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House OK’s $5m in tax credits for Mass. theater shows

By |July 11th, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 7/8/16 The controversial film tax credit program has long been a source of tension, with some on Beacon Hill championing it as key to a thriving industry and others denouncing it as a waste of taxpayer money. Now state lawmakers are proposing extending similar credits to high-profile theatrical productions staged [...]

State dares not cross Southie over Spooky World-style event

By |July 5th, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 6/30/16 The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has refused to approve the conversion of Castle Island’s Fort Independence into a Spooky World-style haunted fort this fall, following fierce opposition from neighbors. Critics said the “Fright Island” proposal was an inappropriate use of a beloved and historic landmark. Read more...

Former Boston Latin headmaster named interim headmaster

By |June 29th, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 6/28/16 School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning named former Boston Latin School Headmaster Michael Contompasis interim headmaster until a new permanent headmaster is chosen. At a noon press conference, Chang and Mayor Walsh said Contompasis, who served as headmaster between 1976 and 1998, would bring stability to the school as [...]

Rep. Collins stands proudly with fellow lawmakers as interim Boston Latin School headmaster is announced

By |June 28th, 2016|News|

Rep. Collins stands proudly with fellow lawmakers and Boston Latin School alum as Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang announces Michael Contompasis as the interim BLS headmaster.

Kraft’s plan for a Dorchester soccer stadium faces stiff competition

By |June 23rd, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 6/23/16 It’s easy to see why Robert Kraft is eyeing the old Bayside Expo Center as the site for the soccer stadium he has long dreamed of building in Boston. Just around the corner, UMass Boston is overhauling its once-grim campus. Interstate 93 and an MBTA Red Line station are steps away. [...]

Dorchester soccer stadium plan draws a red card

By |June 23rd, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 6/23/16 A push by Robert Kraft and UMass for a professional soccer stadium appears deflated on arrival, with local pols saying the state school should focus more on cutting tuition than cutting deals with rich sports owners. The University of Massachusetts floated the stadium plan for the old Bayside Expo [...]

Fan Pier building opens with dancers in the sky

By |June 13th, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 6/10/16 The Fallon Co. officially opened its latest Fan Pier project, 100 Northern Ave., with a party on Thursday evening that featured dancers rappelling down the 17-story building's facade. The 516,000-square-foot building will be home to the international law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, whose 800 employees will move to the custom-built tower [...]

Replica cannon adds new historic element to Dorchester Heights

By |June 9th, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 6/8/2016 The National Parks of Boston last Saturday unveiled and dedicated a replica cannon brought to Dorchester Heights from Fort Ticonderoga during the 1776 Siege of Boston. The cannon, resting atop a six-and-a-half ton granite mount, will remain on permanent display, according to a press release from the National Park [...]

Promising seaplane tests spark political discussions in South Boston

By |May 13th, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 5.13.16 The two companies seeking to launch seaplane service in Boston Harbor say their first flight tests in the harbor took place this week without any significant hitch, in or over the water. But they’re still going to face some turbulence — on land. Three politicians who represent South Boston [...]

Massachusetts Lawmaker Pushes Funding to Fix Weakness in Boston Fire Department

By |April 27th, 2016|News|

Article originally appears on 4.27.16 State lawmakers are debating two proposals this week aimed at fixing weaknesses in the Boston Fire Department in reaction to the 2014 Back Bay blaze that claimed the lives of two firefighters. One proposal would boost funding for the hazardous materials unit to $475,000 from last year's $238,000 and double [...]