- Brigham and Women's physician Vivek Murthy was asked to resign from his role as U.S. surgeon general on Friday night, as the Trump administration works to transition top appointments from the Obama administration."Dr. Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps," said a statement sent by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "(Health and Human Services) Secretary (Tom) Price thanks him for his dedicated se
- Joey and Daisy Gulla sit on the delivery wagon to distribute daffodils with other volunteers throughout Beacon Hill last Friday, April 14, as part of the Marathon Daffodil project. The project began in 2014 after the Marathon Bombing as a symbol of Boston Strong. This year, the Beacon Hill Garden Club joined in to decorate Charles Street as well.
- It was standing room only at the Friends Annual Meeting on April 12. After the usual Board business, Executive Director Liz Vizza gave an inspiring summary of the year’s accomplishments to the attending members. Thanks to the generous donations of the members, the Friends was again able to make over a $1 million investment in the maintenance of the Common, the Garden, and the Mall focusing on trees, turf and sculpture while also pursuing notable capital improvements.
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- By Beth Treffeisen
A Home Rule Petition that will make a one-time exemption to the State laws that governs shadow on the Boston Common and the Public Garden for the developers behind the proposed 775-foot Winthrop Square tower was filed with the Boston City Council at the hearing on Wednesday, April 12.
The Home Rule Petition will eliminate the remainder of the shadow bank, and instead allow a limited amount of new shadows to be cast on the Boston Common and the Public Garden from new constructi
- By Karen Cord Taylor
The city published its Go Boston 2030 report in mid-March. It is 223 pages long. I read it so you don’t have to. It’s taken me awhile.
It is available electronically at http://goboston2030.org/en/. Suggestions are accompanied by a note explaining how other cities have fared with such changes, a nice touch.
After I read the report, I checked in with a few people familiar with the project. The complaints were consistent. The solutions are small ideas. Many of them
- Everyone in the neighborhood has an opinion about Jack Gurnon’s long, gray hair, and that opinion is usually not good.
Cassie, Jack’s wife, was especially tired of his mid-life look, so she persuaded him to CHOP it all off—for a price.
That price is $15,000. If Jack can raise $15,000, he’ll get rid of his long locks—a thousand dollars for each of his 15 inches.. And, in honor of Beacon Hill Village’s 15th anniversary, he’ll give the money to that organiz
- Vivian Spiro grew up loving to visit libraries in her hometown; and when she entered the Central Library in Copley Square for the first time, she was astounded. Greeted by a sculpture of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edward Austin Abbey’s mural, “The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail,” Spiro was impressed by how the City of Boston erected a civic building created to expose its citizens to art and architecture.
“Nothing could have prepared me for the splendor of th
- Joe McDonald, a third-generation West End native and longtime community activist, has been named President of The West End Museum Board of Directors. McDonald served as a Board member for two years and as President of the West End Civic Association (WECA) in 2012. Now, as Museum President, he aims to help the nonprofit achieve a more secure financial position.
“The Museum is such an asset to the West End and, over the past several years, has grown to focus on far more than urban renewal. I
- By Beth Treffeisen
After a long, arduous debate among Bay Village residents, the Neighborhood Association voted to not oppose the proposed 19-story tower slated for 212 Stuart Street.
In a Bay Village Neighborhood Association (BVNA) general meeting that took place this past Monday, members of the organization took to the ballot box to vote on whether they opposed this project or did not oppose this project.
