If the Dedham High boys basketball team is to entertain ideas of snaring a piece of the Herget Division title, Friday night’s contest in Milton was a must-have contest.
Coming off a frustrating loss Tuesday in Natick in which the Marauders mustered one field goal over the final 3:50 left Dedham just a game over .500 overall and a game below in the Bay State Conference. (Read the full story here.)
Congressman Stephen F. Lynch along with Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti will be hosting a community meeting and information session on rescue and relief operations underway following the earthquake in Haiti. Representatives from the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and other federal agencies will be available to give updates on the current situation and offer information to those who have been impacted by the earthquake and have family or loved ones living or travelling in Haiti.
WHEN: Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Christ the King Parish / 42 Wendell Avenue / Brockton, Massachusetts
A school committee member was back behind the wheel days after admitting that there were sufficient facts to find him guilty of drunken driving.
Christopher Huban’s license was suspended for 45 days after his arrest Jan. 1, when police say he was driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. (Read the full story here.)
At the recent School Committee meeting members voiced concerns about the FY11 budget. They are not alone in their concerns. An article in the Globe makes it clear that towns throughout Massachusetts are bracing for a very difficult time.
from The Boston Globe
School administrators across the state are crafting bleak budgets for the next school year and warning of steep cutbacks, including teacher layoffs, to cope with a probable sharp drop in funding from Beacon Hill and dwindling federal stimulus money.
Though schools grappled with thinned-down budgets last year, they got relief from a massive infusion of federal education dollars that is now all but spent, and officials are bracing for cuts that go deep into the classroom. (Read the full story here.)
Jack Riley returned from Haiti on Saturday, with fresh memories of the villagers he had met back in 2004 when his church first traveled to the impoverished country.
For five years, members of St. Agatha’s Church have been traveling to Haiti to give medical and humanitarian assistance to a rural mountain village in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Riley, the operations manager for the church, said his second trip gave him the opportunity to reconnect with people the parish now thinks of like family. (Read the full story here.)
Members of the Milton School Committee again made a point of cautioning the public with regard to the upcoming school budget. Mr. Pavlicek was blunt saying that “scenario will be as gruesome as we have ever seen it. . . .We [may need] to squeeze out $2 million once again – we could get less than zero (i.e. less than level funding for FY2011). It is not at all clear what revenue picture will be. . . It is not going to be pleasant. It’s going to make it a very difficult year once again.”
Other highlights from the meeting include but were not limited to:
Tucker Principal – Marcia Uretsky, Principal of the Tucker School, and Jenny Yoon, Tucker site council member and teacher, presented the Tucker School Improvement Plan. Tucker met their AYP in English Language Arts both in aggregate and all subgroups but did not in math. Math instruction is being increased by 15 minutes which did not impact any other classes as Yoon explained. There are also going to be a “Morning Math Masters’ program and a Saturday program for additional enrichment and instruction. Reader’s Workshop, a program in place at al elementary schools , will be extended aos all grade levels. Ms. Uretsky, who is new to Tucker this year, also outlined steps to improve communication within the school (the faculty) and outreach to parents and community. Read more »
Milton’s treasurer-collector, James McAuliffe, said he has found that applying pressure to the biggest tax offenders works well.
“I published the names in the newspaper of the seven property owners with the largest amounts owed,’’ he said. “We collected the amounts from four, and the other three set up payment plans.’’ The effort lowered the amount outstanding in back taxes from $2.5 million down to $1.6 million, McAuliffe said. (Read the full story here.)
Also – from Rep Forry “The SEIU is setting up a Haitian resource center at 149 Mount Vernon Street. It will be open tomorrow morning. Contact 617-284-1199.” You can also learn more on local government efforts from her homa page here.
From American Red Cross: How to Get Help
Haiti: Looking for Loved Ones
U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services
Tonight at 7PM at Holy Cross Cathedral (1400 Washington Street – South End)
from Rep Linda Dorcena Forry
I ask everyone to pray for those in Haiti and those of us here. All of us and all the great friends of Haiti we have in Massachusetts are affected by these horrible events.
For those of us with family and friends in Haiti- all of us are understandably upset- but we need to stay calm. This is going to be a monumental rebuilding effort and the U.S. can and should take the lead. This is the time to step up- especially Haitian Americans- and respond to a great human tragedy. We have to do it earnestly and quickly, but it’s also important that our response be well-planned and carried out. Read more »
In their first public discussion since a fellow member admitted that there were sufficient facts to find him guilty of drunken driving, members of the Milton School Committee agreed that the arrest was a “teaching moment,” but they clashed over what the next step should be.
During the committee’s meeting Tuesday night, member Mary Kelly called on Christopher Huban to resign. It was she who initiated the discussion of Huban’s New Year’s Day arrest. (Read the full story here.)