The Boston Public Health Commission yesterday alerted healthcare providers and community organizations about what it says is"concerning levels of presumed opioid-related overdoses in Nubian Square among individuals who believed they were using cocaine." Read more.
City reports growing number of opioid overdoses among Nubian Square cocaine users unaware their coke was cut with fentanyl
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Mayor Wu today announced her pick as Boston's inaugural director of nightlife economy: Corean Reynolds, whose job will include figuring out how to make Boston more enticing for both long-time residents and the post-graduate set deciding whether to stay here through a more vibrant, diverse nightlife - in a city where neighborhood groups, even downtown, often do their darndest to resist anything that might interfere with rolling up the sidewalks when their members are ready for bed. Read more.
NBC Boston reports on the Chap. 11 filing by Starry.
BosGuy has details and links.
Boston makes warm-weather streetside dining permanent, except in the North End, where it will be banned this year
Mayor Wu announced today the city is making permanent its pandemic-inspired system that lets restaurants reserve parts of the sidewalks and streets out front for outdoor dining - except in the North End, where residents had grown increasingly cranky at having narrow streets taken up by so many tables and where the city says traffic this summer will be even worse than usual due to a couple of major road projects. Read more.
MBTA announces new repair shutdowns, including the Red Line during one of Boston's largest conventions
The MBTA yesterday announced its latest round of weekend shutdowns aimed at upgrading various things it didn't upgrade during last year's month-long Orange Line shutdown and to account for the continuing demolition of the Government Center Garage, which will also affect the Green Line. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today began grilling operators of new restaurants how they plan to keep their establishments from becoming street-clogging destinations for food-delivery drivers who insist on parking right out front even if that means double or even triple parking. Read more.
The devil you say: Judge orders Satanic group to pay Boston more than $8,000 for the time city lawyers spent fighting an attempt to drag Michelle Wu up to Salem on Election Day
A federal magistrate judge ruled today the Satanic Temple has to pay Boston $8228.25 as reimbursement for the time four city attorneys spent successfully fighting what another judge called a "bad faith" attempt to make then Councilor Michelle Wu spend several hours in Salem on Election Day listening to church members give a candle-lit invocation and then answering questions about how the city council selects clergy members to start meetings with an invocation. Read more.
David Weininger asks:
Anyone know of a bank in Boston or vicinity that has foreign currency available for same-day exchange (i.e., not just to be ordered for delivery later)?
We may not have many horse-drawn wagons on our streets anymore, but our hydrants still look the same
Some levels at Alewife parking garage to re-open Wednesday for people who want to take a bus somewhere; Red Line service could resume by Saturday
The MBTA announced today that all but the topmost level of the Alewife garage will re-open tomorrow, but that the Red Line will continue to end and begin at Davis as engineers figure out how to get people onto trains without having to pass under a metal framework damaged when some guy in a Civic rammed into a concrete barrier on the garage's top level, sending the five-ton concrete slab down towards the station atrium - only to be stopped by the metal supports for large window panels. Read more.
The mayor's office today announced a design contest to develop unique welcome signs for each of the city's unique neighborhoods - to replace the uniform blue ovals that have announced neighborhoods since the Menino administration. Read more.
Boston today announced the arrival of the first of 20 electricity-powered buses at the BPS bus yard in Readville, which will serve as a pilot with the goal of replacing all of the city's current 620 diesel and propane buses by 2030 - and which will start carrying students after February vacation. Read more.
Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow due to the cold. Superintendent Mary Skipper says: Read more.
Mayor Wu has declared a cold emergency for Friday into Sunday due to temperatures and wind chills that could fall well below freezing. Read more.