By - 12/30/14 - 8:43 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced he has appointed Regina Robinson, dean of students at Cambridge College to the Boston School Committee, to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of the Rev. Gregory Groover.

Robinson had previously served as associated dean of women at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, from which she has a bachelor's in speech communications and a master's in counseling.

Robinson has served... Read more

By - 12/26/14 - 10:31 pm

Kristie Helms asks:

Question... good place in Boston to browse/purchase vinyl?

By - 12/26/14 - 2:37 pm
Richard Stutman of the Boston Teachers Union

As Walsh, students listen, BTU President Richard Stutman talks.

Mayor Walsh and Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman today announced agreement on a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day at the 60 elementary and middle schools in Boston that don't already have them.

Walsh said the move is a major step to ensuring "a world-class education for every student in the city." He said experience elsewhere and in Boston schools that... Read more

By - 12/24/14 - 10:05 am
Christmas baskets on a trolley line in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on with the baskets in this photo, taken Christmas, 1903 - and where it was taken. See it larger.

By - 12/23/14 - 6:12 pm

City health officials and police are trying to figure out what's causing a sharp increase in drug overdoses in Boston this year.

The Boston Public Health Commission said today the city had 32 suspected overdoses this past weekend - concentrated downtown and in East Boston and Dorchester. The same period last year saw just 8 overdoses.

In a statement, the commission said samples from street... Read more

By - 12/20/14 - 11:55 am

Chris Faraone recounts a season with the Boston Bandits, a "semipro" team (players actually pay to play), whose most famous player got that way only by being shot to death, allegedly by Aaron Hernandez.

After driving north in slush and grayness for close to three hours, the Bandits expect some relief once they arrive and unload. Despite being the same field where they lost

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By - 12/19/14 - 4:15 am

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh held a community forum at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury Thursday Night starting at 7:00 P.M., and running for almost five hours.

They made presentations and answered questions about how Boston Police Department officer involved shootings are investigated and related issues.

Rev Laura Everett live-tweeted the event.... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 4:09 pm

CommonWealth reports a consultant working on the Boston Olympics bid approached the state lottery commission about running a very special lottery to help fund Boston's Olympics effort, should it come to that. The lottery people told him no, that would take an act of the legislature, since, by law, lottery profits are only supposed to go to the state's cities and towns.

As CommonWealth... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 12:21 pm
Sign shop in old Boston

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

By - 12/18/14 - 11:14 am

Somebody has put together a map showing local streets that align with the rising and setting sun on the winter solstice, which is this Sunday.

Meanwhile, there's a winter-solstice walk at Walden Pond at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

By - 12/17/14 - 2:00 pm

Reason reports the bus line is back from the dead and getting ready to ferry people between New York and Boston again.

By - 12/16/14 - 12:32 pm

Imagine if they slapped those things on the backs of Orange Line cars. Vroom!

By - 12/16/14 - 8:07 am

WBUR posts photos of the gingerbread structures on display through Dec. 22 at the Boston Society of Architects.

By - 12/15/14 - 9:48 pm

The BPL has released a list of the ten books taken out most frequently in 2014:

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  5. Inferno by Dan Brown
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  7. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  8. Catching Fire by Suzanne
  9. ... Read more
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.... Read more

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.

City Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) said the tax break would keep a fast growing company in Boston - the company pledged to add 400 to 500 new jobs over the next five years... Read more

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.