By - 2/20/09 - 7:29 pm

Got Mug Love? I sure hope so, if not mug love, you still care about the environment right?

A couple of weeks ago I entered the The Mug Project in the "Pitch the city" make Beantown Greentown contest and we were selected as one of the top ten contestants!!!

I (Joseph Porcell), along with other selected change agents need your support. Here is how you can support us:

Please go to and join us!

Here is what counts:

The number of backers - please become a backer
The number of comments - please comment A LOT!

By - 2/20/09 - 10:05 am

The Urban Paramedic reports Boston is in one of its periodic upticks in which heroin addicts drop like flies:

... Every night for the past three weeks we've had at least one overdose, and on some evenings we've seen as many as four. It doesn't seem to be letting up. And we're not getting these calls only in Roxbury and South Boston, where heroin has always been a problem. This time around, we're seeing overdoses in practically every neighborhood. ...

He adds the cause could be either purer-than-expected heroin on the street or people simply shooting up more.

By - 2/19/09 - 5:12 pm

Sam Yoon may not have updated his campaign blog since 2005, but he's now Twittering away.

By - 2/19/09 - 2:37 pm

The Dorchester Reporter informs us that Tomas Gonzalez, who'd been helping Andrew Kenneally build a campaign for an at-large seat on the city council, has now decided he wants one of those seats himself.

There are four at-large seats. Two of the current councilors, Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon, are running for mayor this year. Gonzalez is a former former chief of staff of Boston’s Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly and the former Latino liaison to the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

By - 2/19/09 - 2:23 pm

Here is the complaint filed this week in federal district court against Boston and Police Commissioner Ed Davis by would-be better-than-a-Duck-Boat operator Erroll Tyler of Medford.

In it, Tyler recounts years of struggle with Cambridge and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (he originally wanted to launch his boats by the Museum of Science; both city and state, he claims, fought him) and, now, the city of Boston, which he says is acting to protect Boston-based tour operators, who essentially have expensive cab-medallion-like license deals, against outsiders.

Tyler's lawyers are from The Institute for Justice, which describes itself as "our nation's only libertarian public interest law firm."

By - 2/18/09 - 8:01 pm

Looks like not all city workers will go gently into Tom Menino's wage-freeze night: SEIU 888, which represents city clerical workers, today launched MeninoWatch to make the case the city should use money from its "rainy day" fund to make up anticipated budget deficits. They even have a t-shirt contest for "the first person who can tell us how much the mayor will use from the rainy day fund." You may recall that Kevin McCrea recently made the same assertion, that the city is sitting on a pile of cash.

Raining yet?
By - 2/18/09 - 5:22 pm

Hire somebody to proofread your press releases before you post them, because otherwise, somebody who wants to read what you wrote to the state's new stimulus czar might get too distracted by all the mistakes to pay any attention. Also? When talking about large sums of money, it might make sense to provide some specifics on how you'd spend it, rather than just saying the state should give Boston lots of money because schools and crime fighting are good. But maybe that's just me.

By - 2/18/09 - 2:06 pm

NECN covered a Boston chamber of commerce meeting today at which Deval Patrick said he will either try for an increase in the gas tax or an increase in turnpike tolls, but not both. There's a show of hands starting around 4:30:

By - 2/18/09 - 11:41 am

UPDATE: That didn't last long. The blog is now gone. See the last comment in this discussion.

The Tortoise and the Mayor is a new blog all about this year's Boston mayoral elections. No word on who the semi-anonymous author thinks is the tortoise, though.

By - 2/17/09 - 6:24 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission says the boy died yesterday, one of 306 reported cases in the city to date. The commission says it's not too late to get a flu shot.

The Herald identifies him as a seventh-grader at Boston Latin Academy.

By - 2/17/09 - 8:48 am

Stephen Laniel ponders Virgin America's new ads, which show a series of Communist-style clenched fists and proclaim "Another revolution comes to Boston" and wonders if companies could find something else to use in their local ads for a change:

... I've been griping about this for a while. Naturally, Virgin Atlantic is not going to advertise its flights as "like Boston's busing crisis - only without the flagpole-stabbings!" I understand this. Still, though: I'm asking for some originality. ... Bostonians don't look up at your signs and think "Oh hell yes! An American Revolution joke! It's funny because it's true!" They don't pull a three-cornered hat out of their closets, dust it off, and drive their Priuses to Concord for the annual re-enactment. ...

By - 2/15/09 - 9:10 am

The Herald reports on a Boston de-blightification program: The city will buy up foreclosed multi-family properties, then use federal funds to offer grants to vetted non-profits and developers willing to buy and fix up the buildings. Starts with seven foreclosed buildings in Mattapan, Roxbury, Dorchester and East Boston.

By - 2/14/09 - 9:55 am

The Globe reports on a Codman Square meeting among the city's black clergy; they agree that their own rancor detracts from the battle against gang violence.

By - 2/13/09 - 10:19 pm

The union representing emergency-medical workers will forego raises this year, making it the third municipal union to agree to Tom Menino's plan for avoiding layoffs, the Globe reports.

By - 2/12/09 - 11:42 pm

A letter on City of Boston letterhead went out to some city residents telling them to put out their recycling bins by tomorrow or risk a hefty fine on their real estate tax bill. Fortunately, it was all just a prank.

By - 2/12/09 - 6:01 am

David Bernstein writes Yoon could get elected mayor in November - but only if several specific things happen, from Yoon raising enough money to Menino and Flaherty making each other the main focus of their campaigns.

By - 2/12/09 - 5:46 am

In 1968, firefighter William Carroll rescued a baby, Evangeline Harper, from a burning building:

A newspaper photograph captured their image - a white firefighter from South Boston with his lips pressed to the mouth of a black baby from the Roxbury public housing development - at a time when riots sparked by racial tensions were burning down American cities.

Over 40 years later, they are reunited.