By - 5/24/16 - 1:25 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a $7.5 million loan fund to help "investor owners" buy multi-family units - with the condition they maintain at least 40% of the units as "affordable" for 50 years. Read more.

By - 5/23/16 - 10:13 am
Chefs in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 5/23/16 - 9:01 am
ISD in Boston lets its feelings about Madonna known

Apparently, city inspectors were watching the Billboard Music Awards last night and agreed with comedian Chris Paul that Madonna should never have been allowed anywhere near a Prince tribute and so retweeted his crack.

Well, either that, or whoever has the keys to ISD's Twitter account forgot to switch to his or her own personal account before hitting the retweet button.

H/t John Keith.

By - 5/21/16 - 1:01 pm
Jill Bourne

The Boston Public Library board of trustees today voted to ask Jill Bourne, currently city librarian for San Jose, CA, to fill the vacancy created when Amy Ryan resigned last year.

Bourne had served as head of the 23-branch San Jose system for almost three years. She previously spent almost seven years as deputy city librarian in San Francisco. Read more.

By - 5/20/16 - 7:59 am

CityLab introduces us to "Raining Poetry," in which poems were inscribed on sidewalks across the city with a spray that only becomes visible when it gets wet (presumably from rain, but, you know, this is a big city and anything can happen).

By - 5/19/16 - 8:45 am

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports Kenneth Brissette, Boston's director of tourism, has been indicted and arrested for "union-related extortion" involving the Boston Calling music festival on City Hall Plaza and the filming of "Top Chef" episodes in Boston.

According to the US attorney's office: Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 1:50 pm

City Councilors want Boston to join the ranks of communities pushing back high-school start times to give sleep-deprived students a better jump on the day.

The council unanimously approved holding a hearing on the idea of starting high school as late as 8:30 a.m. Nearly half the city's high schools currently start at 7:20 or 7:30 a.m., councilors said. Read more.

By - 5/17/16 - 6:18 pm

From the library website:

A public meeting will be held by the BPL Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 21, to interview the three finalist candidates for the position of BPL President. The interviews will begin at 8 a.m. and will be held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square. The public is invited to observe the interviews and may submit suggested interview questions prior to the meeting via the email address [email protected].

By - 5/16/16 - 3:54 pm
Some of the seized vehicles

Boston Police report teaming up with Walpole and state environmental police and other agencies on arrests of Boston Bike Life people they charge were tearing up the roads from Boston to Walpole with dirt bikes and ATVs. Read more.

By - 5/16/16 - 11:48 am

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 5/16/16 - 7:35 am

The Herald reports on a possible BPS student walkout tomorrow afternoon that will culminate with a 2 p.m. City Hall hearing on the school budget led by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), chairman of the City Council's Education Committee. Mayor Walsh is not amused.

Hundreds of BPS students walk out to protest school budget cuts.

By - 5/12/16 - 8:53 am

WBCA will start broadcasting at 102.9 FM, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., under the direction of Boston Neighborhood Network.

The signal, beamed from a 100-watt transmitter, might reach as far as five miles away from its location at BNN's Egleston Square studios.

BNN will hold three public meetings to help figure out just what it should be broadcasting: Read more.

By - 5/12/16 - 1:50 am

Kevin Murray, a member of Quality Education for Every Student, questions the findings of an outside audit by McKinsey of facilities and capacity in the Boston Public Schools. The interview for BNN News by Chris Lovett, aired May 5, 2016.

By - 5/11/16 - 1:01 pm

The City Council today approved a hearing on what the city should do about the exploding menace of hoverboards. Read more.

By - 5/11/16 - 12:35 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a measure that will ask voters in November to add a 1% surcharge to annual property-tax bills for a fund to pay for more housing for seniors, veterans and low-income residents and for improvements to and expansions of city parks and open space. Read more.

By - 5/10/16 - 11:22 pm

For those always wanting to add a tree to their neighborhood street/public area, if the location passes muster, this may be your chance:

Apparently 150 available, although even after these are gone, this info is good to know in general for future reference. You can also make these requests with the BOS:311 app.

By - 5/9/16 - 4:26 pm

Riccardo D'Orasainville, 50, was indicted Friday on kidnapping, poisoning and larceny charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police reported today:

D'Orsainville is accused of orchestrating rendezvous with at least three men who took him to their Boston homes and drank alcohol with him, only to pass out. The victims disclosed symptoms that were not consistent with typical alcohol consumption. When they awoke, they realized that thousands of dollars' worth of their property was missing. The stolen items range from a tuxedo and designer neckties to rare and expensive paintings and sculptures. In one case, the victim woke to find his hands tied behind his back. D'Orsainville is not charged with assaulting the victims.

Read more.

By - 5/8/16 - 4:05 pm

Boston Public Schools will hold an "information session" Monday evening about the issue of lead in school water fountains.

The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the School Committee chambers at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St. in Roxbury, will be open to the media. Read more.