Roxbury, MA â€“ It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled â€śCandid Conversationsâ€ť. During this series, the community has the opportunity to speak to candidates directly and learn how each candidate stands on issues that matter the most to them. All are welcome to attend.
Shirley Leung's column about why she and her husband left the South End for the suburbs is actually a decent enough piece about the problems faced by people who live in the South End who decide to have children.
My problem with her column (granted, as the president of the Center for the Easily Annoyed) is that she conflates the South End with the entire city of Boston - she makes it clear she lives in a binary world consisting of "the city" and " the suburbs."
The Boston Licensing Board today approved requests from Whole Foods to offer patio seating to shoppers who can't wait to get home to eat their meals and to sell the sort of beer, wine and spirits Whole Foods customers would expect.
At a hearing yesterday, a Whole Foods attorney said the chain plans on 103 indoor and 112 outdoor seats at the store being built as part of the Ink Block development on the old Boston Herald site on Harrison Avenue between Herald and Traveler streets.
The Boston Licensing Board today gave J.J. Foley's permission to add a new function room on the second floor of its building on East Berkeley Street.
Attorney Patrick Foley, a member of the Foley family, told the board yesterday the watering hole is trying to keep its dining area open on nights when it offers functions. Currently, the bar has to either shut the dining area for functions or turn away function business, he said.
He noted that unlike many of the other bars opening up these days in the area, Foley's continues to be run by the same family.
The Boston Licensing Board today gave South End Pizza and Grill on Tremont Street permission to stay open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and Levi's Restaurant and Lounge the OK to stay open that late on Fridays and Saturdays.
At a hearing on Wednesday, city officials had backed South End Pizza's request, but opposed Levi's application, because of unspecified police concerns and a desire to have the owners meet with more neighborhood groups than just the Four Corners one they had gotten the OK from.
The Hamersleys are retiring, the Globe reports.
UPDATE: Jackson ordered to observation for 20 days, the DA's office reports, adds Jackson did not know her victim.
Michelle Jackson, 27, is scheduled for arraignment today on charges she plunged a pair of scissors into another woman's chest around 5:30 p.m. yesterday at Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which reports the victim, 21-year-old Cambridge resident, is expected to survive, and that the motive remains under investigation.
South End Pizza and Grill, 768 Tremont St. in the South End, received warm support from city officials for its proposal to extend its closing time from midnight to 2 a.m., seven days a week, at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.
The pizzeria says it wants to extend its hours to serve the growing number of students in the area. The Chester Square Neighborhood Association, the mayor's office and city councilors Tito Jackson,, Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley all supported the proposal.
Only the owner will change, the Globe reports.
Around 8:30 p.m. Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports no injuries.
Police are looking for two Hispanic males, one 5'8, 18-22, with a black T-shirt with some sort of design on it and carrying a backpack, the other about 5'10" in a black leather baseball cap and a black T-shirt, with a black and white sweatshirt slung over one shoulder.
Stanley Staco reports not long after gunfire rang out at 150 Freeport St., in Dorchester around 1:25 a.m., a man showed up at the Boston Medical Center emergency room with a fresh gunshot wound. And not long after that, some of his friends arrived as well - as did some of his enemies - followed in quick succession by a large number of police officers to keep the two sides separated.
A concerned citizen reports on an incident Friday evening on Washington Street in the South End:
Unprofessional conduct by BTD employee: at 7:45pm, female BTD exited BTD van ticketed car on Washington St whose meter just expired (15 min prior to end of enforcement) then did a ridiculous happy dance before getting back into van. As van drove by crowed outdoor restaurant (Toro) she hung out the window and yelled, "Everyone else is free tonight!" Was this some kind of competition? Either way, this behavior should be reprimanded.
Stanley Staco reports that around 2:45 a.m., people inside an SUV fired at least 16 shots at a man standing at Tremont and Aguadilla streets.
Boston Police report the man, in his early 20s, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The scene is near where another man was shot in April, by somebody who may have fled in an SUV.
Shortly before 5 p.m. on Concord Square between Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street.
The robber, who took her purse and phone, was described as black, 6', slim, bearded, wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans and holding a silver handgun. He ran towards Tremont.
The Boston Business Journal has a couple of reports on impending condomania, well, condominimania, at least. Ground gets broken today on a new phase of the Ink Block project in the South End, a building in which postage-stamp-sized studios will go for $500,000. And a Brookline developer has purchased a Suffolk University building at Derne and Hancock streets on Beacon Hill with plans to turn it into luxury condos.