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Boston Police Department Supports Peaceful Protests – BPD Also Obligated to Maintain Order and Ensure a Safe Environment

Posted by MediaRelations on October 11, 2011

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John Connolly puts campaign sign on my property without permission

Dear Councilor Connolly,

When I arrived home (__ ___ Street, Brighton) at 6:15 this evening, I found a "Connolly for Boston" campaign sign secured to my porch railing with zip ties.

My wife tells me it was not there when she arrived home at 5:15. My three-year-old son tells me he saw "a man in a pickup truck" put up the sign.

Neither my wife nor I has spoken to anyone from your campaign or approved the placement of this campaign sign on our property.

Please explain yourself.

Furthermore, please remove this sign from our property immediately.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Kamens

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Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest.

Musicians Wanted

The Rockport Legion Band, Cape Ann's community band (established in 1932) is seeking musicians on all traditional concert band instruments. We are a non-audition organization that rehearses and performs all year.

If you are a "lapsed" musician (that is, you played well in high school or college and you'd like to take up playing again) OR you continued playing after school and need an outlet to for your talents, then we may be the perfect place for you. We have players from all over the North Shore and from as far away as Woburn.

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Who is Annie Mulz? Sticker Plague

I've started seeing "Who is Annie Mulz" stickers all over my neighborhood. On signs, signposts, mailboxes, and so on.
A quick search shows me that Annie Mulz is an edgy clothing store on Newbury Street. By edgy, I mean the kind of place that looks like it might hire a publicity firm that might carry out a guerrilla marketing campaign that plasters stickers all over the place, all while being plausibly deniable and non-liable for damages and cleanup. This kind of thing makes our neighborhoods ugly and pisses me off. Does anyone have better insight into this problem...

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Sen. Brown’s Invite-Only “Jobs Tour” Can’t Hide His Anti-Jobs Voting Record

by Jason A. Stephany, August 8, 2011

Since he took office February 4, 2010, US Senator Scott Brown has yet to host a public town hall or open forum. His schedule has included more than 250 stops for ribbon cuttings, groundbreaking ceremonies and photo opportunities – even a slew of book signings to market his autobiography. But Brown has yet to offer a single opportunity for Massachusetts taxpayers to gather in an open, public setting and ask questions of their senator.

Below the mud: Beneath Chelsea Street's new bridge, another work in progress

The Longfellow Bridge has its design challenges ahead, and the BU bridge has been no picnic for engineers.

But another bridge in Boston – the Chelsea Street bridge between Chelsea and East Boston – is a simple affair. By the end of the summer, the new bridge, designed by HNTB and built by J.F. White of Framingham, may be complete. It may even happen ahead of schedule.

Although the men working with iron above the river are having no trouble, the men who move mud below it have been facing a dozen daunting engineering tasks for over a year.

They’re all trying to figure out how to make the channel for oil tankers wider. Engineers, pilots, tug captains, oil companies, private landowners, and Coast Guard and Army personnel have been at the drawing board for two years now.

The new bridge, after all, will span the more than 200-ft. wide channel without interruption. That’s thanks to two superstructures that now dominate the Chelsea skyline (anyone can see them from the Tobin Bridge). So the bridge, when opened, might be wide enough to fit a “Panamax” oil tanker headed to the Gulf, Irving and Global tanks upstream.

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Riding Right: Nine Tips for Better Biking

Originally posted at Union Jack Creative on July 29th, 2011 - from two Boston bikers to hundreds of new Hubway riders, nine tips to make biking better for you, and for the rest of us.

It’s no secret that we’re pretty big on bikes. We think they’re pretty fun to ride (and are kind of like magic carpets ferrying you home in the wee hours when everyone else is fighting for cabs) and we love when friends ask us for help breaking into biking in the city. More bikes are better for everyone involved, in our opinion.

And so, though we’re a bit confused as to the target market, we really want to get behind Boston’s Hubway bike share initiative, which had its grand opening last Thursday. Kiosks are up, bikes are out and locals are signing up – but what about that influx of new riders?

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Beans in a Can: Cheap & Thrifty

Broke and trendy? Roslindale film maker and blogger Elaine McMillion has put together a directory of every thrift store, boutique, and consignment shop in the Boston area along with ideas of what to do with all the homeless ex-belongings.

