Boston

By - 3/9/09 - 1:36 pm

Time Magazine lists 10 major newspapers likely to fold or go digital:
http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1...

By - 3/9/09 - 5:09 am

The Globe reports all the way from Chicago, "Chicago's pedestrian mall solution: traffic."

The article seems to try to make a case against Downtown Crossing as a pedestrian mall.

By - 3/7/09 - 10:03 am

J.L. Bell lays out the evidence that Revere's famous engraving of the Boston Massacre was actually based on the work of another artist.

By - 3/5/09 - 10:24 am

Register for The Walk for Hunger, May 3

The demand for emergency food has never been greater. Pantries and meal programs supported by Project Bread, Massachusetts’ leading antihunger organization, have never been more crucial. And The Walk for Hunger, Project Bread’s annual fundraiser, has never been timelier. On May 3, thousands of people will come to Boston for the 20-mile pledge walk to raise money during the 41st Walk for Hunger. Every dollar, every mile, and every volunteer hour counts for our neighbors in need. Registration is now open to participate.

By - 3/5/09 - 8:40 am

By way of starting a new Downtown Crossing thread on UH, Menino opened a burrito joint and reaffirmed commitment to DTX as a pedestrian mall.

The Globe story also has an amusing bit about what features of DTX the mayor's walking tour somehow missed.

By - 3/4/09 - 8:57 pm

Commissioner Ed Davis today announced plans to lay off 40 police cadets and 20 civilians, disband the department's mounted unit and take other steps to reduce his budget in advance of whatever Mayor Menino plans to announce for job cuts, possibly as early as Friday.

By - 3/4/09 - 9:12 am

Kevin McCrea details why he (and apparently most municipal unions) think Tom Menino is crying wolf over municipal finances.

By - 3/3/09 - 4:19 pm

Most city unions are refusing to accept wage freezes, so Tom Menino plans to announce specific layoff and service cutback plans next week, the Globe reports.

By - 3/3/09 - 3:36 pm

Seeing as the Keshet office is in an old brewery building, it's about time we had a beer tasting event! Join us for an evening of fine brews as our beer expert imparts some hoppy knowledge.

Details:
Sunday, April 19, 7:10-8:30 pm
Keshet member's home, South Boston, MA
Cost: $15

RSVP for contact info by Tuesday, April 14 to Elyssa at [email protected] or 617-524-9227.

By - 3/3/09 - 3:32 pm

Ahhh, Sunday -- the time for sleeping in, reading newspapers, and having some delicious brunch. Join the 20s and 30s crowd for a lazy morning of pancakes, fruit, and good company.

Details:
Sunday, April 5, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Keshet member's home, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Cost: $5

RSVP for contact info by Thursday, April 2 to Elyssa at [email protected] or 617-524-9227.

By - 3/3/09 - 3:31 pm

Learn How to Make Your Classroom/Youth Group/Camp GLBT-Inclusive!

May 31 - June 3, 2009
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Baltimore, MD

Apply online!

Join us and colleagues from across North America to learn effective strategies to:

  • Design and implement programs and policies that support GLBT inclusion with faculty, staff, parents, and youth in Jewish educational institutions;
  • Combat homophobia and sexism in Jewish youth culture;
  • By - 3/3/09 - 10:45 am

    This file contains maps and data given to the School Committee last week as it considered the proposed five-zone school-assignment plan. Page 12 shows the elementary (and middle) schools ranked by how sought after they are in the annual school lottery. Page 13 shows the locations of schools in such serious need of remedial help that the state has taken notice.

    Limber up your neck before you look at the file, because, at least on my laptop, all the pages came out sideways.

    Via Geeky Mama, who provides an easier to read list of elementary schools in the current West Zone (West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and part of Roxbury) ranked by lottery popularity.

    By - 3/3/09 - 9:23 am

    My favorite part of the Globe story on winter-weary Bostonians was the guy who got all philosophical as he brought up The Blizzard:

    I'm 74, so I've seen a lot of them. Of course, nothing compares to the Blizzard of '78. If you look at this entire winter, yes, it's been really bad, but what can you do? At my age, I don't have many more of these to dig out from. Soon, it'll probably be covering me.

    My second favorite anecdote was from the woman who said she blew out her transmission trying to drive through a snowbank or something, because, geez, Louise, what was she doing, flooring the accelerator for 15 minutes straight while her wheels just spun uselessly?

    Cute kid in the snow.

    By - 3/3/09 - 7:55 am

    Calls for an elected school committee, and notes that Boston's three favorite pastimes are sports, politics and revenge.

    By - 3/2/09 - 12:56 am

    Did Patrick's New Year's resolution involve giving up his car?

    The Boston globe reports that he wants to add a $2 carbon fee for parking at Logan, mostly to improve transit options.

    The big surprise comes with this line "He wants the parking fee ... to be used for ... a proposal to build a new tunnel under South Boston to speed up the Logan-bound Silver Line bus service." This sounds like a better connection to the Ted for the buses.

    The best news is the reason.

    By - 3/1/09 - 4:00 pm

    The superintendent's office just robo-called to let us know that Boston public schools are closed tomorrow.

    When I announced that to the household at large, I got a loud "Yip!" from upstairs.

    By - 2/28/09 - 7:02 pm

    Bobby Constantino read the Globe story yesterday that reported Police Commissioner Ed Davis is putting more cops back into plain clothes because underlings felt uniforms hindered their ability to get people to cooperate with them. Constantino replies that a) Davis should remember who's in charge at BPD and b) It's not the uniforms:

    ... Every officer in the City of Boston knows that people in urban neighborhoods will not talk to them whether they are in uniforms, plainclothes or Halloween costumes. The lack of trust and cooperation has nothing to do with what police are wearing and anyone that tells you so is not being honest. Residents know why police officers don't want to wear uniforms, walk around in their neighborhoods and build relationships. They sense it. They see it. They feel it. And the transparent excuses why reinforce rather than repair feelings of mistrust.