Some workers at UMass Boston to lose jobs or hours as school tries to right finances

UMass Boston administrators today notified its workforce that 40 workers will either be laid off or have the hours reduced because of the school's continuing financial issues. The cuts are in addition to the 50 workers who took "voluntary separation."

Offices to become residential units on Border Street in East Boston

The Board of Appeal yesterday approved plans by the owner of 135-139 Border St. to gut what is now a three-story office building and turn the upper two floors into apartments or condos.

The board waived the lot's normal zoning requirements for both open space and parking because the building already takes up 100% of the lot with no room for either plantings or parking spaces. The attorney for owner David Shulman said the building is within a ten-minute walk of the Maverick Blue Line stop and near five bus lines.

With the approval, the building will go from one residential unit to seven.

However, the board did deny the Shulman's request to exempt him from a requirement to do something about the potential fire hazard to a neighboring building that would come from existing windows on one side of the building. The attorney said the board should exempt the windows, installed in 1977, because the new use does not increase the fire risk, but the board agreed with member Anthony Pisani that since the project is a complete gut job, it needs to be brought up to modern code. Shulman can appeal the denial to the state.

Boston staves off demolition of two 19th-century townhouses in Maverick Square

The Boston Preservation Alliance reports the Boston Landmark Commission tonight ordered a developer to hold off on tearing down two adjacent townhouses on Maverick Street built in the 1870s, for at least two years. East Boston residents and preservationists had teamed up to try to save them from being replaced with yet another building that looks like every other building put up over the past couple years.

'60s rock icon tells Trump fans in Massachusetts to give his shows a miss

Seems David Crosby (of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and sometimes Young) played the Regent Theatre in Arlington last night. And seems he said some things that might offend the snowflakes who support the current president:

To which Crosby replied:

H/t Ben Becker.

New Orange Line cars look to be seaworthy

The MBTA's Joe Pesaturo shows us the first four new Orange Line cars on a dock in Shanghai, awaiting shipment here for testing (earlier, on the way to the port, he passed a convoy of trucks hauling the cars to the dock).

The cars should arrive next month for extensive testing on the brand-new tracks the T has been laying alongside the active Orange Line north of Boston (seen here from the Wellington skyway):

Laying new tracks in Medford

Although the first four cars were built in China, the rest of the Orange Line cars will be assembled in a new plant in Springfield.

Angry tough talker smashes beer bottle, attacks man with it in Fort Point bar, police say

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:00

A guy asked to stop talking trash to a woman at a Summer Street bar reacted by getting enraged and smashing a beer bottle with which to stab the requester last month - after first getting on a stool to confront him and then, after the man briefly subdued him, biting him in the chest to free himself, a Boston Police detective told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.

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