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By - 3/26/15 - 5:19 pm

David Bernstein reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough has asked 15 BPS administrators to tender their resignations so that incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang has a clean slate with which to start his administration.

Chang officially starts in July, although he has been spending time in Boston working with McDonough to get ready for his new job.... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 7:57 am

City Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Steve Murphy (at large) both want to look at alternatives to rebuilding what is now the rapidly disappearing bridge to the shelters and workshops on Long Island.

Jackson, who said the new bridge could wind up costing $100 million, said it might make more sense to spend all that money on housing for the homeless, because "this is an... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 7:45 am

Marty Walsh held a Twitter chat yesterday, and answered one of the more pressing issues of the day:

Oh, and look: Somebody has started an online petition... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 5:33 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy says Boston could solve a key gap in its recycling program by partnering with companies that say they can now recycle the polystyrene coffee cups that Dunkin' Donuts and their ilk still use.

At today's council meeting, Murphy said doing so would not only put Boston ahead of the "leftist-leaning cities" in the area - Cambridge, Brookline and Arlington -... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 5:14 pm

City Councilor Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) said today he is continuing to work towards putting four ballot questions before Boston voters this fall on whether they want the city to host the 2024 Olympics and whether taxpayers should pay for anything related to the games or use eminent domain to take any property Olympics organizers think they need.

Zakim... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 11:31 am
Boston Mayor Walsh announces a new traffic-fatality plan

Mayor Walsh, other city officials and an old parking meter today.

Mayor Walsh said today the dedicated bike lanes planned for Comm. Ave. between the BU Bridge and Packards Corner are only part of a long-term "Vision 0" plan to curb crashes and traffic-related deaths through a combination of street reconfiguration and tougher enforcement.

At a City Hall press conference today, Walsh said he will start a nationwide search for a city "active transportation director"... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 11:12 am

Mayor Walsh said today the city will spend $6 million to replace all of its street parking meters with "smart" units in constant communication with BTD - a move officials say will lead to better management of curbside parking.

At a City Hall press conference, Walsh said the money will come from the city's parking-meter fund - collected from existing meters - not the general... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 11:04 am

Mayor Walsh said today the city will pick a neighborhood to test out a new street sweeping plan in which fines are more than doubled - but car owners no longer have to worry about getting towed.

Walsh wants to increase street-sweeping fines from the current $40 to $90 or $95.

Walsh said the proposal would mean more revenue for the city - currently, most... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 7:53 am

So now Boston 2024 will push a statewide referendum, which might remind some of the effort a couple decades back to repeal rent control in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline via a statewide referendum.

Boston 2024 actually talks to the property owners in Widett Circle, who are no longer hopping mad about plans to turn their collection of food-processing buildings into an Olympic stadium,... Read more

By - 3/24/15 - 9:06 am

Everyone's favorite Yeti has gone into business.

According to this article, the Yeti has set up a web site at Etsy selling merchandise to support the MSPCA. Good for the Yeti!... Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 4:38 pm

There'll be no pot districts in Boston, if at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty has his way.

On Wednesday, the City Council considers a proposal by Flaherty that would require at least 2,500 feet - nearly half a mile - between any marijuana dispensaries in Boston, should we ever actually get any.

Although voters approved medical marijuana dispensaries in 2012, Boston still does not have any, thanks... Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 2:58 pm

City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) - who recently had a son - want to let city employees who have kids take time off with pay.

Under their proposal::

During the leave period, the employee shall be paid 100 percent of her or his base wages for the first two weeks, 75 percent of his or her base

... Read more
By - 3/23/15 - 12:39 pm

Rob Bellinger is gearing up for a series of local road trips to find the best steak tips in the Boston area. Look at his map; are there places he's missing?

It turns out that steak tips are not well-known outside of New England, or even outside of Boston. I mentioned them on a business trip to LA, and my coworker responded with a

... Read more
By - 3/23/15 - 10:49 am
Elm Hill Market

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where the Elm Hill Market was and when this picture of it was taken. See it larger.

By - 3/23/15 - 10:29 am

They are, however, OK at the Museum of Science, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By - 3/22/15 - 7:05 pm

UPDATE: Boston 2024 has deleted the tweet.

This afternoon, Boston 2024 tweeted:

Have you seen all top ten Olympics movies on this list?

Get inspired. On your couch. #LazySunday #Boston2024

The tweet included a link to a list of must-see Olympic movies on a site called ShortList.com. Two of the movies make you wonder if anybody at Boston 2024 actually read the list.... Read more

By - 3/22/15 - 12:14 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) holds a hearing Monday on his proposal to add a second student representative to the School Committee - and to give both votes on committee business.

The committee currently has a single non-voting student member - Ayomide Olumuyiwa, a junior at the O'Bryant School. Although he took an active role in the committee's questioning of superintendent candidates recently, when... Read more

By - 3/22/15 - 7:13 am

Matt Karolian asks:

Looking for jewelers in Boston who do custom work. Recommendations?

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