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By adamg - 5/19/22 - 11:53 am

Boston normally doesn't turn on spray tables and the like in its parks until Memorial Day, but the Parks and Recreation Department reports it's had plumbers out this week seeing which tot sprays can get turned on for this weekend, what with potentially record-breaking temperatures in the forecast. The department says it hopes to have a list available by Friday afternoon.

By adamg - 5/19/22 - 11:37 am

WCVB reports on the contract with City Fresh Foods, the largest non-construction contract the city's ever awarded to a Black-owned business, and part of Mayor Wu's pledge to increase the number of city contracts that go to minority-owned businesses.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 11:11 pm
Deer Island numbers going up

Latest Covid-19 viral counts from the northern half of the MWRA sewer district. Source.

The Boston Public Health Commission reports the Covid-19 test positivity rate across Boston is now 11.5%. Statewide, the seven-day average rate is 9.13%, the state Department of Public Health reports. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 5:28 pm
Mejia argues against DESE takeover

Mejia argues against state takeover.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly today to fight to keep local control of BPS in the face of possible state receivership, saying a new mayor and a new superintendent deserve a chance to finally bring the sort of change BPS needs and that the last thing Boston - where voters strongly supported an elected school committee in the fall election - needs is an outside commissar screwing things up even more. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 1:32 pm

City Councilor Kendra Lara (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) today proposed creation of a city office to hire hundreds of Boston residents to provide traffic flagging at the growing number of construction projects she says Boston Police simply can't cover. Read more.

By adamg - 5/17/22 - 10:39 am
Rushing for a trolley in old Boston

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

By adamg - 5/14/22 - 5:42 pm

The National Weather Service reports Boston hit 86 degrees today, tying the record for May 14 set in 1879.

By adamg - 5/12/22 - 2:01 pm

To make them work better and more energy efficient, WHDH reports.

By adamg - 5/11/22 - 12:09 pm

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is in South Korea for the inauguration of the country's new president. Seoul made him feel right at home: Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/22 - 11:04 am
Horse-powered streetcars in old Boston

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

By adamg - 5/10/22 - 12:05 am
Bostonopoly game

Cat Queen reports she was packing up her father's house when, up in the attic, she uncovered this old Bostonized Monopoly game - which you could probably date just by the BankBoston logo. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 2:18 pm

Vanyaland notes the passing of the local comedy legend at 79.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 10:31 pm
Covid-19 hospitalization rate in Massachusetts

Mass. 7-day rolling hospitaliztion rate. Orange is fully vaccinated patients. Source: Mass. DPH.

The state today reported 4,376 new Covid-19 cases, compared to 2,985 just the day before. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/22 - 12:01 pm

The owner of Antico Forno and Terramia, the owner of Vinoteca di Monica and a Boston police officer are seeking to join a lawsuit against Boston against the requirement for people to show proof of vaccination for most public indoor spaces that was lifted in February. Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/22 - 12:02 pm
Hot chocolate for sale in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo (street name blurred out, natch). See it larger.

By adamg - 4/26/22 - 1:30 pm

Mayor Wu today announced she will use $60 million in federal Covid-19 relief money to build or buy affordable houses and condos, bolster down-payment assistance programs and expand a city program that reduces interest rates on mortgages. Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/22 - 12:33 pm
Charts showing Covid-19 numbers down slightly in Boston, but that Covid-19 hospitalizations are up

Statistics announced by the Boston Public Health Commission today show a slight dip in Covid-19 rates in Boston of late, but the number of new cases per day remains far higher than in mid-March. Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/22 - 11:46 am

Patrick Rose, former president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, pleaded guilty today to raping six children over 27 years. Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/22 - 9:57 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports Mayor Wu has hired two consultants to look at ways to bolster affordable housing and job training in Boston by increasing the number of affordable housing units new middling to large residential developments have to include. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/22 - 10:16 am
Crane at Boylston and Massachusetts Avenue

Crane for the Samuels mixed-use complex going up at Boylston and Mass. Ave.

Via Scott Van Voorhis comes the news that the number of big cranes perched atop construction sites in Boston has dropped from an average of 12 a couple years ago to just 9 in the first quarter of 2022. Read more.

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