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By - 1/2/14 - 10:48 pm

Map of Neighbors Who Need Help Shoveling

For most of us the snow is beautiful when it is coming down and a hassle for travel but for the elderly and people with disabilities it can leave them stranded in their homes with out access to needed medications, food, and services.

We can help! I invite you to join me in digging out our elderly and disabled neighbors by participating in a... Read more

By - 1/2/14 - 12:27 pm

Gov. Patrick says the state is not currently looking at shutting the MBTA like it did in last February's blizzard, because the snowfall is nowhere near as great.

Still, at the same noon press conference, state Transportation Secretary Rich Davey acknowledged that "the cold usually has significant impact on the MBTA," so any riders tomorrow might have to brace for possible issues.

Both added they... Read more

By - 1/2/14 - 9:54 am

Massport officials at Logan Airport have just announced that the airport will be closed to planes beginning at 8 PM tonight (2-Jan) and lasting until noon tomorrow (3-Jan) due to the blizzard conditions expected overnight.

Multiple airlines are already waiving flight change fees in order to allow customers to fly today instead of tomorrow. People are being asked to contact their airlines directly to determine... Read more

By - 1/1/14 - 5:35 pm

Boston Public Schools are closed on Friday. This was followed by a few minutes later by a press release from the mayor's office with the following sub-headline:

Extended vacation one last gift from Mayor Menino to students of Boston

Also:

A Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will take effect TOMORROW, Thursday, January 2 at NOON. Boston Public Schools will be

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By - 1/1/14 - 4:32 pm
Give us French Toast or give us death!

We raised the French Toast Alert to orange this morning after learning that the Weatherman of Doom, yes, Jim Cantore, was flying up to Boston and that the National Weather Service was getting all caps on the near-blizzard like conditions we could expect.

The NWS has issued a winter storm warning that starts at 4 a.m., Thursday and runs through 10 a.m. on... Read more

By - 1/1/14 - 8:51 am

Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn starts off 2014 with an editorial in today's Boston Herald about the need to help those who are less fortunate with less money available today. Flynn states:


Boston is not the city it should be. We must begin to turn our attention once again to building strong families and affordable neighborhoods. It’s not too late. We have a city
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By - 12/31/13 - 10:06 am
Boston liquor cops in 1928

In 1928, at the height of Prohibition, Leslie Jones photographed the Boston Police Liquor Squad (commanded by Oliver Garrett, second from right) just before they fanned out across the city to ensure no drinking was going on at local hotels.

If you're going out tonight, there's First Night, of course. The Boston Calendar has more options.

Photo posted under this Creative... Read more

By - 12/31/13 - 9:51 am

The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission decided yesterday you can no longer light 'em up, up, up in city parks and playgrounds.

In a unanimous vote, the commission set a $250 fine for anybody caught lighting up a cigarette or other inhalable substances. Although the ordinance, also approved by Mayor Menino and the city council, goes into effect immediately, city officials will hold off actual... Read more

By - 12/31/13 - 1:03 am

Here it is. To put to rest the lies by Doug the Bug.

By - 12/30/13 - 11:01 am
A bucolic Boston scene

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

By - 12/30/13 - 6:18 am

You know when you are heading for victory when anonymous posters attack and ridicule you. It always out of fear, hatred, and jealousy that these "stalker trolls" attack you when you are on the brink of success and triumph.

My good friend Moe Love obviously does not like the fact that yes I am a former Republican. However, fortunately I am in good company.... Read more

By - 12/29/13 - 6:31 pm

Gadfly candidate Doug "the Bug" Bennett recently claimed that his latest opponent, Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, was formerly registered as a Republican. A quick review of Massachusetts voter records indicate that this is not true and that Sheriff Tompkins has, in fact, always been a registered Democrat. This deception was presumably propagated by Doug the Bug to deter the good Democratic voters of Boston... Read more

By - 12/29/13 - 5:31 pm
It's a scam

Boston Police report a number of residents have gotten hit in recent months with a telephone scam in which they get phone calls from people claiming a relative was just injured in a car accident and that they won't get any medical care until the victims wire money immediately.

Fortunately, police say, Bostonians have proven too smart for the ruse and have not wired... Read more

By - 12/29/13 - 2:00 pm
Tom Menino in Roslindale

The news that Tom Menino wouldn't run for mayor again not only changed the city's political dynamics but got pundits to pondering his legacy after 20 years in office. Here''s a roundup of Menino-legacy roundups, from Jamaica Plain to New York to Toronto:

WBUR: Mayor Menino's Legacy And The City Marty Walsh Will Inherit:

He's famous for being the urban mechanic, but he

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By - 12/29/13 - 11:20 am

The Herald reports the mayor to be is opposed to stocking some BPD cruisers with high-powered rifles.

BPD wants two cruisers in each police district equipped with the rifles in case of school shootings or future Marathon-type incidents, in addition to the city's existing SWAT officers.

By - 12/29/13 - 9:57 am

Outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino has publically said he will not attend Mayor-Elect Martin Walsh's Inauguration on January 6, 2014. Instead Menino will meet Walsh privately earlier that morning for a private handoff of power. Menino states that the reason why he will miss the inauguration is because he is going on vacation.

To read, click here. ... Read more

By - 12/28/13 - 10:12 pm
Raccoon head stuck in a grate

No lions or tigers, but we did have a bear - unfortunately, shot dead in a tree overhanging the train tracks and the turnpike in Newton.

In Waltham, first responders rescued a raccoon that had somehow gotten stuck in a storm-sewer grate.

In Brookline, a beseiged citizenry sought refuge from terrible turkeys that, when not attacking people or making town officials ... Read more

By - 12/27/13 - 9:16 am

Joe Kinsella posts a diary of his first day wearing Google Glass:

Before heading into Boston I stopped at a gas station. While pumping gas, one of my contact lenses bothered me, and I instinctively winked several times. Since wink detection was enabled, a few seconds later, I was the proud owner of several photographs of the gas station and the pump. ;)

I

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By - 12/26/13 - 7:46 pm

Chris Mullen asks:

Now that Xmas is over, where's the best place in town to donate decent men's winter coats?

By - 12/24/13 - 11:21 am

Today Monday December 24, 2013 is TOUCH106.1FM's year end fundraiser, the "TOUCHATHON TELETHON." The TOUCHATHON TELETHON began at midnight and will end tonight at midnight (12/24/13).

The goal of Touch106.1FM is to raise $24,000 in 24 hours through their telethon. If you donate $2000 to Touch 106.1FM, Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh has agreed to have dinner with you and a partner.


So if you
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