Boston neighborhoods talk

first_imgIf a neighborhood could talk, what would it tell you about its citizens, its resources?A lot, it turns out, as the newly launched website of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) makes clear. By offering aggregated datasets and mapping tools, the site is a platform and a network through which to share information about Boston’s people, places, and events.BARI, an inter-university research partnership led by Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the city of Boston, held “Teaching Boston,” a workshop that introduced an array of Web tools and data to a packed room at Boston City Hall on Friday. The nearly 60 participants included city officials, representatives from local nonprofits, and 35 faculty members from eight area universities who are all teaching courses about Boston.This was an unprecedented collaborative endeavor for Boston and the people who teach about the city, noted Bill Oates, chief information officer for the city of Boston, in his opening remarks.Robert J. Sampson, director of BARI and of the social sciences program at the Radcliffe Institute, shared his vision for BARI: that the researchers gathered on Friday at City Hall will add new layers of sources and data, further enriching what’s available to the city and to researchers.“We believe that there’s great opportunity in the city to spur original research,” said Sampson, the Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences at Harvard. “But the amount of energy being focused on Boston is perhaps not living up to its potential.” For Sampson, this means information that goes beyond demographics: giving a taste, for example, of a neighborhood’s arts resources.But this information isn’t valuable only to area researchers, but to city officials, as well. “Boston is a laboratory for students and academics,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in a prepared statement. “The city provides an ideal location for fieldwork on urban life issues. By connecting with area academic institutions, we can take the good ideas being developed in the classroom and put them into good use in the city.” BARI is dedicated to connecting scholars with policymakers, practitioners, and civic leaders, he added.Barbara Berke, a senior policy adviser to the mayor, drove this point home at the workshop. “We have never had the kind of assets that we have in this room today to ask how we make Boston a city that learns faster about itself than any other city,” she said. She then encouraged “Teaching Boston” participants to share ways in which BARI tools, such as MetroBoston Data Common and the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s myNeighborhood Census Viewer, could result in more concrete collaboration between academics and policymakers or nonprofits.A short discussion period yielded a number of ideas, including harnessing the young talent in the area, whether by structuring student work to help solve city concerns, awarding prizes to the best student papers on urban issues, or holding intensive brainstorming sessions similar to “hackathons” to tackle specific projects.“With its long history, Boston offers a unique opportunity to understand the past, present, and future of cities and the challenges they face,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen, who is a 20th-century urban historian at Harvard. “We are very grateful to our partner in this project, the city of Boston, for giving students, faculty, and other researchers remarkable access to data that will improve teaching about urban life as well as the livability of cities for their citizens.”As the event drew to a close, Christopher Winship, BARI co-director, marveled at the power and potential of BARI. The only initiative of its kind, BARI positions Boston at the forefront of city-university — and of inter-university — research and collaboration, said Winship, the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology and a member of the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School.last_img read more

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Kindergarten Roundup Sessions Being Held at Alcona Community Schools

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisBeginning on March 15th Alcona Community Schools will be inviting parents of children that are preparing to go to school for the annual kindergarten roundup session.Parents that have a child turning 5 years old by the fall are welcome to attend. The session is being held to help parents prep their child for their future education.The session will also allow kindergarten teachers to examine the new students to see how they interact and use their social skills.“It’s important for the parents to kind of get a sense of what kindergarten is going to be like. If you’re a first time mom whose having their child go to kindergarten and then also for the parents that have had many kids go to kindergarten, it’s kind of to reassure them and reintroduce them (parents) who the teachers are, who’s going to be watching their kids and watching them grow, and educating them so it kind of reassures them and also to just get them ready to start thinking about kindergarten,” Kindergarten teacher Lorrie Mongeau said.There will be two sessions for parents and their children to attend on march 15th. One session starts at 8:30 am the other session will be held at 12:30 pm.You can register for the kindergarten roundup by contacting Alcona Elementary School at 989–736–8146.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona Community Schools, Kindergarten Roundup, School, School PrepContinue ReadingPrevious Meth Bust: Two Arrested in Otsego CountyNext Alpena County Road Commission Approves Speed Limit Changeslast_img read more

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NFL Monday lateral: 5 Week 4 storylines to watch into Week 5

