Boston

By - 11/16/08 - 11:27 am

You know, the people who, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent, gave Dianne Wilkerson's Best Briber Forever a liquor license without holding the required hearing on it. Kevin McCrea has the latest, including his own findings, such as:

... The Board does not keep minutes of its meetings, they keep audio recordings which are available for $15 and a blank tape. This is against best practices as described by the Attorney General's office at best, and could be a violation itself. ...

By - 11/15/08 - 7:02 pm

Andrew Watson reports on a meeting this morning between Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson and Roslindale parents who want more K-8 options in the neighborhood.

By - 11/14/08 - 8:18 am

The Globe reports on allegations that the second highest official in the Boston Police Department meddled in discipline against a police-academy instructor suspected of having an inappropriate affair with a recruit.

Meanwhile, the Herald reports Commissioner Ed Davis is looking at ways to cut costs as the department burns through its budget at a faster than, well, budgeted rate.

By - 11/13/08 - 2:43 pm

A Globe story about Dedham's issues with porn zoning and the Amazing bookstore includes this:

The Rhode Island-based business won the right to retain its longtime location at Route 1 and Eastern Avenue after proving that Dedham's 18-year-old adult zone on the Boston, Hyde Park, and Canton border was created specifically so no one would locate there. That site, a sprawling former Stop & Shop shipping facility, has no access to Dedham.

So: Hyde Park is separate from Boston? Also, the property does have access to Dedham, just not direct access, via Readville. But that would be nitpicking and I would never do that.

By - 11/13/08 - 2:11 pm

BostonZest reminds us that the Boston Public Library's food-for-fines program (every can of food you bring in for donation to local food pantries wipes $2 off whatever fines you owe) ends when the libraries close this Saturday.

By - 11/13/08 - 12:56 pm

Next week, Tylenol Warming Liquids will be offering free cab rides to "anywhere in Boston" from what they say is the front of CVSes "throughout Boston," which sounds great until you realize that Tylenol Warming Liquids' definition of Boston is "Back Bay, Downtown and the Longwood Medical District." There's nothing more I can add to Bostonist's meditation on the idea.

By - 11/13/08 - 12:51 pm

IMAGE(http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2008/11/13/alg_protest.jpg) If you haven’t already heard, on Saturday there will be protests across the country to repeal Proposition 8, California’s discriminatory law that bans gay men and lesbians from marriage. Boston’s protest takes place at City Hall beginning at 1:30 pm. Don’t sit idly by, show up and fight for the civil right of marriage for all.

By - 11/12/08 - 3:58 pm

With Thanksgiving around the corner and the holiday season fast approaching, many people are in the market for holiday greeting cards for family and friends.

Project Bread, The Walk for Hunger is offering a wide variety of holiday cards for the 2008 season with unique images and heart-warming messages that will appeal to all. “Through the sale of holiday cards we help hungry families in need during the winter months,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “It’s a program that does a lot of good.”

By - 11/12/08 - 3:28 pm

Eight months ago, I wrote about how Verizon was purposefully avoiding Boston. Nothing has changed since, except a growing list of backwater mid-state towns getting FiOS ahead of Boston, at the rate of several per month. Interestingly enough, the page which I linked to with the Mayoral Mumblings has been replaced; I guess Verizon didn't like all the bad PR when major internet blogs picked up on the Metro's story.

By - 11/12/08 - 8:21 am

Two precincts in South Boston and one in Dorchester, according to Matt O'Malley, who provides some interesting Boston numbers from this year's election. Overall, of course, Obama won big in Boston - O'Malley says one Roxbury precinct went for Obama by a 99.5 - 0.5 margin.

Bonus fun fact: There is a Harbor Islands precinct, with nine registered voters, none of whom bothered to vote.

By - 11/11/08 - 3:56 pm

Seems RCN pulled the plug this morning on its Boston customers still using analog service. Like 4 a.m. to be exact, Nicole Atchison reports:

... I called RCN this afternoon, and spoke to a nice young man in the Chicago call center. He told me that they have been getting complaint calls from all over Boston since 7am. ...

By - 11/11/08 - 7:55 am

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The Registry of Motor Vehicles has figured out a way: stop all those damn mailings. Beginning immediately, the RMV will cease mailing the helpful renewal letters for Driver’s Licenses and vehicle inspection that we’ve all become accustomed to. Not to mention reducing business hours at many branches...

By - 11/10/08 - 10:39 pm

At least the Globe web site links two times to an article that says he won an award. This has been going on since they went to this format. Don't any Globies ever look at their own web site?

http://www.boston.com/news/?p1=GN_News

By - 11/10/08 - 1:40 pm

Help us plan our events for the year! We'll be talking about:
a) How to get our synagogues behind the MA gender identity and expression bill (formerly HB 1722)
b) First Event! We'll be staffing a table and presenting a workshop at this great local trans conference.
c) Social events: TWiG goes to TraniWreck on Dec 14!

Details:
Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Keshet Office, 284 Amory Street (2nd Floor)
Jamaica Plain, MA

By - 11/10/08 - 1:34 pm

Have an idea for a cool GLBT Jewish singles event? Join the newly formed Singles Events Committee and make your ideas a reality. The committee will meet about once every six weeks. Fun folks, free snacks, and who knows - maybe you’ll meet someone yourself!

Details:
Monday, November 24, 7:00-9:00 pm
Diesel Café
257 Elm Street, Somerville, MA

RSVP or questions to Elyssa at [email protected] or 617.524.9227.

By - 11/10/08 - 1:29 pm

It’s what you’ve waited for all year — our grand afternoon of fried food, dreidels, and sing-alongs. Bring your whole family, your significant other, your menorah, and your spirit of revelry! It’s food and fun for all.

Details:
Sunday, December 21, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline, MA

RSVP by Thursday, December 17 to Elyssa at [email protected] or 617.524.9227.

By - 11/10/08 - 1:27 pm

20s/30s GAME NIGHT
Are you a closeted word-nerd, sketch artist, or money-hungry banker? Join the 20 and 30-something crowd for a night of fun with Scrabble, Pictionary, Monopoly, and other classics. Monopoly, and other classics. Feel free to bring your favorite game! Snacks and drinks will be served.

Details:
Saturday, December 6, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
At the home of a Keshet member, Somerville, MA

By - 11/10/08 - 1:26 pm

Join Keshet's Transgender Working Group and the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality at Boston's observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance. We will mourn members of our trans community who died during the previous year, especially to anti-trans violence. Meet us before the ceremony to walk over as a group. The candlelight vigil will traverse portions of the Rita Hester vigil route from 1998.

Details:
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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