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By adamg - 4/20/21 - 5:25 pm

Steve Cooper shows us one jewelry store getting plywood protection.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 2:43 pm
7-Eleven closing on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

The 7-Eleven at 684 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain is closing, which will force Pondsiders who need some Gatorade or scratchies at 2 a.m. to shlep all the way up to South Huntington for the next closest 7-Eleven. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 9:57 pm

WBZ reports OSHA plans to fine Ariana Murrell-Rosario, owner of Liberty Tax Service in Lynn more than $136,000, unless she can give it a really good reason why she made her employees and customers remove their masks when they entered the business. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/21 - 2:01 pm
Sue Sullivan speaks

Sue Sullivan speaks as residents wearing "Build the Bridge" shirts listen.

It was bad enough when the Long Island Bridge shut and even more drug addicts began congregating in the area of Mass and Cass, Sue Sullivan said. But now, the area has become a haven for drug sellers and people quick to settle a beef with a knife or gun, the head of the Newmarket Business Association says. Read more.

By adamg - 4/7/21 - 2:14 pm
Ed Flynn speaks against Sonder proposal

Not happy: Ed Flynn.

The Zoning Board of Appeal voted last week to let Sonder, a multinational hospitality chain, convert the 26 apartments it owns in a Batterymarch Street building into "executive suites" aimed mainly at traveling businessmen staying an average of four days. Read more.

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By adamg - 4/7/21 - 12:18 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on the opening of the new Price Rite in Fields Corner, with an owner and landlord whose Dorchester market roots go back decades.

By adamg - 4/6/21 - 9:53 am
Tootsie Roll truck stuck on Massachusetts Avenue

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner shows us the Tootsie Roll truck that got stuck sideways on Mass. Ave. this morning, near the Tootsie Roll factory (which now makes Junior Mints) on Main Street.

By adamg - 4/5/21 - 1:13 pm
Chart showing drop in payroll in Boston over 2020

From BPDA report.

The BPDA says unemployment in Boston dropped from a peak of 16.1% in June to a still high 7.4% in December - but in a new report says there's an important caveat with that decrease: Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/21 - 9:32 am

If you've ever wanted to run a cafe in one of the cafe-iest parts of Boston, here's your chance: Ula Cafe in the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain is for sale. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 10:27 pm
The new look of Jacob Wirth

Royalty's vision of a cannabis shop where Jacob Wirth is now.

A marijuana entrepreneur tried to convince skeptical Chinatown residents tonight that turning the decaying former Jacob Wirth restaurant into a state-of-the-art cannabis concern would benefit local groups, give jobs to people harmed by the war on drugs and save a national landmark. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/21 - 9:27 pm
Kelly discusses murder at licensing board hearing

Hyatt Regency attorney William Kelley discusses murder during Zoom hearing.

Managers at the Hyatt Regency downtown and the Hotel Indigo near North Station say they did everything they could to cooperate with police arriving on scene to investigate two separate murders and that the deaths were completely unpredictable and not something they could have prevented. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/21 - 3:02 pm

Managers at the DoubleTree Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., told the Boston Licensing Board today they've taken a number of steps to reduce the sorts of incidents - from shouting matches to drug dealing - that have brought Boston police officers there repeatedly over the past pandemic year. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/21 - 10:38 am
Proposed electronic billboard

Board says nope.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a billboard company's plan to stick a 24-hour electronic billboard on top of the Dunkin' Donuts on Causeway Street at Lancaster Street, across from the Tip O'Neill Building. Read more.

By Deb_B - 3/29/21 - 1:20 pm

The newly renovated Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is now open in Roxbury Crossing. The “green” net-zero carbon building is the first of its kind in Boston’s Mission Hill and serves as a groundbreaking example of how a metal warehouse-style building can be retrofitted to the highest energy efficiency standards. It opened to the public on March 27, and a weeklong reopening celebration is scheduled for April 19–23 to coincide with Earth Day. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/21 - 11:17 am

The Boston Licensing Board today suspended the liquor license for Macumba Latina, 477 River St., after BPD detectives found a long line outside and lots of people without masks inside, as well as a DJ, last night - all violations of state and city Covid-19 regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/21 - 11:43 pm

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Massport hopes to formally open an expanded, "Big Ship Ready" Conley Terminal this fall, after $850 million and several years' worth of expansion work that has included dredging a deeper ship channel through Boston Harbor and installing new, bigger cranes to unload containers from the largest ships that can traverse the Panama Canal. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/21 - 4:16 pm

The Boston Office of Neighborhood Services will hold an online meeting next week on a proposal to convert the shuttered Jacob Wirth restaurant on Stuart Street into a cannabis shop. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/21 - 12:04 am

Adam Castiglioni reports union workers protesting the use of non-union staff to remodel the Copley Square Hotel have ditched the traditional giant inflatable rat for a giant inflatable bedbug: Read more.

By adamg - 3/19/21 - 11:25 am

WBZ summarizes the places that can open starting Monday and the places that have to stay shut as Massachusetts goes into its newest Covid-19 phase.

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