A City Council committee next week attempts to bring Globe Direct to task for its unceasing efforts to plaster Boston's porches, sidewalks and shrubs with its advertising circulars.
The hearing, by the council's Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs, starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) called for the hearing. In a statement, he says:
These unsolicited, plastic bag wrapped circulars, are everywhere; lawns, pathways, gutters, porches, hedges and steps. They are thrown from vehicles and land in places where they are difficult to retrieve. They are delivered to senior citizens who cannot retrieve them from bushes and sidewalks, abandoned properties where they pile up for weeks, and to vacationing families where they clearly send a message that no one is at home.
The committee is chaired by Councilor Sal LaMattina (East Boston, Charlestown, North End), who has expressed similar disgust with the way the circulars end up everywhere and keep coming no matter how many times residents ask that they stop.
Both Paul Pelland, president of the Globe subsidiary, and Tom Carney, an executive with PCF, which distributes the ads, have been invited to explain themselves.
Residents are invited to attend and give testimony.
Ed. note: Far be it from me to suggest people collect all their unwanted Globe Directs and attempt to give them to the Globies.