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By - 5/19/15 - 11:05 am

Wendy Blom, Executive Director of SCATV, sits down with Eric Fellinger, Board Chair of Union Square Main Streets, and Esther Hanig, Executive Director of Union Square Main Streets to discuss their grassroots fundraising campaign to help provide farm fresh food to Somerville neighbors in need of Farmers Market SNAP benefits. Support their endeavor: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/20...

About this segment: Union Square Main Streets staff and board...Read more

By - 5/4/15 - 3:09 pm

Welcome to Dot reposts a query from the Lower Mills Nextdoor group:

Anyone know of a local ceramic shop or thrist store where I can find ceramic fairies?

I know it is a weird request, but I really need a few for the neighborhood kids.

The few I had in my front yard broke over the winter, and at least 3 little girls in

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By - 12/15/14 - 2:56 pm

Eight people in the Boston area are charged with an identity-theft scheme that prosecutors say let them steal $700,000 from five victim's home-equity lines.

Members of the fraud ring managed to get the victims' phone lines redirected to their own, which they then used to obtain advances on the victims' home-equity lines and have them transferred to their own bank accounts between November 2012 and...Read more

By - 11/30/14 - 5:06 pm

Matt Karolian asks:

What's the deal with Winthrop? Decent place to buy a joint?

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By - 11/22/14 - 12:15 pm

Pete Cannon asks:

Any recommendations for emergency heating system repair this weekend in JP?

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By - 11/14/14 - 4:48 pm

The Boston Globe reports on the new Seaport Square development that's now approved to move forward. The project will include 832 apartments (from from 365-square-foot studios to 1,335-square-foot three bedrooms), 30 new shops & restaurants, 775 parking spaces, a 17,000 square foot park and a bowling ally.

96 units will be designated as affordable housing, but whether or not those residents can...Read more

By - 11/12/14 - 7:23 pm


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By - 10/17/14 - 4:26 pm
Car on stairs in Dorchester

The Boston Fire Department (which provided this photo), reports firefighters responded around 4 p.m. for an SUV up the front stairs of 44 Hill Top St.

The driver is being evaluated for injuries. A woman and two children in the car checked out OK, the department says....Read more

By - 8/31/14 - 10:16 pm

Get ready for the Tiny House Festival on Sept. 20 at 10 Poplar St.:

Our hope is that a group of tiny houses will take residence in this large city lot in Somerville to create a temporary village from Friday September 19 through Sunday, September 21. While the houses are there, the space will hold several events including a craft fair and festival,

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By - 8/19/14 - 8:08 am

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to take a look at the role large landlords are playing in forcing longtime residents out of the city.

On Wednesday, Jackson will ask fellow councilors for a hearing to consider "displacement, community stability and neighborhood preservation."

In his hearing request, Jackson writes:

The foreclosure crisis and the surge of residential housing conversion by corporate landlords backed by investors

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By - 8/18/14 - 7:11 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers a request to begin looking at possible regulations over online services that let people rent apartments, such as Airbnb - and even Craigslist.

Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) says Boston needs to look at the burgeoning services before Boston's residential neighborhoods are harmed. In his request for a hearing, LaMattina writes:

Typical short-term lodging establishments -

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By - 8/12/14 - 11:23 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that the Zoning Board of Appeals will start holding bi-weekly sessions to hear zoning requests from homeowners and small businesses.

And unlike regular zoning-board hearings, which are held during working hours, the new hearings - to be conducted by a board subcommittee, will be held in the evenings.

The goal is to help decrease a ZBA backlog that had gotten up...Read more

By - 8/11/14 - 7:04 pm
Mayor Walsh at revitalized Alvah Kittredge mansion

Mayor Walsh at Alvah Kittredge dedication. Photo by Bartlett Events.

City officials this evening formally dedicated the rebuilt Alvah Kittredge House, saved through the work of Historic Boston, which took ownership of the long-vacant early 19th-century structure on Linwood Street in 2011 and rebuilt it as five two-bedroom apartments.Read more

By - 8/8/14 - 10:02 am
Proposed veterans apartments in Brighton

Proposed Brighton Marine building.

The hill heading up Comm. Ave. from Warren Street could be transformed in coming years under plans by developers to add a new apartment building aimed at veterans and to turn an office building into a home for young single professionals.

Officials from the Brighton Marine Health Center showed off plans for a 101-unit project at the start of the hill, at Warren Street at...Read more

By - 7/27/14 - 9:23 am

As many as 30 people may have been made homeless by an early morning fire on Allston Street that was so intense, for a time people arriving on scene could not even see the sidewalk due to the thick smoke.

Shortly after 8 a.m., firefighters were still dealing with flareups in two of the three buildings.

Another photo of the...Read more

By - 7/25/14 - 9:16 am
Horseshoe crab door knocker on Beacon Hill

Max Grinnell noticed this unusual door knocker while ambling about Beacon Hill the other day.Read more

By - 7/14/14 - 5:36 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports AvalonBay is just pleased as punch that it's charging less for an apartment at its new Assembly Row building than for a comparable unit in the Back Bay. Life is good.Read more

By - 7/14/14 - 1:33 pm

A West Roxbury District Court judge today admonished two neighbors to grow up and stop battling over their property line.

She reserved particular ire for a 72-year-old woman whose neighbor captured her video on his property scaring his kids and then smashing a glass deck table by throwing a rock at it. The woman, who had requested a restraining order against her neighbor and who...Read more

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