An East Boston convenience store that wants to sell beer and wine will have a tough job convincing city officials to overturn a longstanding, if informal, policy of limiting licenses to full-fledged packies and a few grandfathered establishments.
Tom Menino thinks so.
Check out this video, released this week by BPD. I pose the question because normally, the only people to stride purposefully through neighborhoods in slow motion as they listen concernedly to local residents while inspirational music plays are candidates, right?
There's an awesome website called SeeClickFix that I blogged about over at WestwoodBlog. It allows citizens to report potholes and other problems so the city can fix them. It's full of reports of potholes and general complaints about road conditions. It would be great if the "fixers" were watching it, but it appears they aren't.
The Obama Administration is announcing $8 Billion in grants for High-Speed Rail - and allocating just $112 million of that total to the only successful rail corridor in the country - and the only existing high-speed network. Instead of building on success, the administration has decided to hand out chunks of cash to regions without any substantial existing passenger rail traffic. It's more than a little painful.
Chris Lovett reviews 2009 housing sales and prices from Boston neighborhoods.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve a beer and wine license for the city's first Scottish pub, which would move into the old Zon's space at 2 Perkins St. in Hyde Square.
Owner Jason Waddleton said that among Wee Angel's offerings would be both meat and vegetarian versions of the traditional Scottish dish haggis. Haggis traditionally consists of a variety of an animal's innards, cooked in its stomach or a lining for three hours with oatmeal and spices. He said he's also trying to convince his chef to try haggis burgers.
The list follows. Anybody notice anything interesting, besides the fact that indicted (but still innocent) Chuck Turner doesn't chair anything? Also, note the new Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, which is described as focusing on improving the lives of "girls, women, and others" (hmm, does that leave anybody out?).
MySecretBoston officially launches next week, but this online guide to "hidden" cool stuff in Boston already has an impressive number of finds online. It's an attractive site and has some attitude (and, personally, as a Drupal geek, I'm fond of their choice in content management systems).
Not a clue what Channel 25 and Commonwealth Magazine will be saying about some city affordable housing program, but here's the BRA's retort. OK, looks like the BRA is responding to teaser tweets from a Channel 25 reporter questioning whether city workers get an unfair advantage in a housing lottery.
Want to buy a child? Seriously. It will only cost you a bag of millet. Leila was sold ... traded really. For a bag of food that would feed her family.
If you're not interested in purchasing a child, what about children who work as many hours a day as they are old just to support their family.
Alcides parents - both parents - died of HIV/AIDS.
Are these tales put on the airwaves and television to tug at your heartstrings and empty your wallet? No. These are true stories put out by youth filmmakers to raise awareness.
This missed connection ad on Craigslist reads like a modern day love poem. Bearded men of Boston...pull your faces out of the PBR pitcher, it looks like someone has their eye on you...
Robinson tells Red Mass. Group the Brown numbers in the 9th district have him considering a rematch against the South Boston congressman. Alas, the commercial he used last time is a bit out of date, but heck, there's gotta be a sequel in there somewhere:
Bob LeLievre breaks down Coakley's large win in Boston by neighborhood, along with comparisons to 2006 numbers for Deval Patrick. Some interesting numbers: She lost South Boston, barely took West Roxbury, Charlestown and Tom Menino's redoubt of Readville, but got 96% of the vote in Mattapan and 92% in Roxbury.
Pizzeria Uno's Uno Chicago Bar and Grill that Used to Just Sell Pizza's bankruptcy filing shows the West Roxbury-based chain of not-pizza places owes WFXT $64,000 and Katsiroubas Bros. $54,000. The filing, in New York bankruptcy court, also shows the company owes NStar $112,000 and National Grid $95,000.
Although the Chapter 11 filing means the company remains open for business, it is closing outlets in some farflung locations such as Fairhaven and New Hampshire.
Massport has announced today that they are offering free Wifi for the next two years! Since Thanksgiving, WiFi access has been free at Logan and other airports around the country due to a sponsorship deal with Google to provide the access for free that only required you to click past a splash page announcing Google's sponsorship.
The two months showed a sixfold increase in usage at Logan according to Massport and they wanted to follow up on that by continuing the program with other sponsorship.