Posts tagged "Program"

Got Food Scraps? City Launches Compost Program

Food scraps and other compostable materials can be taken to farmers markets in Dorchester, Allston and Jamaica Plain through October. South End Patch News

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - August 2, 2013 at 3:23 am

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What Got You Talking This Week: Trash Pilot Program

Effective trash removal was a hot topic in the South End this week. South End Patch News

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - July 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

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What Got You Talking This Week: Trash Pilot Program

Hot topics in the South End this week included news of the revised trash pilot program that has been in place on some streets since March. Residents talked trash on

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - July 18, 2013 at 2:49 am

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MBTA Expands Training Program for Seniors, People with Disabilities

By: Bret Silverberg Senior citizens and people with disabilities now have a chance to learn just how accessible the T, MBTA buses and other fixed route services can be to them. The MBTA announced a partnership with Somerville based non-p South End Patch News

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - July 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

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Consalvo Calls to Save Boston Housing Program for Elderly

At Wednesday’s city council meeting,City Councilor Rob Consalvo called for stop gap funding to save the Boston Housing Authority resident services program that assists more than 3,500 low-income, elderly and disabled residents across the city. “On May 1 the resident services program was ended due to cuts on the federal level that funded the program the and the impact of those cuts are being felt locally,” said District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo, during the meeting. “All resident service coordinators were eliminated…” In total, 40 positions are no longer being funded. “This has a dire and serious impact on Boston people who are still going to live in public housing. [Resident Service Coordinators] work day-to-day to provide help on healthcare, nutritional services, substance abuse help, money management… and to keep people safe and people living a good quality life.” The matter was referred to the Committee on Housing, during which the Boston Housing Authority will testify on how they intend to fill the needs of that program, especially during the more active months of summer. Consalvo said that the Boston Housing Authority “does a great job. They need our help.” SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates  South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

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Things to Know in the South End Today, May 28: Program for Seniors at BMC

1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a sunny day, with a high near 72 degrees. 2. BMC Program: The folks at Boston Medical Center, (1 Boston Medical Ctr Pl.) are offering a free eight-week course to improve balance for older adults. The next session starts tonight at 6 p.m. See here for more information.  3. New Community Editor: What’s better than having one South End Patch Editor? Having two, of course! Welcome to Molly Buccini, who is going to help me manage content on the site and free up more of my time to spend covering the South End neighborhood. Molly is going to specialize in helping you share your news including your announcements, events and blog posts. You can learn more about Molly here.  4. Walking Tour of Bay Village: Join up with others and the Boston Center for Adult Education, (122 Arlington St.) for a walking tour of Bay Village and The Theatre District tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Once a major railroad transportation hub, the tour will start off in Park Square that is home to landmarks such as the Boston Park Plaza Castle, a massive granite building constructed during the 1890s, and the Park Plaza Hotel, Ending in the Theatre District, guests will take in the opulent theatres designed by Clarence Blackall, the murals of Old Boston in the lobby of the Little Building, as well as visit the only commercial building in Boston designed by prominent American architect H.H. Richardson. Cost is $ 20. See here for more information. 5. Add your events: Do you have a great event coming up at your organization or business? If it’s happening right here in the South End, add it to the Events Calendar! I feature great events every single day in the daily email update, on the homepage and on social media, so add yours to the mix and help get the word out to South Enders about what’s happening in their neighborhood.Click here to add an event.  Things you can do every day on South End Patch: Share your news with the rest of the community. Click here to add an announcement.  Add your events to our events calendar. Click here to sign up for breaking news updates. Want up-to-the-minute news? Click here to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  Share your thoughts on your community in a blog. Click here to get started. South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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South End’s Street Sweeping Program Expanded to Other Neighborhoods

As the South End prepares for another year of its expanded street sweeping program, several other neighborhoods will implement changes pioneered in the South End this spring.  In 2012, the South End was the first neighborhood to experiment with an expanded street sweeping schedule to include the months of December and March, pending weather conditions.  This year, the program has expanded as of March 1st into the Beacon Hill neighborhood.  “Keeping Boston clean has always been a top priority for my administration,” Mayor Thomas Menino said in a statement. “We’re always looking for ways to improve our operations and by aligning the street sweeping schedule to match weekly trash collection, we’re maximizing the potential of each program to keep our streets clean.” Street sweeping during the months of December and March is weather and condition dependent and residents should sign up for “No Tow” alerts or check the City’s website for up-to-date information on sweeping schedules. Another program pioneered in the South End, aligning street sweeping with trash removal, will be implemented in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and Mission Hill neighborhoods effective in April.  “This effort will provide cleaner streets and a reduction in rodent food sources,” the city said in a release.    Additional tips for residents from the city:  Signs for both day and night sweeping are posted in your neighborhood, which indicate the days and hours that parking is not allowed.  Residential streets are typically swept during the day program.  Main arterials and the downtown areas are swept in the night program. PWD has changed the 2013 posted days/hours for many residential streets to provide more effective street sweeping.  It is important to note the posted signs in your immediate neighborhood since they may have changed since last season. The night posted restrictions in all neighborhoods are in effect year round with the exceptions of weather-related cancellations. The South End day sweeping program begins on March 1 and ends on December 31.   Both the night and day sweeping programs will be enforced, which includes fines for illegal parking as well as towing. Comprehensive street sweeping information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov.  What’s your take on the expanded schedule in the South End? Are you happy to move your car often to see cleaner streets? Do you wish you had more of a break from it? Tell us in the comments.  SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

