Five hundred Brockton High School students will receive free mobile devices and data next month from Sprint, as part of the pilot program of the Sprint Foundation’s “1Million Project.” The devices include smartphones and tablets, and the students will also receive three gigabytes of high-speed data per month. The project is intended to help students complete online homework, even if they do not have Internet access at home. About 4,000 students in 11 cities nationwide will receive devices and data. An expansion to a million high school students is planned over the next five years.
A Pure Barre workout studio opened at Patriot Place in Foxborough on Dec. 16. Offering 55-minute classes that focus on using a ballet barre to burn fat and shape one’s physique, the studio is located between Olympia Sports and TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Pure Barre has more than 375 studios across the country, including 14 in Massachusetts. The other location south of Boston is in Hingham.
Stoughton author Paul Tremblay has won the top fiction prize in the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards for his horror novel “A Head Full of Ghosts.” The awards handed out at the State House on Dec. 6 are given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, with judges drawn from libraries throughout the state.
The plot of “A Head Full of Ghosts” revolves around a suburban New England family and its daughter’s struggle with mental illness, and was honored earlier this year with a Bram Stoker Award, given annually by the Horror Writers Association to the top works in the horror genre. Also, Walpole resident Nancy Tupper Ling’s picture book “Double Happiness” was included on the Massachusetts Book Awards’ “must read” list.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth was one of two Massachusetts hospitals to be named a “Top Hospital” in an annual list released earlier this month by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. The methodology used by the group to rate hospitals includes such criteria as readmission rates, quality of maternity care, the use of computerized records, and the level of training of the staff working in the intensive care unit. The hospital had received three straight “A” safety ratings from the group, but this was the first time that it received a “Top Hospital” designation, which was given to a total of 115 hospitals nationwide; the only other in Massachusetts was Holyoke Medical Center.