PARK(ing) Day an Exercise in Successful Citizen Engagement

For the second year in a row, the City of Quincy participated in international PARK(ing) Day, with the generous support of Ward 5 City Councilor Kirsten Hughes, Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Anderson Bicycle, Alba Restaurant, the Quincy Department of Public Works, Matthew Laracy of Sanofi U.S., John and Susan Laracy, Thatcher Farm, and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce. PARK(ing) Day, which always falls on the third Friday in September, was created in 2005 by San Francisco-based design studio Rebar and has since become an annual worldwide event for citizens to collectively reimagine and reinvent public space as the heart of … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh announces citywide meetings on unified enrollment

BOSTON – Friday, September 18, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced six citywide community meetings for parents, educators and students to discuss creating a unified enrollment system for district and charter schools in Boston. First announced on Thursday during a meeting with more than 125 district, charter and Catholic principals, the goal of unified enrollment is to ensure that all students in Boston have access to the best schools that fit their individual needs. “The separate application processes for district and charter schools can place an unnecessary burden on families, leading to confusion, limited options and lack of individual needs being met,” said Mayor Walsh. “Families need a … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh announces additional steps to protect workers from wage theft

New Protections Expand on Mayor’s Wage Theft Executive Order BOSTON – Thursday, September 17, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced additional protections for workers employed by businesses that have been issued a food and/or liquor license. Building on the Wage Theft Executive Order the Mayor signed in October 2014, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development has worked closely with the Boston Licensing Board and beginning this week, all new and renewing food or liquor licensees will be required to complete a CM Form 16, which licensees must sign, under the penalties of perjury, that they will comply of said order. “It’s illegal to deny fairly earned wages, and we must do … Continue reading

Ellen Zane honored for service to Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center Unveils Portrait of Former President & CEO Ellen Zane, Honors Zane’s Contributions to Quality, Affordable Care BOSTON (September 16, 2015) – Ellen Zane, former President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, was honored yesterday as her portrait was unveiled in the Medical Center’s atrium. The portrait serves to commemorate the tremendous contributions Zane made to Tufts MC during her tenure as the Medical Center’s leader from 2004 to 2011. Among her many successes, Zane, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees, was critical to the … Continue reading