Business

By - 6/17/15 - 3:31 pm

The City Council says state Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester) and state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) are on the right track with a bill that would try to remove billboards from open-space areas through a tax credit to billboard companies that remove them.

“This bill incentivizes businesses to be better neighbors,” said Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain).

By - 6/17/15 - 7:19 am

LensProToGo, which rents high-end camera gear, reports somebody spent some serious time smashing a large hole in a wall to rob its Baker Avenue Extension warehouse over the weekend. They've posted a list of the stolen lenses and their serial numbers. Read more.

By - 6/13/15 - 10:01 am

A Brockton man who claims Boston-based DraftKings deceived him into starting an account with $10 has filed a lawsuit that seeks more than $5 million in recompense for DraftKings users across the country. Read more.

By - 6/12/15 - 5:54 pm

NYTimes:

Support for Boston 2024 Olympic Bid Slips to 39% of the people

BOSTON — More bad news arrived Wednesday for the boosters of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: A new poll shows that just 39 percent of voters statewide support the bid, while 49 percent oppose it.

By - 6/11/15 - 12:24 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports a Boston startup is getting ready to ship wristbands that you can use to give your self an electric shock every time you're about to do something you shouldn't - such as smoke a cigarette.

Pavlok's eponymous device can be set to supply as little as a "pinprick" or as much as 450 volts of searing electropain. The Journal reports interest is particularly strong among Norwegians, Brits and Germans.

By - 6/10/15 - 8:56 pm

Vicky at the Rialto Barbershop posted today that she's started collecting customer contact info just in case she has to move due to rent increases. She writes that she hopes to stay in the same location, even if under "great strain," until next year. Read more.

By - 6/8/15 - 8:20 am

Xconomy reports that Spero Therapeutics today announces a $30-million round of investments for its search to find new drugs to fight bacteria that have gained resistance to current antibiotics.

By - 6/6/15 - 10:45 pm

Wapo Taco on Poplar Street will close its doors forever on June 27. In a Facebook post tonight, owners Dianne and Lorenzo write: Read more.

By - 6/2/15 - 7:37 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Worcester's Commerce Bank has just hired a senior vice president to head up lending to Boston taxi-fleet owners to buy medallions.

By - 6/2/15 - 11:08 am

At the request of the applicant, the Zoning Board of Appeals today deferred hearing the case for and against a medical-marijuana dispensary on Milk Street downtown until July 7. Read more.

By - 5/28/15 - 12:50 pm

Cambridge Police say there won't be anything to be alarmed about on Saturday when you see large clouds of steam erupting out of the Veolia power plant in Kendall Square on Saturday.

Veolia Energy will be conducting a procedure known as steam blowing Saturday, May 30, between 8:00am-6:00pm. ... This operation involves flowing steam through a pipe for the purpose of pipe cleaning. The cleaning will result in large clouds of steam, which may cause curiosity and/or phone calls from the general public.

By - 5/27/15 - 1:59 pm
Matthew Walsh calls for more treatment programs

Matthew Walsh tells councilors treatment programs for people like him need more resources.

Substance-abuse experts and recovering addicts say a proposal by City Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker to fund new treatment programs through a 2% tax on Boston alcohol sales could provide new beds - and new hope - to addicts who now have to wait long periods for help.

By - 5/21/15 - 10:40 am

Weirdo Records in Central Square closed for the last time this week. Owner Angela Sawyer writes: Read more.

By - 5/21/15 - 8:00 am
Inside the Roslindale Substation

Mark Katz went on a tour of the old trolley substation in Roslindale Square yesterday, led by Roslindale Village Main Street and Historic Boston, which now owns the long dormant hulk.

He reports the substation's renovation begins in earnest next month as workers ready the space for a restaurant by Chris Douglass (owner of Ashmont Grille and Tavolo in Dorchester) and a craft beer store.

Craft Beer Cellar, in fact, hopes to open by the end of the year, with Douglass's Third Rail scheduled for a spring opening, he says.

By - 5/19/15 - 7:41 am

The Globe reports the people who work in and around Kendall Square are fed up with sitting in traffic. Sure, there's talk of more buses and better switches on the Red Line, but then there's Robert A. Weinberg, director of the Weinberg Laboratory of Cancer Biology at Whitehead Institute: Read more.

By - 5/18/15 - 7:46 am

WBUR introduces us to the history of MiniLuxe, which hopes to become the Starbucks of nail salons - and which treats workers better than those places in New York and got started when a partner at a Boston investment firm was driving through Revere and noticed all the nail salons there.

By - 5/13/15 - 3:46 pm

City councilors will haul in executives from Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. for another chat about the way they're running Faneuil Hall Marketplace - this time for their plans to start charging buskers up to $2,500 for performance space. Read more.

By - 5/11/15 - 12:15 pm

The Globe reports the operators of the one-time "festival" marketplace plan to start charging the street performers who provide much of the festival feeling a fee to entertain shoppers.

By - 5/6/15 - 5:28 pm

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports the for-profit school's parent company just isn't seeing enough profit in art education these days; will slowly close institute as students graduate its classes, rather than just shutting immediately.

H/t Dale Cruise.

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