first_imgHere we look back at the biggest headlines from Week 4 and the impact they’ll have heading into Week 5.Winless Broncos dealt toughest blow yet with Bradley Chubb injuryThe star linebacker and 2018 fifth-overall pick has a partially torn ACL in his left knee, which could have been aggravated when he played through the pain against the Jaguars, and will miss the rest of the season after having surgery.”He felt good enough to come back in and actually, he played that last series pretty damn well,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters. “He was as surprised as anybody, I think, this morning when he woke up feeling the way he did. It’s a huge loss. He’s one of our better players, obviously. He’s a tempo setter, great player, great person, leader — all that.”Without Chubb, who had his first sack and forced fumble of the season Sunday, the Broncos will need to consider other options, especially with games against the Chargers, Titans and Chiefs looming. It doesn’t help that Denver’s bye isn’t until Week 10.Can Jaguars go another week without Jalen Ramsey?The disgruntled cornerback dealt with everything from flu-like symptoms, to a back injury, to the birth of his second child last week before also missing Sunday’s win over the Broncos, leaving doubt that he’ll play the Panthers in Week 5. That could change, however, if he decides to actually practice this week.Jacksonville reportedly turned down two first-round picks for Ramsey. Those picks were reportedly from a good team which would be picking late in the first round. But if Ramsey continues to demand a trade, the Jaguars might have no choice but to accept that or a similar offer.Vontaze Burfict will appeal season-long suspensionGiven his lengthy history of illegal hits, it’s unlikely the NFL will overturn its ruling to suspend the Raiders linebacker for the remainder of the season after he drilled Colts tight end Jack Doyle with a helmet-to-helmet hit.Derrick Brooks or James Thrash will hear Burfict’s appeal, and NFL Media noted both former players have a history in that chair as Thrash previously reduced a Burfict suspension from five games to three in 2017 after Brooks upheld a three-game suspension in 2016.If the latest ban — which happens to be the longest suspension for an on-field act in NFL history — is upheld, Burfict will have been suspended for a total of 22 games in his career, totaling more than $5 million in lost salary due to absences and fines.Melvin Gordon ramping up for returnThe running back was active for Los Angeles for the first time this season after ending his contract holdout last week, but the Chargers opted not to play him in their 30-10 win over the Dolphins since Gordon only participated in two practices. He is expected to suit up Sunday against the Broncos, though his workload will depend on his participation in practice this week, especially since Austin Ekeler has done a good job of handling the ground work in Gordon’s absence.Sam Darnold cleared for non-contact drillsThe Jets quarterback has been out since Sept. 12 with mono and the team had hoped he would be well enough to return after the team’s Week 4 bye, but his availability won’t be determined until later this week when he gets back in his throwing routine.In the meantime, Jets coach Adam Gase said Darnold’s status remains “up in the air” and he has yet to rule him out. Darnold has not lifted, run or thrown since being diagnosed with the illness, so he’ll ramp up workouts this week but won’t be able to participate in full practice, hinting his return could be pushed back another week. With Week 4 winding down, a couple players are preparing to ramp things up.Then there’s Jalen Ramsey, who still somehow hasn’t landed with another team two weeks after requesting a trade.last_img read more

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Fouls Kill Oly Town Artesians in 7-5 Loss in Bellingham

first_imgSubmitted by the Oly Town ArtesiansBrendan Quilici scored twice and Tye Hastings took advantage of a double power play to score what proved to be the game winner in Bellingham United’s 7-5 win over the Oly Town Artesians at the Bellingham Sportsplex on Saturday night. 14 fouls and five blue cards called against the Artesians proved to be the difference as three of Bellingham’s four goals in the second half came with Oly a man down.With the Oly Town roster depleted by injuries and the holidays, a newcomer started the night off for the Artesians. Tanner Williams made his debut and quickly put Oly up 1-0 on his first shift of the season three minutes into the first quarter. But Bellingham United answered back three minutes later on a rocket by Brendan Quilici that Artesians keeper Clint Lothrop had no chance at stopping. Williams again put himself on the score sheet with an assist on a goal by Justin La Torre that gave Oly a 2-1 lead through the first 15 minutes of play.The Hammers took a 3-2 lead with a pair of goals midway through the second quarter. The first goal was credited to Kenny Parker after the ball took a deflection and slowly rolled into the corner of the goal and Gabriele Zaccagnini put Bellingham up with a goal at the 4:55 mark. Two more newcomers brought Oly level when Nate Boatright’s pass across the box was easily volleyed past Bellingham keeper Keegan Rogers by George Bundy and the half ended in a tie, 3-3.Things looked bleak for the Artesians in the third quarter after Chris Jepson and Quilici scored a pair of goals early to start the second half. Quilici’s goal came on the restart after the Artesians were issued a blue card and put the Hammers up 5-3 with 11:19 left in the period. Nate Salveson chipped into the two goal lead with a shot off of a free kick that just got a piece of the post and ricocheted into the goal. Then with one second left, Willie Spurr scored his fifth goal of the season to pull Oly even as the horn sounded to signal the close of the third.But the fouls mounted in the second half and a tired Artesians team couldn’t keep up shorthanded. Following a blue card for the Artesians 12th foul and another blue card on a sliding foul, Bellingham played 5-on-3 soccer for over a minute. As the first penalty came to a close and Willie Spurr sprinted onto the field, Tye Hastings launched a shot from long distance that just inched under the crossbar to put Bellingham up 6-5 with 6:33 left to play. Kellan Brown added another goal two minutes later and the Hammers held on to a 7-5 victory and moved into second place in the Western Indoor Soccer League.Both teams played without one of their top goal scorers. Matt Stalnik (four goals) is out for the season with a torn ACL after his injury in the Artesians’ win at Arlington last week and Andrew Weishaar (five goals) did not play for Bellingham United.The Hammers moved to 2-1-1 halfway through the WISL’s inaugural season. They sit in second place with seven points, one point ahead of the Artesians and five points behind the Tacoma Stars, who romped past Arlington in Tacoma tonight.The Artesians fell to 2-2-0 with six points in their first season and sit in third place in the league ahead of the idle Wenatchee Fire (4 points). The Arlington Aviators are mired in last place at 0-4-0 after their loss to the Stars tonight. Four of the five WISL teams make the playoffs.The holiday season is upon us and the Oly Town Artesians and the WISL will take a two week break. The Artesians will get a rematch with Bellingham United at Olympia Indoor Soccer on Saturday, January 3rd. First kick is scheduled for 6:00 PM, doors open at 5:00 PM. Advance tickets are available at www.olytownfc.com or by calling (360) 561-7252 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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