Tom Menino

By - 7/26/12 - 9:51 am

Once you start, where do you stop? How about an organization that already has outlets all over town?

David Bernstein, meanwhile, wishes a pox on everybody and everything on every side of the Great Menino Gay Chicken Wars.

By - 7/23/12 - 1:56 pm

Tom Menino, long an advocate of tighter controls on gun sales, says the weekend mass murder shows why - although he emphasized background checks and banning criminals from buying guns, neither of which would likely have stopped the alleged murderer from getting lots of ammo, since the guy apparently had no record of criminal or mental-health issues:

My condolences and prayers go out to the

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By - 7/20/12 - 7:59 am

The mayor is vowing to block the chicken chain from opening a location on the Freedom Trail after its president said gay marriage could bring God's wrath down on America, the Herald reports. The chain is looking at replacing the Purple Shamrock near Faneuil Hall.

Northeastern skewers plans for campus Chick-fil-A.... Read more

By - 6/12/12 - 7:15 am

We don't get nearly enough chances to use the word "kerfuffle" these days and it's a shame. In any case, the mosh-hating mayor says there's more to hip life in the city than 24-hour gyms and says he's just the hip kinda guy to provide what the young'uns want, rather than some upstart high-tech whippasnappas (who, as John Carroll notes, don't even have... Read more

By - 6/7/12 - 2:14 pm

But as Mayor Menino and Boston Police remind fans: Don't make officers get out their pepper spray.

By - 5/27/12 - 1:18 pm

Peter Gelzinis has one common-sense observation in his column today - that hipsters who don't know where Roche Bros. is, let alone want to collect signatures there, pose little real threat to Tom Menino.

But not content to leave well enough alone, Gelzinis wraps that single thought in a giant blanket of old-coot "hey you kids, get offa my lawn!" grumbling about... Read more

By - 5/24/12 - 7:48 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports Hizzona hates the plan to tear down the overpass in Forest Hills, but says, hey, it's not his project, so blame the state when the work turns the neighborhood into a living hell.

By - 5/23/12 - 7:38 am

Wait, is that Tom Menino up there with them?!?

Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday brushed off claims of an upstart group of hip entrepreneurs that he's out of touch, saying he's tried to extend late-night buses and has infused his administration with several young, new staffers.

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By - 5/17/12 - 8:27 am

Summer jobs, more anti-violence street and case workers, chats with people getting out of jail, efforts to broker ceasefires among gangs, more surveillance cameras among the efforts announced yesterday.

By - 5/14/12 - 10:16 pm

Mayor Menino today announced a building swap with the North Bennet Street School that could let the Eliot K-8 School double in size.

North Bennet Street will pay the city $11.4 million for 150 North St. and 130-140 Richmond St. and will give the city its current buildings at 37-39 North Bennet St. and 48-52 Tileston St.

The Eliot currently has 322 students... Read more

By - 5/9/12 - 6:39 pm

Channel 4 reports the mayor's not happy with the latest blackout in the Back Bay and nearby areas.

By - 5/3/12 - 8:17 am

Venu in repose.Venu in repose.

The Herald reports the mayor's fed up with deadly violence outside six Theater District clubs and wants the Boston Licensing Board to hold a club summit and consider rolling back their 2 a.m. closing times.

Separately, the owners of one of the clubs, Venu on... Read more

By - 4/30/12 - 3:35 pm

In a recent post, The Mayor's new budget -- which raises our real estate tax the maximum amount -- I asked the question: "Do residents get good value?"

Today's Globe Editorial criticizes the city's handling of fiscal issues, in particular, school renovations:

The Boston school department wants to increase enrollment at nine of the city’s highest-performing schools by relocating, renovating, or enlarging them,

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By - 4/12/12 - 3:23 pm

Mayor Menino today announced a Host Community Advisory Committee to consider the ramifications of a proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs, chaired by Brian Leary, partner at McCarter and English (and, yes, former Channel 5 reporter).

Other members: Sarah Barnat, VP of development, National Development (and East Boston resident); Lisa Calise, CFO, Perkins School for the Blind (and former top financial aide to the... Read more

By - 4/11/12 - 6:41 am

In fact, things are almost looking sort of rosy, thanks to a reduction in health-care costs and an expected jump in revenue, the Globe reports. In fact, the city's looking to hire new firefighters, cops and teachers, the Herald reports.... Read more

By - 3/28/12 - 7:30 am

City and BTU negotiators last night threw up their hands and decided there's nothing more they can say to each other, so they'll be seeking state help to mediate a contract.

The declaration comes 21 months of negotiations; firefighters still hold the modern Boston record for going without a contract, at four years.

Meanwhile, BPS has decided to fight back against BTU airplanes with... Read more

By - 3/26/12 - 11:51 am

Over the weekend, the mayor announced a grant and loan program for people who either already own one of the iconic buildings or who want to buy one. Participants in the 3D program can also get discounts at local hardware stores and sign up for classes on maintaining the buildings.... Read more

By - 3/15/12 - 3:24 pm

The Herald reports on a Menino press conference.