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THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Minuteman 16, Keefe Tech 8

Whittier 28, Malden 7

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Abington 35, Apponequet 0

Amesbury 22, Wayland 14

Andover 23, Acton-Boxboro 16

Ashland 28, Concord-Carlisle 7

Billerica 22, Westford Academy 14

Bishop Feehan 34, Attleboro 0

Blue Hills 30, Essex Tech 18

Boston Latin 34, O’Bryant 12

Bristol-Plymouth at Martha’s Vineyard, ppd.

Case 7, Carver 0

Cathedral/Matignon 42, Atlantis Charter/Bishop Connolly 6

Catholic Memorial 42, LaSalle (RI) 26

Chelmsford 35, Lexington 21

Dartmouth 35, GNB Voke 0

Danvers 28, Haverhill 0

Dedham 23, Medfield 3

Diman 30, Bourne 0

Dover-Sherborn 28, Nipmuc 7

Duxbury 27, Scituate 26

East Boston 40, Brighton 16

Everett 38, Somerville 6

Fairhaven 33, West Bridgewater 27

Foxboro 38, Whitman-Hanson 0

Franklin 37, Brockton 7

Georgetown 44, Roxbury Prep 8

Hanover 34, East Bridgewater 0

Hingham 21, Arlington 14

Holbrook/Avon 28, Wareham 22 (2 ot)

Holliston 35, Medway 34

Hopkinton 19, Nauset 8

Hull 28, Cardinal Spellman 18

King Philip 30, Needham 6

Latin Academy 51, Weston 6

Lincoln-Sudbury 39, Melrose 0

Lowell Catholic 27, Ipswich 21

Malden Catholic 31, Gloucester 0

Manchester-Essex 49, Nashoba Tech 0

Mansfield 31, North Attleboro 29 (2 ot)

Marblehead 54, Lynn Classical 20

Marshfield 34, Methuen 33

Masconomet 35, Peabody 24

Mashpee 28, Nantucket 6

Medford 28, Cambridge 22

Natick 13, Walpole 7 (ot)

Newburyport 42, Bedford 27

North Andover 34, Beverly 0

Northeast 28, Saugus 0

North Reading 46, Greater Lawrence 9

Norton 19, Canton 10

Norwell 34, Archbishop Williams 24

Old Rochester 32, Bishop Stang 10

Pembroke 13, Cohasset 8

Pentucket 21, Dracut 12

Plymouth North 12, Dennis-Yarmouth 10

Plymouth South 30, Dighton-Rehoboth 14

Quincy 21, Oliver Ames 13

Randolph 36, Millis 20

Reading 18, Barnstable 14

Revere 34, Chelsea 0

Rockland 14, Silver Lake 6

St. John’s (S) 35, Shrewsbury 0

St. Mary’s 62, Bellingham 14

Seekonk 28, Sharon 0

Springfield Central 50, BC High 20

Stoneham 55, St. Bernard’s 14

Stoughton 27, Braintree 26

Swampscott 41, Lynn English 14

Taunton 26, Durfee 20

Tewksbury 28, Lowell 14

Triton at Shawsheen, ppd.

Wakefield 41, Belmont 7

Waltham 21, Winchester 13

West Bridgewater 33, Fairhaven 27 (ot)

Weymouth 34, Newton North 0

Wilmington 29, Greater Lowell 7

Winthrop 23, Austin Prep 21

Woburn 50, Burlington 14

Upper Cape at Southeastern, ppd.

Xaverian 35, Bridgewater-Raynham 14

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National Guard expands school transportation assistance as Boston continues to pass

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The National Guard is expanding its school transportation assistance to more cities and towns, but Boston still hasn’t taken up the state’s offer to help with its busing issues, which one school committee member called a “fiasco.”

National Guard members who transport students in 7D vans are providing assistance in 13 districts, up from 11 with the addition of Haverhill, Revere, Wachusett and Worcester, the Guard announced Thursday.

But Boston Public Schools hasn’t jumped on the offer despite a bumpy start to the school year with many kids left lingering at bus stops and arriving late to school.

A district spokeswoman cited several reasons for passing on the offer, saying BPS does not currently have 7D vans in its fleet and National Guard drivers are not fully trained to serve its student population, such as those with special needs.

