By - 2/25/10 - 12:47 pm

Here's an example of a service that would improve Boston City Council Communications

By - 2/24/10 - 1:48 pm

City Councilor Sal LaMattina (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) says he knows firsthand what it's like to get run into by a Segway - and wants to keep it from happening to people on busy commercial streets in Boston.

LaMattina told the council today that when he worked for the city transportation department, when Segways were new, he and transportation Commissioner Tom Tinlin went to Segway headquarters in New Hampshire to check them out. Company officials told them a pedestrian couldn't get hurt if hit by one - but he wanted hard proof, so he told Tinlin to get on a Segway and ram him.

By - 2/24/10 - 1:33 pm

Recent fatal shootings at Boston convenience stores shows the city needs to help small businesses equip themselves with security cameras, Boston city councilors said today.

City Council President Mike Ross noted that the alleged killer of a Jamaica Plain clerk was captured relatively quickly because of surveillance cameras. In contrast, a Dorchester store at which another clerk was killed had no cameras.

By - 2/24/10 - 1:14 pm

Boston city councilors said today that Gov. Patrick's plan to cut the amount of money available to companies that make movies in Massachusetts would harm a nascent industry in the state.

City Councilor John Tobin (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain), who submitted a call for a hearing on the financial impact of the change, compared moviemaking to the Red Sox. Sure, David Ortiz and other players make "an obscene amount of money," but they're also responsible for hiring large numbers of local residents.

The tax credit "puts men and women from the city of Boston, and from around the Commonwealth, to work," Tobin said.

By - 2/24/10 - 1:02 pm

The city council today approved a measure that will require armed guards to undergo training by the Boston Police Department.

City Councilors Rob Consalvo and Maureen Feeney said the measure would enhance public-safety response during major incidents. Consalvo pointed to the way private security guards took out a shooter at the Holocaust Museum in Washington as an example of the need for such training for the "hundreds of guards" who now walk around Boston with guns.

By - 2/23/10 - 10:05 am

Reuben Kantor, who resigned as Mike Ross's chief of staff to help get Ayanna Pressley elected to the city council, is now on the Boston Finance Commission, a board appointed by the governor to oversee the scamps in City Hall. Word comes via Kevin McCrea, who put his name in for one of the seats - of which two are vacant and two are supposedly held by people whose terms are, technically, expired.

By - 2/23/10 - 9:55 am

The Globe reports half of Boston's teachers haven't been evaluated in at least two years, at least, according to a study by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, which is right put out this morning because the Boston Teachers Union distributed its findings to the media a couple days early.

By - 2/20/10 - 1:21 pm

The Boston Neighborhood Project is a collection of photos from Boston neighborhoods (and surrounding communities).

By - 2/19/10 - 10:22 am

I expect history will truly sing praises of your citizens and voters. Why? Because you became the first state in our country where "We The People" as Americans, teamed up and voted your will (against all odds) for your state, yourself, your children and your future. You have empowered the nation. The below link is my 60sec heartfelt tribute.

Marlu Path

By - 2/18/10 - 3:43 pm

Turn down the bleepin' heat at the Copley main branch, Iseut says:

... I visited the Copley branch today to see the wonderful Man on the Street photo exhibit (free!) and another on Poe (free!) which I couldn't peruse as carefully as I would have liked because I thought I would pass out it was so bleeping hot in there. Seriously, it was ridiculously hot - which in a public building is fiscally irresponsible. ...

By - 2/17/10 - 2:44 pm

617-534-5050 - drop a dime on a bully, either in real life or online, to trained staffers from the Boston Public Health Commission.


By - 2/17/10 - 11:37 am

The Eagle Tribune had the story last month, but few other people noticed until last week, when Columbo Yogurt started disappearing from supermarket shelves. I noticed it missing from Village Market in Roslindale for the past week, and a Market Basket spokesperson told the Eagle Tribune that the last shipments would have been made on Feb. 12. Columbo was sold to General Mills in 1993 but was still being made in Methuen. It's sad to see this long time Massachusetts brand disappear, and I will have to get used to paying more than $2.39 for a 2 pound tub.

By - 2/17/10 - 9:49 am

Nathan Spencer livetweeted a BPL trustee meeting at the BPL main branch this morning at which officials sounded dire warnings about the fiscal year starting July 1.

"We are broke," BPL Trustee Chairman Jeffrey Rudman said. The system is looking at a $3.6-million budget hole for the coming year, Rudman said.

By - 2/16/10 - 9:12 pm

OK, another nightlife Web site - and they're looking for part-time "ambassadors" to promote it.

By - 2/16/10 - 1:57 pm

You can only push the weatherpeople so far. Sure, they were apologizing last week, but enough's enough. When Mayor Menino complains TV meteorologists make big bucks for only being right "25% of the time," that's just going too far, at least for Channel 25 weatherman A.J. Burnett.

By - 2/13/10 - 10:47 am

The Globe reports on three arrests since June.

By - 2/13/10 - 10:43 am

The Conservation Law Foundation yesterday formally accused the city of failing to stop high levels of bacteria, oil and dissolved metals and chemicals pour into Boston Harbor through its 201 "outfall" pipes that collect road runoff from nearly 20,000 catch basins - and from the neighboring town of Brookline.

By - 2/13/10 - 9:56 am

Ross Levanto alerts us that a new law lets Boston (and other communities) attach certain municipal fines to your property-tax bill.

The Green Ticket law, co-sponsored by state Rep. Marty Walz on behalf of Mayor Tom Menino, is aimed at people who ignore the tickets they now get for dumping trash and ignoring the city law that requires them to shovel their sidewalks.

By - 2/11/10 - 12:26 pm

As the characters over at Soxaholix have discovered, not even the minor holiday of Truck Day is safe from corporate greed.

By - 2/10/10 - 6:22 pm

And who better than Uhub readers to offer a clever name?

This is what s/he looks like. Can you find the epicenter?