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Friday, November 04, 2005

Boston College in the Community

While the locals continue to grumble about neighborhood noise, Boston College students and administrators are positively impacting the Allston-Brighton community every day. For those interested in the most recent conflicts between BC and AB, review BC Blog coverage here.

Volunteers from Boston College helped out during the 10th annual Trick or Treat event sponsored by Brighton Main Streets and the Brighton Board of Trade. BCers helped neighborhood children and local businesses "celebrate a spooky evening" this past Halloween.

Community organizer Heather Knopsnyder of the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation has thanked the Boston College Appalachian Volunteers for their contribution during the third annual fall cleanup in Ringer Park. These BC students, along with several other local organizations, gathered on a cold, rainy day to clean the park.

The Appalachian Volunteers were just one of the many Boston College groups to be honored this past May as "Allston-Brighton Unsung Heroes." Said Executive Director of the Allston-Brighton Healthy Boston Coalition Judy Andler:
"Boston College student volunteers live and learn in our community thoughtfully and with respect ... As friends, mentors, dance partners with our seniors and basketball competitors with our youth, they make a difference in all of our lives."
From the latest AB-TAB Education Notes:

The Boston College Neighborhood Center offers free one-on-one tutoring services for Allston-Brighton children.

Boston College has extended the Read Aloud program to include three grades at the Brighton Catholic school, in addition to classes at the Garfield and Mary Lyon elementary schools. The program brings nearly 70 Boston College faculty and staff members into the local elementary schools for reading and discussion.

The Boston College Small Business Development Center continues to present workshops aimed at helping local entrepreneurs plan and develop their own businesses.
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