In addition, National Guard assistance is short term, which could pose more disruption and transition when it is terminated, according to BPS.

On-time bus performance on the first day of school was 57%. As of this week, it is about 90% on average.

However, parent complaints are still rolling in, school committee member Rafaela Polanco Garcia said during a Wednesday meeting.

Member Ernani DeAraujo called the bus issues “a fiasco” that happens every year.

DeAraujo continued, “I’m not going to vote in favor of a policy or of a collective bargaining agreement with respect to the busing policy until I have in writing, verifiable, that all of these stakeholders are aligned to make sure the fiasco that we have happen every year doesn’t happen again. … I’m not confident that we’re anywhere near that.”

The comments from the school committee members followed an announcement from BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius that she will form a working group on transportation.

The group of BPS employees, students, teachers and community stakeholders will be tasked with coming up with solutions to on-time performance, operational concerns and finding a 30% cost reduction so those dollars can go toward other education costs, Cassellius said.

BPS has continued to hire more drivers and bus monitors and has consolidated routes.

“Although we have made some progress, we know that any missed stop or late bus is one too many,” Cassellius said.

She identified several problem areas the working group will tackle including start times, route assignments, the hiring process and collective bargaining agreements.

“I am forming this group because I believe it will take political will and public support to make these necessary changes,” Cassellius told the school community.

She later added, “It is a big challenge and a big task ahead to begin to think about and reimagine Boston Public Schools and the transportation operational issues we have each and every year.”

BPS currently has 664 active drivers with 628 buses operating daily.

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Hot Property: Weston Colonial has classic features, modern updates

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More than 100 years after it was built, the picturesque Colonial at 26 Skating Pond Road in Weston stands as an extensively renovated home that retains every bit of its period grace, in a setting that’s just as captivating.

Nestled near the Weston Golf Club in a neighborhood planned by Olmsted Brothers, the country estate borders the Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.-designed four-acre pond and its attendant log cabin shelter and seating. An idyllic enclave surrounded by broad lawns, mature plantings, stately shade trees, and elegant gardens, it allows for a connection to nature and a chance to disconnect from busy lives.

The renovation process carefully balanced the home’s period character with contemporary additions so that the home’s interior feels modern and bright with a nod to its 1920s origins. From the elegant steps and circular brick patio, the home’s classical design fits perfectly with the landscaping and as you come to find out, the lush grounds are on full display in seemingly every room.

Among the fresh updates, a huge eat-in kitchen with walk-in pantry, shiplap ceiling, cheerful blue subway tile, and an adorable dormer above the sink. From there, a floor-to-ceiling glass slider breezeway leads to the family room. Far from “just a hallway,” the bridge-like structure appears to float above the bluestone steps of a secret garden.

There’s a majestic sunroom, a lavish living room with a fireplace, and a banquet-sized dining room with a fireplace of its own. Between the two home offices, a wood-paneled library with built-ins and a fireplace enjoys rich millwork that has been lovingly preserved.

Among the six bedrooms, the primary bedroom occupies its own wing on the second floor, enjoying a sitting area, dressing room, and a luxurious bath with a deep soaking tub and a glassed-in shower.

In addition to the acres of lawns and gardens, green thumbs will love the traditional greenhouse on the premises.

The property is on the market for $5,195,000, and is represented by Melissa Dailey with Coldwell Banker Realty – Wellesley, 617-699-3922.

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Boston to chop down some trees, vaccinate others as emerald ash borer spreads

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Boston is girding to deal with a “tree pandemic” of emerald ash borer beetles, preparing to cut down potentially large numbers of ash trees and give “tree vaccines” to the ones they can salvage.

The city plans to embark on a multi-pronged effort to head off the incursion of the invasive beetle species, which kills nearly all ash trees that it infects.

“It’s now at the point where we’ll have to do a citywide intervention,” city Environment Chief Mariama White-Hammond told the Herald about what she described as a “tree pandemic.”

Ash trees account for 4.3% of Boston’s street trees — 1,817 in total, per the city — clustered particularly in neighborhoods including Hyde Park and the Blue Hill Avenue corridor. The emerald ash borers don’t effect non-ash trees.

