By - 1/14/09 - 2:17 pm

Jessica Lipnack accepts the blame for making the Taste Coffee House so crowded - after all, she blogged about it.

... Then a man, sitting at a table by himself, offers me the chair across from him. I explain that there are two more coming. At which point, Nik repeats his view of me as the cause of the standing-room-only. And explains that I've blogged about Taste. At which point the man pipes up: "Here's a quote for your blog: 'Taste is the best thing to happen to Newtonville in five years.'" ...

By - 1/8/09 - 4:05 pm

The Globe reports a former employee of the Boston branch of Shreve, Crump and Low was arrested on charges she replaced two diamonds headed to the Chestnut Hill branch with cubic-zirconia replicas.

The Chestnut Hill store noticed the swap in September.

By - 12/30/08 - 9:54 pm

Enid O'Donnell reads about the plans to shut the West Newton turnpike ramp, at least temporarily, and wonders what in the world the turnpike authority was thinking. She e-mails:

By - 12/26/08 - 2:32 pm

Chuck Tanowitz, who lives and blogs in Newton and who does public relations and marketing for a living, considers the Gatehouse-vs-Globe issue, concludes there's less to the Globe's efforts than meet the eye and that what's at issue is really GateHouse's survival under an attack from an organization using its own content against it.

By - 12/13/08 - 3:40 pm

This morning on Nonantum Road in Newton, Channel 4 reports.

By - 12/10/08 - 12:38 pm

Channel 4 reports nobody was injured, but up to ten cars were damaged, which must mean it was a pretty big chunk of ceiling that collapsed, given the way Atrium customers tend to park.

By - 12/2/08 - 4:02 pm

Wicked Local Newton reports the two students didn't seem to think they'd need permission to dump several gallons of paint all over a Newton park as part of "a film project."

By - 11/19/08 - 11:11 am

I suppose there's a reason has posted a GateHouse video about how great the Newton Tab is. Maybe it's the ads they've wrapped around it.

By - 11/17/08 - 2:06 pm


I'll take a closer look after work today, but in the meantime, if you spend any time with it, what do you think? Oops, one immediate comment: Your existing login doesn't work on the site, you have to create a new account. I understand the technical issues involved, but, still, why?

By - 11/15/08 - 11:37 pm

Jo reports people stood in line for two+ hours today to get the Joker's signature at the Chestnut Hill Mall. Don't worry, she wasn't one of them - she was at the mall to buy a knife:

... Can anyone tell me who would wait in line OVER TWO HOURS to have Rachel Ray sign a cookbook for them???

Please people...tell me why. ...

By - 11/15/08 - 3:42 pm

Allison Shapira explains, in great detail, why she will never buy another thing from Landau Jewelry at the Chestnut Hill Mall.

By - 11/14/08 - 5:31 pm

When building a new Web site from scratch, multiply the amount of time you expect the project to take by four, then add three more days to whatever deadline you come up with. That might explain why's Micro-nano-quark-sized-hyper-local Newton site is now scheduled to launch on Monday, instead of today.

By - 11/12/08 - 12:26 pm

Quincy man turns himself in.

Still no word on the fate of a pair of $87,000 earrings stolen sometime in August or September from the same Shreve, Crump and Low.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/12/08 - 11:06 am

GateHouse Media honcho Kirk Davis stops just short of threatening a lawsuit, but tells Boston Daily he'll be watching the Globe's impending Mega-micro-hyperlocal Newton site with two eagle eyes, to make sure doesn't try to stomp on his Wicked Local territory. He even gets off a good crack about the 800-pound gorilla now being more like a 200-pound gorilla, which is kind of funny in an ironic sort of way, coming from a guy whose own employer's stock is now worth like negative 3 cents a share, but whatever.

And here I sit, wondering if the issue is simply one of scale. I link to and quote from Wicked Local sites all the time. While my motives are pure as the driven snow, (of course!), I do make money from this site. But I'm no financial threat to GateHouse, whereas the Globe, yeah, a bit of a different issue. Still, Google makes money from putting ads next to GateHouse content on its pages, too.

Dan Kennedy analyzes the brewing battle in more detail.

By - 11/10/08 - 10:25 am

Shaw's rejects kosher butcher shop for renovated Chestnut Hill Star Market.

Via Marc Stober, who adds:

... I guess if Jews have waited thousands of years for a return to Zion and are still waiting for the Messiah, we can wait a bit longer for a place to buy kosher meat with adequate parking. :)

By - 11/8/08 - 5:25 pm
Hey! Newton's a city!

Chuck Tanowitz reports is going to be launching a series of city- and town-specific Web sites built atop content from users and links to content from other sites and with lower ad rates in an attempt to bring in local advertisers.

The first one, in Newton, launches next week and "will be an aggregate of news and information from online sources around the city, whether that's from the Newton TAB, this site or any of the other blogs around town." The site will have an editor, responsible for selecting only the finest, choicest Newton items, a Wiki, a Newton specific calendar and forums.

As Chuck notes, there are some interesting intellectual property issues (you post something on the Wiki, who owns the copyright?) as well as some interesting business/community issues (the goal seems to be to offer a site with lower ad rates than, so what happens if it succeeds in driving Wicked Local out of business?). Also: Will realize Newton is a city rather than a town before the thing launches?

By - 11/7/08 - 9:04 am

Won't run for Kerry's Senate seat, thinks voters should get to pick Kerry replacement if Kerry leaves.

By - 11/6/08 - 10:19 am

Margalit reports that morning traffic around Newton South High School, normally bad anyway due to the city's decision to put it within a warren of tiny side streets, was a complete disaster this morning: