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By - 1/4/16 - 11:39 pm
Proposed condos on Centre Street in West Roxbury

Architect's revised rendering.

Residents who attended a meeting tonight on a 16-unit condo proposal for the old West Roxbury Motors site generally gave a thumbs up to a proposed design that eliminates an earlier exterior that residents found too modern for the area, too much like something built out of Lego bricks.

But when one resident questioned why the single ground-floor commercial space would be made off limits to a restaurant or coffee shop - in a building that would be across the street from the neighborhood Starbucks - other residents said that wouldn't bother them, because that stretch of Centre Street already has at least ten vacant storefronts. Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 1:09 pm

Starbucks goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to change the shuttered Melting Pot fondue place in the Park Plaza Hotel into a, well, Starbucks.

Park Plaza guests who now want the Starbucks experience have to walk a full two-tenths of a mile to the Starbucks in the Transportation Building. Read more.

By - 12/28/15 - 12:42 pm

The owner of Truong-Thinh Market, 1305 Dorchester Ave., is admitting he paid a number of workers less than minimum wage and made them work overtime for a lot less than they should have, the state Attorney General's office reports.

Market owner Joseph Pham has agreed to pay $84,000 in restitution to seven workers for two years' worth of inadequate wages, as well as $21,000 in fines, the attorney general's office says, adding it began an investigation this past July after workers complained. Read more.

By - 12/28/15 - 11:50 am

A travelogue of sorts from 1970, narrated by Edwin Land himself, that concludes with him walking us around the plans for a new Polaroid factory in Norwood. Around 12:00, he discusses the future of photography, including cameras that would fit in a pocket, "something like a telephone, that you would use all day long. ... a camera that you would use as often as a pencil, or your eyeglasses" (but still one that spits out everything on film).

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 12/27/15 - 2:36 pm
Ceiling shark

Brad Kelly looked up inside the Reliable Market in Union Square, Somerville.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/24/15 - 9:58 am
Gronkowski ad in South Boston

Visa set its new ad, the one featuring Rob Gronkowski and other Gronkowskis, in South Boston (the family's actually from upstate New York). Eileen Murphy, who captured some of the filming, reports her car briefly appears in one scene. Read more.

By - 12/23/15 - 9:20 am

On Monday, the mayor's office announced the city would be showing the Winter Classic Bruins hockey game on a big screen in Copley Square.

But the Globe reports that NBC/Comcast has blocked the outdoor viewing because it owns the exclusive rights to the telecast and it's not going to let a bunch of people just watch it in a park.

Also: Petition to let Rene Rancourt sing the national anthem.

By - 12/23/15 - 8:57 am
Spindrift Soda

Spindrift Beverage Co., which makes high-end sodas and seltzers in Waltham, is suing an Oregon wine company with a line of wines called Spindrift Cellars for the right to keep using the name. Read more.

By - 12/17/15 - 1:08 pm
Notes of remembrance left on Irving's store in Brookline

Tracey Staedter was heartened today to see all the sticky notes left on Irving's on Harvard Street by fans of longtime owner Ethel Weiss, who died last week at 101: Read more.

By - 12/17/15 - 1:00 pm

A company that services airplanes at Logan Airport charges TACV, the Cape Verdean airline that shifted from Logan to TF Green this summer, still owes it $103,000 and change. Read more.

By - 12/16/15 - 9:35 am

And raises the issue of whether its would be neighbor is doing enough to bring more affordable housing to the neighborhood, Jamaica Plain News reports.

By - 12/15/15 - 3:44 pm

The insurance company for a Waltham condo trust has sued car dealer Herb Chambers, charging a sloppy service job on a BMW led to a garage fire that damaged two condos. Read more.

By - 12/14/15 - 10:47 am

Robert Ambrogi ponders the news that GateHouse Media, best known locally for its ownership of local weekly newspapers (with a few dailies in the mix) has bought the company that owns Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

By - 12/12/15 - 12:09 am
Ethel Weiss has passed away

Chris Lopez noticed the sign in the window of Irving's on Harvard Street on Friday about Ethel Weiss, 101.

Really sad day in Brookline. Ethel was always so sweet to my wife and I when we went into Irving's.

By - 12/10/15 - 9:09 am

A local movie buff forwards the following exchange between a patron of a local movie theater and the theater's manager. The manager agreed to release the exchange on condition names be excluded.

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 9:10 AM
To:
Subject: Security
Dear Mr ____,

On Saturday December 5 my date and I attended the 4:15 showing of Spotlight at the ***** Theatre . Just before the show started I was returning from the men's room , when I came across two Muslim women with large backpacks speaking a foreign language entering my theatre .

Read more.

By - 12/10/15 - 8:40 am

The Globe reports General Electric is considering the South Boston Waterfront as a home for its corporate headquarters.

City and state officials are offering the "property tax relief and tax credits" that have become de rigueur in trying to attract the sorts of companies that will make certain Globe business writers very happy that Boston can finally regain at least one multinational corporate headquarters, because we've apparently been suffering a horrible malaise at our lack of said corporate giants having their leaders regularly ride through our streets in limousines. Or as the Globe puts it, GE moving its executives here would prove "a civic boost" for a saddened region.

By - 12/9/15 - 8:13 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the Boston Firefighters Credit Union will be moving into the space at Centre and Lagrange vacated by Eastern Bank. Unfortunately, the space is not large enough to let the credit union sublease space to a pizza place or funeral home.

The location is right up the street from the City of Boston Credit Union, which the BBJ notes has become the Boston Firefighters Credit Union's evil arch-nemesis.

By - 12/3/15 - 10:22 am

In US District Court in Boston.

600 lb. Gorillas, a Duxbury ice-cream company, this week sued one of its suppliers for allegedly providing ice cream for its ice-cream sandwiches that was so bad people stopped buying them. Read more.

By - 12/3/15 - 8:43 am

Lisa shows us the denial about this online post from McKinnon's Meat Market in Davis Square.

By - 11/27/15 - 11:02 pm

David Parsons watched the horde sweep into H&M at South Shore Plaza early on Black Friday.

Ed. note: We went in the afternoon, when things were a bit calmer. But much of the second floor smelled overwhelmingly of stale popcorn butter - like a popcorn butter truck had exploded and they hadn't finished cleaning it up. Also, Lord & Taylor had a DJ at their first-floor entrance playing "Uptown Funk" cranked to 11 - who knew the store's demographic had changed so much.

Photo copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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