In the end, 67 members voted to not oppose this project and 31 members voted to oppose th
- By Dan Murphy
The proposed renovation of Lee Pool on the Charles River Esplanade includes plans for a year-round, multi-use, riverfront pavilion, said members of the design team during a public meeting at the State Transportation Building on Thursday.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is partnering with the Esplanade Association, Hill House and other stakeholders to reactivate the pool, which opened in 1951 and has been closed since the 1990s. Maryann Thompson Architects of Watertown
- Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeffrey Leiden is among a group of pharmaceutical executives that have reportedly been invited to meet with top officials from the Trump Administration next month to discuss issues facing the industry — a sign of the Boston drugmaker’s growing clout.The planned May 8 meeting at the White House was reported by Bloomberg News on Friday afternoon. A spokesperson for Vertex (Nasdaq: VRTX), one of the largest drug companies based in Massachusetts, confirmed that
- A $400 million Watertown mixed-use development at the former Arsenal Mall will have plenty of retail, restaurants and apartments. And now you can add a new hotel to the mix.Boylston Properties, the Boston-based real estate developer behind the project, announced this week that a Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton will be included in the redevelopment known as Arsenal Yards.The new Hampton Inn, a brand of Hilton Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HLT), will have approximately 145 rooms, with retail space
- One of a crop of new venture capital firms in Boston, Pillar launched in 2016 with a goal to raise $100 million for its first fund by the end of the year.A document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Friday indicates the firm has now raised nearly $48 million, but has trimmed the target size for the fund to $75 million.Pillar did not respond to a request for comment for this story.Jamie Goldstein, formerly of North Bridge Venture Partners, founded Pillar about a year ago&hell
- More than two-thirds of the 188 public companies that are based in Massachusetts grew their total headcount over the past year, according to a Boston Business Journal analysis of federal filings.Year-end filings for 2016 indicate that overall, public companies based in Massachusetts, which account for about 1.2 million jobs, grew by about 30,000 employees since the start of 2016. That works out to growth of about 2.5 percent for the year.Of the 188 companies that are traded on a major exchange,&
- Lahey Health says its relationship with Dr. Ewart Brown, the former premier of Bermuda, was routine. But the government of Bermuda alleged in court filings Friday that the contract between the Burlington-based health network and Brown — which was filed in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this year — also violates federal laws.The allegation doubles down on the lawsuit the Bermuda government filed in mid-February. That suit claims that for nearly two decades, Lahey conspired with B
- The Massachusetts tech community continued its vocal opposition to the Trump administration's policies on Friday at a press conference where a number of prominent CEOs joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in decrying potential changes to so-called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission.Speakers argued that allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to choose which data travels fastest over their networks would give them too much control over who wins and who loses in the internet ec
- Add another retailer to the casualty list: Bebe.Bebe Stores Inc., a women's apparel store that has three locations in the Boston area, announced plans to shut all 168 of its stores nationwide by the end of May. The announcement, disclosed in a filing Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, followed news March 22 that it had hired financial and real estate advisers to discuss options about its leases.There are three Bebe (Nasdaq:BEBE) stores in the Boston area: South Shore Plaza&
- A March for Science will be held in Boston, a city heralded as a haven for scientific research, this Saturday. Like the Women's March in January, the event on Boston Common will serve as a "sister march" to a larger gathering in Washington D.C.What organizers are calling a "celebration of science" coincides with Earth Day, and has attracted a large following of supporters who affirm science — and the subsequent research that stems from the studying of it — is a public good. Here is w
- The state’s unemployment rate increased to 3.6 percent in March as job creation slowed in Massachusetts. That rate is up from 3.4 percent in February, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts added just 200 jobs in March. Year over year, Massachusetts has added 49,000 jobs, according to BLS estimates.The state unemployment rate is still lower than the most recently re
- The American Civil Liberties Union and public defenders were examining legal documents from local prosecutors to determine which cases were tied to the chemist.
- Standard & Poor's has downgraded the bond rating for Covenant Health to BBB+ after several years of weak financial performance.The Tewksbury-based health system includes St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire; 17 affiliated or owned senior living facilities in Massachusetts; and a number of other health care facilities in Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.Despite a wide portfolio across multiple states, Covenant has struggled financially since 2012, and reporte
- Biogen said Tuesday that it plans to unveil new data next week supporting the broad effectiveness of its FDA-approved drug for a rare infant disease.Cambridge-based Biogen (Nasdaq: BIIB) said it would present the data during the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Boston, which begins Saturday. The data is from one Phase 2 study and one Phase 3 study of Spinraza, the first drug approved in the U.S. to treat spinal muscular atrophy, a leading genetic cause of death in infants.
