As the Celtics were retiring Paul Pierce's number, Boston Police were tweeting out an honor to Red Auerbach for his role in hiring blacks for the Celtics. The department took the tweet down not long after, when people began questioning it, but, of course nothing ever really dies on the Internet.
The Patriot Ledger reports the contraception-hating craft chain is planning its first Boston-area store, in Braintree.
Competitor Michael's has several stores in the Braintree area.
A heads up to those on Verizon regular telephone or DSL service. Verizon will decommission copper wire service in Massachusetts starting in 2018.
The web address below explains what will happen. PDF documents for Massachusetts are linked. Read more.
WBZ reports that Mass Save - an energy-conservation consortium funded by a surcharge on your electric bill - isn't always giving consumers the rebates they were promised on newer, energy-saving heating equipment, at least not until a reporter from a TV station calls it up.
Walking up the street today I missed the view of the old Handbook building to only see this new cell tower!. I guess if you live the Back Bay you are the only ones allowed to chime in on this stuff.
The BU News Service reports that people living in Cambridge across the river from the Harvard land where Boston Calling now takes place are not in a happy place.
A pissed off citizen files a complaint that Comcast has plastered every last square inch of vertical surface in Cleveland Circle with ads:
Comcast has posted flyers on trees, electrical boxes, my door, the cars. We get it. Comcast sells cable. This has to be littering. I asked them to stop and they told me to "duck" off. The rule is "post no bills".
Around 3 p.m., an aggravated citizen filed a complaint about an ice-cream truck in the area of Grant Street and Crescent Avenue in Dorchester:
There is an ice cream truck that has been circling the neighborhood playing a loud annoying tune every 5 minutes for the last 4 hours. Is there an ordinance that can be enforced to stop this?
MuckRock gets the list of complaints to the state Department of Public Utilities about those people who knock on your door and demand to see your electricity bill and who often keep talking, sometimes through one of your windows, even after you close the door on them.
A correspondent who grew up in the South End and who now lives in Roxbury was not at all pleased with the post card he got the other day advertising a house for sale on Greenwich Street. For one thing, that's Lower Roxbury. For another, that's not the "Fredrick Douglas Historic District." Read more.
A concerned citizen who lives at the intersection of Washington Street with West and East Brookline streets in the South End files a complaint:
Samsung is [filming] a back pack commercial on our stoop without permission or permits. Also, taking up two sidewalks with film materials.
Remember when our worst complaint about Bernie and Phyl's ads was their jingle?
Several months after the furniture chain plastered subway trains with mildly risque ads about how many people their couches could handle, they've introduced new ads that cut right to the chase: If you copulate or die in bed, you better hope you do so in one of theirs. Read more.
We’ve heard the gripes about the commuter rail before and I’ve done my share of complaining (see attached) with no results or response so maybe I need a new approach. Some of this we know as a given:
NBC Boston reports the state attorney general's office is investigating a company that promises to send you a Boston-lovin' T-shirts and stuff for just the cost of shipping - and then signs you up for monthly payments of $38.80 a month.
Shire is a Lexington company that got permission earlier this year to sell a drug that allegedly helps people with chronic dry eye disease. You know, like Restasis. But unlike the company that makes that, Shire's decided a good way to advertise their product is to fill the sidewalks of Boston with chalk ads overnight. The city reports it's sending out parks-department crews to deal with the dry chalk issue - by washing the crap off.
Shire's headquarters is conveniently located off the intersections of 128 and 2, should anybody wish to do a little impromptu chalking. We're sure they'd love it.
Residents living near an Amazon warehouse on the Dedham/Readville line tonigh recited a litany of complaints that go back months: Van drivers who drive like maniacs, hog local gas stations in the morning and flip off other motorists. Read more.
Wicked Local Watertown reports the helicopter that buzzed the town awake early yesterday was hired by the production company making Marky Mark's Marathon-bombing movie. Back in February, the town asked the film company to find some other place to recreate the Watertown manhunt because it was just too soon.
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