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Have old clothes you plan to throw in the trash? You can now recycle them through city drop boxes instead

Textiles drop boxes installed by the Boston Public Works Department in partnership with Helpsy
November 17, 2020

The city of Boston is installing drop boxes in neighborhoods throughout the city for residents to dispose of household textiles, including clothes, shoes, sneakers, bags, stuffed animals, bedding and towels. The...

Residents and officials join forces to protest MBTA service cuts at Heath Street station

US Rep Ayanna Pressley held up signs protesting the MBTA service cuts at Heath Street station
November 9, 2020

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has announced a proposal for service cuts due to a sharp decline in ridership amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed cuts would reduce hours and frequency...

With disparities between city and university COVID-19 testing, should colleges provide testing for local communities?

(Mattapan, MA 11/05/20) Melissa Leason administers a COVID-19 test at the Whittier Street Health Center pop-up testing site in the parking lot of the Jubilee Christian Church in Mattapan. (Mayor’s Office Photo by John Wilcox).
"We should be using these testing centers to help the community to reduce the spread of COVID-19," said Michael Siegel, a graduate program professor at Boston University School of Public Health. "It’s really only a matter of time before it spreads into the communities."
November 9, 2020

In recent weeks, the city of Boston has rolled back school reopening plans because of an increase in COVID-19 cases. In the city’s biggest neighborhood, Dorchester, the weekly positive test rate for...

Boston Election Day Updates

This student (in several photos) is Frank Mastroianni, a second-year political science and international affairs student and a member of NEU Votes. He greeted and directed voters in Matthews Arena until 9pm.
Updates from what's happening at polling locations in different Boston neighborhoods today
November 3, 2020

Election Day 2020 is here and the Scope will be giving you updates on what's happening at polling locations in different Boston neighborhoods including West Roxbury, the South End and Fenway. The 2020...

Protesters mobilize for housing stability bill in front of Boston’s Eastern Housing Court

Protesters mobilize for housing stability bill in front of Boston’s Eastern Housing Court
October 31, 2020

Demonstrators from City Life/Vida Urbana gathered in front of Boston’s Eastern Housing Court, blocking the entrance to demand that Massachusetts legislators pass Bill H.5018, which would guarantee housing...

[Video] Early Voting in Boston – Voters talk wait time and why they vote early

Early voting location at Boston City Hall.
"I want to make sure my vote counts so I figured it would be worth the extra effort to come down and cast it in person," a voter said of why he chose to go vote early.
October 26, 2020

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election in Boston began Saturday, Oct. 17 and continues through Friday, Oct. 30 at 27 sites around the city. Across the country, voter turnout continues to break records, hitting...

Residents and city officials rally to save Melnea Cass trees

Boston city council president Kim Janey, and her granddaughter Rosie, at a protest Oct. 24, 2020, against the city’s plans to remove more than 100 mature trees along Melnea Cass Blvd.
October 25, 2020

Dozens of residents and activists gathered along Melnea Cass Boulevard Saturday, holding signs and chanting, “Save Our Trees!” in the latest rally against the city's plans to cut down more than 100...

Boston Public Schools to shift to all remote learning due to rising COVID-19 rate citywide

Superidentent of the BPS Dr. Brenda Cassellius
October 21, 2020

Boston Public Schools announced today that all in-person learning will shift to remote tomorrow, Oct. 22 due to Boston's rising COVID-19 positive test rate. Students will remain in remote learning until...

Boston students and workers strike for climate justice

Protesters at the Climate Justice Strike
October 17, 2020

Protesters called for urgent actions to tackle climate change, support for an Indigenous climate plan, the Red Deal and consistent tribal consultation from the state at the Climate Justice Strike Thursday...

City of Boston’s response to COVID-19: the latest updates

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Stay informed about how Mayor Martin Walsh is protecting Boston residents with this timeline of orders and initiatives issued by the mayor's office. We will update this page as news breaks and provide resources when available.
October 13, 2020

Read about how we're covering COVID-19 and our sustained commitment to telling stories of hope, justice and resilience. We covered how the City of Boston has been responding to COVID-19. Now, as...

Boston rally to support Indigenous Peoples’ Day & oppose erasure of the Native experience

Protesters supporting Indigenous Peoples’ Day heading to Boston Common from Park Street station.
October 12, 2020

The movement to replace Columbus Day, the second Monday of October, with Indigenous Peoples’ Day began in 1992 in Berkeley, California, and the holiday has since been adopted in at least 14 states. Massachusetts...

Boston City Council discusses new supervision protocols for BPD overtime, pedestrian safety and language access

Boston City Council discusses new supervision protocols for BPD overtime, pedestrian safety and language access
October 9, 2020

How should the city create new supervision protocols and audit protocols for police overtime? How can it improve pedestrian safety and traffic enforcement to reduce serious crashes in the city? How can...

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