- Patrons who want to sample craft spirits have only one option in Boston — until next week.Bully Boy Distillers plans to open an additional 8,000-square-foot facility to the public on Friday, which will increase its production five-fold and give customers the chance to sample its brews in its new 350-square-foot tasting room.The need to open a customer-facing side of the business became apparent soon after brothers Will and Dave Willis opened their 3,500-square-foot distillery on 35 Cedric
- As the Boston Globe prepares to move its more than 500 employees to new downtown headquarters, the broadsheet's editor told staff that he would focus on a "restructured newsroom" to promote more digital initiatives."None of the changes detailed here will come as any surprise, though in total, they represent significant change," Globe editor Brian McGrory wrote in a memo, which was posted on the paper's website on Monday. "The basic goals are familiar as well: to be more nimble, more innovative,&
- Four months after a $25 million infusion of cash, Natick-based data storage company Nasuni Corp. has made a number of strategic decisions it hopes will allow the firm to grow to at least $100 million in revenue — a milestone that newly appointed president Paul Flanagan says is in Nasuni's "line of sight."Nasuni announced Flanagan's hiring on Tuesday, along with the appointment of a chief marketing officer and a vice president of human resources. The eight-year-old company is also doubling
- Happy Tuesday, Boston, and for most of you, welcome back to work. A quick thanks to my colleagues who filled in for me yesterday and Friday in this space. And now for the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day.Kenyans have their day, and Wellesley women get their kissesWBUR reports on a group of local Kenyans rejoicing for their compatriots as Edna Kiplagat won the women's race by nearly a minute, and a half hour later Geoffrey Kerui finished first in&he
- The CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals earned $19.2 million in total compensation plus value realized from past stock awards in 2016, down significantly from the year before.Boston-based Vertex (Nasdaq: VRTX), one of the largest life science firms in the state, said in a federal filing on Monday that CEO Jeff Leiden had earned $17.4 million in total compensation and realized an additional $1.8 million in value from the vesting of restricted stock that he received in prior years.That marks a decrease&
- The state Department of Public Health has put a pause on UMass Memorial Health Care’s plans to cut the number of psychiatric beds at its University campus in half, saying the beds are necessary for the region.In a letter issued April 14, the Department of Public Health called into question UMass’ plans to eliminate 13 inpatient psychiatric beds. The hospital announced in early March that it was in dire need of medical/surgical beds, and would shift the psychiatric beds into medical o
- A fast-growing pharmacy benefit manager is planning a massive expansion in Southborough, just a year after launching its pharmacy benefit platform.RxAdvance, which works with insurers or self-insured businesses to manage pharmacy costs through a cloud-based platform, operated in stealth mode for the first two-and-a-half years after launching in 2013, and didn’t go live with a single customer — Avera Health in South Dakota — until last year.But in 2016 alone, RxAdvance generated
- As spring finally arrives, Boston is reminding winter weary residents that its blooming flowers and trees can put on a lovely show when they get the chance.But a growing number of local entrepreneurs are thinking about blooms, sprouts and harvests all year round. They're members of the Boston area's flowering agricultural technology sector, which has been attracting investment and attention over the past several years.Last year, Anterra Capital, a Dutch investment firm, closed a $125 million&hel
- By the time the chef, who grew up in a housing project, dropped out of high school, her studies had been reduced to one area: home economics.
- The police said that DNA collected from Vanessa Marcotte’s hands helped lead to an arrest in her death.