White-Hammond said that a significant number of ash trees already badly damaged by the emerald ash borers will have to be cut down this winter. She said it’s premature to hazard a guess about how many trees the city will have to take down, as they’re still analyzing the extent of the damage.

Once the damaged trees are chopped down, then it’s time to look to save the remnants. And that’s done essentially by giving them “tree vaccines” by jabbing them with what look like a bunch of large syringes. These inoculations are good for a few years.

The tree-vaccination effort “mirrors some of what we’re seeing in the coronavirus in humans,” said White-Hammond, who drew several comparisons to the current “human pandemic.”

The city is able to vaccinate its trees on the streets, but there’s a bunch of gray-area trees and then also ones on private property that they’ll need the public’s help with.

White-Hammond said areas where significant numbers of trees were cut down will bump to the front of the line for new tree plantings.

The city will be briefing the city council on the matter on Wednesday in a public hearing, and then rolling out the final branch of the effort: a public-awareness campaign asking people to check up on their trees.

City Council President Pro Tempore Matt O’Malley noted that the first emerald ash borer in Boston was found in his district in 2014 in the Arnold Arboretum.

“It’s something that we are concerned about,” O’Malley said. He said he looks forward to hearing more from the briefing and said the city needs to continue to diversity its tree stock as “a way of pushing back on the increasing threat from invasive species.”

Andrew Gapinski, director of horticulture at the Arnold Arboretum, told the Herald that the Arboretum has seen an uptick really only this year, and added that it sounds like the city’s handling this as it should.

He said the emerald ash borer originated in Asia and showed up in Michigan likely in the 1990s, probably via wood shipping. By the time authorities figured out what was going on it was “way too late” to try to eradicate it here, as has been the strategy for the very destructive long-horned beetle, Gapinski said.

“So it’s just been about slowing the spread,” he said.

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Bill lands on Charlie Baker’s desk to prevent ‘lunch shaming’

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The practice of “lunch shaming,” when a cafeteria worker is forced to toss out a student’s hot lunch if they can’t pay and give them a cold sandwich, could soon be a relic of the past.

A bill that would eliminate the practice — including banning a student from extracurricular activities for having lunch debt — is now sitting on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

“We want to make this an adult-only conversation,” said Patricia Baker, senior policy advocate at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. “No parent wants their child put in the middle of any kind of debt or used to embarrass them in front of their peers with unpaid meal debt.”

The bill would also require schools in which over 60% of students’ families are eligible for free meals to use federal funds for free meals for all students, regardless of income. Currently, just over 100 districts in the state participate in this program at either the district or school level, according to a Project Bread blog post.

“When you have an entire school or an entire district providing school meals, it just changes things,” said Project Bread CEO Erin McAleer. “More kids participate because of reduced stigma, and more kids participating brings in more federal reimbursement.”

Boston Public Schools has provided free meals for students for a decade thanks to its participation in a federal pilot program. BPS Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services Laura Benavidez said that in past districts she’s worked in, she’s seen hungry students unable to concentrate, and heard of teachers buying food for students with their own money.

Now, “if you want to come and eat, you get to eat at no cost,” she said. “We’re not asking (students) for anything, we’re actually giving them something.”

Rebecca Wood advocated for, and got, a universal free meals program in Revere when she was a single parent there last year. Although she didn’t qualify for reduced meals, both she and her daughter have “astronomical” medical bills, making the $600 she spent a year on lunch a financial burden.

“I would go without medicine, or I would worry about clothing for her or something like that,” she said. “When we started getting the free school lunches, it gave me some breathing room in my budget. I wasn’t forced to make as many hard decisions.”

Merrie Najimy, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, called food insecurity an outcome of “the lack of investment in the public good, and no parent, caregiver or child should be blamed or shamed for it,” and advocated for universal free school lunch.

She called it “inhumane” to make cafeteria workers take hot lunches from children’s hands, as some districts have had them do. She’s “forcefully encouraging Governor Baker to do the right thing and do what’s best for kids, and sign this bill into law,” she said.

State Rep. Andres Vargas, D-Haverhill, who filed the bill in the House, noted in a statement that Massachusetts experienced “the largest relative increase of food-insecure individuals in the nation” at the start of the pandemic. He called the bill “commonsense,” noting its unanimous support in the House.

