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Hazmat crews respond to Charles River oil spill, caused by leak from drainage system

(12/11/18 11:00am)

An oil spill on the Charles River on Wednesday, near Shaw’s Supermarket, brought hazmat crews to the scene. The Waltham Patch reported in a Dec. 6 article that a passerby noticed what appeared to be an oily substance leaking into the river and called 911 at 4:10 p.m. The oil was later determined to have leaked from the drainage system, piping and manholes in Waltham.

Univ. to add more LED lights on campus

(12/11/18 11:00am)

Following the success of the Shapiro Campus Center’s lighting efficiency project, the University has dedicated $2.5 million to increase the number of buildings on campus that will receive LED lighting upgrades, according to a Nov. 15 email from Finance and Administration. This new initiative will contribute to the institution’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint and thereby reach a 15% reduction over 2015 by 2020, a goal set by the University as part of its 2016 climate action plan.

Luxury Boston hotel donates $10 million to support local communities, nonprofits

(12/04/18 11:00am)

On Giving Tuesday, Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion waterfront casino and luxury hotel located near Logan International Airport, announced that it will commit $10 million over the next four years to support civic institutions and nonprofit organizations, according to a Nov. 27 press release on the company’s website. 

Boston Children’s Hospital receives $14.6 million grant for concussion research

(11/20/18 11:00am)

As part of its commitment to funding medical research, the National Football League awarded Boston Children’s Hospital more than $14.6 million for concussion research, according to a Nov. 15 NFL News story. To date, the NFL has donated more than $35 million to fund brain health and injury research, per the same article.

Massachusetts elects new House members, decides ballot measures

(11/13/18 11:00am)

Massachusetts residents have set a new record for voter turnout the 2018 midterm election, according to a Nov. 9 CBS Boston article. On Friday, Secretary of State Bill Galvin confirmed that 2.7 million voters had gone to the polls, compared to 2.1 million in the 2014 midterms. At the time, ballots were still being counted. Massachusetts re-elected Republican governor Charlie Baker. FiveThirtyEight considers Baker to be a “moderate, or perhaps even liberal, Republican.” Voters also elected an all-Democratic House of Representatives delegation to Washington, D.C. The state also voted on three ballot questions. 

New Waltham restaurant opens, features work from contemporary artist

(11/06/18 11:00am)

A new American fusion restaurant named Balani has opened on Moody Street. It takes the place of Raffaele’s Ristorante, which closed in spring 2018, according to an Oct. 29 Waltham Patch article. The restaurant’s Instagram page describes the restaurant as “making really tasty yums in a fun space.” 

Author shares stories that motivated her debut novel

(10/30/18 10:00am)

Author Mira T. Lee stood behind Harlan Chapel’s granite lectern, reading passages from her debut novel, “Everything is Beautiful.” Last Tuesday night, Brandeis faculty, staff and students listened to Lee share the ways her personal experiences growing up in immigrant communities and with family members suffering from schizophrenia influenced her novel. The organizers of the event placed two lamps near the front of the chapel but kept the main lights off, leaving audience members in dim lighting. 

Waltham receives additional funding for transportation services and repairs

(10/30/18 10:00am)

The state of Massachusetts supplied the city of Waltham additional funding for road work and transportation, according to an Oct. 24 Waltham Patch article. Waltham received $1,609,034 in the initial fiscal year 2019 funding report, but has now secured an extra $321,807, bringing the total to $1,930,841, according to the Patch article. 

Office of Equal Opportunity tasked with clarifying University reporting policies

(10/09/18 10:00am)

In a Sept. 4 email to the Brandeis community, University president Ron Liebowitz announced the creation of the Office of Equal Opportunity, which is  expected to be operational by spring 2019. The Justice spoke with Dr. Mark Brimhall-Vargas, the University’s chief diversity officer and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, about the creation of this new office. The OEO will report to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.