Business

By - 7/12/16 - 7:53 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a state official says building a temporary helipad in Boston by September is "doable," says that that would be like a bus stop, while the permanent location would be more like a bus station. No word on whether they'll take CharlieCards - or, for that matter, where they want to put it. We need to get this thing in place quickly because we'd hate to disappoint GE, which is, of course, moving here in part because we're a world-class city and world-class cities have helipads.

By - 7/11/16 - 6:09 pm

Because, sure, who hasn't had an urgent need to cash a check at 3:30 a.m.?

Steve Fox at the South End Forum is sounding the alarm over a proposal by PLS Check Cashing at Mass. Ave. and Tremont Street to extend its current closing time from midnight to never, which would make it Boston's first non-stop check-cashing place: Read more.

By - 7/8/16 - 3:12 pm
Initial Verizon FiOS service areas in Boston.

Initial Verizon FiOS service areas in Boston in pink.

Verizon has filed updated plans with the city for its roll out of FiOS Internet, phone and cable service that show that West Roxbury and parts of neighboring Roslindale, most of Dorchester, the area around Dudley Square, would be the first areas in the city to get the Comcast competitor. Read more.

By - 7/7/16 - 5:12 pm

Alternet and the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism take a look at the forces behind a ballot question that would expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.

By - 7/6/16 - 11:33 pm

Revolution Books, 1158 Mass. Ave. in Harvard Square, is closing for good on July 23. Read more.

By - 7/6/16 - 1:17 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports.

By - 6/30/16 - 5:23 pm

CVS pharmacies in the Boston area and New Hampshire repeatedly filled Oxycodone prescriptions they should have known were forged - in one case because the chain's own computer system had a warning about the person who kept bringing them in - the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.

By - 6/29/16 - 5:35 pm

A family that's run a liquor store in Providence for three years wants to branch out to the South End, but is already running into opposition from neighbors who say enough's enough. Read more.

By - 6/21/16 - 6:10 pm

The Dorchester Reporter scores on talks between UMass Boston, which now owns what's left of the expo center, and the Kraft family, which owns the soccer team.

By - 6/20/16 - 6:37 pm
Helipad atop Motor Mart garage in Park Square, Boston

The Motor Mart garage roof in Park Square served as a helipad in 1947. Photo by Leslie Jones.

The city won't build GE a helipad without scrutiny from the City Council. On Wednesday, the council formally votes to approve at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty's proposal for a hearing on the city's proposal for a public helipad somewhere closer to GE's impending Fort Point headquarters. Read more.

By - 6/19/16 - 12:54 pm

WBUR reports state alcohol regulators have suddenly decided a law that let Nashoba Valley Winery bottle wine and run a restaurant for 16 years really means it can't bottle wine and run a restaurant.

By - 6/14/16 - 12:44 pm
Knotted rubber-ball patent illustration

From the patent.

A Cambridge company says a doggie chew toy sold by PetSmart violated the patent and copyright it holds on a knotted-rubber dog chew toy and so has bopped the chain on the nose with a rolled-up legal complaint. Read more.

By - 6/6/16 - 6:10 pm

WCVB reports on a video taken by a customer of the America's Food Basket in Mattapan Square.

By - 5/31/16 - 11:24 am

A couple of reports from this past holiday weekend:

Vanyaland reports the bassist for a band playing O'Brien's in Allston last night tried to set his instrument on fire - with the help of some lighter fluid. No, it wasn't the Flaming Lips.

Sgt. Luke Taxter at D-4 reports a large fight inside the Cask 'n Flagon early Sunday ended with "1 female with cut to face and officers closing the bar early."

By - 5/31/16 - 7:58 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a group of local developers are snapping up the Taj Hotel, where the Ritz used to be.

By - 5/19/16 - 2:36 pm

The Verge reports GM plans to roll out its Maven car-sharing service in Boston this summer.

By - 5/19/16 - 12:18 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the owners of the Taj Boston are putting it up for sale - and pricing it to move (they paid $170 million for the former Ritz, would accept $125 million).

By - 5/18/16 - 11:38 pm

Banker & Tradesman reports (subscription required) the commercial condo space used by the Starbucks at 165 Newbury St. recently sold for $6.25 million - a new Newbury Street record. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 8:01 am

The Boston Licensing Board recently gave Sagarino's, 106 South St., the right to sell liquor in pint and half-pint bottles, after the store argued customers living in tiny units want the freedom to buy smaller liquor bottles to match their smaller storage space. Read more.