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By adamg - 3/18/19 - 5:53 pm

UPDATE: Market cleared to re-open on March 27 after passing a re-inspection.

A Boston health inspector today shut Ming's Supermarket, also known as New York Marts, 1102 Washington St. for a variety of health violations that included dead bugs on a hot-foods light shield and rodent droppings under a sink employees are supposed to use for hand washing. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/18 - 12:04 pm

It took two follow-up inspections, but China Bo, 49 Warren St., finally met with a Boston health inspector's approval and was allowed to re-open on Friday, according to city restaurant records.

After being shut in November due to a variety of kitchen health issues, the restaurant failed two more inspections before getting cleared to re-open.

By adamg - 11/23/18 - 10:31 am

Candy Girl Lip Sync

Led by Rizz, from New Edition. Also featuring the dancing stylings of Police Commissioner William Gross and Wally, with a very special guest appearance by Zdeno Chara.

By adamg - 3/27/18 - 7:37 pm

For the third time, a federal judge has rejected an effort by the owner of the fire-ravaged building at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. to move his case from state Housing Court to federal court - this time with a warning for the man to knock it off. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/18 - 2:47 pm
Remains of Mt. Ida house

Moldering eyesore on a Friday afternoon.

A housing-court judge had been scheduled today to decide whether to appoint a receiver with the power to raze a Mt. Ida Road three decker ravaged in a 2011 fire, but owner James Dickey may have once again managed to stave off any action for a few months by trying to transfer the case to federal court. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/17 - 11:26 am

UPDATE: The restaurant passed a re-inspection and can open again.

ISD ordered MDM Noodles, 351 Washington St., shut earlier this week for violations that included flounder and un-canned Spam not being kept cool enough, cooked lamb not being kept warm enough, a lack of adequate hand-washing facilities for workers and rat droppings on the floor of a closet at the end of the area where hot foods are prepared. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/16 - 10:03 am

The Bulletin reports the Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Association wanted to make sure William Christopher could find his way to its monthly meeting, to discuss three problem properties on the hill. Alas, Christopher never made it - but because he was sick, not because he got lost and wound up in Readville or something.

By adamg - 8/1/16 - 11:57 pm

Mayor Walsh is asking the City Council to approve a city ordinance that would require Boston restaurants and food trucks to prominently place a sign with a letter grade corresponding to the results of their most recent health inspections. Read more.

By adamg - 5/23/16 - 9:01 am
ISD in Boston lets its feelings about Madonna known

Apparently, city inspectors were watching the Billboard Music Awards last night and agreed with comedian Chris Paul that Madonna should never have been allowed anywhere near a Prince tribute and so retweeted his crack.

Well, either that, or whoever has the keys to ISD's Twitter account forgot to switch to his or her own personal account before hitting the retweet button.

H/t John Keith.

By adamg - 10/1/15 - 2:26 pm

A city zoning rule that bans more than four undergraduates in an apartment isn't working, city officials said today, so they've begun looking at changes that would let them start levying fines on landlords who persist in overcrowding their units. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/15 - 8:56 am

The Bay State Banner reports on concerns about a developer putting up new residential buildings in Roxbury.

By adamg - 3/31/15 - 8:41 pm
ISD warning sign in the Fenway

Sophie spotted ISD signs on some Alpha Management buildings in the Fenway tonight.

By adamg - 6/18/14 - 7:13 am
Wu

Before a storefront business can open in Boston, it has to get a permit for its fire-alarm system. No, make that two permits: One from Inspectional Services and one from the Fire Department.

In a report submitted to the city council and the mayor today, at-large Councilor Michelle Wu says this sort of thing makes it hard for Boston to truly be the sort of entrepreneurial city it claims it wants to be.

By adamg - 5/28/14 - 12:44 pm

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports inspectors wrote 120 tickets for improper trash disposal on Eagle Hill on just one day this week.

By adamg - 5/13/14 - 7:34 am

The Globe reports Bryan Glascock is being moved into a new BRA position to review city zoning and building codes.

By adamg - 5/4/14 - 9:39 am

The Globe starts a series on the perils of off-campus housing in Boston with a detailed examination of how the BU student died in your basic Allston rat-trap of a student house last April.

By adamg - 4/1/14 - 7:34 am

The Herald reports, says she at least got charged for robbing a bank in Quincy - twice - rather than one in Boston.

By adamg - 3/22/14 - 11:13 am

Mayor Walsh said today he wants to waive a city registration fee for apartments in small owner-occupied buildings - and to refund the fees paid by their landlords last year.

On Monday, Walsh will file a request with the City Council to amend a law that now requires all owners of rental units to pay a fee to the city - which pays for inspections of those units.

By adamg - 11/1/13 - 7:31 am

The Tech reports MIT and its fraternities are working with architects to develop applications for assembly permits for frats on this side of the river.

The Boston Inspectional Services Department requires that assembly limits are calculated based on the emergency exit capabilities of each residence. Currently, however, Boston [Fraternity, Sorority and Independent Living Group] residences have assembly limits calculated by the old system that was based on square footage. The Boston Inspectional Services Department wants to verify that all assembly limits meet the present standards and reflect the safe capacities of FSILG residences.

By adamg - 3/6/13 - 10:09 am

MuckRock has put together an interesting chart and map based on data about tickets issued by city inspectors for failing to shovel sidewalks after the February blizzard.

Via Matt Carroll.

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