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Would I had phrases that are not known

Once upon a time, perusing a book about the Egyptian Middle Kingdom, I noted that some twelve centuries before Homer, in about 2000 B.C.E., the scribe Khakheperresenb was already voicing what I like to call Khakheperresenb’s Complaint: “Would I had phrases that are not known,” the scribe laments, “in new language that has not been used not an utterance which has grown stale, which men of old have spoken.”

BPD: loud 2am parties ok; loud 2PM parties, not so much

Dear Mayor Menino,

My wife and I have lived at [elided] in Brighton since 1997. At least a third of the residential units on our block are rental units, most of which are rented to a different set of Boston College students each year. Some years are good: the students are respectful of the neighborhood, keep the noise down, and keep things clean. Some years are bad: the students host loud, rowdy, outdoor parties until all hours of the night; get drunk; throw plastic cups, beer bottles and cans everywhere; throw up or urinate in the street; set off fireworks under cars; etc.

Although we never know what we're going to get in terms of students, we do have a pretty good idea of what we are going to get from the police department, which is that when we call the department at 2:00am on a Sunday morning because the students are playing Denis Leary's "Cause I'm an Asshole" at top volume out of an open window, drunkenly screaming along, and waking up the entire neighborhood, and we call 911 and ask for someone to come do something about it, the odds are that nobody is going to show up.

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Redistricting Olympics

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

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Combat Zone

I loved dancing in and around Boston. I am looking for all of the girls I danced with. They include: Alice in Wonderland from the Teddybear. Loved working with her!! Dusty, Cookie - She was beautiful and funny! Bucky - the real Boss of all of us and a good friend to me. I will never forget him. Sonny from Squire. What happened to him?? Christina Fox - her St Bernard used to come up the back stairs at the end of the night, and if I was on stage, I let him come out and he loved it!! What a ham! The Band from about 1975-76 with Jo Ann singing. They were wonderful to dance to.

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2010:Our Hideous Future:The Musical! at Oberon

The biggest. most raucous production of this show yet.

"2010: Our Hideous Future," is coming to Oberon, and excitement is high. Have you seen that place? It's pretty much the future right there.

THE WAY, FAR DISTANT FUTURE, A.D. 2010, EAST COAST METRO ZONE A, NEW MALDEN: a time of techno-studded blechhiness. Lonely human freedom fighter Kate Brick plans a last stand against the oppressive Artas, artificial life forms who control humankind through torture, brainwashing, and Facebook. But judging by the complacence of her lover Dehnise Compuserve and the general apathy of her fellow humans, it may be too late.

This near futuristic dystopian cyberpunk musical comedy returns to the stage featuring its original cast of local artists: Kamela Dolinova, Katie Drexel, Julia Lunetta, Timothy Hoover, John Deschene, Kay Coughlin, Ginger Lazarus, Emily Taradash and Will Todisco.

Inspired by the performance space at Oberon, The Unreliable Narrator Theater Group and The Pluto Tapes will update this fan favorite with new songs, staging, and interactive elements known as the MC’s Hall of Interactive Hideousity.

This production will feature the FAC2010: Post-Show Dance Party featuring the DJ stylings of The Pluto Tapes. Music and Lyrics are still by Andy Hicks, Book still by Carl Danielson and now featuring Choreography by Alex Nemiroski.

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Short film: "Jumbo in a Jar"

Local filmmaker Chelsea Spear has made a short film, "Jumbo in a Jar", involving Tufts University, sports and the cremains of the most famous elephant who ever lived.

Synopsis: When the Barnum Building at Tufts University burned to the ground in 1975, it took with it the taxidermied remains of Barnum's favorite elephant, Jumbo. The sports department was able to step in and save Jumbo's ashes for future generations of Tuftonians. In this documentary, Sports Director Emiretus Rocky Carzo talks about Jumbo's life and legacy."

Plus, it introduced the word "Tuftonian" to my vocabulary.

The film is in a competition to be featured at the Palo Alto International Film Festival. I know many UHubbers favor the quirkier bits of Boston-area lore. Wouldn't it be cool to vote "Jumbo in a Jar" into an International Film Festival?

The voting link is here.

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