Northeastern University says it hopes to take over the entire Midtown Hotel and to lease floors in the Westin Copley Place to serve as dorms after eliminating on-campus triples and similar spaces and setting aside 500 campus rooms to quarantine any students who contract Covid-19. Read more.
The Bay State Banner reports the BPS's Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force unanimously urged a one-year halt on exams because of Covid-19 - just as some colleges are doing with SATs, two days before BPS announced it would be using a test from a non-profit testing concern.
Even as Boston relaxes its Covid-19 restrictions more next week and museums and other tourist attractions begin to re-open, Mayor Walsh isn't expecting an immediate return to our traditional tourst-crammed streets. Read more.
The isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced it's re-opening to the public on July 15, although, as you might expect, with more limited capacity, a requirement to reserve tickets and the need to wear face masks. Read more.
The Boston City Council this week considers a proposal from Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to ask Boston hotels to clean and sanitize rooms daily, even for guests who have stays longer than a night. Read more.
The Globe has a long piece about hotels and the local tourism bureau pressing the state to let them resume hosting events and conferences, which they say is safe because we now know what we didn't in the last week of February when the Marriott Long Wharf hosted what we know now was our first super spreader. Speaking of the Long Wharf, the Globe notes way down in the story that it's scheduled to re-open tomorrow.
BPS last week announced it will use an exam developed by NWEA, an Oregon-based testing non-profit, for the city's three exam schools: Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Read more.
Manifest Boston, which organized the annual fall HubWeek and year-round forums with the Globe, Harvard, Mass. General and MIT, announced today it's throwing in the towel, because Covid-19 just proved too big a challenge for events that involve lots of people getting together in conference rooms. Read more.
Groveland, across the Merrimack from Haverhill, is one of those places you never hear about unless something awful happens there. Welcome to Groveland, where a white vigilante decided to chase after a black woman driving through the town - where she lives. Read more.
Mayor Walsh today named Karilyn Crockett, currently a lecturer in urban affairs at MIT as the city's first chief of equity and inclusion, whose goal with be to get the city's minority residents a fairer shake at getting ahead. Read more.