By - 12/15/14 - 3:50 pm

Annissa Essaibi-George, who came in fifth in 2013 for one of the four at-large city council seats, is running again for one of the seats in the 2015 elections.

Essaibi-George is a former president of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association and executive director of Fields Corner Main Street.

By - 12/15/14 - 10:29 am
Postal Service delivers letter to wrong country

UPDATE: Oops, they did it again.

Ren Jender reports the US Postal Service delivered this letter to the correct street number (but the wrong street) in Boston. Unfortunately, as you can see, it was supposed to go to that number on another street in London, on the other side of the Atlantic.

By - 12/15/14 - 10:22 am
Old street scene in Boston

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

By - 12/15/14 - 7:43 am

With Long Island shut for the next X years, the plans for Frontage Road abandoned in favor of a soccer stadium or something and the abandoned Radius Hospital off the table, Mayor Walsh is promising he'll announce a new location for a quasi-permanent place for homeless programs this week.

By - 12/10/14 - 3:47 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved giving LogMeIn a $2.5-million tax break over 13 years for the new headquarters it wants to build at 327-347 Summer St.

By - 12/10/14 - 12:17 pm

Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) last night gave birth to her and husband Conor's first child, Blaise Francis Pewarski, 7 lbs., 13 oz. and 20 inches long. Mom, father and son are doing fine.

By - 12/10/14 - 11:24 am
Mansion in old Boston

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

By - 12/9/14 - 10:46 pm

Bouquets are just so passe, right? An area bride-to-be is looking for corgis that her bridesmaids can hold during her wedding ceremony instead of wilting flowers. She's already got some, but needs six more:

This next April, I will be getting married to the man of my dreams and we will be having the most wonderful storybook wedding that Boston has ever seen. The icing on the cake is sweet, but there's one thing that would be even sweeter than that. Traditionally, bridesmaids' hold bouquets; in our wedding, I want them to hold corgis.

By - 12/9/14 - 9:51 am

Mayor Walsh wants to eliminate a restriction that limits voters to signing nominating petitions for just one district councilor and mayoral candidate and four at-large councilors in an election year.

By - 12/9/14 - 9:11 am
Overcrowded Kenmore on the Green Line

Jacob Weindling's advice to people heading to Kenmore: Don't.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: The T reports regular service is resuming.

Good thing we're going for the summer Olympics: On this nor'eastery day, a trolley that circled the drain at Boylston and another trolley that lost part of a door while moving in a tunnel sent the Green Line into "severe" mode. Passengers crammed into stations hoping in vain to get onto trains that were already full to bursting. Or as Josh Jacobs put it:

By - 12/9/14 - 8:15 am

Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports:

Tire thefts are up in the city with newer Hondas being targeted most frequently.

By - 12/8/14 - 11:24 pm

As the Globe reports on its forum on the 2024 Olympics proposal:

Perhaps the most jaw-dropping quote from the evening came from [backer Juliette] Kayyem, who admitted she has not read the full bid - she has only seen a limited portion of it - which hasn’t been public. Transparency was a key issue during the conversation.

By - 12/8/14 - 7:14 am

Dancehallhiips asks:

Anyone know of a vegan clothing store in Boston? Looking to buy a vegan belt as a gift!

By - 12/4/14 - 2:07 pm
Trolley tracks in old Boston

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

By - 12/3/14 - 4:01 pm

Marty Walsh, the first Boston mayor in decades with the authority to appoint his own officials to oversee liquor and food licenses, today replaced all three of the Boston Licensing Board members who had been appointed by Gov. Patrick.

In are Christine Pulgini of Hyde Park, currently a lawyer in private practice specializing in employment issues; Lisa Maki of South Boston, who has worked in the city's law department since 2010 and is an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law; and Keeana Serene Saxon of Roxbury, currently deputy general counsel for the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

By - 12/2/14 - 1:41 pm

The Herald reports the private group pushing for the Olympics beat the deadline to submit their official bid; quotes Mayor Walsh as giving Brooklyn as an example of a place that is now booming because of an Olympics bid, even if the city didn't win. Also: City won't be on hook for any debt should the Olympics run over budget by a billion or ten.

By - 12/2/14 - 7:26 am

The Daily Free Press reports BU President Robert Brown and the City Council have reached an agreement under which Brown will discuss the diversity of his school's workforce at a hearing on Dec. 19.

By - 12/1/14 - 5:08 pm
Taxi driver's daughter wants Uber regulated

Daughter of a cab driver makes feelings known outside City Hall.

A City Council committee today began figuring out how to regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, in a hearing that overflowed from the council chambers to two other hearing rooms and the hallways on the fifth floor of City Hall as cab drivers, Lyft drivers and Uber fans sought to show their support for one mode of transportation over the other.

By - 11/29/14 - 10:58 am

Parent Imperfect notes that that recent report on unequal treatment of black and Latino boys in BPS proposes limiting admission to the three exam schools to kids who were in BPS in grades 5 and 6 - which would mean no more students from private or parochial schools or among kids whose parents moved to Boston in the year before the ISEE exams.

The goal would be to make the student composition of the exam schools more closely reflect the composition of the BPS, as a whole. I’ve seen proposals like this before (even made some), but at least in my memory, I’ve not seen a proposal like either of these in a document endorsed by the BPS.

By - 11/28/14 - 6:14 pm

The Globe reports Boston University has gone to court to try to block a City Council subpoena requiring President Robert Brown to show up at a council committee hearing on Tuesday.

The council demanded Brown's presence after Councilor Tito Jackson reported he had been disrespected by Brown when Brown sent him a note the afternoon before an earlier council hearing that Brown could not make it.