Community Notes and Events
Bicycle Safety Day
The Boston Police are hosting a Bicycle Safety Day on Saturday, June 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside District D-4 at 650 Harrison Ave. Enjoy music, free kids’ t-shirts, hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, bike helmets (while they last) and kids’ bike safety kits and other activities.
Boston Real Estate community teams up with gourmet chef to host 11th Annual Keys to the House Fundraiser
Exclusive luxury condo viewing party to dupport HomeStart Inc.
The Greater Boston real estate industry will host an evening of food, drinks and fun as guests get their first look at one of the South End’s most exclusive condo listings. The fundraising event is in its 11th year and supports HomeStart Inc., a leading non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness and changing lives in Greater Boston.
Exquisite Spanish tapas prepared by Chef Julio de Haro of Estragon will spice up the evening as guests enjoy live jazz and see the ultimate in luxury. Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door.
The property features seven rooms, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and exceptional outdoor space including a deck and garden. In an unbeatable South End location, the property is listed at $2,995,000.
Thursday, June 14th, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 32 Rutland Street. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online atwww.KeysToTheHouse.EventBrite.com or by phone: (617) 542-0338 x230.
Social Media in Political Campaigns.
The Boston League of Women Voters will hold their 93rd annual meeting on Thursday, June 21st at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Carol Hardy-Fanta, Director of the Women in Politics Program at UMass Boston, will speak on "Social Media in Political Campaigns." Light dinner at 6:30 p.m.; speaker at 7:15 p.m.; business meeting at 8:15 p.m.. All welcome! Handicap Accessible. More info/RSVP: Jude Hutchinson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.983.5614.
Mayor Menino and Superintendent Johnson announce next phase of student assignment community process
Next set of meetings will focus on sharing what BPS has learned through first phase
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol R. Johnson today announced the next phase of Improving School Choice community meetings regarding the overhaul of BPS student assignment. This phase of the engagement process will focus on sharing feedback received from the parents, students, and community members during the first phase of the process.
Since March BPS has gathered input during 21 public meetings and online surveys in eight languages, engaging more than 2,000 people. This is nearly triple the amount of feedback received at this point when a task force examined this issue in 2004.
"This next phase of community engagement will give us all a chance to see what our families and community value in their schools, and where they want to see changes," said Mayor Menino. "The school department has gone to great lengths to gather input from a wide variety of Bostonians. The information and feedback that has been gathered will go a long way in informing how we create a student assignment system that works for our city’s kids."
The current online survey (available at: www.bostonpublicschools.org/choice) will be open all summer and future community meetings will solicit more feedback and ideas from members of the community.
The next phase of community meetings will begin with these meetings:
Sunday, June 24
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Peter’s Parish Teen Center
278 Bowdoin Street
Wednesday, June 27
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
175 West Boundary Road
Thursday, June 28
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
John D O’Bryant School of Math
55 Malcolm X Blvd.
In January, during his State of the City address Mayor Menino directed Superintendent Johnson to undertake a process that will lead to a new student assignment plan that allows students in grades K-8 to attend schools closer to home.
Mayor Menino and Superintendent Johnson appointed an External Advisory Committee tasked with helping inform BPS leadership as to what a new system should look like.
BPS will use community feedback to develop proposals for a new student assignment plan this summer. This fall, BPS and the External Advisory Committee will analyze the drafts, solicit more feedback and develop a final proposal. The School Committee is expected to vote on a plan this winter.
- Submitted by BPS
Titus Sparrow Park
Blessing of the Animals
Bring your pets to Union Methodist Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals. Saturday, June 23rd, 10:00 a.m. Titus Sparrow Park, 200 West Newton Street in Boston.
First Summer Concert at Titus Sparrow Park rained out. Los Sugar Kings have been rescheduled for August 29th!
Children’s Free Tennis lessons with Tenacity (ages 3-7) will run weekly, July 11 - August 15 (9-11 a.m.); check website for details. www.titussparrowpark.org