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By adamg - 8/13/20 - 9:50 am

Based on complaints pouring into Boston's 311 system, we are a city overrun by rats, giant ones, spilling out of holes, shrubs and people's toilets, roaming the streets like they own the joint. Case in point, a complaint from Athens Street in South Boston: Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/20 - 9:14 am

Boston Parents Schoolyard News compares proposals from BPS administration and the Boston Teachers Union on how to re-open schools next month.

By adamg - 8/12/20 - 8:22 pm

WCVB reports that Patrick Rose, who retired as a Boston police officer in 2018, faces arraignment in West Roxbury Municipal Court tomorrow.

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 8/12/20 - 12:09 pm

BPS Fall Reopening Virtual Community Meeting - August 8, 2020

Mayor Walsh said today that BPS is planning on making its school buildings as safe as possible - but also beefing up remote-learning abilities - as officials continue to try to figure out whether school will start this fall entirely remotely or with a "hopscotch" model in which students would spend part of their time in school and part at home. Read more.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 9:04 pm

The Boston Licensing Board has scheduled two emergency hearings on Thursday, one for operators of beer gardens and large outdoor dining places in the city and one for restaurant owners with liquor licenses in Allston/Brighton to "address the numerous complaints" the board and ISD have received over their operations in an age of Covid-19 and social distancing. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/20 - 10:16 am
Boiler on a flatbed in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 8/9/20 - 9:47 pm

No towing, for now, but if you're parked where a street sweeper is supposed to go, watch out for bright orange calling cards from BTD. In case you've forgotten when you should be moving your car, you can look it up.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 10:32 am

Update: Trains are running again, but with diesel locomotives in place of the usual electric engines.

Amtrak reports falling trees did a number on the Northeast Corridor in Connecticut: Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 9:30 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the city magazine has laid off 2 of its 20 newsroom staffers and furloughed 2 others, after having tried pay cuts and two weeks of unpaid leave - on top of getting one of those federal PPP loan/grants.

By adamg - 7/31/20 - 3:17 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 7/31/20

Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said today they are continuing to look at a "hybrid" school re-opening, in which students would split days between in-school and at-home learning, but that parents will have the chance to opt out completely and stick with remote learning over Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By InfoLibrarian - 7/28/20 - 7:27 pm

According to the NYT the Venice Film Festival just announced its lineup (festival runs from Sept 2-Sept 12). One of the entries is a new documentary by Frederick Wiseman called City Hall- a film about Boston City Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 7/25/20 - 10:39 am

Boston Magazine compiles a list. Others? Like in the neighborhoods Boston Magazine might not realize exist?

By adamg - 7/25/20 - 10:37 am

For the second week in a row, Mayor Walsh has declared a city heat emergency for Sunday and Monday due to expected hot temps, which means many community centers will be open as cooling centers between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday (complete list). Because we're still in a Covid-19 emergency, you'll need to wear a face covering to get in - and you'll probably want to call ahead to make sure the center you want to go to hasn't reached its new, reduced capacity.

By adamg - 7/23/20 - 11:12 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that Boston has won state approval for its Community Choice Electricity program, under which the city will pay for electricity from renewable-power and lower-carbon generators for re-sale to city residents and businesses, helping curb the city's overall carbon emissions and possibly save consumers some money. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/20 - 10:15 pm

The Globe reports BPS is looking at a "hybrid" learning model for this fall, in which students would spend two days a week in school and do remote learning the other three days.

By adamg - 7/22/20 - 9:17 pm

Come Aug. 10, you're going to have to remember your street's weekly sweeping schedule - the city announced today that ticketing for violators will start again then. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/20 - 10:15 am

Legal Sea Foods and an insurance company that sold it an "all risks" insurance policy on March 1 are now battling in court over whether the insurer has to pay the restaurant chain millions to cover losses from shutting its 34 restaurants due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/20 - 4:19 pm

Mayor Walsh today joined a dozen other mayors - including those of Portland, OR and Chicago - in letters that demand the Justice Department and Homeland Security go find something to do other than kidnapping people walking down the street and that Congress put an end to the practice. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/20 - 12:38 pm

The latest shooting data from Boston Police show 120 shootings, with a total of 145 victims, through July 19, compared to 90 shootings and 112 victims in the same period last year. Read more.

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