Boston

By - 1/5/14 - 4:48 pm

Matt Karolian suddenly finds himself in need of one. Recommendations?

By - 1/5/14 - 12:35 pm

Impending Mayor Marty Walsh announced today he's naming outgoing City Councilor Felix Arroyo to be chief of health and human services:

Felix brings a wealth of knowledge and City of Boston experience to my Administration. Felix knows how to bring people together and work collaboratively. He values and understands the importance of directly addressing the needs of Boston’s most vulnerable residents, and he will

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By - 1/4/14 - 9:13 pm
Flooded basement at 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston

Ladder floats in flooded basement of MIT frat on Bay State Road. Photo by BFD.

From downtown office towers to apartments across the city, Boston firefighters were kept busy tonight dealing with sprinkler systems failing under the onslaught of cold temperatures.

Firefighters went floor to floor in the 33-story 44 Federal St. tonight, ordering all unnecessary workers out of the building after they shut the entire building's sprinkler system due to a leak.

Around the same time, firefighters responded to... Read more

By - 1/4/14 - 5:38 pm

MassLive reports at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley has decided she'd like a go at running the City Council and so will make fellow councilors choose between her and District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan.

On the other side of the fifth floor at City Hall, Marty Walsh has selected a former aide to Tom Menino and a current exec at the Huffington Post as his chief... Read more

By - 1/4/14 - 12:49 am

Today, #SnowCrew dug out 24 elderly and disabled neighbors but 32 others still need help digging out after the storm.

Here are the top 5 things you can do to help them get dug out:

1) Dig them out yourself - go to http://neighborsforneighbors.org/page/snowcrew to find who lives near you that still needs help. Requests are located from Foxboro to East Boston to... Read more

By - 1/3/14 - 3:05 pm

Per the mayor's office. And you know what that means: 48 hours of space-saving frenzy (and then it all stops, right?).

Ed. note: Video NSFchairs at the end.

H/t JR Strauss.

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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