By - 2/19/14 - 10:22 pm

Do you want (or need) to raise money to support the causes and organizations you care about?

Join Socializing for Justice for a ProfDev (professional development) training Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking on Monday, March 3, 6:00 - 8:30 PM at The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street in downtown Boston.

Fee: $10 advance/$20 door - split with trainer
Limited... Read more

By - 2/19/14 - 10:47 am
Guys on a Boston corner

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where these corner dudes were hanging around in their scally caps. See it larger.

By - 2/18/14 - 9:39 pm

Vania asks:

Fat Tuesday is two weeks away! Do good pączki exist in Boston?

By - 2/18/14 - 5:45 pm

A number of bicycling groups are reacting to an e-mail exchange over the Southwest Corridor bike lane with by asking why major bike lanes aren't given the same clearing priority as roads.

MassBike takes the issue of snow removal on off-road pathways – and all bicycle facilities - very seriously because many people who ride bikes rely on them for their daily transportation

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By - 2/17/14 - 11:31 am
Teddy Roosevelt at Boston City Hall, 1912.

Teddy Roosevelt at Boston City Hall

Leslie Jones had a long career as a news photographer. Among other things, he took photos of presidents from Roosevelt to Kennedy. On this Presidents Day, here are some of his photos.

William Howard Taft at Harvard Stadium:


President Wilson and then Gov. Coolidge:

By - 2/15/14 - 7:59 pm


The Yahn Bomb Squad adding pompoms at the beginning of the storm, as captured by Portraits of Boston.... Read more

By - 2/15/14 - 3:27 pm
Where's all the floss?

Roving UHub photographer Harry Forbes noticed a run on floss at his local Target today. He reports a nearby Stop & Shop was also largely bereft of floss.

By - 2/15/14 - 11:18 am

Penny Cherubino does some research and finds several other big cities do and wonders:

Would you get rid of one or more cars if you had to pay for a resident parking permit?

Would year-round street sweeping, that would allow public works to clear snow to the curb on street sweeping days, be a good idea?

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By - 2/14/14 - 4:08 pm

Some people talk about Globe Direct, but Jonathan Kamens is doing something about it: He's contacting all the advertisers he sees in the weekly red-bag-of-unwantedness. He posts a transcript of the voice-mail response he got from Shaws:

We have had several complaints about their alternate delivery and we are working with the Globe and our media company to try and persuade them to go

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By - 2/14/14 - 3:56 pm

Terry Eliasen at WBZ notes that tomorrow's storm involves the dreaded bombogenesis. Wha?

It is basically a fancy term for what happens to a storm when it undergoes a rapid drop in pressure in a very short amount of time. Essentially it goes from a relatively weak, regular old storm, to a monster, nor’easter-type system. I am sure most of you have seen

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By - 2/14/14 - 8:30 am

The Globe reports Mayor Walsh is promising something big in Boston when it comes to high-speed Internet access, although he declined to get specific:

After his comments to the MassTLC audience, Walsh wouldn’t expand on his fiber plans, except to say that he’s working on it.

And, unfortunately, the devil's in the details. Somebody would have to install a lot of fiber around Boston.... Read more

By - 2/11/14 - 3:09 pm
Arroyo for register of probate

Felix D. Arroyo tomorrow announces a bid to replace Patty Campatelli as Suffolk County Register of Probate and Family Court.

Campatelli, in her first term in the elected holdover from colonial days, found herself suspended by the Massachusetts Trial Court in January due to an investigation into whether she punched an employee - a charge she denies.

Arroyo the elder was a Boston city... Read more

By - 2/11/14 - 2:04 pm

Happy Valentine's Day! Ready to meet some like-minded progressives? Then you'll want to join us for Dating While Progressive, a fun and welcoming singles party!

Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet the friendly faces of the group that’s grown to over 2200 members, hosted 145+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding 6+ years ago.

RSVP: ... Read more

By - 2/10/14 - 2:22 pm
Old track work in Boston

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

By - 2/10/14 - 2:18 pm

Mayor Walsh had a Facebook chat today. And look who popped in (because he's everywhere).

OMG: Don Warner Saklad catches his white whale

H/t. Gin Dumcius for the screen capture.

By - 2/9/14 - 12:43 pm

Tee asks:

Anyone know of a T accessible place to get about 10 watch batteries changed?

By - 2/6/14 - 1:12 pm
Massholes with snow on their roofs

GoddessOfCarbs shows us the SUVs of two of our fine drivers who couldn't have been bothered to clear the snow off their vehicles this morning.

Ed. note: Drove the kidlet to Forest Hills this a.m. for the bus to school, noticed that SUV drivers seem totally unaware you can get a long brush for those hard to reach places before all the snow comes... Read more

By - 2/6/14 - 12:21 pm

Jared May dug up this Boston tourism ad from the 1980s, where, some might suggest, it should stay.

Also see:
New England, the Patriots and We.
I can walk like a penguin!
They're the ones for you, New England.... Read more

By - 2/6/14 - 11:30 am

Laura Pond asks:

Those who have Renter's Insurance - who do you recommend?