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Week in Review: Trash Pilot Program, Crime Down in Neighborhood

The following were the top headlines on South End Patch from Feb. 25 to March 1, 2013:  New Trash Pilot Program Starting March 1st Some South End neighborhoods will test a new program aimed at decreasing the amount of time trash spends on the curb waiting for pickup. K9strolls Dog Daycare Opens on Pembroke Street After running their business out of their home for four years, owners Daniel Avila and Jim Batty have opened a dog shop and play center on Pembroke Street. Crime Down Overall in South End Since Last Year Crime in the D-4 district is down by 10 percent overall according to the Boston Police Department. Details Shared on Albany Street Dual-Apartment Complex The project’s architects presented plans for the modified development at the Old Dover Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday night. Body Found Under I-93 Near South End Police are investigating a body found at the intersection of Albany Street and Travelers Street. SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

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New Trash Pilot Program Starting March 1st

Due to efforts by neighborhood associations, the South End Public Works Forum and the city of Boston to improve cleanliness on South End streets, a new pilot program will begin this week to test one way to reduce unwanted trash.  Under the new program, residents who live in the area between Tremont Street, East/West Newton Street, Harrison Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue will have from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to put their trash on the curb before morning pickup. The pilot program starts March 1st.  Currently, residents can put trash out at 5 p.m., but with trash sitting on the street for longer, there is more opportunity for scanvengers and litter, according to the city. Under the new pilot program there is a $ 25 file for being cited by the city’s Code Enforcement Police (CEP).  “We’ve had a long term involvement with a number of the South End neighborhood groups, and one of the major issues that has been frequently discussed is about street cleanliness,” said Matthew Mayrl, spokesperson for the Department of Public Works. “This was brought to us as a concept, but  we took some time to think it through and talk through how we might do it  to see if we can make a dent in street cleanliness through reduced place out times.” Mayrl said he recognizes it may not be feasible for everyone, but that’s the point of the pilot – to see if it will work. “Our goal here is to try to keep the streets as clean as possible, and this is something proposed to use by the neighborhood,” he said. “We know we like to see clearer streets in the South End, and we’re trying a bunch of different things and this is one of them.” Are you excited about this new effort to keep South End streets cleaner, or are you worried that eight hours isn’t enough time to get your trash on the curb before pickup? Tell us in the comments.  SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

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Boston Schools Implementing New Single-Stream Recycling Program

Boston students, teachers and administrators are using National Green Week this year (Feb. 4th to 8th) to set up single stream recycling.  Single stream recycling means paper, glass, plastic and metal can all be recycled together. The items are then sorted at a recycling center, which makes it simpler for residents to collect recycle materials and avoids excess waste being sent to landfills. Through and extended day program offered by City Year, 322 students at the Blackstone, Hennigan, Holland, Marshall, Mattahunt, Orchard Gardens and Tobin schools will participate in Green Week lessons, activities and games to prepare them for successful single stream recycling at home and at school, according to Boston Public Schools. The curriculum was selected by Green Education Foundation and Boston Public Schools to address concepts and themes such as hands on exploration, social equity, community leadership, physical activity, creativity, literacy and math.  “In the Boston Public Schools, our teachers aim to empower today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders,” said Superintendent Carol R. Johnson.  “We are excited that our students are working in partnership with City Year for a cleaner, greener environment so they can share these important lessons with their classmates, parents and friends and create a sustainable city.” The students from Boston are participating in the national kickoff of Green Week, joining students from across the nation already signed up to participate between February 4 and April 30. Schools, classrooms and youth groups join Green Week, GEF’s flagship program, in an effort to spotlight sustainability education and initiatives for one week of the school year.  The switch to single stream recyling in all schools is part of the city’s Greenovate Boston initiative. Greenovate Boston aims to encourage sustainable behavior by Boston residents and businesses in order to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of 25 percent by 2020. “Our partnership with City Year and the Green Education Foundation goes to the heart of Greenovate Boston,” Mayor Thomas Menino said.  “We’re working to engage residents of all ages and backgrounds to understand the importance of actions like recycling, and to see that making sustainability a priority for our young people impacts the entire City of Boston in a positive way, now and in the future.” On Feb. 5th at Blackstone Elementary in the South End, National Grid president for Massachusetts, Marcy Reed, and Green Education Foundation’s CEO, Victoria Waters, will meet up for a visit during the school’s after school programming to participate with students and observe as National Green Week curriculum is implemented by City Year’s extended day coordinators. National Grid is a sponsor of both Green Education Foundation and City Year. “We couldn’t be more pleased with our partnership with […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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