News Briefs

Bunker Hill Community College to Host Campus Open House

Bunker Hill Community College is hosting its first Campus Open House of the academic year on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30-8:30pm, inviting Charlestown neighbors to visit the state’s largest community college and tour the buildings, learn more about future campus planning, and ask questions.

Check-in at the B-Building Lobby, inside the College’s main entrance off Austin Street

This event is open to all who live, work, or play in Charlestown. No RSVP is required. Please contact Brendan Hughes, Director of Public Relations, at [email protected] with any questions.

Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC’s students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.

Annual Blessing of the Animals at Old North Church

Calling all Boston area pet owners! On Sunday, Oct. 2, Old North Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals. The North End celebration draws people

 of diverse faiths and backgrounds and is an opportunity to find joy and honor our faithful companions who are a source of comfort for so many.  

This year’s event, in partnership with RUFF, the North End Dog Group, will include a ceremony led by Rev. Dr. Matthew Cadwell, Old North’s Vicar-in-Charge, and assisted by

Rev. Dr. Jaimie Crumley, the new Research Fellow for the Old North Foundation. All animals, photographs of pets that do not travel, as well as children’s stuffed animals are welcome. Each animal will receive a special blessing. Pets must be on leash

 or in appropriate carriers. For the safety of all, attendees must refrain from petting others’ animals.       

Local canine celebrity, Oscar, an eight-year-old yellow Labrador who works as an Explosive Detection K9 for the

National Park Service in Boston, will be onsite to receive a blessing.

Rev. Dr. Matthew Cadwell, Vicar-in-Charge at Old North Church, is available for interviews and can speak to the significance of St. Francis to Old North Church and the North End community, as well as Old North’s community engagement activities.                 

Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Overnight Lane Closures and Detours Along Route 28

 The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be implementing overnight lane closures and detours along Route 28 McGrath Highway northbound and southbound between Rufo Road and Medford Street in Somerville. The lane closures are scheduled to be in place nightly through Saturday, October 1, and then from Sunday, October 2, to Friday, October 7. All closures will occur during overnight hours from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. 

Detours will be in place on Route 28 northbound and southbound as follows: 

• Northbound detours will direct traffic via surface roads at Poplar Street and back on at Cross Street.   

• Southbound detours will direct traffic via surface roads from the off-ramp to Washington Street and back on at Somerville Avenue. 

All work is weather permitting and may change without notice. 

Signs, traffic control devices, and police details will be used to guide drivers through the work zone. 

Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.   

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are also encouraged to: 

• Dial 511 and select a route to hear real–time conditions. 

• Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions. 

• Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions. 

• Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road. 

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