NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that Jack Kelly of Charlestown won't run to replace Sal LaMattina as District 1 city councilor after deciding his heart wasn't really in politics. That leaves three other announced candidates in the race to represent Charlestown, East Boston and the North End.
On a foggy day, JB Parrett captured Old North Church in the North End - and the more recent buildings of downtown.
The BRA, um, BPDA, just won't take no for an answer: After losing several legal battles over its attempts to put a restaurant at the end of Long Wharf, the authority is trying yet again to convince judges to let it get what it wants. Read more.
Adam Castiglioni visited Wiget Street at Salem last night and this morning and sees the flooding continues.
LaMattina, first elected in a special election in 2006, joins Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Downtown, Chinatown) and Tito Jackson (Roxbury) in the retirement club - although Jackson hopes to move to get elected mayor instead.
Matt Frank watched the sun go down over Boston Harbor and the Zakim Bridge this evening.
The Boston city archaeologist livestreamed a dig in the crypt in the basement of Old North Church today.
H/t Josh G.
The state has made similar threats in the past about the funding it provides for the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but this year, it may really mean it, the Globe reports.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports somebody got some pretty good surveillance photos of a guy spray-painting buildings on Henchman Street in the North End.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the formation of a curling club at the North End's Steriti Rink.
But where can you get poutine around there?
A couple of kids recapture the horror of a molasses tsunami in the North End 98 years ago today.
H/t Greg Cook.
A school-bus driver and a motorist got into a "negative verbal interaction" shortly before dismissal at the Eliot School on Charter Street yesterday that required a police officer to break up, according to a note the school sent to parents today. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports discussions among waterfront interests about bringing back New Year's Eve fireworks over the harbor if the organizers of First Night have concluded they can't or won't do them.
NorthEndWaterfront.com wonders if the real reason the current operators of First Night have shifted the midnight fireworks from Boston Harbor to Copley Square is not because it's cheaper but to try to build up a Boston version of Times Square:
Watch this year as the TV hosts interview the Copley attendees and count the suburbanites that will have come in to Copley, all decked out in a spectacularly crowded space. The Back Bay event will be instantly labeled a “success” because it will look good on television.
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” 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.