Boston

By - 2/3/15 - 2:59 pm
Flu on the increase in Boston

ILI="Influenza-like illness." Source: BPHC.

The Boston Public Health Commission reports an increase in flu and flu-like cases over the last few weeks in Boston.

By - 2/3/15 - 1:35 am

City Councilor Josh Zakim said Monday that he’s filed an order for four nonbinding Olympics-related ballot questions.

By - 2/2/15 - 11:13 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) says a world-class city needs a municipal font it can call its own.

On Wednesday, O'Malley will formally introduce the idea of developing a common font that could be used in "signage networks on our transit systems, on emergency and police vehicles and on city materials such as trash receptacles."

He notes that Chatanooga, TN has its own font.

In his request for a hearing on the idea, O'Malley continues:

By - 2/2/15 - 10:42 pm
Zakim

City Councilor Josh Zakim (Mission Hill, Fenway, Back Bay, Beacon Hill) thinks Boston voters should get a voice on the proposed 2024 Boston Olympics, especially since they could require the city to make "significant financial and operational commitments" to the games.

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Zakim will propose four specific - and non-binding - ballot questions for this November's ballot:

1. Should Boston host the 2024 Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games (the "Games")? YES/NO

2. If Boston were to host the 2024 Olympics, should the City commit any public money to support the games? YES/NO

By - 2/2/15 - 6:16 pm

So, we won't finance late night MBTA service for people who live and work here year round, but we'll find a way for the Olympics?

By - 2/2/15 - 4:41 pm

UPDATE: No, they can't - Mayor Walsh just postponed the parade to Wednesday.

Just got The Call again: No school on Tuesday in BPSville.

So kids can go root on the Patriots on Boylston or Tremont. But let's make it a learning experience: Kids, do you know the warning signs of frostbite?

By - 2/2/15 - 3:53 pm
Snow stats for area along Roslindale/Hyde Park line

The city today announced a new Web site that lets you look up snow-removal stats across the city and in your neighborhood in particular.

It's interesting, I guess, that as of a few minutes ago, the city has used 50,622 tons of salt and plowed a cumulative total of 136,835 miles of roads, but, to be honest, those numbers are kind of meaningless to me.

Of more immediate interest are the stats for my "neighborhood" - what I assume is some sort of DPW district along the Roslindale/Hyde Park line that includes our house - which I got after typing in my address.

By - 2/1/15 - 4:11 pm

UPDATE: Unlike last week, trash pickup will NOT be delayed a day. However, crews will hit the road earlier (5 a.m.) to try to stay ahead of the snow.

Mayor Walsh says an official snow emergency goes into effect at 6 a.m., which means people parked on snow routes have until 8 a.m. to move their cars, although based on the latest forecasts, if you're waiting until 6 a.m. to move your car, you might have some problems.

By - 1/31/15 - 12:34 am

boston.com:

Speaking on the WGBH program Boston Public Radio Friday afternoon, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city would not take property by eminent domain to facilitate a 2024 Olympics bid.

By - 1/30/15 - 7:58 am

A poll by the Emerson College Polling Society shows naysayers at 48%, pro-Olympics people at 42%.

The poll shows support grows the farther away from Boston somebody is - western Mass. shows 58% support for the possible Games - and the less college somebody has had. Only 36% of people polled in Suffolk County want to bring the Olympics here.

The poll of 554 adults was conducted Jan. 21-24.

By - 1/28/15 - 9:08 pm

So far, this is my favorite timelapse of the storm. Pay close attention to Minute 2:30 when the cleanup begins

By - 1/28/15 - 7:51 pm

Senator Eileen Donoghue .. claimed the high costs associated with..becoming a host city would be outweighed by the economic gains from increased tourism and business.

By - 1/28/15 - 6:46 pm

We got The Call this evening. Kidlet's response: A quiet "Yeah!"

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

By - 1/28/15 - 12:14 pm

Mayor Marty Walsh said at a noon press conference the decision whether to close Boston schools tomorrow will be made later today.

The parking ban on major routes will end at 5 p.m.

Walsh also pleaded with people to stop throwing their damn snow into the streets (paraphrasing here). And he pleaded with younger residents to help shovel out their elderly neighbors.

If you're on foot and you find yourself walking in the street, take your headphones off, he said.

Also, the city will start using some big-ass snow-melting trucks tomorrow, initially downtown.

By - 1/28/15 - 10:32 am

Map showing open requests for snow plowing submitted to the city DPW via the Mayor's Hotline and Citizens connect. Click on a circled number to see more detailed markers.

NOTE: This is not real-time data - the database used to generate the map is updated only once a day.

By - 1/27/15 - 6:25 pm

Mayor Walsh said today:

If you spend 10 hours shoveling out a space, it's your space for a couple of days.

By - 1/27/15 - 5:47 pm

Gov. Baker said he's lifting the eastern-Massachusetts driving ban at midnight, but Mayor Walsh said that doesn't mean everybody should go out and release their pent-up driving urges. He said he's keeping the ban on parking on key roads "until further notice:"

Boston is still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions. People should only be driving under emergency circumstances. We are doing everything we can to dig out and stay on top of every safety concern, but we need everyone's co-operation. It is not time for anyone to relax or get complacent.

By - 1/27/15 - 4:20 pm
Sidewalk Sam

Sidewalk Sam with admirers and one of his smaller works. Photo by Matt Bargar.

