By - 5/4/10 - 8:05 am

Photo of councilors Mike Ross and Ayanna Pressley helping Brookline Selectman Jesse Mermell at the polls in Brookline today - Mermell is up for re-election. Another photo (Precinct 6 for those of you who know from your Brookline precincts).

By - 5/4/10 - 6:53 am

Ban lifted at 3 a.m. But officials say: Let your cold water run for a minute and your hot water run for 15 minutes (if you have a 40-gallon water heater) or 30 minutes (80 gallons) before drinking deeply of the local tap water.

From the governor's office:

By - 5/3/10 - 4:12 pm

Hard rain about to fall

Sup3mark photographs the view down Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay shortly after 4 p.m. Remember to bring the water to a roiling boil for at least a minute.

By - 5/3/10 - 7:28 am

So says the MWRA updates page (yes, refresh it).

Community Update

The 120” pipe connection has been repaired, pressurized and put back into service. Fully treated water has been distributed to the MWRA system since about 6 PM on Sunday and is expected to continue. Water pressure in MWRA service area is in typical ranges.

Please remember that a Boil Water Order is in effect for the following communities until otherwise notified and water use should be restricted to essential use only.

By - 5/2/10 - 9:17 pm

Boston Police report finding a man with multiple gunshot wounds around 8 p.m. on Sunday at 17 Stafford St. in Roxbury. He was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he died.

By - 5/2/10 - 4:13 pm

BPS spokesman Matthew Wilder reports the good (bad?) news:

All Boston Public Schools will be open as usual. We will have bottled water in the schools and we will have pre-packaged meals for breakfast and lunch.

By - 5/1/10 - 3:18 pm

FAIL: Aqueduct breaks after just 6 years.FAIL: Aqueduct breaks after just 6 years.UPDATE: 10 p.m.: The state says workers have stopped the leak in Weston but that it could be "days at a minimum, we're hoping not weeks" before the boil-water order is lifted. ... If you have water-related questions, you can call 211. ... The state has posted an FAQ, including answers to questions about such things as giving babies baths and whether dishwashers and automatic coffee machines are safe. ... Map of Boston neighborhoods (yes, Allston and Brighton are part of Boston).

Boil that water until further notice, the MWRA warns:

A BOIL WATER ORDER IS BEING ISSUED FOR DRINKING WATER FOR ALL MWRA COMMUNITIES EAST OF WESTON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ... MWRA is activating its emergency water supplies such as the Sudbury Aqueduct, Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Spot Pond Reservoir. THIS WATER WILL NOT BE SUITABLE FOR DRINKING, but can be used for bathing, flushing and fire protection.

According to the state Department of Environmental Water, this means bringing "the water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute." If you go out to eat, do NOT drink fountain soda - unless you're going into Cambridge, which has its own water supply separate from the MWRA.

The MWRA adds:

The leak is located at the location where the MetroWest Water Supply Tunnel meets the City Tunnel on Recreation Road. This 120-inch diameter pipe transports water to our communities east of Weston – as far north as Wilmington and south to Stoughton. Water is leaking into the Charles River at rate of over 8 million gallons an hour. MWRA crews are on site; engineers are assessing the situation to determine next steps.

The Boston Police Department held over officers from the day shift so they can begin driving around the city notifying residents of the emergency order over loudspeakers.

List of affected communities:

By - 5/1/10 - 11:45 am

Like the W hotel and condo project, which just declared bankruptcy? The Globe asks.

By - 4/30/10 - 11:53 am

Chairman, Boston Finance Commission

Please improve your public meeting notice including more clear indication that your public meeting is public by using the word public.

City of Boston
Finance Commission
152 North Street
Room 309
Boston MA 02109
tel 617 635-2202
fax 617 635-2206

Sicut Patribus, Sit Deus Nobis.
Civitatis Regimine Donata AD. 1822.
Bostonia Condita AD. 1630.

April 30, 2010

Ms. Rosaria Salerno
City Clerk
City Hall
Boston MA 02201

Dear Ms. Salerno:

By - 4/29/10 - 3:58 pm

UPDATE: The House has yet to actually vote on the measure, we now hear.

People of Boston Branches reports the state House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state budget that would cut Boston's state aid by $2.4 million if the city goes ahead with plans to shut branch libraries in East Boston, Brighton, Dorchester and South Boston.

The proposed change now goes to the state Senate.


By - 4/27/10 - 5:43 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette gets the scoop on the how the proposed Parks and Recreation budget doesn't contain any money for mounted park rangers in the fiscal year starting July 1.

By - 4/27/10 - 12:43 am

Was this what Scott Brown had in mind when he claimed he would be independent voting for what serves his constituents in Massachusetts as opposed to voting the Republican party line? Scott Brown joined 40 other Republican senators to filibuster the Wall Street reform bill. In fact, the bill is not dead but Republicans stand in the way of allowing it to come to the Senate floor for debate. It seems they would prefer back room deals rather than public, open debate, recorded on C-Span available for all to watch.

Once again, Scott Brown has chosen to vote Republican party line instead of for financial regulatory reform that would protect taxpayers from systemic risk that should be limited to the business who are engaged in the risky business.

How's your 401K? Your job? The value of your home? Want to go through a boom and bust economy two or three more times and taxpayer bilouts of financial institutions? If yes deregulate. If no regulate financial markets for system risk.

From the PBS NewsHour, "Could Financial Reform Make Bailouts, 'Too Big to Fail' Less Likely?"

By - 4/24/10 - 10:52 am

You can find out tonight when Boston Police officer Billy Traft (former New England Gold Glove Champ 2005 and 2006) takes on Framingham firefighter Adam Quint (New England Gold Glove Champ 2004) in the title bout in an 11-fight "Battle of the Badges" card to benefit a group trying to reduce teen driving accidents. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Boston Athletic Club, 653 Summer St. More details


By - 4/23/10 - 4:09 pm

And about time, right? A Boston newspaper reports Marie. St. Fleur is leaving the legislature early (she'd already announced she wouldn't be running again) to take that job for Tom Menino.

By - 4/23/10 - 9:53 am

Mac D'Alessandro for Congress from Massachusetts' 9th district
by Mac D'Alessandro

By - 4/23/10 - 8:21 am

City Councilor John Tobin wants a year-long residency requirement just to take the ISEE test that helps determine whether a kid gets accepted into either of the two Latin schools or the O'Bryant.

Ed. Note: Despite what the story, in a Boston newspaper, says, it only takes sweat and tears - and hard work - to get into an exam school. No blood is normally shed.

By - 4/20/10 - 1:37 pm

This just in from at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley: