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French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 12/7/16 - 5:15 pm
New sign going up in Kenmore Square

MassDOT reports that tomorrow state officials will post a new Rte. 20 marker in Kenmore Square - marking the 3,365 miles to Newport, OR, which make the highway the longest continuous road in the US. Read more.

By - 12/7/16 - 3:53 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday approved tearing down the long abandoned gas station on Belgrade Avenue off West Roxbury Parkway to make way for an 18-unit condo building with 33 parking spaces. Read more.

By - 12/7/16 - 2:21 pm

Jocelyn watched the Pearl Harbor commemoration aboard the USS Cassin Young today.

By - 12/7/16 - 1:26 pm

Banker & Tradesman reports the supermarket chain is loving what New Balance is doing with its Brighton land and wants to emulate that by building 1,000 residential units and new office and residential space on its own 11-acre property.

By - 12/7/16 - 1:09 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Belmont man yesterday after he started an attack on a Boston cop by throwing a nearly full beer can at his head. Read more.

By - 12/7/16 - 12:40 pm
New 39 bus with a driver barrier

The T's Joe Pesaturo shows us a new 39 bus at Back Bay with a barrier to help protect the driver from the sort of people with anger-management issues who insist on taking buses.

By - 12/7/16 - 12:32 pm

The Globe reports a developer wants to stick a 21-story residential building in Coolidge Corner. Brookline officials, of course, are aghast.

By - 12/7/16 - 11:55 am
1258 Massachusetts Avenue

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday approved a six-story, 40-unit condo building at 1258-1272 Massachusetts Ave., next to the new Dorchester Brewing Co. Read more.

By - 12/7/16 - 10:37 am

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday approved a four-story condo building at 194 Havre St., next to the lot where the same family is currently building another four-story building - on a block where most of the other houses are two or three stories. Read more.

By - 12/7/16 - 9:50 am
301 Border St. proposal

Architect's rendering.

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday approved a developer's plan to replace auto-body repair shops with a six-story condo building at 301-303 Border St.

The BPDA had approved City Realty's plans for the $21.6-million, 64-condo project, which will include ten 3-bedroom units and consolidate five lots into one, last month. Read more.

By - 12/7/16 - 8:46 am

There was a medical emergency on a train between Central and Kendall, but the severe delays on the Red Line this rush hour are also due to signal problems near Harvard, the T and riders advise.

By - 12/7/16 - 12:00 am
Ellington Street fire in Dorchester

Boston firefighters responded around 11:20 p.m. for what turned into a two-alarm fire in a three decker at 107 Ellington St. that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The fire, which started on a rear porch, displaced ten residents, the department says, adding fire investigators are looking for the cause.

By - 12/6/16 - 6:14 pm

SAN DIEGO: Dunkin' Donuts Opens to Huge Crowds and Rave Reviews.

Here, a new Dunk's would be greeted like, "Oh, cool, now we don't have to cross the street to get to the Dunkin' Donuts there." But in San Diego, people reported waiting more than an hour to get some donuts.

By - 12/6/16 - 5:39 pm

Hizzona signed an agreement letting Verizon offer TV channels and the company says it begins cabling up homes in parts of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Dorchester tomorrow - with Dudley Square by the end of the year. The move means parts of Boston now have three main broadband/TV/phone providers: Verizon, Comcast and RCN; Verizon says it will roll out FiOS to the entire city within six years.

By - 12/6/16 - 5:33 pm
Elf at Kendall Red Line station

David Weininger reports that not only was this elf at Kendall Square on the Red Line playing an accordion this evening, she was playing "Paint It Black."

By - 12/6/16 - 3:17 pm

City Councilor Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Mayor Walsh are proposing a measure that could save the average Boston homeowner $300 a year in property taxes, which the city says it can pay for thanks to the local construction and real-estate boom. Read more.

By - 12/6/16 - 2:49 pm
In Boston City Hall

Just one of the delights that await visitors to the shipping crate Faneuil Hall came in.

By - 12/6/16 - 2:34 pm
Lonely carolers in Downtown Crossing

By the time these carolers finished a song as they stood atop the new Franklin Street entrance to the T around 12:50 p.m., there was one person to applaud them.

By - 12/6/16 - 2:29 pm

Wassem Amin will have to wear a GPS and cannot travel outside of Massachusetts should he make the bail for the 26 charges against him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 12/6/16 - 12:26 pm

The city's Office of New Urban Mechanics, which tries to come up with all sorts of cool techie ways for the city to improve basic services (speaking of which, will City Hall get a Twitter-controlled Christmas tree this year?) has published a manifesto, or what they call a playbook on their efforts so far to build a sensor-meshed "Smart City" and where it wants to go from here (published on github, for the techies, no less.)

It starts with the candid observation that "So far, every 'Smart City' pilot project that we’ve undertaken here in Boston has ended with a glossy presentation, and...

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