By - 10/23/09 - 9:34 am

The inaugural Boston Book Festival is Saturday in & around Copley Square. Hey, it's about time!

Event Web site.

Nice Globe writeup.

By - 10/23/09 - 9:12 am

City Councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End), plan a hearing to explore how to build a movie studio in Boston. Local movie production companies, the Mass. Convention Center, the Mayor's Film Bureau and the state Film Office would also be asked to participate.

A private company is currently building a movie and TV production complex in Plymouth.

By - 10/23/09 - 9:03 am

Boston Police relay word of street closings and such for Obama's appearance at the Copley Plaza this afternoon:

By - 10/22/09 - 6:33 pm


DORCHESTER - Leaders from several immigrant groups came together yesterday at Restaurant Laura to formally endorse Mayor Menino for reelection.

One by one, they stood in front of a diverse crowd of immigrants to praise Mayor Menino for his work in supporting and including newcomers in the new Boston. Most of them stated that they decided to endorse Mayor Menino because of his commitment to diversity and immigrant workers' rights. The crowd included immigrants from Russia, Haiti, Cape Verde, Vietnam, China, Somalia, Brazil, and Dominican Republic.

By - 10/22/09 - 4:31 pm

Geeky Mama reports from an education session Flaherty had in Roslindale last night - which started off with some BPS parents worrying that Flaherty's doom and gloom approach might wind up frightening away parents from the good schools the city does have. She reports Flaherty wants to ditch the current school assignment zones and said he would use the city's current good bond rating to get money for capital improvements at schools - and to build new ones.

By - 10/22/09 - 11:29 am

The Herald endorses Menino for one more term, saying his pluses outweigh his prickly minuses.

The Phoenix explains why it wants to see Arroyo, Pressley, Connolly and Murphy as at-large councilors. Murphy? Yes, Murphy. Guy's grown in the job, the Phoenix says.

Mike Ball counters with his list: Kenneally, Connolly, Arroyo and Murphy.

By - 10/21/09 - 12:41 pm

Boston Park Advocates hosts a debate on Thurs., Oct. 22 to let at-large city council candidates discuss parks and open-space issue in Boston.

The session starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Franklin Park Road, off Blue Hill Avenue.

By - 10/21/09 - 12:09 pm

The Globe reports on the award in the case of Shawn Drumgold.

By - 10/21/09 - 10:25 am

Challenger Michael Flaherty took the Ward 11 Democratic Committee vote last night 11-10, while incumbent Tom Menino got a 14-12 vote in Ward 19, which also includes part of Roslindale. Neither, however, won a formal endorsement because rules require a two-thirds vote for that.

Ed. note: I took down an earlier blog post on the votes because it had a couple of serious inaccuracies.

By - 10/20/09 - 8:38 am

The Outraged Liberal, who doesn't live in Boston, wonders if the Boston papers could carve out a couple of inches of mayoral coverage to ask Steve Pagliuca about Afghanistan - or Martha Coakley about anything:

... I know circulation and viewership is down and so is staffing, but is it really impossible to cover both the mayoral race that affects about 600,000 people and the Senate primaries that affects the remaining 6 million of us?

By - 10/20/09 - 8:05 am

John Carrol found the whole thing muddled:

... So a debate that should have provided some answers for Boston voters mostly left them with questions.

For example, which of these makes for a better bumper sticker – ”Tom Menino: We haven't been charged with anything" or "Under a Flaherty administration, we'll have FiOS"? ...

Mike Ball says he's seen enough; declares a Menino win in November:

By - 10/20/09 - 4:22 am

Anyone know where one might find a resource like the one below, that illustrates bike routes in Greater Boston?

By - 10/19/09 - 6:57 pm

Notes from tonight's debate:

By - 10/19/09 - 6:57 pm

Ask for the stenographic record of the last public meeting of Boston City Council The stenographic machine records more of the proceedings, transactions and Councilors debate than the all too brief Council minutes.

By - 10/19/09 - 1:20 pm

Menino and Flaherty have at it again in a debate that starts tonight at 7 p.m. on Channel 2, NECN and WBUR.

Over in Brighton, Ciommo and Selvig have at it again in a debate tomorrow in a debate that starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Brighton Elks, 326 Washington St.

By - 10/19/09 - 12:06 pm

Comcast thinks that its customers won't notice if it increases their monthly service charge by $2, if they call it an "equipment charge" increase rather than a service charge increase. They're increasing their revenue by $358 million per year without taking on any additional costs or providing any additional services. Consumers, fight back!

Please visit to read more and help me publicize Comcast's most recent attempt to cheat its customers.

By - 10/18/09 - 12:32 pm

Just getting over as I type: the first get-together of Progressives for Menino, featuring Sheriff Andrea Cabral and Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark.

Lindsay Crudele, who was there, reports that among those also in attendance were: Valerie Bassett of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, Mark Erlich of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Lora Pellegrini of NOW, Boston Harbor friend Vivian Li, Mossik Hacobian of Urban Edge, Ellen Parker of Project Bread and Lyndia Downey of the Pine Street Inn.

Meanwhile, the Dorchester Reporter's Lit Drop reports the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers had a unanimous vote of no confidence in the mayor yesterday. William Celester, a founder of the group (yes, that William Celester), said the group plans stand-outs and leaflets against the mayor.

By - 10/16/09 - 9:01 pm

The City Council forum at English High

By - 10/15/09 - 11:12 pm

At a candidate forum sponsored by the Brighton Allston Improvement Association tonight, moderator Michael Pahre asked the candidates for the four open at-large City Council seats how they felt about putting a casino or slot machines at the Suffolk Downs racetrack - an idea pushed by Mayor Menino. Their answers follow (see their answers to questions on other issues).