State Sen. Cindy Creem, D-Newton, who filed the Senate version of the bill, said that the higher reimbursement rates now mean a failure to act “would be a huge missed opportunity to prevent hunger among school-aged children in Massachusetts. With food insecurity on the rise, we shouldn’t be leaving federal dollars on the table.” She added that she was “appalled” when she learned about the lunch-shaming practices happening in Massachusetts.

Baker has until Oct. 16 to sign the bill, but a spokesperson gave no indication as to whether he supports it. Currently, all students nationwide are able to receive free meals through next summer thanks to an extension of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program.

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Watertown asks residents to consider plastic pumpkins so rats don’t eat them

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Watertown asks residents to consider plastic pumpkins so rats don’t eat them

Watertown is looking to squash a possible Halloween rat influx by asking people to keep their pumpkins indoors or only put out the plastic variety.

Watertown Director of Public Health Larry Ramdin stressed that the town isn’t mandating that people can only have plastic pumpkins outdoors — but he said the Health Department is asking people consider the idea that they could be setting up a big, delicious rat buffet.

“People see pumpkins as decoration, but they don’t see it as rodent food,” he told the Herald on Thursday after social-media posts about the advisory started generating some buzz.

The town is recommending that people keep real pumpkins inside, particularly at night, when our whiskered neighbors typically are doing their own brand of trick-or-treating the most. Ramdin suggested that people put plastic pumpkins outside, which can look almost as good as the real gourd.

He said that the town dealt with an uptick in rats around this time, so they had the idea to try to head that off with this announcement.

“It’s not only about the rodent, but about the diseases they carry,” Ramdin said.

Last year, there were two specific reports of people seeing rats enjoying a pumpkin dish on someone’s doorstep. Ramdin said rats likely are more attracted to jack-o-lanterns because they’re essentially already exposing the yummy innards. Similarly, pumpkins that begin to rot a bit also seem particularly appetizing to rats.

He said there hasn’t been much pushback at this point; no one seems to be accusing the town of jacking their lanterns and stealing their fun.

Arlington put out a somewhat similar missive, tweeting out a short cartoon video of a rodent giving a pumpkin some serious side-eye.

“Pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and other fall gourds can be the perfect treat for rats and other wildlife,” the town’s health department wrote. “Keep rodents away by using plastic decorations to celebrate #SpookySeason.”

Boston, home to various neighborhoods that have such perennial rodent issues that one is periodically referred to as “Allston Rat City” didn’t bite on the pumpkin prompt. The city hasn’t issued any Watertown-like guidance, but an Inspectional Services Department spokeswoman did say that “if there is rodent activity in and around your property you should immediately remove all food sources that may attract rodents.”

A Somerville spokeswoman responded that “Somerville has not issued guidance about pumpkins.”

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Braintree schools report assault in apparent ‘slap a teacher’ TikTok challenge

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Braintree schools report assault in apparent ‘slap a teacher’ TikTok challenge

A TikTok challenge called “slap a teacher” could have a Braintree student facing serious consequences and even legal ramifications after school officials reported the alleged assault on Thursday.

Braintree Interim Superintendent Jim Lee told parents in a letter, “The most recent TikTok challenge involves ‘slap a teacher’ and we had our first case in the district today,” according to reports.

Lee wrote, “Please be aware that physically assaulting any staff member in the Braintree schools will result in notification of the Braintree Police Department and significant school-based discipline, up to and including expulsion.”

Potential legal charges range from assault to indecent assault and battery.

A statement from TikTok, shared via Twitter said, “The rumored ‘slap a teacher’ dare is an insult to educators everywhere. And while this is not a trend on TikTok, if at any point it shows up, content will be removed.”

Lee said in his message to parents that TikTok challenges have led to vandalism and destruction in schools across the nation.

The social media app popular among teenagers has been downloaded more than 200 million times in the United States and has more than one billion users worldwide.

TikTok trends and challenges tend to catch on quickly and videos can amass millions of views.

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Brockton Police officer shot ‘several times,’ gunman dies: Police

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Massachusetts drownings: Man dies after getting caught in strong rip current

The barricaded gunman who shot a Brockton police officer “several times” later fatally shot himself Thursday night, according to police.

Investigators also found a dead male gunshot victim in an SUV near the chaotic scene on Taber Avenue.