Bob Guillemin, better known to Bostonians as Sidewalk Sam for his sidewalk murals, died at his Newton home Sunday, the Globe reports.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 1/27/15 - 10:39 am
Chihuahua in the snow

Paula Tennyson spotted a chihuahua with second thoughts. See way more photos, with more to come, of course.

By - 1/27/15 - 9:34 am
Do I haveta? <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulaTennyson/status/560067594485792768">Paula Tennyson</a>.
Wait, what? <a href="https://twitter.com/2015Snowst/status/559980907260809216">Boston Snowst 2015</a>.
Comm. Ave. in Allston. <a href="https://twitter.com/sznnmorse/status/560068991063166976">Suzanne Morse</a>.
These guys'll clean up. <a href="https://twitter.com/Garrywaldeck/status/560063491022024704">Gary Waldeck</a>.
Huntington Ave. <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560054227633192960">Sonia Q.</a>
Cavalry in Lower Roxbury at 7 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/zelenyoko/status/560052567389274112">Zelenyoko</a>.
Drifty. <a href="https://twitter.com/Peter_the_Gr8/status/560052835338174464">Mr. 309</a>.
Small dogs of Roslindale not pleased. <a href="https://twitter.com/jmecerretti/status/560070589436932096">Jamie Cerretti</a>.
No deliveries today. <a href="https://twitter.com/Shari_Weiner/status/560050247876247552">Shari W.</a>.
Brighton. <a href="https://twitter.com/Lecil/status/560048801093013504">Lecil</a>.
South Boston, 7:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/stevebikes/status/560053504526794753">SteveBikes</a>.
Lynn, 7 a.m. <a herf="https://twitter.com/jumpingjuli/status/560046863563644929">Juliet Parry</a>.
Where's the Pru? <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560044418909343744">Sonia Q.</a>
Ethereal convention center. <a href="https://twitter.com/hparker/status/559984423404593153">Heather Parker</a>.
Roslindale, 5:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/BPSNightmare/status/560033321460441088">Karen Kast-McBride</a>.
Romantic Southie snow walk. <a href="https://twitter.com/chipsy231/status/559963449326051329">Eileen Murphy</a>.
T workers worked through the night. <a href="https://twitter.com/MBTA/status/560083042824245248">MBTA</a>.
Brighton drifts. <a href="https://twitter.com/blakehuggins/status/560069662449598464/photo/1">Blake Huggins</a>.
Do I haveta? Paula Tennyson.
Do I haveta? <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulaTennyson/status/560067594485792768">Paula Tennyson</a>.
Wait, what? Boston Snowst 2015.
Wait, what? <a href="https://twitter.com/2015Snowst/status/559980907260809216">Boston Snowst 2015</a>.
Comm. Ave. in Allston. Suzanne Morse.
Comm. Ave. in Allston. <a href="https://twitter.com/sznnmorse/status/560068991063166976">Suzanne Morse</a>.
These guys'll clean up. Gary Waldeck.
These guys'll clean up. <a href="https://twitter.com/Garrywaldeck/status/560063491022024704">Gary Waldeck</a>.
Huntington Ave. Sonia Q.
Huntington Ave. <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560054227633192960">Sonia Q.</a>
Cavalry in Lower Roxbury at 7 a.m. Zelenyoko.
Cavalry in Lower Roxbury at 7 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/zelenyoko/status/560052567389274112">Zelenyoko</a>.
Drifty. Mr. 309.
Drifty. <a href="https://twitter.com/Peter_the_Gr8/status/560052835338174464">Mr. 309</a>.
Small dogs of Roslindale not pleased. Jamie Cerretti.
Small dogs of Roslindale not pleased. <a href="https://twitter.com/jmecerretti/status/560070589436932096">Jamie Cerretti</a>.
No deliveries today. Shari W..
No deliveries today. <a href="https://twitter.com/Shari_Weiner/status/560050247876247552">Shari W.</a>.
Brighton. Lecil.
Brighton. <a href="https://twitter.com/Lecil/status/560048801093013504">Lecil</a>.
South Boston, 7:30 a.m. SteveBikes.
South Boston, 7:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/stevebikes/status/560053504526794753">SteveBikes</a>.
Lynn, 7 a.m. Juliet Parry.
Lynn, 7 a.m. <a herf="https://twitter.com/jumpingjuli/status/560046863563644929">Juliet Parry</a>.
Where's the Pru? Sonia Q.
Where's the Pru? <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560044418909343744">Sonia Q.</a>
Ethereal convention center. Heather Parker.
Ethereal convention center. <a href="https://twitter.com/hparker/status/559984423404593153">Heather Parker</a>.
Roslindale, 5:30 a.m. Karen Kast-McBride.
Roslindale, 5:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/BPSNightmare/status/560033321460441088">Karen Kast-McBride</a>.
Romantic Southie snow walk. Eileen Murphy.
Romantic Southie snow walk. <a href="https://twitter.com/chipsy231/status/559963449326051329">Eileen Murphy</a>.
T workers worked through the night. MBTA.
T workers worked through the night. <a href="https://twitter.com/MBTA/status/560083042824245248">MBTA</a>.
Brighton drifts. Blake Huggins.
Brighton drifts. <a href="https://twitter.com/blakehuggins/status/560069662449598464/photo/1">Blake Huggins</a>.

First photos from the storm. Click on a thumbnail to see it larger below.

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