Boston

By - 3/23/14 - 9:58 am

Parent Imperfect explains why he doesn't think much of the "third way" proposal by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Russell Holmes to lift the cap on charter schools.

If charter schools are a safety valve, then they make for an expensive and leaky valve at a time when urban districts like the BPS are under tremendous budget pressure. Rather than divert

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By - 3/22/14 - 11:13 am

Mayor Walsh said today he wants to waive a city registration fee for apartments in small owner-occupied buildings - and to refund the fees paid by their landlords last year.

On Monday, Walsh will file a request with the City Council to amend a law that now requires all owners of rental units to pay a fee to the city - which pays for inspections... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 3:11 pm
Marty Walsh and Pong

Image by Jed Hresko.

The Globe reported today that Mayor Walsh has installed a couple of "dashboards" in his office - wide-screen monitors that let him get a quick handle on key city statistics, such as complaints to the Mayor's Hotline and school-bus on-time data. The story was accompanied by a photo of him thoughtfully considering one of the screens.

Jed Hresko has been imagining other things... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 10:26 am

Mayor Walsh was scheduled to be on hand at the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan this morning to accept the city's first shipment of cloud-based laptops to be shared by students at BPS schools.

By the end of the school year in June, BPS expects to have received 10,000 of the low-cost laptops, which rely on Google applications accessed over the Internet. According to... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 9:14 am

A Boston woman was indicted this week on charges she used fake IDs and information on Citizens Bank customers to make a series of withdrawals at bank branches across the area in 2010 and 2011.

Kimberly Gomez, 53, is charged with draining more than $63,000 from the accounts of three Citizens customers, in an indictment by a federal grand jury in Boston - which says... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 7:52 am

The Conservation Law Foundation is mapping natural-gas leaks in Massachusetts.

By - 3/20/14 - 7:47 pm

Variety reports A&E has pulled "Breaking Boston" - after the first episode.

By - 3/20/14 - 7:25 am

Sure, neither the Mohegan Sun nor the Wynn sites are actually in Boston, but they're right on the line and neither could survive without Boston's transportation and world-classness, so the mayor wants the state gaming commission to give Boston the same sort of "host community" status Revere and Everett have, the Globe reports.... Read more

By - 3/19/14 - 10:55 am
Curved Boston road

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 3/19/14 - 10:40 am

MassLive reports on a State House hearing yesterday on City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's proposal to increase the number of liquor licenses in Boston and give the city control over the Boston Licensing Board, now appointed by the governor.

Pressley's proposal is formally a bill by state Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Mattapan).... Read more

By - 3/18/14 - 3:18 pm

If you go to Boston neighborhoods like Dorchester, Roxbury, or Jamaica Plain, you will see streets lined with two and three family homes. These homes are an iconic part of Boston’s history and Renew Boston wants to ensure that they remain comfortable, affordable and safe for decades to come.

This is why Renew Boston, in partnership with National Grid and NSTAR, is extending the... Read more

By - 3/17/14 - 7:22 pm

Boston, Mass. – March 17, 2014 – SpeakOUT, the nation’s oldest gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allies (GLBTQI) speakers bureau, will hold its bi-annual speaker training on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.

“Our motto is ‘Ask Us Anything,’” said SpeakOUT member Julie Dorley. “We tell our stories, speaking from our own experiences... Read more

By - 3/16/14 - 8:08 pm

Download a copy and look at the times for last trains on Fridays and Saturdays (scroll down a page).

By - 3/15/14 - 10:29 pm

The Globe reports.

Mayor Walsh issued a statement:

I've never known Tom Menino to back down from a fight, and I don't expect him to start now. Mayor Menino has always been here for the people of Boston, and we're behind him today, 100%. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Angela, their family and many friends.

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By - 3/15/14 - 12:06 pm

Elizabeth asks:

Is there anywhere in the Boston area with real beignets?

By - 3/15/14 - 12:00 pm

Dana Finley asks:

Where's the best place in Boston to snag some $1 oysters (or similar special) tonight?

By - 3/14/14 - 11:44 am
Telephone operator

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell when and where she had her picture taken. See it larger.

By - 3/14/14 - 9:37 am

Starting today, Boston residents can get or renew a dog license onlline.

Along with your credit-card number and basic info, you'll also need to upload photos of proof your pet is up to date with rabies vaccination and that he or she has been neutered.

People who prefer getting their licenses the old fashioned way can still go down to City Hall or the... Read more

By - 3/11/14 - 8:04 am

City Councilors Matt O'Malley (JP, West Roxbury) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) say it's time for the city to look at picking up food scraps from Boston residents, to reduce the city's trash-disposal costs and create new fertilizer for local parks and even farms.

The City Council tomorrow considers their request to start the process rolling.

In their request to the full council for a... Read more

By - 3/11/14 - 7:42 am

Also, no baby strollers along the route. Bring stuff in clear plastic bags.

Meanwhile, some Watertown residents want better answers on the search for the Tsarnaevs after last year's bombings.

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