Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is â€ś2016, donâ€™t let the door hit you on the way out.â€ť Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
The New York Post reports David Barton Gym's corporate overlords shut their Park Plaza outlet along with gyms in New York, because the finances just weren't working out.
A small parking lot next to a large parking garage on Stuart Street could be replaced by a 131-unit residential building, under plans filed with the BPDA this week.
Developers Peter Spellios, Neal Howard and Bryan Lee hope to succeed where two previous - and smaller - proposals, in 2006 and 2008, failed at 212 Stuart St. Read more.
Pilotblock noticed this map in the window of a South End real-estate broker, who's replaced Chinatown and Bay Village with "Midtown" (and dramatically expanded the range of "Waterfront" and de-annexed the Seaport from South Boston).
A disgusted citizen files a complaint:
Move the Coconut Grove plaque to where it belongs. The city needs to stop bending over for the rich. 492 people died, why are millionaires allowed to change history and dishonor the dead. THE CITY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR MEETING THIS HAPPEN!
The citizen probably read the Cullen column: Cocoanut Grove plaque shoved down the street.
Starbucks goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to change the shuttered Melting Pot fondue place in the Park Plaza Hotel into a, well, Starbucks.
Park Plaza guests who now want the Starbucks experience have to walk a full two-tenths of a mile to the Starbucks in the Transportation Building. Read more.
For the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast at the Park Plaza. So if you have any reason to visit that area, you might want to do it well before Monday morning.
H/t Adam Castiglioni.
Michael Schlow told the Boston Licensing Board this morning he's hoping for a September opening for his Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar at 91 Park Plaza - where he closed his Via Matta Italian restaurant this spring after 13 years. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting Edwin Cervantes, 22, of Framingham, on carjacking charges Tuesday evening.
According to police, a woman was trying to park her ML350 around 7:25 p.m. on Church Street:
She was approached by a male suspect, later identified as Edwin Cervantes, 22, of Framingham. The suspect walked up to the driverâ€™s side of the vehicle, opened the door and stated â€śHey mommy, get out of the car.â€ť The suspect then grabbed the victim by both of her wrists and pulled her from the vehicle. The suspect jumped into the car and fled the area in an unknown direction. A description was given out and a short time later, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) observed the vehicle driving on Melnea Cass Boulevard. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the suspect after he was positively identified by the victim.
Cervantes was charged with carjacking, receiving stolen property and driving without a license.
Toronto made the news last week when residents swiftly put together a memorial to a raccoon that died and then just sat there for hours as the city ignored repeated requests to pick it up.
At 10:20 this morning, a concerned citizen reported a "big dead raccoon" at Fayette Street and Marginal Road in Bay Village. The city reported the raccoon picked up at 1:15 p.m.
The attorney for Jacque's Cabaret in Bay Village apologized to the Boston Licensing Board for not seeking to change a provision on its liquor license that it have food available before a March inspection found no kitchen and no food available on the premises, save a vending machine selling snacks and candy .
Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey told the Boston Licensing Board this morning he issued a citation after his routine inspection at 11:25 p.m. on March 2.
Jacques Cabaret, 79 Broadway in Bay Village, goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to stop serving food - the day after it has to answer charges of not using the food-serving license it has.
The cabaret currently has a liquor license that requires it to make food available to patrons. On Tuesday, Jacques has to explain to the board why BPD detectives caught it on March 2 not offering food to customers, indeed, not having a kitchen or food-preparation area at all.
Oh, ouch: A peeved Dorchester citizen complains about conditions on Woodcliff Street:
Please plow my street when Thomas Menino was alive we would have never experienced nothing like this I am so disappointed and I voted for you!! There are seniors in all the houses and nobody cares.
Meanwhile, a Bay Village citizen turns to the classics to express concern about a crossing that is not only unplowed but has snow piled higher than most people's heads:
In think teach transform Molly Richard writes:
"The debate around Boston hosting the Olympics has many asking, â€śWhat makes a world-class city?â€ť
Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.
Phil spent some time the other day sidewalk supervising construction of Piedmont Park Square, which is rising above the site of the Cocoanut Grove disaster. Among the things he spotted was this wire-connector thing mounted on a basement wall.
Copyright Phil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Roxbury, MA â€“ It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled â€śCandid Conversationsâ€ť. During this series, the community has the opportunity to speak to candidates directly and learn how each candidate stands on issues that matter the most to them. All are welcome to attend.
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