By - 7/9/10 - 3:29 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports that recycling rates have gone up dramatically in the year since Boston went citywide with those Julio Lugo-sized large blue wheeled carts, so much so that some people have requested a second cart.

By - 7/7/10 - 10:13 pm

Some Web site for rich people is looking for somebody "already entrenched in the luxury lifestyle in the town" to churn out 25 to 30 blog posts a month about "the luxury lifestyle" in Boston. Pay isn't mentioned (that would be crass), but you will get the "opportunity to make a ton of high-end contacts."

By - 7/6/10 - 10:26 pm

The Boston Fire Department is being kept busy this evening responding to multiple reports of manhole and power-line issues as overloaded lines give out under all the demand and heat.

By - 7/5/10 - 11:58 am

Derrick Jackson at the Boston Globe notices how the Charles River is so nice and clean, these days:

On the Fourth of July, the Charles River retreats to a backdrop for the majestic music of the Pops and the magic of fireworks. On closer look, we have much more to celebrate, as we have granted these once-horribly polluted waters their own independence ...

Not only the river itself but the pathways along the Charles have become much cleaner, the result of efforts by the state and private organizations to reduce the effects of having a large resident geese population.

By - 7/2/10 - 10:36 am

Also known as: "Please remind out-of-town delivery truck drivers of how to get home".

A Budweiser tractor-trailer almost did the deed, driving outbound on Storrow this morning at 8AM, luckily stopping about 4 feet before the footbridge between Fairfield and Gloucester, and backing up all of the outbound traffic quite handily. From that location, I can only imagine the driver had just made a dropoff for the 4th festivities at the Esplanade, and decided to try following his own nose to get out of there instead of asking for directions.

By - 7/2/10 - 8:40 am

I Am Hungry is an iPhone and Facebook app that uses your location to figure out cheap eats nearby.

Naturally, it has nothing listed for 02131, 02132 or 02136. Of course, if you live in those Zip codes, you probably already know where the cheap eats are.

Via BostInnovation.

By - 7/1/10 - 9:00 am

The Globe reports a new city program that will link police and city social-services agencies in a program focusing on "the most dangerous gang members, their families, and the neighborhoods in which they live."

Ed. note: The story says this is partly due to the reaction to the "shocking" murders of two 14-year-olds; nobody seems to remember the third 14-year-old shot to death in Boston this year.

By - 6/29/10 - 10:34 am

WBUR reports the city will hire an additional 400 teens this summer thanks to a total of $635,000 in donations from local businesses.

By - 6/28/10 - 10:00 pm

Looking at where the burger chain is opening up fast and furious, a Boston resident could get a complex. Are they in league with FiOS Guy or something?

By - 6/27/10 - 9:53 am

The Globe reports BPS held a series of focus groups across the city yesterday for parents selected at random.

By - 6/25/10 - 4:10 pm

Because the city Website has been making like a comfy pillow today. Yes, it's down; server issues, we hear.

Dead site

By - 6/25/10 - 9:06 am

The Phoenix ponders the matter; says even though our championship celebrations tend to have at least one fatality, they're not riots like in those other cities.

By - 6/25/10 - 7:49 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a lit cigarette in a porch couch started a fire around 5 a.m. that heavily damaged the single-family home at 18 Eldora St.

Three residents were at home at the time; all got out safely.

By - 6/24/10 - 8:25 pm

Ringgold Park is located off of Waltham Street in the South End, between Washington and Tremont Street. After initially encroaching upon the Monday evening Salsa lessons held outside the Balckstone Community Center; where I honestly hesitated at the thought of participating in this festival of Summer residents frolicking to Latin rhythms, I continued on to my planned destination.

By - 6/23/10 - 1:25 pm

Got your attention, no?

The Boston Herald is rolling out a new feature on its website, this Friday.

The Friday Throwdown will be a unique, weekly event taking place in our Herald Square community. Each week, Boston Herald editors will select a topic for discussion on the Friday Throwdown. The topic will be posted on the web for readers to debate in a live chat, Fridays between 12 and 1. And we don't expect to host a bow-tie ironing party. We want to see sparks fly!

And, what are they suggesting as topics?

By - 6/23/10 - 12:19 pm

Matt Noyes of NECN has been posting updates on what he considers to be the setup for the biggest round of thunderstorms of the year (even bigger than the last two macro-squalls) and potentially the biggest setup that New England could even foreseeably get in general.

By - 6/22/10 - 4:19 pm

Last-minute "administrative efficiencies" means the city will be able to keep 42 school custodians originally slated for being laid off and offering 200 more summer youth jobs, the mayor's office says in a press release.

By - 6/22/10 - 3:15 pm

The overall level of crime is down 5.6 percent so far this year when compared to last, according to the Boston Police Department. Unfortunately, homicides in the city increased; there have been 29 murders so far this year, compared to 24 at this time, last year.

The semi-regular Crime Reported by the Boston Police Department report is up on the BPDNews website is out with data covering the period January 1 - June 20.

The breakdown of changes between the years, below. (Or, you could just click through for the PDF.)

By - 6/22/10 - 1:40 pm

Mass lawmakers agreed today to ban talking on the phone only for people under 18, because apparently there is a corollary between being able to vote and the ability to talk on the phone while driving.