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By adamg - 5/29/20 - 3:07 pm

DigBoston reports on increased rat sightings in both Boston and Cambridge as coronvirus deprives the rodents of a major food source - restaurant dumpsters, and quotes a Boston city rat expert who says local rats have gotten more aggressive in general and in terms of finding food in particular. More specifically, adult rats are now eating baby rats.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 1:24 pm

Boston Public Schools yesterday eliminated the positions of ten curriculum directors at its Bolling Building headquarters as part of a shift toward school-centric teacher development. Read more.

By adamg - 5/28/20 - 3:39 pm

A normally calm Police Commissioner William Gross exploded in anger at a City Hall press conference today, implying that last night's quintuple shooting had something to do with judges who have granted prisoners and people awaiting trial early releases because of Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 5/28/20 - 3:05 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 5/28/20

Mayor Walsh today announced a new program called Healthy Streets to get more people biking and riding the bus - with plans to figure out how to let restaurants add new outdoor seating.

Walsh said the city is laying new bike lanes to connect downtown with the city's existing bike lanes in the South End and the Back Bay, by using traffic barrels and signs on: Read more.

By adamg - 5/28/20 - 2:37 pm

No way to hold it without bringing together large numbers of people in close proximity, Mayor Walsh said. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/28/20 - 11:30 am

BPD Commissioner William Gross this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/20 - 5:23 pm
Phil Frattaroli

East Boston restaurant owner Phil Frattaroli talks licenses at hearing.

Warning of "vulture capitalists" snapping up the liquor licenses of locally owned restaurants at depressed prices as the restaurants permanently shut because of the pandemic, Boston city councilors today began looking at ways they could pay restaurant owners for their expensive liquor licenses as a way to give them enough capital to get back on their feet. Read more

By adamg - 5/26/20 - 3:33 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a $6-million fund to help barber shops and other small businesses in Boston buy masks, partitions and other equipment they might need to re-open under new coronavirus regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/20 - 10:48 am
Kid and pumpkins in old Boston

Can you place the scene in this photo taken by Philip Hresko back in the day?

By adamg - 5/21/20 - 2:59 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 5/21/20

Mayor Walsh said today he has "major concerns" about beaches reopening this weekend and urged people who go to stay away from other people. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/20 - 10:23 am

The Boston Licensing Board this morning approved an emergency measure under which restaurants can put seating outside once the city lifts the ban on in-restaurant dining, to deal with new Covid-19 restrictions that will shrink their indoor seating capacity. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/20 - 1:29 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 5/19/20

Mayor Walsh said today that office buildings in Boston will re-open a week later than in the state because the sheer potential crush of people going back to work here means the city needs to spend some extra time working with office-building owners and employers to ensure things are done safely. And he urged barbers, salon owners and religious leaders to think long and hard about whether they're really ready to re-open safely. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/20 - 10:23 am

The Archdiocese of Boston announced this morning that parishes that take certain steps could re-open for Masses as early as Saturday evening. Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/20 - 11:16 am

Robert Kearns asks:

Musicals that take place in Massachusetts: 1776, Little Women, Legally Blonde. What else?

By adamg - 5/15/20 - 3:14 pm

Small Business & Workforce Development (Docket #0663)

Several city councilors and an aide to Mayor Walsh put delivery companies on notice today: Do more to help out restaurants and consumers by curbing fees during the pandemic or the city will impose fee caps as is being done in other cities. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/20 - 11:40 am

Boston elections officials told a City Council committee today that while voting by mail would be ideal in the age of pandemic, they're not currently set up to handle it - and that without proper planning it could mean having hundreds of volunteers counting ballots in close proximity at City Hall, which would defeat the whole point of trying to keep people away from each other. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/20 - 9:57 pm

WBZ says we'll need to keep an eye on the sky tomorrow night, because the Boston area might get an isolated tornado.

By adamg - 5/13/20 - 9:28 am

The Massachusetts Production Coalition's Made In MA Streaming lists 50 movies made in Massachusetts over the past five years that you can stream as you stay at home.

Via East Boston Times-Free Press.

By adamg - 5/12/20 - 10:11 pm
Bok in traffic

Councilor Kenzie Bok checked into meeting from normally busy intersection at Charles and Beacon.

Workers at the Boston Transportation Department have begun inventorying city-owned traffic cones and barrels as they ready for a coronavirus-related effort to claim parts of some city roads for expanded sidewalks to allow for greater social distancing among pedestrians - including patrons at restaurants that would be forced to reduce their indoor seating once the governor gives them the OK to re-open their dining areas - a BTD official told city councilors today. Read more.

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