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By adamg - 9/17/21 - 11:59 pm
Somerville Theatre re-opens

The Somerville Theatre ran its projectors for the public tonight for the first time since it shut in March, 2020. Our own Ron Newman was there for re-opening night. He saw Last Night in Rozzie.

By adamg - 9/17/21 - 10:21 am

As growing numbers of entertainment venues and other places require patrons to show proof of vaccination, WGBH reports Gov. Baker is eyeing some sort of system that would let people prove they've been vaccinated, possibly similar to New York State's "Excelsior Pass" phone app.

By adamg - 9/8/21 - 11:58 am

Monday was the last day of coronavirus-related parking without payment for residents with parking stickers at meters in their own neighborhoods: BTD workers are once again ticketing even the be-stickered who don't feed a meter or who stay at a metered space for more than two hours.

By adamg - 9/3/21 - 11:17 am

WBZ reports BPS is currently short a "significant" number of school-bus drivers for the school year that starts on Tuesday. Also, only about a quarter of parents have given their consent to have their children tested for Covid-19 each week.

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 10:41 pm

The Heights reports BC has decided that a high vaccination rate among both students and faculty and a desire to return to "a normal teaching environment," but that some 300 professors signed a letter respectfully suggesting that's dumb. Masks are required in other indoor spaces on campus.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 11:16 pm

They're toast. NESN reports Xander Bogaerts is the tenth player to either test positive for Covid-19 or be forced into isolation because of his contact with somebody who tested positive. Bogaerts was pulled in the second inning of today's game, which, of course, they lost.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 7:19 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced today that while the Supreme Court might think evictions are now hunky dory in the face of coronavirus, Boston doesn't - the city Public Health Commission today issued a new public-health order that creates a citywide moratorium on evictions, effective immediately: Property owners will be barred from bringing foreclosure actions against tenants. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/21 - 2:01 pm
Alexandra rendering

Something like this, only with condos instead of hotel rooms. Rendering by CBT Architects.

The developers who won city approval in 2019 to keep three sides of the former Alexandra Hotel at Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue, gut the interior and add several floors to create a 13-story, 150-room boutique hotel have filed a request with the BPDA to instead turn what's left of the structure into a 13-story, 106-unit condo building. Read more.

By adamg - 8/28/21 - 1:26 pm

Massimo Tiberi, owner of Arya Trattoria on Hanover Street, posts Instagram photos of celebrities posing with him. So when Kim Janey walked in last night, he had a pic snapped and posted it - and then fairly quickly took it down because neither of them had a mask on, which proved a tad embarrassing given that Boston's indoor mask mandate, which Janey herself announced, went into effect Friday morning. Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/21 - 1:42 pm

A federal judge today tossed a request from students at the University of Massachusetts campuses in Lowell and Boston to force the schools to let them attend classes without getting Covid-19 shots. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/21 - 1:39 pm

The Pilot reports that the archdiocese will follow the state's "universal indoor masking" policies for the 69 schools under its control when the schools re-open next month. Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/21 - 10:39 am

The Herald reports the state education board gave Commissioner Jeff Riley the power to required indoor mask use at all Massachusetts schools - for both students and staff - through Oct. 1, after which schools would be able to lift the requirement if they can prove at least 80% of students and staff have gotten shots.

The vote came despite the presence of a small but noisy group of right-wing anti-vaxxers.

By adamg - 8/24/21 - 10:13 am

Rachel Miller, who owns Nightshade Noodle Bar in Lynn, has been requiring would-be diners to show proof of vaccination. She reports she's been getting blowback, at least online, and tells the losers they can just stop now because she's not changing her mind: Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/21 - 8:37 pm

The Board of Health order goes into effect Wednesday for everybody over 5, Watertown News reports.

Board of Health order.

By adamg - 8/23/21 - 8:54 am

Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Avenue in Cambridge announced yesterday that if you want to purchase any of its cheesy comestibles, you'll need to have a mask on.

Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and for all your support through the ups and downs of this pandemic.

The shop adds: "Thank ewe."

By adamg - 8/20/21 - 10:39 am

The Boston Carmen's Union, Local 589, vowed yesterday to fight any requirement to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination without something in return from the T. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/21 - 10:24 am

CORRECTION: The mandate goes into effect next Friday, not today.

The Boston Public Health Commission today issued a mask mandate for all public indoor spaces, including "retail establishments, restaurants, bars, performance venues, social clubs, event spaces and municipal buildings." Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 1:26 pm

Gov. Baker today declared that all employees of "executive" state departments have to prove they've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or they could get fired. Read more.

By adamg - 8/18/21 - 7:07 pm
Nation of Islam hates vaccines

A roving UHub photographer noticed today that the Nation of Islam is advertising its hatred of the government and Covid-19 vaccines at Muhummad's Mosque No. 11, a former funeral home, on Washington Street in Grove Hall, right next to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which is urging people to get vaccinated.

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