a staff member found a gun outside the building. In a statement, BPS says:

There is extra security in place in and around our school today. A staff member found a firearm outside the school building and we notified Boston Police, which are investigating. The situation is secure and teaching and learning are

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By - 10/21/13 - 6:32 am

Everything normal, but BPS still warns:

Unfortunately we do not have complete confidence that service will continue every day. Parents should continue to have alternate plans in place. We will send automated phone calls and update this website in the event of a service disruption.

By - 10/20/13 - 12:13 pm
Kid with chain

UPDATE, Monday: The city Parks Department reports the chain was fixed this morning.

A concerned citizen of the parental type (we assume) files a complaint from the South End:

Titus Sparrow park playground climbing ladder is broken and dangerous! Please fix!

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