The wounded officer was rushed to Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Brockton Police responded to 62 Taber Ave., at around 5:45 p.m., after they received reports of a male with a gun. Police officers arrived, and gunshots were fired, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

“A Brockton police officer was struck, several times,” the DA’s Office said in a statement.

The gunman then went into the home, where he remained holed up for several hours as police tried to negotiate with the barricaded suspect.

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Alex Cora explains decision to leave All-Star Matt Barnes off Red Sox’ ALDS roster: ‘Extremely difficult’

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Alex Cora explains decision to leave All-Star Matt Barnes off Red Sox’ ALDS roster: ‘Extremely difficult’

Matt Barnes experienced a breakthrough first half this season, becoming a first-time All-Star after a dominant three months as the Red Sox’ closer and earning a contract extension that would keep him in Boston for two more years.

Yet, three months later, he wasn’t even on the Red Sox’ playoff roster.

Barnes’ stunning second-half fall hit another low Thursday, when the Red Sox made the surprising decision to leave the veteran off their 26-man roster for the American League Division Series. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that matchups against the Rays played a factor in the decision. But his struggles over the last two months couldn’t be ignored.

“Extremely difficult,” Cora said of the decision. “This guy has been here for a while. He’s been here, done that. But the uniqueness of (the Rays’) roster, we have to make some adjustments. We decided to go with the three lefties and actually, the 13-13 thing was a topic throughout the day, throughout the night, and even this morning. Obviously, it’s a hard conversation with the player, but at the end, we’re trying to have the roster that we do believe is going to help us to advance.”

Barnes, who posted a 2.25 ERA in 44 innings with 24 saves through Aug. 4, took a dive after that. He had a 13.50 ERA in August before testing positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 30, which kept him out until mid-September. Cora put him in lower-leverage situations in his return, where it looked like he had started to figure some things out, but he ultimately didn’t have enough time to be trusted in the postseason.

“Obviously, he is disappointed,” Cora said. “He wanted to be part of this. But at the same time, he’ll be a good teammate and he’ll be there for us. You never know what can happen today, tomorrow, or the next day as far as our roster with everything that can happen. He’ll be ready. But it wasn’t an easy decision.”

Martinez makes progress

J.D. Martinez, who missed Tuesday’s Wild Card win with a sprained left ankle, is active and on the Red Sox’ ALDS roster. He didn’t start Thursday’s Game 1, but was available as a pinch hitter, and Cora said there’s a “good chance” he starts Friday’s Game 2.

“He’s feeling a lot better,” Cora said. “He’s moving better. I’m not saying he’s going to be flying around the bases, but we’ll go station by station and hopefully he can hit one in the air, hit one out of the ballpark, and he can jog around the bases. It’s getting better. The medical staff, the last three days, even on the plane, they’ve done an amazing job. He’s in a much better spot than Monday.”

Renfroe: ‘No hard feelings’

Hunter Renfroe was designated for assignment by the Rays last November after helping them get to the World Series. Now, he’s back at Tropicana Field after a breakout season as the Red Sox’ everyday right fielder. But there’s no added motivation for him in this series after the way it ended for him in Tampa last year.

“You move on,” Renfroe said. “Those guys over there, they’re incredible. Their front office staff has been nothing but great for me. We knew going forward what they had planned for me and letting me go. So there’s no hard feelings.”

Renfroe was great against the Rays this season, slashing .338/.359/.649 with four homers and 18 RBI in 18 games. He said his familiarity with them played a part in his success against them.

“Obviously I’ve had a season of playing in Tropicana Field, so I think that’s kind of a big part of it, and I know their pitching staff,” Renfroe said. “I’ve played behind them for quite a while, and obviously they have a lot of new guys, but still I kind of know the ins and outs of how they do things, and I think that kind of helps me a little bit. But other than that, I think just playing here is a big advantage.”

Odds & ends

There were three other additions/subtractions to the Red Sox’ ALDS roster from the Wild Card game. Chris Sale, who will start Game 2, Danny Santana and Martin Perez were added, while Connor Wong, Jonathan Arauz and Jarren Duran were dropped.

