Spotted on the Orange Line this morning.
An annoyed East Boston resident files a 311 complaint about festering Globe Direct circulars:
Boston Globe Direct marketing is all over my neighborhood! Opting out does not stop the delivery. Also, their plastic bags are just as bad or worse as plastic shopping bags, which Boston already banned!
WBUR reports on what happens when your company shrinks like spinach in a frying pan. But don't worry, what's left of GE will still call Boston home.
Boston city councilors agreed yesterday to take a look at how to ensure local companies that get tax breaks actually hire all the people or help fund community programs they promised to when receiving city tax breaks. Read more.
The owner of King Smoke Shop, 600 East Broadway in South Boston, was arrested along with one of his clerks today on charges they were selling marijuana cigarettes, THC and edibles that included pot-laced gummy worms. Read more.
A federal appeals court this week ruled the corporation that owns the Shaw's in Hyde Park is due a refund of the more than $3.5 million it paid to remove PCBs from the Mother Brook after a jury determined neither the supermarket nor its manufacturing predecessor on the site had anything to do with the chemical winding up in sediment in the brook. Read more.
When you meet clients, they are often stressed so you need to have people management skills. You've also got to be physically capable of lifting heavy items and having a lot of stamina.
Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) today proposed giving minority Boston entrepreneurs a two-year head start on getting local marijuana licenses as a way to address past wrongs in the war on drugs and to help ensure at least some of the profits from the lucrative business stay local. Read more.
Grace Hailer forwards this photo of the sign on the door of V & K Smoke Shop on Hancock Street in Quincy.
Any recommendations for a place that collects really worn sneakers? Ones that are no longer useable but would be wasted tossing in the recycle bag. A downtown location would be appreciated but I can 'travel' if it is outside downtown.
Uber riders who find themselves in an unsafe situation in Cambridge can now swipe in their Uber app to get connected with the city's Emergency Communications Department. Read more.
If a Cape woman wants to fight Nestle, Hershey and Mars over how some of their cocoa beans are harvested in Cote d'Ivoire, she's going to have to find a different method than the Massachusetts consumer-protection law, a federal judge ruled today. Read more.
The Zoning Board of Appeals today unanimously approved a potrepreneur's proposal for a three-story building in Newmarket Square in which to grow what he says will be craft marijuana for both recreational and medicinal uses. Read more.
Mayor Walsh has filed a proposed ordinance that would let scooter companies begin lining city sidewalks with their for-hire two wheelers - as long as register with the city and promise to get their users not to block sidewalk ramps, crosswalks, fire hydrants and building entrances. Read more.
Associated Press reports that while NECCO's old Valentine's Day hearts may be gone this year - be honest, who actually ever ate those things? - the owner of a Sudbury gourmet-food shop won an auction to the rights to the Sky Bar, and she is now working with the bankrupt company's longtime research director on how to produce the four-chambered candy bar in small batches.
Best to put that stuff in neighborhoods better suited for it, like places where traffic and parking aren't issues, outraged South Enders, including one woman whose last name you'd think would indicate more sympathy for the idea, tell Compassionate Organics, the Boston Sun reports (yes, it's the company that won city approval for a medical dispensary on Newbury Street).
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