BPS wins support from national collaborative to extend school day in Dorchester, Mattapan and the North End

Interim Superintendent John McDonough announced today that three BPS schools have been selected to join a national cohort — called the TIME Collaborative — that are significantly expanding and redesigning their school calendars in an effort to dramatically improve student learning. Continue reading

Patrick administration officially opens three new Fairmount commuter rail stations

Governor Deval Patrick today joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott to officially open the Four Corners Commuter Rail Station and celebrate the recent improvements made along the entire Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. The new stations and other improvements along the line will improve public transportation in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Continue reading

Mayor Menino announces Boston Moves for Health will team with Weight Watchers for innovative pilot program at health centers

On behalf of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, joined Daniel Boockvar, Weight Watchers International, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations, to announce a new program that will offer discounted Weight Watchers memberships to eligible Boston residents. As part of Mayor Menino’s Boston Moves for Health initiative, Weight Watchers, a leader in weight management services that has helped millions of people worldwide, will work with Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Mattapan Community Health Center, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to provide steeply discounted weight loss and weight management services for up to 1,000 qualifying participants beginning in January. Continue reading

Boston Vocational High School Students Receive Hands-On Electric Vehicle Experience

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, fifty 11th and 12th grade students enrolled inMadisonParkTechnicalVocationalHigh School’s Electric and Automotive program participated in an event focused on the subject of Electric Vehicles. The students learned more about the science behind these increasingly popular cars, as well as about the role that renewable energy will play in vehicle technology of the future and what that means for the City of Boston. Continue reading