Neil was among those who enjoyed the rainbow (or in some cases, rainbows) after the rain squall that moved through around 4:45 p.m. - heralding the polar front that sets us up for Sunday's nor'easter. He had a front-row seat overlooking the Boston Fish Pier and the harbor.
More photos of the squall and the rainbow action, with bonus hail video from the Back Bay (and now with photos from the second rainbow round around 6:30 p.m.):
District C-6 Capt. John Greland recounts how one of his officers helped a man out last night:
So last night my CSO [Community Service Officer] Sgt Tim Gaughan meets an elderly gentleman who is upset and crying turns out his wife was getting admitted to the hospital and now his car is missing, it turns out it was towed which really upsets him. So Sgt Gaughan drives him to the tow lot. The Sgt tries to advocate for him buts it's a no go. So the elderly gentleman is really crying that he has to get back to his wife.
Eileen Murphy brings the glad tidings that the L Street Cumberland Farms has re-opened after some remodeling.
Still, in possible deference to the changing socioeconomic composition of the neighborood, it now carries some new hot-dog toppings: Zucchini relish and something called Chicago Sports Relish.
On March 22, 2016 the New England Diversity Council will be hosting their Women in Leadership Symposium at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. This symposium will bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to todayâ€™s issues, will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance within their organizations.
US District Court Judge Richard Stearns rejected the city's argument that public-safety concerns - in particular the threat of terrorist attack and hours of milling about by drunken louts in Andrew Square - coupled with the ability of parade goers to fill in empty spaces along Broadway - outweighed the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council's First Amendment rights to march as long as they want.
Eileen Murphy and Kenny Jervis report getting calls from pollsters yesterday asking their feelings on the city shortening the route of this year's St. Patrick's Day parade - and if they'd vote for Marty Walsh next year.
Jervis says he actually got two calls - one that started out with the parade question, one that asked him about Boston schools (bonus for him, since he's co-chair of the Citywide Parents Council).
Loyal Supply Co. reports rescuing this bird from a "cold, dark loading dock" at the South Boston convention center this morning. They got him a cage and some food, but wonder where he came from.
H/t Drew Starr.
The owner of Perkins Supply on West Broadway, where it turns into East Broadway, has filed plans to tear down the building and the neighboring Dunkin' Donuts and replace them with a five-story condo building with an underground garage and first-floor retail space. Read more.
Capt. John Greland at C-6 reports:
3/6 12:07pm 421 Old Colony Av 11 year old girl dropped branch from foot bridge that cracked windshield of MV. When POs were putting her in cruiser to bring to C6 to await her mother she began crying and said "How do I know you're not going to taze me or kill me?"
The Economist writes about the revival of the Rust Belt, which is kind of interesting, but they include Boston in their definition of "Rust Belt," say we have lots of cheap industrial properties and that:
The hunt for Lebensraum is driving young entrepreneurs to explore the neglected peripheries of big cities, such as Bostonâ€™s South Side (â€śSouthieâ€ť) ...
H/t Erikk Hokenson.
Long-time South Boston residents are fighting a city edict to shorten this year's St. Patrick's Day parade - and vowing they will remember the mayor's role come next election.
In 1978, though, the roles were reversed: Parade organizers wanted to shorten the route but City Hall wouldn't let them. Read more.
City Hall apparently thinks last year's snow-shortened route for the St. Patrick's parade in South Boston worked so well it's ordering up another shortened parade this year as well, parade organizers say - a decision that is not sitting at all well with many people in the neighborhood.
Under orders from the mayor's office last week, the parade, which will still start at Broadway station, will end at Farragut Road, rather than swinging south and heading towards Andrew Square. Read more.