Kristin Toussaint

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kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Boston charity raises $170K for families separated at the border

The Trump Administration’s family separation policy for migrant families at the southern U.S. border sparked outrage and action across the country, from thousands protesting in major cities to politicians and lawyers planning trips to the border. If you can’t travel to the border from...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

Walsh announces interim BPS superintendent

The Boston School Committee has approved a new interim superintendent of Boston Public Schools after Tommy Chang’s recent departure from the position. The committee unanimously approved Laura Perille to temporarily take over the role. Perille previously served as the president and CEO of...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 11:33 AM

City moves forward with City Hall Plaza renovations at expense of Boston Winter fest

Boston’s City Hall Plaza is getting a makeover, but that means no Boston Winter festival this year, the city announced. Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday that the city is going forward with a plan to redesign City Hall Plaza after two years of planning. The city has selected construction firm...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 11:05 AM

Boston Pops 4th of July concert to honor immigrants

The American Dream, the idea of venturing here for a better life, stretches as far back as the first colonists to set foot on these shores. It is repeated in every immigrant story today, and it will be a part of the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration. The annual Boston Pops 4th of July concert...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 3:32 PM

Original copy of Declaration of Independence will be on display in Boston this 4th of July

Boston was an epicenter of the American Revolution and now, a piece of that history is coming back for the 4th of July. One of the 14 original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum in Boston this Independence Day. This...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:25 PM

Local, state officials amp up security ahead of Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show draws hundreds and thousands of spectators to the Esplanade each year, and local and state officials are ramping up security ahead of the popular holiday event. The security plan for the Boston Pops show includes participation from...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:09 PM

NYC pilot program aims to make legal, safe basement apartments in Brooklyn

It’s no secret that affordable housing in New York City is scarce. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new effort he says will add more housing options via new basement apartments. The mayor recently announced a pilot program to create and renovate apartments in the basements and...

Friday, June 29, 2018, 11:53 AM

Heat wave will bring high temps to Boston and beyond

Make sure your air conditioner is up and running, Bay Staters: a heat wave is expected to hit Massachusetts beginning this weekend and lingering throughout next week. “Are you prepared for prolonged heat & humidity?” the National Weather Service Boston office tweeted. Throughout...

Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:52 AM

Subway delays harm low-income New Yorkers more than rich residents: Report

Subway delays are more than just an annoyance, they’re a real harm to the city’s economy and the lives of every day New Yorkers. But not all New Yorkers are affected by delays equally, according to a new report. In a report released this week, economists with the Federal Reserve Bank...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 1:45 PM

How to avoid the worst NYC 4th of July travel traffic

New Yorkers are pretty accustomed to crowds, but even if you’re used to getting stuck in (foot) traffic on the subway stairs during your morning commute, you don’t want to waste the precious time of your 4th of July travel plans sitting bumper-to-bumper on the bridge. According to AAA...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 11:37 AM

This is the worst time to leave Boston for your 4th of July travel

If you’re planning some 4th of July travel, there are a few things you have to plan first, like how many hot dogs and hamburgers to buy and whatever you need to spend a whole day at the beach. Oh, and what time to hit the road so you’re not stuck in all that 4th of July traffic. With...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 3:47 PM

What does the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez primary win mean for politics?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s name was everywhere in the wake of her Tuesday primary win. Her defeat of incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley was deemed a “shocking upset” by many. In unseating the 10-term member of Congress in the first primary election he’s faced in more than a decade,...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 3:46 PM

MBTA commuter rail trains to accept credit card payments onboard

Commuter rail riders will soon have another way to pay their fares onboard. Beginning this fall, passengers will be able to pay their commuter rail fare onboard with a credit or debit card, the MBTA announced Wednesday. This is a first for the commuter rail network, according to Keolis, the MBTA...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 11:34 AM

Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Everything you need to know about the NY primary winner

Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? After the primary elections in New York Tuesday night, the internet is abuzz with talk of this one particular New Yorker. Here’s what you need to know. Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Ocasio-Cortez is a 28-year-old New Yorker who was born in the Bronx to...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10:33 AM

Massachusetts leaders 'deeply disappointed' by Muslim travel ban ruling

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban that targets several mostly-Muslim countries, prompting concern from experts about how this will harm the Muslim community as well as Massachusetts industries. As a health and education hub, Massachusetts...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 3:25 PM

Aging NYC parks need $6 billion in repairs: Report

The average New York City park is 73 years old, and that age is starting to show, according to a new report. The Center for an Urban Future (CUF), a nonprofit public policy think tank, released a report on Tuesday looking at the New York City park system and its aging infrastructure. Parks in...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 12:56 PM

Google is bringing its IT training to LaGuardia Community College

Google is coming to LaGuardia Community College. The internet giant announced this week that it will bring its IT Support Professional Certificate course to the community college in Queens to promote tech literacy and to open the door to more digital economic opportunities for New Yorkers. The...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 12:30 PM

Officials break ground on Green Line Extension project in Somerville

Officials broke ground on the Green Line Extension project on Monday in Somerville, marking a long-awaited start to the transportation plan that will extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. The project has received more federal funding, as well, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11:03 AM

14th Street to become busway during L train shutdown

Officials are proposing that 14th Street turn into a 17-hour-a-day busway during the L train shutdown, New York City Department of Transportation confirmed, restricting vehicle traffic on the roadway in order to accommodate displaced commuters. The changes were originally reported by the New York...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 4:22 PM

2018 Congressional Primary Election: What you need to know in NYC

The New York 2018 primary election is on Tuesday, do you know all the details of who’s is on your ballot and where to go in order to vote? For the federal primary election on June 26, New Yorkers will weigh in on six congressional districts to decide which candidates appear on the November...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 1:12 PM