The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene.
Eric Fisher braces us for what could be record-setting "Chuck Norris level cold" Friday morning (not that Thursday will be that much better) - like maybe even sub-zero readings in some parts of southern New England (although he's looking at a few degrees above zero for Boston). Oh, but with wind chills down to -25 here.
The Globe reports city councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) and Frank Baker (Dorchester) will try again this week to get their colleagues to approve a request for a 2% tax on Boston liquor sales to raise funds for addiction services.
The two first proposed the idea last year but it never went anywhere.
If the council does approve the proposal at its Wednesday meeting, the measure would also need approval of Mayor Walsh, the state legislature and the governor.
The latest NWS hazardous-weather outlook for Suffolk County says we might get a couple inches overnight, but it should change to rain (at least on the coastal plain) by daybreak. And then the NWS subtly, in its uniquely subtle all-caps way, tries to get us ready for this:
AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE REGION ON THURSDAY. THIS WILL RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL FOR BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS OF 15 TO 25 BELOW ZERO LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION...A PERIOD OF NORTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 40 TO 50 MPH THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.
New England Folklore recounts how even Puritans would unbuckle their hats and whoop it up over Christmas break, despite the best efforts of stern leaders such as Cotton Mather:
Historians have analyzed New England birth records from the early 18th century, and they've found that the largest number of children were born in September and October, roughly nine months after Christmas. Even more interesting, many of these children were born only seven months after their parents were married. In other words, they were conceived illegitimately during Christmas, and their parents only married once they realized a child was coming.
WBUR takes a look at a recently released city report.
The two rail operators are telling a federal judge they're maybe a month away from resolving a $29-million dispute over the cost of Northeast Corridor service in Massachusetts. Read more.
BPS announced yesterday it will spend $14 million to add 40 minutes to the school day at an extra 39 schools starting in the fall of 2017.
The move means 23,000 BPS students will now be covered by the extended-day program, which officials say leads to better standardized-test scores.
City Councilor Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Mayor Walsh are proposing a measure that could save the average Boston homeowner $300 a year in property taxes, which the city says it can pay for thanks to the local construction and real-estate boom. Read more.
The city's Office of New Urban Mechanics, which tries to come up with all sorts of cool techie ways for the city to improve basic services (speaking of which, will City Hall get a Twitter-controlled Christmas tree this year?) has published a manifesto, or what they call a playbook on their efforts so far to build a sensor-meshed "Smart City" and where it wants to go from here (published on github, for the techies, no less.)
It starts with the candid observation that "So far, every 'Smart City' pilot project that we’ve undertaken here in Boston has ended with a glossy presentation, and a collective shrug." Read more.
The Herald reports on a City Council hearing on a Boston Police bid to buy software to monitor possible threats posted on social media.
Girl Jo asks:
Anyone in Boston/surrounding area know any stores that stock Lagavulin 16 Year Single Malt? Holiday gift needed!
An annual housing report card by the Boston Foundation and the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University highlights the dark clouds over the region's economic boom: Poverty rates are growing as the cost of living increases due to housing prices - yet the region is failing to keep up with growing demand for housing, at least for people below the highest income brackets. Read more.
Reducing the overall number of start times could save the city money by reducing the number of buses needed, but could screw up families who choose a school based on their current start times, the Globe reports.
Boston's default speed limit drops to 25 m.p.h. on Jan. 9, Mayor Walsh's office announced today.
The reduction from 30 m.p.h. does not apply to state-owned roads, including parkways, highways and Gallivan Boulevard. Read more.
The City Council on Wednesday considers a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) and Michelle Wu (at large) to ban most plastic bags in Boston and to let stores charge 5 cents for paper or reusable bags - or plastic bags that can be composted. Read more.