Santana was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured related list. He hasn’t played since Sept. 10, but Cora preferred him over Duran because of his infield/outfield defensive versatility, switch-hitting ability and speed off the bench. …

NESN’s coverage of the Red Sox saw increased ratings in every demographic this season, according to the network. The adults 18-34 demographic had a 1.62 rating this season, a 41 percent growth from last season and highest since 2011. …

The remainder of the Division Series broadcast schedule was released. Friday’s Game 2 between the Red Sox and Rays starts at 7:02 p.m. on FS1, Sunday’s Game 3 is set for a 4:07 p.m. start on MLB Network, Monday’s Game 4 (if necessary) would start at 7:07 p.m. on FS1 and Wednesday’s Game 5 (if necessary) would begin at 5:07 p.m. on TBS.

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Construction worker who died in Boston fell 6 floors down stairwell shaft, police say ‘nothing suspicious’

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Construction worker who died in Boston fell 6 floors down stairwell shaft, police say ‘nothing suspicious’

The construction worker who died at an East Boston site fell about six floors down a stairwell shaft, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA has launched inspections of the subcontractor and the project’s general contractor, a spokesman for the federal agency said Thursday.

A Boston Police spokesman also said there’s “nothing suspicious” about the death.

The unidentified worker died Wednesday morning at the construction site located at 187 Sumner St. The address is at the corner of Paris Street and near the Maverick T station.

Upon arrival, Boston Police investigators found an adult male, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The worker was employed by a subcontractor, Evolution Iron Works of Woburn, according to OSHA.

“OSHA opened inspections yesterday of Evolution Iron Works and of the project’s general contractor, New England Construction,” an OSHA spokesman said. “Those inspections are ongoing. OSHA does not discuss the specifics on ongoing inspections.”

When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA may issue citations and fines. OSHA must issue a citation and proposed penalty within six months of the violation.

The president and CEO of New England Construction said the company “suffered a loss of life on one of our projects yesterday and our thoughts today are with the deceased gentleman’s family, friends, and co-workers.”

“We are actively and cooperatively working with safety and law enforcement officials in their investigation of this tragedy, and we will be unable to comment further until that work has been completed,” Matt Sluter added. “A loss of life affects us all. We have been in business for nearly four decades and this was the first time we have experienced such a loss.

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After public pressure, accidents, Charlie Baker appoints MBTA Board of Directors

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After a rocky few months of mishaps for the MBTA, and after a nearly three-month wait, Gov. Charlie Baker appointed five members to the T’s seven-member Board of Directors.

“The expertise and diversity of perspectives that make up this Board will allow the MBTA to continue to focus on providing safe and reliable service to riders as it invests record levels of funding across the system,” Baker said in a statement Thursday.

Transportation advocates criticized Baker last month for failing to appoint the board members after the Fiscal Management Control Board, which Baker created in 2015 as a watchdog for the organization, lapsed at the end of June.

Baker created the board after a disastrous year felled by an extremely snowy winter and several accidents, and which aimed to get the organization’s finances under control. Baker then announced the creation of the Board of Directors in late July, but was slow to appoint the members.

In the interim, several MBTA accidents occurred, including Red and Green Line crashes, an escalator malfunction in Back Bay that injured nine, and the death of a Boston University professor who fell through a rusted-out Dorchester staircase near the JFK/UMass stop.

The MBTA Board of Directors will consist of seven members, one of whom will be Transportation Secretary and MassDOT CEO Jamey Tesler. The MBTA Advisory Board appointed its member, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, in August. He was required to have municipal government experience in the MBTA’s service area and experience in transportation operations or other related fields.

Baker appointed the remaining five members, including one person who’s a rider and resident of an “environmental justice population” and one recommended by the president of the AFL-CIO. The chair, Betsy Taylor, has served as the treasurer and chair of the Finance & Audit Committee for the MassDOT Board since 2015 and also worked at Massport.

Tesler said he’s hoping the board continues addressing “ridership and revenue challenges” wrought by the pandemic, while making investments in initiatives that improve reliability and safety.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a statement that he’s looking forward to working with the board.

The MBTA still faces its fair share of financial challenges, though: a report released last month by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the T is headed toward “fiscal calamity” in just a few years, needing $1.25 billion in new annual revenue.

Josh Ostroff, interim director at Transportation for Massachusetts, welcomed the news but cautioned that the members “have their work cut out for them.”

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