By - 1/15/14 - 7:36 am

Isis Parenting, which provided classes, consulting and products for expectant and new mothers, announced yesterday it's closing all of its centers in the area - Back Bay, Arlington, Needham and Hanover.

The chain, which started in Brookline in 2003 - and which provided pre-natal classes for a number of local hospitals - broke the news on its Facebook page last night:

With heavy hearts,

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By - 1/14/14 - 9:37 am

It's here again. We shouldn't be surprised because it's mid January, but the New England Auto Show has shown up again at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For locals who haven't been to the NY Auto Show or the one in Detroit, the one here is adequate. While you won't see a ton of prototypes on the show floor, you will get a chance... Read more

By - 1/13/14 - 4:39 pm

Tom Nealon reports he's shutting Pazzo Books on Centre Street in late March:

While the rare books side of the business has thrived (and will continue online, at fairs, and by appointment), the rest of the business has continued to be challenging. When it came time to renew my lease, I just couldn’t pull the trigger and after much deliberation, decided that shuttering the

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By - 1/11/14 - 11:20 pm

Shortly after 11 p.m. at Humboldt Avenue and Seaver Street.

The suspect is described as black, 5'10" and 180 lbs., wearing a black jacket and a gray hoodie.... Read more

By - 1/10/14 - 8:02 am
Landmark Center proposal

Proposed expanded Landmark Center from Park Drive.

The BRA holds a hearing next Thursday on plans to add 600 residential units, a supermarket and other retail space and an underground garage to the Landmark Center.

At the hearing, set for 5:30 p.m. in the authority's City Hall offices, developers will propose making room for the new space by tearing down the existing parking garage behind the main building, originally erected as a... Read more

By - 1/8/14 - 11:38 am

Adam Castiglioni relays the news that Cigar Masters on Boylston Street has shut down, leaving Stanza dei Sigari on Hanover Street as the city's only legal cigar bar.

By - 1/6/14 - 2:22 pm

JetBlue reports it's sharply cutting back service at Logan - and the three New York airports - until 10 a.m. tomorrow in the hopes of giving flight crews time to rest and ground crews times to service planes:

At that time, we’ll gradually ramp up again – we intend to be 100% operational by 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The airline says it was... Read more

By - 1/4/14 - 12:29 pm
Burst pipe at Santander Bank on Boylston Street in Boston

Katie Painter reports a burst pipe at the Santander Bank branch at 575 Boylston St. sent water flooding onto the street and set off the bank's alarms around noontime.

Dan Adams reports a sprinkler burst on the first floor of Spaulding Hospital, closing its kitchen.

The pipes bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that's it's still cold out... Read more

By - 12/30/13 - 10:00 am
Dead Sam Adams truck in Jamaica Plain

A Sam Adams truck, about to make a delivery to Blanchard's around 9:30 a.m., kicked the bucket right in the middle of Centre Street, forcing police to block the road in both directions until the truck could be moved.

"Usually, I'm more than happy to see Sam Adams," Tiffani Faison, who took the photo, commented.... Read more

By - 12/28/13 - 12:08 pm

Joe Gravellese reports Planet Fitness has sold its Government Center outlet to some company called Rock'n Fitness.

Still open, same membership price, same hours, etc. ... They've already scraped off most of the logos etc. It looks weird in there.

And one of those things they scraped off was the large "No Judgement Zone" banner, which was forever getting judged, hard, by aficionados of... Read more

By - 12/26/13 - 12:20 am

A man who says he used his American Express card to buy stuff at the Somerville Target on Dec. 1 is now seeking more than $5 million from Target to compensate him and other Massachusetts Target customers who may have had their credit-card information stolen.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Daniel Heller, who describes himself as "a regular... Read more

By - 12/21/13 - 11:38 am reports on a recent BRA planning meeting at which an architect for the Hook family discussed how it would like to build some sort of tower on the current property - with the lobster place staying in the first floor.

By - 12/16/13 - 7:46 am

A woman who bought a $249 emerald ring at the Burlington Jared says it was defective and now she wants the company to pay her and 10,000 other customers more than $5 million in recompense.

In her suit, filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Catherine O'Connell says the value of her ring "is worth substantially less" than what she paid for it... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 12:23 pm

Red Sox officials say they want to add three more places to buy hard liquor, add sales of beer in bottles and extend alcohol sales on Yawkey Way as a way to reduce crowding in the stadium during Red Sox games and other events at Fenway Park.

At a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board this morning, Dennis Quilty, the team's licensing attorney, and Lawrence... Read more

By - 12/7/13 - 12:27 pm

Roslindale Village Main Street has posted a map showing every single one (with descriptions of the spaces, in the hopes of attracting merchants to them).

By - 12/6/13 - 7:43 am

The Portland Press-Herald reports some Montreal businessmen are raising funds to create an overnight "hotel train" service between Montreal and Boston - by way of Portland. A one-way ticket for the 14 1/2-hour ride on the 30-mph train would be $150. The real market isn't us, but beach-mad Montrealers who just love them some Maine beaches.... Read more

By - 11/29/13 - 12:15 pm

AcBel Polytech, which makes power-supply units for large EMC data-storage units, is suing Fairchild Semiconductor over voltage regulators that failed "at an epidemic rate" in late 2010.

AcBel charges that Fairchild replaced perfectly fine components with poorly designed ones that shorted out due to humidity and that it then compounded the problem by not telling anybody it had made the change - or then changed... Read more

By - 11/28/13 - 5:47 pm

Sure, they were, in their own way, a pretty nasty bunch, but you can't help but appreciate their Blue Laws when you look at all the ads in today's paper from chains advertising they're opening at 8 p.m. today. Hah, hah, not here you're not.