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By adamg - 3/27/23 - 2:10 pm

Felix Arroyo opened up a vacancy as Suffolk County Register of Probate when he retired earlier this month. The first person to officially signal he's running for the office, by registering a campaign with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, is Vincent Procopio of Saugus.

Saugus is not in Suffolk County, but unlike candidates for district attorney or register of deeds, registers of probate don't have to live in the county they want to serve. The job entails overseeing a state-funded office for handling wills and the like. It pays $174,000 a year.

By adamg - 3/23/23 - 12:40 pm
Men installing street-car tracks in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 3/23/23 - 9:38 am

Scott Van Voorhis took a look at residential construction permits issued in Boston so far this year and finds only a couple hundred have been issued, compared to more than a thousand in the same period last year.

By adamg - 3/22/23 - 3:44 pm

The Boston City Council today unanimously approved a proposed plea to the state legislature to grant Boston 250 new liquor licenses - but only for certain neighborhoods. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/23 - 2:12 pm

City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) today proposed banning local pet shops - including one in her district - from selling guinea pigs, which she says are beginning to overwhelm local animal shelters, and which are now even showing up on Boston streets as strays. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/23 - 3:43 pm

The Boston Police Department has released the detailed findings of a deputy superintendent that led to the recent firings of Sgt. Shana Cottone and officers Joseph Abasciano and Michael Geary, in response to a Universal Hub public-records request. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/23 - 12:27 pm

Boston is currently seeking handy volunteers who can help residents get small appliances and other items to working again, rather than simply tossing them in the trash. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/23 - 10:00 am

City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) says it's past time to outlaw the sale of tiny booze bottles in Boston, both because they make it too easy for alcoholics to get a quick fix and because they trash up city streets. Read more.

By adamg - 3/19/23 - 12:41 pm
Centre Street in Jamaica Plain on March 24, 2020

An empty Centre Street in Jamaica Plain on March 24, 2020, by Liz Lemongrab.

Three years ago, the streets, trains and parks of the Boston area were largely empty, as people stayed home as the pandemic exploded. Photographers across the region, though, did venture out to chronicle the newly formed voids.

By adamg - 3/16/23 - 11:36 pm

The city reports that all parking meters are free all day on Friday, OK, officially because it's Evacuation Day, not St. Patrick's Day, but still.

By adamg - 3/15/23 - 12:35 pm

Looks like we have competition for fretting about whether or not we're really world class. The Chicago Sun-Times reports one city alderman (like one of our city councilors, only with more ald) is backing a pilot proposal to have city crews plow certain sidewalks rather than relying on recalcitrant property owners because that's just what a world-class city would do. Like Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/23 - 12:08 pm
Map showing snowfall totals in southern New England, low along the cost, high further west

The National Weather Service posted this map of snowfall totals in southern New England.

The analysis uses interpolation methods, so it may not perfectly reflect your back yard. Still, clearly shows the huge differences in short distances.

By adamg - 3/14/23 - 9:56 am

Shana Cottone, who helped organize bucket-banging screamers outside Mayor Wu's house, announced last night she's been fired from the BPD sergeant's job from which she'd been suspended for more than a year. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/23 - 2:50 pm

Christopher Gavin reports the City Council voted 11-2 today to support Mayor Wu's proposal to cap rent increases at no more than 10% for tenants in older buildings with more than six apartments. The measure now goes to the state legislature for consideration. Read more.

By adamg - 3/6/23 - 1:53 pm

The state Ethics Commission announced today it's fined Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins for two violations of state conflict-of-interest law, related to a job he gave his niece and personal errands he had his subordinates do. Read more.

By adamg - 3/6/23 - 12:17 pm
Cleanser, pawn shop and employment office in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger (also note the use of "cleansing," from which we no doubt got cleansas).

By adamg - 3/1/23 - 9:07 pm

A Revere man was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail at his arraignment on child-porn charges following his arrest at a Boston hotel by undercover Boston Police detectives and FBI agents yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/23 - 8:31 pm

GBH takes a look at the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency after its creation nearly two years ago.

By adamg - 2/27/23 - 10:15 am

City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) and Gabriela Coletta (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) today proposed a "food recovery" program aimed at getting more food to people who can't afford it by reducing the amount of food restaurants, hotels, colleges, sports arenas and event organizers now simply throw away at the end of the night. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/23 - 1:51 pm

A landlord group today sued the city to obtain copies of e-mail between City Hall and members of the city rent stabilization advisory committee in the year before Mayor Wu appointed them last March. Read more.

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