Editorials

March Activities at West End Library

March will be a busy month at the West End library, 151 Cambridge Street. The library has scheduled films, a lecture, a book discussion, a concert and many ongoing programs. For details call 617-523-3957. Irish Heritage Month  Film Series –. Sponsored by the Friends of the West End Branch Library. March 4th   Run &...

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BLC Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary of working to safeguard the character of the City of Boston from iconic downtown buildings to vibrant neighborhoods. BLC was established in 1975 to identify and protect historic buildings, structures, areas, and sites, review development and demolition activities affecting old properties, provide public information and...

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Residents and Community Groups Should Support Short-Term Rental Legislation

North End/Waterfront residents and community groups are apparently getting on the bandwagon, supporting their State Representative Bill that would put in place regulations for short-term residential rentals.  The legislation would empower cities and towns to inspect potential short-term residential units for safety code violations, instruct the Department of Housing and Community Development to keep...

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Is It Possible for Boston to Host the Summer Olympics

People who support the possibility of the 2024 Summer Olympics being held in Boston and in part of Greater Boston as well as those who do not favor the idea of hosting the world games are certainly expressing their opinions loud and clear. Obviously, Boston has not been selected to host the Olympic Games...

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Snow… Snow. Go Away!

The past four weeks have not been ideal conditions for the state, cities and towns as snow has fallen at a ridiculous pace, making it difficult to remove and place. Parking spaces could not be cleared fast enough, side and small streets could not get much attention. Mounds were so high they looked like...

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City Provides Residents Relief in the Face of Rising Electricity Costs

Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity.  While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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BRA Changes Benefit Communities

Big changes and positive initiatives have taken place at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his administration over the past year.                 These major changes have already made a significant difference for Boston’s neighborhoods, especially in urban planning and economic development, according to information provided by the Mayor’s office....

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Mayor on Right Education Track

Data recently released showed the Boston Public School graduation rate has hit a historic milestone, the highest level in recorded history.                 The School Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicated a 66.7 percent of graduate rate and upward trend since 2006, from 65.9 percent in 2013.                 The data also showed the districts...

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Short-Term Rental Bill Should Be Passed

Representative Aaron Michlewitz has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s hotel tax. The bill makes perfect sense for several reasons,...

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More Water and Sewer Savings for Seniors and Disabled People

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement that Boston Water and Sewer Commission will increase water service discounts for all senior citizens and disabled homeowners to 30 percent has been praised by many. It was an important decision that adds new protection for low income elderly and persons with disabilities who certainly can use the money....

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