By - 11/17/17 - 12:08 pm

A heads up to those on Verizon regular telephone or DSL service. Verizon will decommission copper wire service in Massachusetts starting in 2018.

The web address below explains what will happen. PDF documents for Massachusetts are linked. Read more.

By - 11/13/17 - 11:39 am
Scene in old Boston with horses and trolley tracks

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By - 11/12/17 - 11:41 am
Spraying fountain in Charlestown park

Quite the spray in Doherty Park in Charlestown

Looks like not all the water fountains in Boston got turned off before the first freeze, based on reports filed with the city 311 system over the past couple of days. Read more.

By - 11/10/17 - 12:57 pm


In a conversation with The Codcast, Adam Gaffin, the force behind Universal Hub, says things have changed over the years, with him now working the site full-time and covering City Council meetings and Licensing Board hearings.

“One of the things the mainstream media misses by not covering those meetings is a lot of the issues that come up in Boston percolate in the City Council,” Gaffin said. “A lot of their stuff is routine but there’s still stuff that keeps coming up.”

By - 11/9/17 - 9:16 am
Boston mayoral results on a map

MassInc used the Tuesday numbers to create a map of the results by precinct. The map shows the percentage by which each candidate won which precincts; hover over specific precincts to get the actual vote numbers (and turnout).

By - 11/7/17 - 8:35 pm
Edwards, Janey and Flynn

Winners: Edwards (District 1), Janey (7) and Flynn (2).

Mayor Marty Walsh tonight easily won a second term, defeating City Councilor Tito Jackson.

In the council races, Lydia Edwards won in District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Kim Janey won in District 7 (Roxbury). With incumbents Andrea Campbell in District 4 (Dorchester) and Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley (at large) all easily winning re-election, the council will be the most diverse ever come Jan. 1.

Read more.

By - 11/7/17 - 8:38 am
No smoking or liquor in Boston polling places

Back in the day, Boston voters had to be reminded not to drink. Also, lady voters needed their own instructions.

Image from the Boston City Archives used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 11/7/17 - 8:14 am

Two Northeastern journalism students have put together a map showing the proximity of Dunkin' Donuts to polling places in Boston.

By - 11/6/17 - 2:25 pm

Comcast is down in many parts of the country, including Boston and most of the rest of the Northeast.

By - 11/6/17 - 1:45 pm

Boston Police report somebody's reading up on local college students on their social-media accounts, then calling their parents or grandparents to say the students have been kidnapped and to demand ransom via FedEx.

Students in Boston are not being kidnapped, police say. Read more.

By - 11/4/17 - 8:52 pm

Does anyone know of a reliable jeweler on public transportation who is willing to add a few links to two sterling silver bracelets, as well as to an unusual, but lovely stainless steel and marcasite watch? All three items are vintage. They're a bit small, even for my wrists. Most jewelers seem to work only with gold. The one recommendation I've gotten so far is for someone way out on Long Island in NY.


By - 11/4/17 - 4:55 pm

Osgood4Mayor Campaign Video

Donald M. Osgood, Sr., is running for mayor as a write-in candidate. Read more.

By - 11/4/17 - 4:36 am

Kyle Chapman, who was barred by a judge from attending protests in California, has been scheduled by organizers to speak at a protest in Boston this month. It will be his third time speaking at Boston Free Speech/Resist Marxism rallies, the other two times were May and August.

Los Angeles Times:

By - 11/2/17 - 7:57 pm

The US Attorney's office reports Hazrat Khan was sentenced to 30 months in federal custody today for a scheme in which he tried to avoid federal taxes by having the fellow Pakistani natives he recruited to run 11 Boston-area fried chicken places falsify revenue and employee records - and for lying about his past to stay in the country. Read more.

By - 11/2/17 - 2:39 pm

One of the Nazi-affiliated groups behind Unite The Right, Anti-Communist Action (‘Anticom’ for short), now seems to have played a key role in radicalizing young white men and preparing them for violence in Charlottesville and elsewhere.

By - 11/1/17 - 11:23 am
Old Usen and Co.

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 10/30/17 - 9:53 pm

The company currently reports 630 customers without power in Boston and 268 in Somerville, but says the majority should have power back by the stroke of 12.

By - 10/30/17 - 7:24 am
Flattened car in Roslindale

Flattened car on Primrose Street in Roslindale.

Trees fell, power lines snapped and cats raced through apartments looking for a safe space as the Great Sou'easter of 2017 roared through the state overnight. Read more.

By - 10/29/17 - 6:18 pm
The storm

A satellite view of the two storms smushing into one, taken at 2:45 p.m.


By - 10/29/17 - 12:35 pm

Are your hatches well battened down? The National Weather Service is warning now would be a good time to bring stuff inside.

More on the French Toast Alert page.

H/t Meryr for the headline.