Opening Night of the 2019 Boston Pops spring season—Wednesday, May 8—heralds the much-anticipated Boston Pops return of Bernadette Peters, dynamic star of stage and screen, and is the first of ten eclectic programs that Keith Lockhart will lead from the Symphony Hall stage. The upcoming season, which runs through June 15, also boasts an impressive lineup of Boston Pops debuts, including special appearances by actress and comedian Jane Lynch, travel guru Rick Steves, and Grammy and MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner Rhiannon Giddens who will curate and perform in an electrifying four-concert survey of American Roots music (5/22-25).
City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) says a rapidly growing Boston can no longer simply dole out unlimited free resident parking permits to residents and wants the city to start charging $25 per annual sticker - with exemptions for senior citizens, low-income residents and home-health and BPS staff who make regular home visits. Read more.
Patch is reporting That the Boston Public Health Commission is scheduling spraying for mosquito control in wetland areas around Hyde Park and West Roxbury. The article says that this specific spraying will not require any specific precautions by persons in the areas. Spraying will be from helicopters flying over the areas late at night. Read more.
And wonders: The next mayor of Boston?
The BBC reports that the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) has banned three runners from competing in any future races after claiming they cheated during last Monday's Boston Marathon. One runner was accused of giving his/her bib to another runner while the two others allegedly used faked race results in order to qualify for this year's race. Read more.
The Boston School Committee has selected three finalists for school superintendent: Oscar Santos, head of school for the Cathedral 7-12 High School in Boston, Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida and Brenda Cassellius, until recently commissioner of education for the state of Minnesota. Read more.
As he does pretty much every year, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) has formally asked the city to begin a pilot program to collect people's discarded coffee grounds and other foods to turn into compost. But this year is different, because the costs of dealing with recyclable materials is going through the roof, O'Malley says. Read more.
The City Council will consider a proposal by Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to add the loss of existing homes and federal laws that bar housing discrimination to the list of things developers of large projects in Boston would have to address to win city approval. Read more.
A proposal by City Councilor Althea Garrison (at large) to study how to bring rent control back to Boston was met with virulent opposition from three councilors who rent out units who thundered rent control would turn the city into the sort of hellhole they said it was back before voters statewide eliminated rent control in 1994. Read more.
The City Council designated today as Anthony Pisani Day, for the Jamaica Plain architect who recently retired from the Zoning Board of Appeal after 32 years as a member. Read more.
The Dig reports on the Trustees of Charitable Donations for Inhabitants of Boston, which makes one-time payments to poor people in particular need from its office in City Hall, but which is so little known its director now earns more each year than she hands out in donations, which recently received an audit that raised numerous questions and whose board went without enough members for a quorum because Mayor Walsh failed to name any members in his first few years in office.
The folks at the Boston City Archives write:
This photo was taken to document a city infrastructure project. Can you guess the project? When and where was it taken?
Many Boston homeowners with large enough basements and attics would no longer have to go before the zoning board to turn them into apartments under a proposal that could go before the Zoning Commission next month for approval and inclusion in the city zoning code. Read more.
If you haven't read this New Yorker article about the meteor that may have wiped out almost all life on Earth 66 million years ago, you should, because it's really interesting. The Boston Globe, of course, looked for a local angle - and found it, with a world map in today's print Ideas section (if it's online, let me know, I couldn't find it), with a dot on Boston and this caption:
If 99.9999% of all humans alive were wiped out, only the population of Boston would remain.
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