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First Night Boston to Stop Operating, Lay Off Staff

First Night fireworks over Boston Harbor. The tradition needs funding and a new agency to continue.

Boston residents and visitors used to celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Copley Square area may have to change their plans for ringing in 2014.

First Night Boston, the nonprofit organization that has been running First Night festivals downtown since 1976, has ceased operations, citing a lack of funds to properly plan the annual affair, the Boston Business Journal reported Friday.

A vote taken by the board of directors to end operations takes effect immediately, and means the organization will stop planning First Night Boston 2014, according to the article.

According to a press release circulated by the First Night organization, the board hopes to transfer the First Night Boston trademark to the City of Boston, with the idea that the annual festivities might continue under the leadership of another organization.

“The board, recognizing that First Night is one of the city’s signature events, plans to work with the city to identify an organization that can assume the First Night brand and eventually produce an event containing at least some of the elements of a First Night celebration,” the press release states. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

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Menino: Stop Terror List Suspects from Buying Weapons

Mayor Menino

 

 

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to know how one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was able to get a weapon, despite being on a federal terror watch list. 

“Right now there are thousands of people on terror watch lists who are considered too dangerous to fly on a plane, but when it comes to buying an assault weapon — no problem. It’s crazy,” said Menino to the Boston Herald.

Menino, one of the co-founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said there are glaring loopholes in our federal gun laws, calling it the “Terror Gap”, which enabled Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to get his hands on weapons. Menino said current loopholes allow individuals on terror watch lists to pass background checks to purchase guns legally. 

But some detractors do point out that Tsarnaev did not purchase weapons legally, so it doesn’t matter if he was on a list or not.

According to the Government Accountability Office, individuals on terror watch lists tried to buy guns and explosives 1,453 times between Feb. ’04 and Dec. ’10. And a staggering 91 percent of the time, or 1,321 occasions – the FBI could not block gun or explosives being sold to suspected terrorists. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

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Taylor Street ‘Stop Work’ Order Lifted, East Wall to Be Rebuilt

Landmark Commission member Christie Gamp, owner Ramy Rizkalla and commission member John Amodeo speak at the hearing.

The construction at 8-10 Taylor Street will go on, decided the South End Landmarks Commission on Tuesday night.

The wooden home is only one of two in the South End. It has faced controversy in the neighborhood since construction started several weeks ago, had its stop work order lifted after the commission’s review. The stop work order had been imposed due to the homeowner and contractor’s decision to take down an extra wall during the demolition process. That demolished east wall will be rebuilt based on preservation’s standards, the commission decided. 

“The mistake was that you didn’t call when the wall had to come down,” said commission chair Christie Gamp. “I can’t believe knowing the contentiousness of this project and the neighbors that that didn’t happen… It’s unbelievable for the neighbors and all we’ve worked for and to feel like we’re blindsided,” said Christie Gamp.  read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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