NoBo Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Monday, December 12, 2011
MASSACHUSETTS – The Governor returns to work amid controversy, data shows school meals are needed more in the suburbs, and an unreal car crash that seems straight out of a movie! This and much more in today’s NoBo Newsworthy Wrap-Up.
1. Governor Patrick returned to work today, after his visit to South America last week to bolster the Commonwealth’s economic partnerships with Chile and Brazil. After invitations were sent out, referring to the event as a “holiday tree lighting”, the Boston Herald’s Michael Graham called for the Governor to call a spade a spade. The State House is decorated with ivy, wreaths, and poinsettia, and the Governor made it official this afternoon. It’s not a “holiday tree”. It’s a Christmas Tree, and that’s what he’s always called it, blaming the confusion on staffers who sent out the invitations. The Governor will host a menorah lighting ceremony next week.
2. Students in the suburbs are eating school meals more and more, according to two articles in by Kathy McCabe from the Boston Globe. In recent years, the socioeconomic base of Saugus has shifted in its Oaklandvale School, adding a number of homeless students living in motels on Route 1. The school is now mandated to serve breakfast. In Beverly and Melrose, more students are receiving free or reduced-cost lunch, likely due to the longlasting effects of the recession.