J.L. Bell reports Boston town leaders felt compelled in 1702 to pass an ordinance limiting the speed of horses within the town limits - the first legal speed limits in British North America.
WBUR reports on a protest yesterday.
New England Folklore tells us all about Mary Dyer's baby, the Puritan crackdown on heretics and how the two led to her death.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for eastern Massachusetts between 1 and 10 p.m. - with gusts of up to 60 m.p.h. possible:
STRONGEST WINDS SHOULD OCCUR LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...WHEN A BAND OF SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS CROSSES THE REGION.
Boston firefighters and ISD inspectors are busy this afternoon responding to buildings where water in pipes froze and burst the pipes, leading to floods of water.
Among the buildings affected: Boston College's Conte Forum, right in the middle of a basketball game, where a sprinkler pipe gave way. Firefighters and BC maintenance workers were able to shut the water without requiring any evacuations. Read more.
City Councilors Andrea Campbell (Roxbury) and Michael Flaherty (at large), say that for an average of about $23 per resident a year, Boston would be able to build more housing for people being priced out of the city - and help upgrade city parks and historic sites. Councilor Bill Linehan, however, is not sure he buys it. Read more.
City Councilors Michael Flaherty (at large) and Andrea Campbell (Dorchester) want to ask voters to approve an increase in local property taxes to help pay for construction of affordable housing and buy and maintain open space. Read more.
At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty wants to ensure no neighborhood get too many pot dispensaries should voters approve recreational marijuana use on top of the medical marijuana use they approved in 2012.
The council tomorrow considers his request for a hearing on a proposal to amend city zoning codes to keep marijuana dispensaries at least a mile apart should legal weed happen - or, as he puts it, "no closer than 1 mile, or 5,280 feet."
The city of Boston displays some of the cones, trash cans and other space-saver detritus now piling up at a public-works yard as city crews continue to collect space savers that weren't supposed to be put out.
Presumably, the growing pile will melt by mid-July, no doubt aided by whatever's behind that radiation sticker on the dumpster.
City officials have started looking at ways to provide snow-shoveling services to elderly and disabled residents who can't shovel their sidewalks and who can't find or afford somebody to do the work for them.
At a hearing this morning, though, City Council President Michelle Wu said the city should look at going even further - and investigate the costs of just clearing all 1,600 miles of the city's sidewalks. Read more.
A City Council committee is scheduled to consider exempting elderly and disabled homeowners from the requirement to shovel their sidewalks at a hearing Tuesday morning.
Councilor Michael Flaherty's Council on Government Operations starts its hearing at 10 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.
Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) proposed the measure due to the health risks associated with snow shoveling.
Dr. Shirie Leng was more than a bit upset on reading the Globe story about how local hospitals are removing nurseries to force mothers to bond with their babies and make them breast feed their newborns. Leng, who has three children herself, writes:
Since weâ€™ve already decided that women shouldnâ€™t make choices about breast vs. bottle, abortion or childbirth, drinking or not drinking, letâ€™s also take away their choice to not drown in the wonderful, horrible, crazy sea of new motherhood. Because we really canâ€™t be trusted to choose the best way for ourselves and our children. ...
You know what promotes breastfeeding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes bonding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes good parenting skills? Paid maternity leave.
UPDATE: Make that a winter-storm warning and up to a foot.
The NWS says a winter-storm watch goes into effect at 7 a.m. on Monday and advises:
ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS.
The storm system set to arrive Monday is going to pack a huge punch, with areas around Boston and Cape Cod expected to get the most snow.