Thursday, July 19, 2012
Coordinators hit the streets at 8 a.m. today, and will be out all day, night and into the early morning to see what's happening in their neighborhoods.
Boston's Neighborhood Services coordinators started conducting a 24-hour snapshot of their neighborhoods this morning at 8 a.m., to give a firsthand account of what they see and hear. "Neighborhood coordinators are on call 24 hours a day. This is the first time we have done this exercise to be in the neighborhoods and engaging folks, and see life in the neighborhood," said Jay Walsh, director of the Mayor's Neighborhood Services Department. "Part of it is to experience things in a different light compared to responding to problems. This is giving them a fresh perspective and have to see what our constituents see regularly." Each coordinator created his or her own timeline of how to spend 24 hours, said Walsh. "It’s catered to observing …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
From 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, there will be a free boot camp class at Boston's City Hall Plaza – rain or shine.
Starting on Wednesday, you can "enjoy" a free boot camp class at Boston's City Hall Plaza after work. As a part of the city's Boston Moves for Health program, Fitness on the Plaza is offering free Fitcorp boot camp classes every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting tomorrow, until Aug. 29 (except Aug. 15). The classes are outside, rain or shine. Participants should come prepared with athletic clothing, athletic footwear and a water bottle. The class emphasizes endurance and strength using a variety of drills and techniques to hit all the major muscle groups. The class is for people of all fitness levels and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required but participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the…
Friday, July 6, 2012
Flies, rodents and more - is your favorite place on this list?
You will be hardpressed to find a restaurant that has never had a minor food inspection violation. It's the bigger violations that matter—the ones that require additional inspections. Fast-food chains are often... interesting. When it comes to health inspection reports, you never know what you're going to find, and that's not the kind of thing you want in a place to get your breakfast, lunch, latte or ice cream. All establishments that serve food are required to have food inspections by Boston's Inspectional Services Department Division of Health. All reports are available at the Mayor's Food Court website. Below follows some highlights (or lowlights) at chain restaurants across the city's neighborhoods.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
There are several neighborhood resources for your family, but mental health experts recommend you contact your primary physician to start.
Boston's families have new tools to deal with mental illness and stress in children, thanks in part to new federal grants. There are numerous mental health resources and services available in Boston, but the first line of prevention is the family's pediatrician, said Debby Allen, Boston Public Health Commission's Director of the Bureau of Child, Adolescent and Family Health. One new program is Project Launch, which is targeted to help very young children, who don’t have serious manifestations of serious illinesses, but are acting up, or in life situations such as being homeless, or instability, such as a having mother suffering from depression. These programs are available at three Boston sites, and employ early childhood clinicians: …