Sunday, May 19, 2013
Bay State Bike Week comes to and end, but readers had a lot to say about the state's bike-friendly week.
Bay State Bike Week ends today, but readers had a lot to say about the week in the form of comments on an informational blog post. The comments mostly consisted of the bike vs. cars "who obeys the law" debate. Reader Harriet said: "...Most cyclists actually obey the law..." Reader Austin said: "Cyclists should follow the rules of the road. The police need to start ticketing cyclists that run red lights, pass on the left, etc." Reader Bulldog added later in the thread: "I am all for bicycle lanes etc as soon as bicycles are taxed just like cars. Maybe $50 a year?" What do you think? Add your thoughts to the comments on the blog post or on this article?
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Claims for One Fund Boston payments are being accepted through June 15, and funds will start being distributed on a rolling basis on June 30.
Boston Marathon bombing victims treated as outpatients at Boston-area hospitals are eligible to receive One Fund Boston payments. Claims are now being accepted through June 15, and money will start being handed out on June 30 on a rolling basis, according to One Fund Boston's website. The final protocal and prioritization for victims was also released through the website. Individual death claims, double amputeees, and those who suffered permanent brain damage are the top priority. Previously, One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberg had estimated the families of the three victims who died from the bombings, could receive $1 million. "Money is a pretty poor substitute," said Feinberg at one of the Town Hall meetings held to …
There were nine bike-related deaths between 2010 and 2012, a period that saw significantly increased bicycle ridership in Boston.
Bike-related crashes spiked a small amount given the higher ridership in the Boston area over the course of the last two years. Mayor Thomas Menino’s office released the City of Boston Cyclist Safety Report May 15. The report, which analyzed data from the last four years, found that bicycle related crashes were up 2 percent according to the Boston Police Department and 9 percent according to Boston EMS between the period of 2010 and 2012. Boston Police data shows an increase of 11 bike crashes, from 477 to 488, between 2010 and 2012, and the EMS data shows a spike of 44 crashes, from 477 to 521, during the same period, according to the report. The discrepancy exists because The Boston Police Department reports crashes only on Boston roads…
The recently released draft document sets standards in Boston for bee- and hen-keeping, composting, rooftop farms and other activities.
After more than a year of discussions, the city has published a draft document outlining new rules for urban agriculture in Boston. From the keeping of hens and honey bees to regulation of composting, aquaculture, rooftop farms and farmers markets, the new document sets standards for a variety of urban agriculture activities that are not currently addressed in Boston’s zoning code. The Boston Redevelopment Authority, Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives and Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Rezoning Working Group have been meeting monthly since January 2012 to work on the document. The new regulations, Article 89 of the Boston Zoning Code, will “create clarity and predictability for anyone interested in commercial food growing and creating farms …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Boston Business Journal published a data-driven Google Map of every bar with outdoor patio seating in the Boston area.
Not sure where you can get a drink outside in Jamaica Plain? The Boston Business Journal made the decision-making process delightfully easy for you. The BBJ released an interactive data map with the location of (almost) every bar in the Greater Boston area that has outdoor patio seating. In Jamaica Plain, the map lists Bella Luna and Tres Gatos but seems to have missed Canary Square among a few scattered others in the area. Where do you go to have a drink outdoors in Jamaica Plain? Tell us in the comments.
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Friday marked 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 …
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
If you draw the Powerball winning numbers in Saturday’s lottery, you could score $550 million, or a $350 million one-time payout.
Powerball results were watched closely Wednesday when the jackpot was $363 million. After no one picked all six winning numbers, the new Powerball prize for the Saturday, May 19 drawing is now $550 million. Return here Saturday night to see the winning numbers The one-time cash payout is estimated at $350.1 million. Tickets are $2 and the game is played in Wisconsin and 42 other states, including Florida, Texas, California and New York. For a full list of lottery agents, click on this link and you can search by community. The largest Powerball Jackpot cash payout to date was $384 million and was won on Nov. 28, 2012, in Arizona and Missouri. Wonder what happens to the folks who hit it big? Browse the Huffington Post’s collection of …