News In Brief

Learn to Skate Classes Offered at 10 Greater Boston Rinks

 The 2020-2021 skating season is about to begin.  Bay State Skating School is one of Greater Boston’s most established and popular skating programs.  We have taught Learn-To-Skate classes to children ages 4-18 in the Greater Boston area for over 50 years.

 Bay State Skating School is compliant with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Covid-19 guidelines. The number of students allowed on the ice will be limited.

 Professional Instructors teach Recreational, Figure and Hockey Skating Skills to the beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters.  Students can wear either figure, recreational or hockey skates.

 New FALL lessons begin in September and October. Lessons are held at 10 Greater Boston Rink locations including: Brookline-Cleveland Circle, Cambridge, Medford, Newton-Brighton, Quincy, Somerville, Waltham, West Roxbury, and Weymouth.

The emphasis is on having fun while learning to skate.  We have taught over 90,000 students to ice skate.  Come skate and feel great!

 For more information and to registration, visit or call Bay State Skating School (781) 890-8480.

DCR Closes Down Spray Deck Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will implement a closure of the Allied Vets Memorial Spray Deck in the City of Everett. This measure is being taken following the city’s decision to close its public parks in response to the municipality remaining a high risk community for COVID-19 infections.

City of Everett Adds New Covid Testing Sites

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce the City of Everett, in partnership with Fallon Ambulance Service, has added new site locations, days and hours for Free COVID-19 testing.

Testing is now done on a first come, first serve basis. No appointment is necessary.

As Everett continues to be one of the communities across Massachusetts that has continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for COVID-19, these new testing site locations will support the testing of asymptomatic individuals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to get tested even if they have no COVID symptoms to help stop the spread.

The new testing sites and dates are as follows:


Florence St. Park (Big Flo) – Chelsea St. 7 a.m.-Noon

Glendale Park – Elm St. Noon-6 p.m.


Sacramone Park – 110 Santilli Highway/Tileston St. Noon-6 p.m.


Florence St. Park (Little Flo) – Nichols & Florence. 7 a.m.-Noon.

Edith Street Park. Noon-6 p.m.


Rivergreen Parking Lot (Drive Thru)

1 Rivergreen Drive

Noon-6 p.m.


Swan Street Park. 7 a.m.-Noon.

Everett City Hall Parking Lot. 484 Broadway Noon-6 p.m.


Rivergreen Parking Lot (Drive Thru) Noon-6 p.m.

City of Everett Hiring Park Monitors

The City of Everett is hiring park monitors to ensure residents of Everett adhere to all safety precautions when attending city parks.

“My goal is to have hand sanitizer stations, and hire park monitors to hand out masks and educate our residents on the seriousness of the coronavirus,” Mayor Carlo DeMaria said. “I understand the need for children to have a place to go, but I also have a duty to make sure residents in Everett are safe.”

Mayor DeMaria temporarily closed parks effective on September 10, amid an uptick in positive coronavirus cases. However, the City of Everett is already implementing safety precautions in order to open up different aspects of the parks in the very near future.

“Balancing the need for outdoor activity and the safety of our community has been challenging,” Mayor DeMaria said. “I have held off on this as long as I can. With CHA Everett numbers and positive cases increasing by the day, it leaves the city with few options.”

Park monitors will perform a variety of duties, which require exercise of considerable discretion, judgement and initiative in planning while implemented project development, applicable laws and enforcing Covid-19 guidelines. All park monitors are required to work no more than 20 hours per week, and must be 18 years or older with a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

All interested employees should send an email with cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Park Monitor” in the title.

This declaration is the first of many the city will be taking to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to reopen the parks will be based off data provided to the City of Everett on the number of COVID cases daily.

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