By - 10/26/09 - 5:12 pm

Hurry on over to Hiberanian Hall, 184 Dudley St. in Roxbury tonight (6:30 - 9:30 p.m.), for some hot at-large candidate speed dating:

Join the EIGHT Boston City Council AT- LARGE Candidates for a special evening of SPEED "CANDIDATING". Spend TEN MINUTES with each of your at- large candidates. And decide your top four candidates.

Sorry for the short notice; I just found out about this.

By - 10/26/09 - 3:28 pm

Boston Public Schools have won a $2.4 million federal grant that officials say will let them strengthen Advanced Placement programs - both actual AP classes in city high schools and classes in middle and K-8 schools to prepare students there for the college-level work when they get to high school. The money will buy textbooks and pay for tutoring for students and training for teachers, BPS says.

By - 10/26/09 - 10:39 am

WBUR takes a look at what was supposed to be the BPS's answer to charter schools.

By - 10/26/09 - 9:08 am

The four Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat debate tonight starting at 7 p.m. on a local channel near you.

The last mayoral debate is Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Faneuil Hall. You need to register for tickets; this one won't be on TV.

There's a forum for district 9 council candidates in Brighton on Tuesday at the Jackson-Mann School, starting at 6 p.m. More.

There's a forum for at-large and district 1 candidates on Wednesday at the Nazarro Center in the North End, starting at 7 p.m. More.

By - 10/26/09 - 7:47 am

Floon finally realizes there are better backdrops for press conferences than City Hall, travels to the Brighton Mills Shopping Center this morning to denounce the way the BRA "steamrolls" neighborhoods.

By - 10/24/09 - 5:38 pm

Washington, that is, not Obama - 220 years ago today:

... It seemed as if the whole town had turned out to greet Washington - with one notable exception. Governor John Hancock was not to be found among the dignitaries welcoming the president to the state capital, and he did not call upon him at his lodging. Apparently Hancock hadn’t brushed up on his Emily Post because, according to some accounts, he believed protocol dictated the president should pay the first call. ...

By - 10/24/09 - 1:54 pm

Inclement weather notwithstanding, I'd say the inaugural Boston Book Festival is a success that must become an annual event. I think there has been an unquenched thirst for something like this in Boston, so let's hope that this year's launch is only the beginning.

By - 10/24/09 - 1:15 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette highlights this week's debate among at-large council candidates on park and open-space issues in the city. Somebody asked Felix Arroyo what "Asian Longhorned Beetles" meant to him; he replied he had no idea, but figured anything with horns was probably bad. The tree-felling beetles have yet to hit Boston, although people are starting to look for them, just in case.

By - 10/24/09 - 12:48 pm

Mayor Menino, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and other city officials gathered at the Milky Way this morning to announce a partnership with Neighbors for Neighbors, a social-networking effort setting up online gathering spots for 18 Boston neighborhoods.

By - 10/23/09 - 12:05 pm

The Man Who Would Be Deputy Mayor today endorsed Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, Tito Jackson and Ayanna Pressley. His reasoning, in e-mail to supporters:

By - 10/23/09 - 9:34 am

The inaugural Boston Book Festival is Saturday in & around Copley Square. Hey, it's about time!

Event Web site.

Nice Globe writeup.

By - 10/23/09 - 9:12 am

City Councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End), plan a hearing to explore how to build a movie studio in Boston. Local movie production companies, the Mass. Convention Center, the Mayor's Film Bureau and the state Film Office would also be asked to participate.

A private company is currently building a movie and TV production complex in Plymouth.

By - 10/23/09 - 9:03 am

Boston Police relay word of street closings and such for Obama's appearance at the Copley Plaza this afternoon:

By - 10/22/09 - 6:33 pm


DORCHESTER - Leaders from several immigrant groups came together yesterday at Restaurant Laura to formally endorse Mayor Menino for reelection.

One by one, they stood in front of a diverse crowd of immigrants to praise Mayor Menino for his work in supporting and including newcomers in the new Boston. Most of them stated that they decided to endorse Mayor Menino because of his commitment to diversity and immigrant workers' rights. The crowd included immigrants from Russia, Haiti, Cape Verde, Vietnam, China, Somalia, Brazil, and Dominican Republic.

By - 10/22/09 - 4:31 pm

Geeky Mama reports from an education session Flaherty had in Roslindale last night - which started off with some BPS parents worrying that Flaherty's doom and gloom approach might wind up frightening away parents from the good schools the city does have. She reports Flaherty wants to ditch the current school assignment zones and said he would use the city's current good bond rating to get money for capital improvements at schools - and to build new ones.

By - 10/22/09 - 11:29 am

The Herald endorses Menino for one more term, saying his pluses outweigh his prickly minuses.

The Phoenix explains why it wants to see Arroyo, Pressley, Connolly and Murphy as at-large councilors. Murphy? Yes, Murphy. Guy's grown in the job, the Phoenix says.

Mike Ball counters with his list: Kenneally, Connolly, Arroyo and Murphy.

By - 10/21/09 - 12:41 pm

Boston Park Advocates hosts a debate on Thurs., Oct. 22 to let at-large city council candidates discuss parks and open-space issue in Boston.

The session starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Franklin Park Road, off Blue Hill Avenue.

By - 10/21/09 - 12:09 pm

The Globe reports on the award in the case of Shawn Drumgold.

By - 10/21/09 - 10:25 am

Challenger Michael Flaherty took the Ward 11 Democratic Committee vote last night 11-10, while incumbent Tom Menino got a 14-12 vote in Ward 19, which also includes part of Roslindale. Neither, however, won a formal endorsement because rules require a two-thirds vote for that.

Ed. note: I took down an earlier blog post on the votes because it had a couple of serious inaccuracies.

By - 10/20/09 - 8:38 am

The Outraged Liberal, who doesn't live in Boston, wonders if the Boston papers could carve out a couple of inches of mayoral coverage to ask Steve Pagliuca about Afghanistan - or Martha Coakley about anything:

... I know circulation and viewership is down and so is staffing, but is it really impossible to cover both the mayoral race that affects about 600,000 people and the Senate primaries that affects the remaining 6 million of us?