Friday, May 24, 2013
Town Meeting is on May 28.
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is looking to expand. Here are the three articles for Town Meeting addressing this expansion: ARTICLE 19 Submitted by: Michael Maynard, Coolidge Corner Theater Foundation Board of Trustees To see if the Town will vote to extinguish, abandon or otherwise release a portion of an easement granted by the First Parish In Waltham, Universalist-Unitarian, Inc., to the Town of Brookline over a portion of land adjacent to 280-292 Harvard Street for the purpose of allowing the Coolidge Corner Movie Theatre to proceed with its proposed theatre expansion. That portion of the easement to be terminated is known as Easement A which is one of three easements granted to the Town by way of a Grant of Rights and Easements dated…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Town Meeting is May 28.
With the Annual Town Meeting coming up on May 28, now is a good time to get familiar with the warrant articles. Article 17 addresses the definition of a medical marijuana treatment center as put forth by the Department of Planning and Community Development. In its’ own language, the article defines the a “MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENT CENTER—Any medical marijuana treatment center, as defined under state law as a Massachusetts not-for-profit entity that acquires, cultivates, possesses, processes (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfers, transports, sells, distributes, dispenses, or administers marijuana, products containing marijuana, related supplies, or educational …
Chief Dan O'Leary awarded this year's officer of the year award.
Officer Morgan Lee was awarded the Officer of the Year at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday evening. Lee graduated from Brookline High School and is a Marine Corps Veteran. Lee joined the Brookline Police in 2008. “When I talk to his supervisor, he is always working,” Chief O’Leary said. Chief O’Leary told the board that Officer Lee had helped in dealing with Brookline’s most common crime: Car break-ins. The man who he helped arrest for nine separate crimes in Brookline had evidence of home break-ins in Boston and car break-ins in both Boston and Brookline.
One Fund Boston Administrator Kenneth Feinberg urged victims to get complete claims in, and offered help to get claims filled out.
One Fund Boston Administrator Kenneth Feinberger is urging Boston Marathon victims to get claims in before the June 15 deadine. “You would be amazed at how people in grief, with all sorts of uncertainty about their lives, don’t file. File at the last minute. File claim forms written in crayon,” Feinberg told the Boston Herald. Funds are scheduled to start being distributed on June 30, with the three families who lost a loved one to receive around $1 million. Next those who suffered double amputations or more would receive funds, then single amputees, then those who required an overnight hospital stay. The final protocal for dispersing funds can be seen here at One Fund's site. Downloadable claim forms are available through the One Fund…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Outgoing lieutenant governor said recent controversies had nothing to do with decision to resign.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said none of the controversies that have dogged him during his tenure on Beacon Hill contributed to his decision to announce his resignation. In a press conference at the State House Wednesday, Murray said his final day on the job will be June 2. The next day he will take over as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce where his salary will reportedly be around $200,000. In January, Murray said he had no intention of running for governor when Gov. Deval Patrick's term expires in January 2015. "This has been a very difficult but empowering decision," Murray said. "It has been an honor to serve as lieutenant governor." Patrick called Murray an "outstanding partner" during his time in …
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Friday marks the 9th anniversary of the law that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry in Massachusetts.
Dozens of local gay and lesbian couples gathered at the Boston Public Garden Thursday to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the law that gave them the right to marry in Massachusetts. The celebration, put on in partnership between Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Respect for Marriage Coalition and Mayor Thomas Menino, ended with a group photo at a location popular for wedding photography. "It's been an extraordinary five years," said Ellen Wade of Newton, who along with her wife, Maureen Brodoff, were one of the plaintiffs in the landmark case they won in 2003 that led to the adoption of marriage equality in the state. "It's been exciting and inspiring, and we're grateful to have played a small part in showing the country …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Bay State Foods will serve a 15-day suspension after a sting operation.
The Board of Selectmen voted against a ruling from the state alcohol commission on Tuesday, May 14, resulting in a 15-day suspension for Bay State Foods at 1418 Beacon Street. Last year, Bay State Foods appealed a ruling from January 2012 after the Brookline Police conducted a sting operation in October 2011. The owners of Bay State Foods went before the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee (ABCC) last May. The ABCC ruled that the sting operation was handled improperly, thus making the operation and transaction invalid. The state guidelines for a sting require that, among other things, the minor operative leave all of their personal belongings at the police station and that the buyer should leave the store after the sale. In …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The lawyers for Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov have said the two defendants had nothing to do with the bombings.
Two friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have waived their right to a probable cause hearing. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, who have been charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by misleading investigators, had a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, according to WBZ. The two defendants filed a joint motion. Their lawyers said the men had nothing to do with the bombings. The two suspects have been accused of removing a backpack with explosives, as well as a computer, from Tsarnaev's Univerity of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm room, where the three met and became friends.