Labor Day grew out of worker protests and remembrance days in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday under President Grover Cleveland in 1894, following a railroad strike that involved several deaths, 27 states and hundreds of thousands of union members. The legislation creating Labor Day was passed by Congress just six days after the strike ended.
1. is showing To Kill a Mockingbird in the Logan Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. today. "Join the Reader's Group Book Club for a showing of the movie To Kill a Mockingbird. Based on the book by Harper Lee, the movie takes the viewer back to a dusty Southern town during the Depression..."
2. Today is the first day of school for Braintree Public students in grades one through nine.
3. Freshmen at have a full schedule for orientation today. For a run-down, check out the school website: http://www.gpvillage.com/bhs
4. BHS Girls Varsity Soccer takes on Newton North at 3:45 p.m. at home. For more athletics, go to http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/braintree-high-school-braintree-ma.
5. Activities today at the Senior Center on Cleveland Avenue include:
9:15 a.m. Exercise
10 a.m. Crafts and Quilting Group
Noon Pool Players and Poker
1 p.m. BINGO