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Boston’s Tattooed Sought for Marathon Themed Photo Project

Photographer Chris Padgett is looking for people who received tattoos in honor of the Boston Marathon bombing victims to participate in a photography exhibit. (Credit: Chris Padgett/Bled for Boston)

A portrait session will be held in September for people who received ink related to the April 15 attacks.
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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - August 17, 2013 at 6:57 am

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Street Closures for Boston’s 4th of July Celebration

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

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Supermoon, Year’s Largest Moon, To Appear in Boston’s Skies This Weekend

Supermoon

Skywatchers and stargazers might want to look up this weekend for one of the biggest celestial events of the year

The largest supermoon of the year, also known as the perigee moon, will peak this Sunday. 

The event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the sun at a specific point in its orbit, according to The Huffington Post. The moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter. 

Another supermoon will appear in July; however, the moon will not be this close to earth again until August 2014. The moon will become full Sunday at 7:32 a.m. and visible again after sunset. 

Where do you think are the best spots to see the supermoon in the South End? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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Boston’s Pools Opening Soon for Summer

Kids with the Gregg House day care center located in Lynn, enjoy their field trip to Boston and the Christian Science Center Plaza's fountain.

Soon, you’ll be able to cool down in a city pool any day of the week.

The city announced on Monday that Boston’s 10 Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) city swimming pools and one city beach will stay open every day of the week starting on June 29. 

In addition to the 10 pools open seven days a week, all of the city’s pools are open on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. During the week, pool hours vary depending on location. 

Luckily for South Enders, one pool that will remain open all week is the South End’s BCYF Blackstone pool, located on 50 West Brookline St.

This year marks the second in a row the city has decided to open its pools early. 

“With the warm weather on its way, we want our residents to be able to beat the heat seven days a week,” Mayor Tom Menino said. “We have amazing facilities in the city, and I encourage all our families to take advantage of them.” read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

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City Fighting Beetles in Boston’s Parks

Bark beetle devastation.

The city of Boston is expanding its beetle-fighting program to help stop the spread of the nasty elm bark beetle that threatens to destroy trees in the city’s parks.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has placed 24 traps in location around the Emerald Necklace and Copley Square to help stop the spread of the beetle. The program first started last year. 

This year, six traps have been placed on Boston Common, five in the Public Garden, five in the Fenway Victory Garden, five on side streets along Commonwealth Avenue Mall, two along the Muddy River, and one in Copley Square.  This doubles last year’s placement of a dozen traps.

The traps consist of 18.5″x 28″ green plywood boxes mounted  approximately 15 feet off the ground on trees located at least 150 feet away from any elms. Each trap contains a paper lining with a sticky surface that acts like old fashioned flypaper.  The paper is infused with a pheromone lure to attract the insects. The traps contain no pesticides or harmful chemicals, the city said. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

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Share: Your Photos of Boston’s Rainbow

Last night a huge rainbow – double rainbow in some parts of the city – spanned the evening sky. In some places, people could even see a full arc.

People took to Twitter to talk about its significance. Was it a belated Boston Pride surprise? Was it a sign that Obama was in town? Was it because the light was refracting off the condesation in the clouds? Whatever you thought it meant, share your photos with us all.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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Boston’s New Public Safety Strategies for Summer

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks about the city's public safety strategies to have a safe summer  on May 23, 2013.

Expect to see more Boston police in the neighborhoods this summer as part of the city’s summer public safety plan.

Increasing cop bike and walking beats is just one of many ways the city plans to ensure a safe summer. Using technology, increasing engagement with the community and offering opportunities to youths were some of the main points highlighted by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday, in a press conference with city police, school and human services personnel.

Along with increasing bike and walk beats, Boston Police’s current class of recruits will be deployed to target heavy crime areas after graduating in July. In addition, two new “Safe Street Teams” will be added in July in the Harvard Avenue area of District B-3 and the Newbury Street area of District D-4. 

Boston Police are also synching up 100 percent of all surveillance cameras with the city’s DVTEL, BRIC and emergency services systems, which will allow any camera within 1,000 feet of an incident to automatically turn in the direction of the incident, according to a press release. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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24 Possible Mayoral Candidates for Boston’s Sept. Preliminary Election

Boston City Council District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo

The deadline to sign-up for election nomination papers for Boston’s mayoral and city council elections has passed — with 24 possible candidates for mayor.

To put that in perspective, there were five total candidates in 2009’s preliminary election for Boston mayor.

The deadline to sign up for papers was Monday at 5 p.m., and there were no big surprises at the deadline — like Mayor Thomas Menino suddenly deciding to seek reelection.

“The 24 candidates who signed up by Monday’s deadline must now gather 3,000 signatures by May 21 in order to appear on the September 24th election ballot,” said city spokesperson Emilee Ellison. 

Some possible candidates have already started to announce they’re not running for office, like Frank John Addivinola Jr. and Gene Gorman. Or some haven’t committed to which race, like District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey, who requested papers for the district and mayoral races. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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Should Boston’s First Responders Get a Duck Boat Parade?

Boston’s run the gamut of emotions this week, from terror to sadness to perseverance and, finally, joy. Throughout the entire topsy turvy week, however, everyone said the same thing: Boston’s first responders did an outstanding job. From the injured at the finish line to the academics and public policy experts, an entire nation has lauded Boston’s police officers, firefighters, EMTs and medical professionals for their response to the bombing.

With the bombers now both accounted for, someone on Facebook got themselves a good idea: We’ve had Duck Boat parades for the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots in the past 12 years. How about we crank up the Ducks and take to the streets to say thanks to the city’s first responders?

The Facebook page Duck Boat Parade for Boston First Responders was started Friday night just after the second bombing suspect was captured. By 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning, it already had 51,400 likes. This is an ide people can get behind. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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Does Menino Rank as One of Boston’s Greatest Mayors?

Mayor Thomas Menino.

Mayor Thomas Menino will not seek a sixth term, according to at-large Boston politics journalist David Bernstein. Menino reportedly told Fox 25 this morning that it was a tough decision to make.

So ends the longest mayorship in Boston history, and one of the longest in American history (To give you some perspective, long-time Chicago Mayor and political boss Richard J. Daley served 21 years and his son Richard M. Daley has currently served 24 years).

But does a long career guarantee a spot in the Boston mayoral Hall of Fame, like Carlton Fisk’s long career landed him in Cooperstown? Or has Mayor Menino’s accomplishments guaranteed him a slot on the short list of Boston’s greatest mayors?

There are 53 elected mayors in the city’s history, but the conversation of “best mayor” usually starts with James Michael Curley, known as “The Rascal King” and who famously served part of his term while in jail. Other contenders include John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald (that’s where the F in JFK comes from. Fitzgerald was John, Robert and Edward’s grandfather) and Kevin White. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - March 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

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