By - 6/3/10 - 12:41 pm

UPDATE: Administration to City Council: Just say no to firefighters; that would create a tidal wave of other unions demanding similar drug-testing deals. City council to administration: With all due respect, you suck. Councilor Ayanna Pressley: "There's some sort of conflicting shell game going on here."

Local firefighters union President Ed Kelly this morning offered to freeze for one year a 2.5% raise awarded by an arbitration panel in exchange for drug testing.

City councilors Mike Ross and Steve Murphy immediately congratulated Kelly for making the "significant concession."

By - 6/2/10 - 10:56 pm

After six hours or so of testimony and debate, the City Council adjourned tonight a without voting on the proposed contract for firefighters. The council will reconvene tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to continue testimony, but council President Mike Ross ended the session by saying councilors will vote on the matter "at a later date" (they have until mid-July to approve or deny the contract).

By - 6/2/10 - 8:49 am

Alicia Canady notes the recent spate of murders - including that of a friend of hers - and wonders why Boston has yet to declare a state of emergency:

By - 6/1/10 - 8:06 am

I wish I could figure out why the Boston Herald prints letters to the editor which are so mind-numbingly stupid that they leave the reader agape, his jaw dropped so far that it spills his morning coffee.

This morning's chestnut was Harry Shuris of Winchester, who derided the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission for, um, doing its job by recalling a novelty chair decorated with lead paint. He offered the following "proof" of why this shouldn't matter:

By - 5/30/10 - 10:24 am

Friends of the Faneuil Library report plans for a rally Thursday at City Hall before a City Council hearing on the library budget for the coming fiscal year.

The rally starts at 5 p.m.; the hearing at 6 p.m.

BPL trustees have voted to shut the Faneuil, Orient Heights, Dorchester Lower Mills and Washington Village (South Boston). Their proposed budget will also mean staff and service cuts at the Copley Square main branch.

By - 5/29/10 - 5:35 am

London May 29 - There will come a time that you will be deciding to move to a new and better place to be able to settle your family appropriately. There are also times when a company decides to move to a more spacious place where there will be more room for growth for their employees, in this case, the need for a moving company is a must to be able to find the right service you need without spending much and without stresses. Removals can be very stressful especially if you don’t have much knowledge about the situation. With this in mind, you will surely find the right company that will help you with your numerous concerns.

By - 5/28/10 - 10:17 pm

Eric Papetti takes a trip out to the Harbor islands and wonders what if, instead of being turned into a park, the islands had become far more developed than they ever were:

By - 5/28/10 - 10:52 am

If you're staying in town for the long Memorial Day Weekend, you'll want to be aware that the D Line will be out of service from Saturday through Monday night. Buses will be in service to provide transportation between Reservoir and Fenway subway stations, according to the MBTA.

By - 5/27/10 - 9:00 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that broke out shortly after 7 p.m. shut down Olives Restaurant at 10 City Square and caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.

The department says firefighters arrived to find fire coming out of external ductwork on the third floor of the six-floor building and from the roof. Inside the building, most of the damage was due to smoke and water running down the ducts into the restaurant from the hoses used to battle the blaze.

By - 5/25/10 - 7:49 am

Gubernatorial candidate Cahill and Governor Patrick’s response to the current million dollar plus negative television advertising funded by the Republican Governors Association provides an opportunity for educators to bring this story to the attention of their elementary and high school students before the school year ends.

If students learn how to evaluate media messages, why voters choose candidates based on an advertisement, and how and why political campaigns employ focus groups to develop media messages, they will learn how to critically evaluate media messages, how to evaluate speakers, how to evaluate writers, and how to form an argument orally and in writing.

By - 5/20/10 - 10:48 am

11:30 update: MBTA says trolley service has resumed.

The MBTA has just announced that they are busing between Reservoir and Fenway stations on the D line due to a tree that has fallen on the tracks.

Tree falling on Beacon

By - 5/19/10 - 3:28 pm

The fan - would it surprise you to learn he's a lawyer? - sued Bill Belichick and the Patriots under federal racketeering and New Jersey consumer-protection laws, alleging the team's taping of opponents deprived him of the full value of his season tickets to Jets games.

But the judges of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia said he'd get no Hail Mary Pass from them.

By - 5/19/10 - 12:53 pm

City Council President Mike Ross, joined by councilors Mark Ciommo, Charles Yancey and Chuck Turner, said today they were prepared to vote against a proposed firefighters contract unless firefighters make significant concessions.

By - 5/19/10 - 8:07 am

The Herald reports on a forum last night with School Superintendent Carol Johnson and Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman.

By - 5/19/10 - 7:57 am

UPDATE: Mike Ross tweets the council WILL discuss the issue, along with an analysis of the award by an MIT managment professor brought in by the council, at today's meeting. Starts at noon in City Hall. No vote, however.

By - 5/18/10 - 12:31 pm

Standard Contract
City of Boston/County of Suffolk

Form CM 10 and 11

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Contract No. C022546

Department - Invoice Mailing Address
Boston City Council
Boston City Hall, 5th Floor
One City Hall Plaza
Boston MA 02201

Service Location Address
Boston City Council
Boston City Hall, 5th Floor
One City Hall Plaza
Boston MA 02201

Contractor's Name and Address. Please Include Zip Code.
Ellen M. Fritch
Ellen M. Fritch & Associates
373 Silver Street
South Boston MA 02147

By 2008
Account 52913
Fund 100
Org 112100
Program 0000
Sub-Cl 0000
Project/Grant 0000

FIN or SSN 043101842
Vendor ID 000000000000066

Description of services for which City/County agrees to pay if rendered in accordance with the contract

Documents attached and/or incorporated by reference (continue on separate 8 1/2 " x 11" sheet(s) if necessary)


By - 5/18/10 - 9:13 am

OK, this is going back to aquapocalypse days, but Maureen Rogers is still marvellling at the debate that broke out in a forum on A Certain Newspaper site over whether people who live in Allston and Brighton were affected by the boil-water order because the published lists mentioned Boston, but not Allston or Brighton.

By - 5/16/10 - 10:01 am

Former Councilor Tom Keane makes the case, using the firefighter contract award as evidence.

Current Council President Mike Ross rebuts, noting the council has yet to get anything from the mayor to discuss.

By - 5/14/10 - 4:35 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports Parks and Recreation is no longer interested in mounted rangers - wants to redeploy the horsie set to replace other workers being let go.