Annoying companies

By - 5/26/18 - 10:11 am

WBUR reports on Dr. Steve Schlozman's campaign to get CVS to change its hold music.

By - 5/23/18 - 10:38 pm

Seems ESPN has a contract with some company to fly a plane over the Garden to show what the building looks like when the Celtics are playing. And the plane just keeps flying in circles over the North End, over and over and over and over and over again, and people are beginning to get sick of it.

By - 5/15/18 - 8:14 am
Stuff dumped on Meadow Road in Hyde Park

Quincy's Mom drove down Meadow Road and was amazed/appalled at how much trash has been dumped along it. Read more.

By - 4/18/18 - 8:06 am
Ugly Houses signs on Hyde Park Avenue

Dave Vittorini is a bit put out by all the Ugly Houses signs that recently sprung up in Hyde Park, including this cluster of three on Hyde Park Avenue: Read more.

By - 4/3/18 - 1:41 pm

Residents of buildings in the Back Bay and Fort Point say they realize they live in the city and that means a certain level of sound - that's why they've bought white-noise machines. But the devices have proved no match for a nine-piece band in one case, and throbbing bass in another, the residents told city licensing head Christine Pulgini today. Read more.

By - 2/11/18 - 8:33 pm
Honoring Red Auerbach for his role in hiring black players for Black History Month

As the Celtics were retiring Paul Pierce's number, Boston Police were tweeting out an honor to Red Auerbach for his role in hiring blacks for the Celtics. The department took the tweet down not long after, when people began questioning it, but, of course nothing ever really dies on the Internet.

By - 2/2/18 - 9:07 am

The Patriot Ledger reports the contraception-hating craft chain is planning its first Boston-area store, in Braintree.

Competitor Michael's has several stores in the Braintree area.

By - 11/17/17 - 12:08 pm

A heads up to those on Verizon regular telephone or DSL service. Verizon will decommission copper wire service in Massachusetts starting in 2018.

The web address below explains what will happen. PDF documents for Massachusetts are linked. Read more.

By - 11/3/17 - 9:15 am
Dump truck ensnared in power and cable lines in Hyde Park

Rick Macomber shows us the scene on Truman Parkway at Dana Avenue in Hyde Park around 4:50 a.m., after a dump truck unloading asphalt for the Truman repaving project took down power, phone and cable lines. Read more.

By - 10/26/17 - 9:33 am

WBZ reports that Mass Save - an energy-conservation consortium funded by a surcharge on your electric bill - isn't always giving consumers the rebates they were promised on newer, energy-saving heating equipment, at least not until a reporter from a TV station calls it up.

By - 10/21/17 - 4:52 pm

Walking up the street today I missed the view of the old Handbook building to only see this new cell tower!. I guess if you live the Back Bay you are the only ones allowed to chime in on this stuff.

By - 10/15/17 - 9:24 am

The BU News Service reports that people living in Cambridge across the river from the Harvard land where Boston Calling now takes place are not in a happy place.

By - 8/31/17 - 9:03 am
Samsung ad implies phone thieves are all from Mattapan

Bos IT Guy was among the people wondering what Samsung was thinking with these ads that went up in South Station yesterday.

Or as Tory Bullock puts it: Read more.

By - 8/24/17 - 8:14 pm

A pissed off citizen files a complaint that Comcast has plastered every last square inch of vertical surface in Cleveland Circle with ads:

Comcast has posted flyers on trees, electrical boxes, my door, the cars. We get it. Comcast sells cable. This has to be littering. I asked them to stop and they told me to "duck" off. The rule is "post no bills".

By - 8/20/17 - 11:01 pm

Around 3 p.m., an aggravated citizen filed a complaint about an ice-cream truck in the area of Grant Street and Crescent Avenue in Dorchester:

There is an ice cream truck that has been circling the neighborhood playing a loud annoying tune every 5 minutes for the last 4 hours. Is there an ordinance that can be enforced to stop this?

By - 6/24/17 - 9:52 am

UPDATE: Devers reports: "Driver just left. He spent half an hour, in the rain, straining to straighten out that fence. Looks about right now. Good on him."

Chris Devers reports a Globe Direct driver backed into his neighbor's fence this morning. He adds: Read more.

By - 6/20/17 - 6:21 pm
Number of complaints about energy companies are on the rise

MuckRock gets the list of complaints to the state Department of Public Utilities about those people who knock on your door and demand to see your electricity bill and who often keep talking, sometimes through one of your windows, even after you close the door on them.

By - 5/30/17 - 11:40 am
Real-estate post card for South End that's really Lower Roxbury

A correspondent who grew up in the South End and who now lives in Roxbury was not at all pleased with the post card he got the other day advertising a house for sale on Greenwich Street. For one thing, that's Lower Roxbury. For another, that's not the "Fredrick Douglas Historic District." Read more.

By - 5/3/17 - 11:43 am

A concerned citizen who lives at the intersection of Washington Street with West and East Brookline streets in the South End files a complaint:

Samsung is [filming] a back pack commercial on our stoop without permission or permits. Also, taking up two sidewalks with film materials.

By - 4/22/17 - 6:18 pm
Bernie and Phyl's ad

Remember when our worst complaint about Bernie and Phyl's ads was their jingle?

Several months after the furniture chain plastered subway trains with mildly risque ads about how many people their couches could handle, they've introduced new ads that cut right to the chase: If you copulate or die in bed, you better hope you do so in one of theirs. Read more.