By - 6/21/15 - 10:45 am

Chrissie asks:

Does anyone in Boston know where I can buy essential oils? I used to love Harnetts in Harvard Sq...anyone?

By - 6/20/15 - 11:30 am

The Massachusetts Council of Churches has compiled a list.

By - 6/17/15 - 3:31 pm

The City Council says state Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester) and state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) are on the right track with a bill that would try to remove billboards from open-space areas through a tax credit to billboard companies that remove them.

“This bill incentivizes businesses to be better neighbors,” said Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain).

By - 6/16/15 - 1:01 pm
Construction in old Boston

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

By - 6/16/15 - 7:40 am

If Portland, OR and even nearby Lexington can require permits for sandwich-board signs, why not Boston? The City Council tomorrow considers the issue, in the form of a request by at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty for new regulations that would require store owners to get permission from the city to put the free-standing ads in front of their shops. Read more.

By - 6/15/15 - 6:28 am

A few weeks after he was dropped by WRKO, another radio network might put Limbaugh on the low-rated, low-powered Spanish-language WKOX, 1430 AM, RadioInsight reports, adding that to get him on the station, its owner will probably just ditch the Spanish programming.

By - 6/13/15 - 10:01 am

A Brockton man who claims Boston-based DraftKings deceived him into starting an account with $10 has filed a lawsuit that seeks more than $5 million in recompense for DraftKings users across the country. Read more.

By - 6/12/15 - 5:54 pm


Support for Boston 2024 Olympic Bid Slips to 39% of the people

BOSTON — More bad news arrived Wednesday for the boosters of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: A new poll shows that just 39 percent of voters statewide support the bid, while 49 percent oppose it.

By - 6/11/15 - 2:33 pm

BPL Board Chairman Jeffrey Rudman submitted his resignation today after a meeting with Mayor Walsh.

As with BPL President Amy Ryan, Rudman's resignation takes effect July 3. Read more.

By - 6/11/15 - 12:24 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports a Boston startup is getting ready to ship wristbands that you can use to give your self an electric shock every time you're about to do something you shouldn't - such as smoke a cigarette.

Pavlok's eponymous device can be set to supply as little as a "pinprick" or as much as 450 volts of searing electropain. The Journal reports interest is particularly strong among Norwegians, Brits and Germans.

By - 6/10/15 - 10:19 pm

According to the Globe:
"Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, Wooden shoe!"..... especially in Franklin Park.

By - 6/10/15 - 4:53 pm

The City Council approved a measure by at-large Councilor Steve Murphy to hold a hearing on a proposed state law that would let Boston police officers respond to calls in what has become one of Boston's fastest growing neighborhoods. H.2107, sponsored by state Rep. Nick Collins (D-South Boston), would give Boston Police joint jurisdiction in the area. Read more.

By - 6/10/15 - 4:45 pm

So this just happened, during an ask-the-mayor discussion on Twitter:

H/t Brian.

By - 6/10/15 - 4:18 pm

The City Council today approved a measure that will increase the pensions of school police officers and let them retire earlier to receive the full benefits.

Other councilors agreed with Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) that the officers, who are unarmed, deserve better compensation for the often dangerous work they do as first responders at city schools.

The measure would move the school officers into the same pension group as other public-safety officers and would let them retire at 60 instead of 65. They are currently in the same retirement group as general city workers and clerical and administrative workers.

By - 6/10/15 - 3:03 pm
Trolley under an el

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

By - 6/9/15 - 4:10 pm

Boston Magazine reports Hizzona signed that initial Olympic binder without actually reading the "bid book" it went with.

By - 6/9/15 - 6:17 am

They better not come crawling to him for jobs, because he only hires his friends - even if they've been fired by the state's highest court for conduct unbecoming a court official.

By - 6/5/15 - 2:38 pm

City Councilor Steve Murphy said today he has postponed a planned hearing Monday on the Boston Public Library's handling of valuable prints and other items, not because two of those items, worth an estimated $630,000, turned up misfiled rather than stolen, but because he does not want to "compromise the integrity" of federal and city investigations into "the whereabouts of library valuables." Read More

By - 6/4/15 - 2:29 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy predicts the items we know about that are missing from the BPL are only "the mere tip of the iceberg" and is calling on all of the library's trustees to follow President Amy Ryan and submit their resignations immediately. Read more.