Public Virtual Meeting to Discuss Renovating Egleston Square Branch Library on Oct. 29

Everyone is welcome to attend a virtual community meeting to discuss how to improve the Egleston Square Branch Library. The discussion will focus on existing library conditions and opportunities of improvement. The meeting will be on Oct. 29 at 6:30 pm on Zoom (please see image for meeting info). Previously, there was study in the FY19 budget for a programming study of the Egleston Square Branch to assess the interior and exterior physical conditions of the building and to identify the library needs of the community.

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School Committee Chair Resigns, Saying His Mocking Comments Require Consequences

Boston School Committee Chair Michael Loconto resigned Thursday morning after an unmuted mic caught him mocking ethnic names during a virtual public committee meeting. Late Wednesday night after more than six hours into a school committee hearing, Loconto was overheard making fun of Asian people's names who had signed up to testify at the hearing. The hearing was about delaying exam school admissions tests for a year due to COVID-19, which the committee would vote unanimously in favor of. Loconto quickly apologized for what he said, and would apologize again on Thursday morning, as well as submit his resignation to Mayor Marty Walsh. The mayor said Loconto's comments were "hurtful and wrong," while accepting his resignation.

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Details of Question 1: Expanding Massachusetts’ Right to Repair Law

Let's say you take your vehicle to a local auto mechanic and they can't fix your vehicle because they don't have access to mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair. So you then have to take your vehicle to a dealership and, let's be honest, pay a lot more money because that's how dealerships roll. That's what Question 1 is about. You should have access to all the diagnostic information to your vehicle, and also be able to have that info provided to whomever you want to have the info. The Massachusetts Right to Repair coalition is leading the charge to say YES to Question 1.

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Emerald Necklace Conservancy Honoring Mayor Walsh with 2020 Olmsted Award of Excellence

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host its biennial fundraiser virtually and honor Mayor Marty Walsh with its 2020 Olmsted Award of Excellence. The award will be honoring the Walsh administration’s significant capital investments in the Emerald Necklace, representing historic funding for parks according to a press release. The fundraiser is being hosted tonight (October 14). “Mayor Walsh’s tenure has seen unprecedented capital commitments to Boston’s parks – $114 million has been spent by the Boston Parks Department on 170 construction projects and $60 million allocated to the 1,100 acre Emerald Necklace, the largest-ever capital funding for Boston Parks. These projects include Improvements to Jamaica Pond Pathways and Perimeter, Liff Park restoration, Olmsted Park enhancements, projects funded by the Community Preservation Act and many more.

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Oh, Baby! City Councilor Matt O’Malley Welcomes Newest Constituent!

District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley and his wife, Kathyrn Niforos, are celebrating the birth of their baby girl who was born on Wednesday. Margot Gillian O’Malley was born at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at 10:44 am. Margot weighed 6 lbs 13 oz. and measured at 18.5 inches. The maternal grandparents are Peter and Suzanne Niforos of Groton, Connecticut.

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