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Cannabis Commission chair outlines goals, initial steps

As he sets out to stand up a legal marijuana industry here, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Wednesday he intends for retail marijuana sales to begin by July 2018, but did not guarantee that the nascent commission would meet that timeline. Hoffman, a retired business...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 3:54pm

AG Healey: Massachusetts will join lawsuit to defend DACA

Joining with unidentified other states, Massachusetts will go to court to defend protections for young immigrants that the Trump administration rescinded Tuesday, Attorney General Maura Healey told the News Service. Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was "illegal" and...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:25pm

Get the Lead Out: Parents urged to take action on lead in school drinking water

As children head back to school, environmental advocates are equipping parents with resources to address the issue of lead contamination in school water fountains. “Since Flint, the issue of lead in drinking water has come to national attention,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:32am

Walsh declares Pete Frates Day in Boston to honor Ice Bucket Challenge icon

Mayor Marty Walsh declared Tuesday to be Pete Frates Day in Boston, honoring the former Boston College baseball captain whose personal battle with ALS inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge. The announcement was made with a celebration of Frates at Boston City Hall. On City Hall Plaza, Boston College...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 4:56pm

Daily ticket checks begin on the Commuter Rail

Commuter Rail riders be warned, daily random ticket checks are now in the works. The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services, operating company of the Commuter Rail, began a “Fare is Fair” initiative on Tuesday as an attempt to crack down on fare evasions, which lead to millions of dollars...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:58am

A Boston Library card: How to get one, and what it can do for you

Allston Christmas is over and Boston’s new residents are starting to settle in. If you’re new to the city, there’s a lot to take care of when you first arrive, but here’s one more thing to add to your list: sign up for a library card. September is National Library Card Sign...

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 1:05pm

A Boston resident created an Allston Christmas Snapchat filter

Merry Allston Christmas! Though it’s far from the most wonderful time of the year for all the residents who have to schlep their belongings across the city on the same day, Sept. 1 is still often treated like a holiday in Boston. To help celebrate, one resident created an Allston Christmas...

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 12:27pm

Samsung apologizes, removes South Station ads that sparked controversy

Samsung has apologized to the residents of Mattapan after ads for the tech company’s security feature sparked complaints by some about racist undertones. In South Station, large Samsung banners advertised Knox, the company’s mobile security platform built into its smartphones. “...

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:29am

How busy will Boston roads be around moving day?

Move-in day in Boston is quickly approaching. You’ve been packing boxes, donating things not worth schlepping to your new place and preparing to navigate a moving truck around the city. But even with all that prep work, can you ever really be ready for the madness that is moving on Sept. 1...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 5:00am

Be wary of scammers pretending to be Chicopee Powerball winner, police say

After a Chicopee resident won the Powerball jackpot last week, local police are warning residents that scammers are creating social media accounts in the winner’s name. Mavis Wanczyk, 53, won the second largest jackpot in the lottery’s history last week, a $758.7 million prize. Now,...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 1:05pm

Massachusetts responders to help with Harvey relief efforts

Massachusetts emergency responders have headed to Houston to assist with the catastrophic flooding in the Texas city caused by Hurricane Harvey. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey has dropped more than 30 inches of rain on some parts of Houston. On Saturday, three Coast Guard aircrafts (...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:05pm

Proposal would charge to pick up, drop off at Logan Airport

Dropping off or picking up a friend at Logan International Airport may soon cost you more than just your time. The Massachusetts Port Authority will study a proposal by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) on charging a fee for drivers who pick up or drop off passengers at Logan. The foundation...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 3:56pm

Keep the city accountable for its Imagine Boston 2030 goals with this datadashboard

The final Imagine Boston 2030 plan was released last month, but that doesn’t mean the opportunity for regular residents to be involved is over. More than 15,000 residents contributed to the first city-wide plan in more than 50 years. Now, those same residents and more can keep the city...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:12am

Caribbean Carnival brings food, fun and festivity to Boston

The streets of Boston were awash in vibrantly-colored outfits adorned with sequins and feathered wings as people marched in the Carnival Parade to honor Caribbean culture. The annual celebration brought thousands of attendees who ate, danced and sang their way through the city to the tune of steel...

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 12:05pm

Felix Arroyo, Boston health services official, fired after sexual harassment allegations

Felix G. Arroyo, the city of Boston’s health services chief, has been fired on Thursday following allegations of sexual harassment detailed in a complaint by one of his female employees. “Felix Arroyo has been terminated from the city of Boston after a comprehensive internal...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:42pm

Lyft offers promo to help you pick up your moving truck on Sept. 1

Moving is an ordeal itself, but especially so in Boston, where most of the city’s leases turn over on the same day, Sept. 1. If you already have your UHaul booked and your parking spots reserved, you’re in pretty good shape. But how will you actually pick up that truck, specifically if...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:42pm

Which Boston neighborhoods have the fastest rising rents?

To residents here, it’s no surprise that Boston rents are expensive. But how do Boston’s own neighborhoods stack up against each other? Real estate site Zumper released a new report this week that mapped Boston neighborhood rent prices, and the picture, unsurprisingly, isn’t too...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 5:07am

Cape Cod politician suggests killing great white sharks, experts denounce plan

After recent reports of shark sightings close to the Cape Cod shore, one politician there is proposing a “mitigation strategy” that would involve catching and killing great whites to ensure public safety. Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty's announcement of his proposed...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:59am

New mural along Charles River will help revitalize Esplanade

Thousands of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians go past the Bowker Overpass on the Esplanade every day, but soon, there will be a reason for them to stop and stare. Work will begin this week on a mural there as part of a collaboration between The Esplanade Association and nonprofit Now and There....

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 5:06am

ChickTech conference comes to Boston to provide a community for women in tech

Lately, news around women in tech has been dominated by reports of sexual harassment and controversies like the recent anti-diversity memo written by a Google employee. Unfortunately, these things aren’t new, said Janice Levenhagen, CEO of ChickTech, a nonprofit that focuses on getting girls...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 3:25pm