Rutland Square Association
Many Thanks for a terrific spring clean up in the Rutland Square Neighborhood.
Thanks to a great turn-out from neighbors and first-rate support from our Department of Public Works partners (and coordination from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services), our annual Spring Clean-up was a total success. Parks, garden ovals, sidewalks, curbs and streets were cleaned, light poles spray painted, and new neighbors welcomed to the neighborhood. Coffee, donuts, bagels and cream cheese, and even mimosas--gracias Liane--fueled the troops in perfect weather. Our Public Works partners were even able to send the small street sweeper down our alleyways, a great help.
To the 20 plus neighbors who lent a hand, many thanks for giving back and helping to put a bit of shine back in the neighborhood. We’ll see everyone this Fall for the annual leaf removal extravaganza.
Boston Public Schools community meeting schedule
Meetings focus on improving system for school choice selection
Boston Public Schools is asking for your help as they create a new school choice system that helps ensure quality choices, strengthens our schools, and connects communities. Lots of parents, students and community members have already shared their thoughts in meetings across the city. See http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/view/community-meetings for schedule and contact information.
No Smoking Signs To Go Up in both Hiscock and Library Parks
At the request of the Rutland Square Association, Parks Commissioner Andrea Pollack has agreed to post "No Smoking" signage in Hiscock Park and Library Park, two neighborhood parks that frequently host organized and spontaneous play by neighborhood children (especially from the South End Library). Signs should be in place in a few days. Smoking in both parks has been a source of concern for many neighbors given their size and their cheek-by-jowl proximity to residential homes. Parents have been especially concerned about the impact this activity has on children playing in these public spaces.
The campaign to reduce tobacco use in public places was launched by the Mayor beginning with no smoking signs posted in 130 children’s playgrounds in Boston parks. The signs are primarily intended to protect youngsters from breathing in secondhand cigarette smoke, which can cause asthma attacks, respiratory infections, lung cancer, and heart disease. The City designed the sign campaign to help empower residents to speak up when others light up.