- Tufts Medical Center nurses were back to the negotiation table on Thursday after picketing in front of the hospital the previous day.The 1,200 union nurses at Tufts Medical Center have been in contract negotiations since April 2016, with 25 sessions held to date. Despite talks, most recently with a federal mediator, the sides continue to disagree on staffing levels, wages and pension benefits.The hospital has agreed to extend the current contract through May 22, and there are five more negotiati
- After an outbreak of E. coli forced restaurant chain Chicken & Rice Guys to temporarily close all its locations this week, its CEO says that expansion plans are on hold for now."We had a team meeting with everybody, and we all agreed that we should do things 100 percent correct more than expand," Ian So told me in an interview on Friday afternoon. "The funny thing is, we never push our people to get more sales. They really like being here. We need to focus on doing everything 100 percent rig
- Figuring out exactly how much money the Boston Marathon pumps into the local economy has always been a bit tricky for Pat Moscaritolo, the president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau."There are just so many factors that go into it, and it really all comes down to how many visitors and spectators will end up watching the race," he said. "The only thing we can do is use the crowd estimates, which tend to be on the conservative side."Using 600,000 as the crowd number to
- Lahey Health has filed a motion to dismiss the case filed against it by the government of Bermuda, calling allegations that it bribed the government for business “baseless.”The response comes after a lawsuit was filed by the Bermuda Attorney General in mid-February in federal court in Boston, which alleged that for nearly two decades, Lahey conspired with Dr. Ewart Brown, the former premier of Bermuda, to give Lahey preferential treatment when bidding on healthcare contracts issued b
- The E. coli outbreak that affected Chicken & Rice Guys, the Boston halal restaurant chain that spun off from a food truck, has now sickened 15 people with 10 of those hospitalized, according to state public health officials.The Massachusetts Department of Health said on Thursday that it's investigating 15 cases believed linked to an E. coli O157:H7 — Shiga-toxin producing E. coli or STEC — outbreak associated with Chicken & Rice Guys. The state agency said that it's working w
- Dedham-based Reflexis Systems Inc., which provides workforce management software to some of the country's biggest retailers, is seeking $60 million in investment and has already raised $33 million, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.The filing names Christopher Busby of private equity firm Great Hill Partners as a Reflexis director. Great Hill announced an investment of an undisclosed sum into Reflexis earlier this month. Previous Reflexis&
- After months of legal wrangling over a proposed $5.8 billion merger, Abbott Laboratories and Waltham diagnostics firm Alere are burying the hatchet with a slightly cheaper deal.Abbott (NYSE: ABT) said Friday that it had agreed to acquire Alere (NYSE: ALR) for $5.3 billion, reducing the price by $500 million. The deal ends a bruising legal battle in Delaware court, where Abbott had been seeking to terminate the February 2016 agreement on the grounds that Alere has been severely damaged since then
- Partners HealthCare has plans to go green by 2025, and has signed a deal with a New Hampshire wind farm to help it with its green mission.The contract calls for Partners to buy 75 percent of the energy produced by Antrim Wind Energy in New Hampshire, a 28.8 megawatt wind project owned by Walden Green Energy.Partners said the deal will save an undisclosed amount of money over the life of the 20-year agreement, and brings the hospital ever closer to receiving 100 percent of its power from non-carb
- A New Hampshire company pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court in Boston to trafficking counterfeit New England Patriots AFC Championship and Super Bowl T-shirts during the 2015 NFL playoffs.CK Productions Inc., based in Pelham, N.H., pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for Sept. 6, 2017.From January through February 2015, CK Productions printed and sold approximately 1,724 counterfeit T-shirts, with a total&
- Good morning, Boston! Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day, and my upstate New York high school claims another titan of industry.The proposed income tax that's really a business taxIt's a well-worn criticism of taxes aimed at the wealthy that taking money away from those who invest in business hurts the economy as a whole. But Greg Ryan finds that in the case of the state's so-called millionaire's tax — a proposed 4 percent income ta
- Brigitte Currier, 8, enjoys a cupcake during the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Party in the Park at the Four Seasons Hotel near Boston Common on Sunday, April 9. Beyond cupcakes, the popular event featured a children’s fashion show and tea.
- In 2018 the Beacon Hill Garden Club will be 90 years old. At its beginning, the club owed much to the vision and tenacity of founder Gertrude Beals Bourne, a gifted watercolorist and avid gardener. She and her husband, Frank, a founder of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, resided at the Sunflower Castle, the picturesque landmark at 130 Mt. Vernon Street.
Gertrude Beals Bourne, a founder of the Beacon Hill Garden Club, sat for this portrait by her friend Marie Danforth Page. Bourne’s
- By Beth Treffeisen
Mayor Martin Walsh has filed a long anticipated Home Rule Petition with Boston City Council called, “Petition for a Special Law Re: An Act Protecting Sunlight and Promoting Economic Development in the City of Boston,” that would change the 25-year-old State laws that govern shadows on the Boston Common and the Public Garden.
The Home Rule Petition will eliminate the remainder of the shadow bank, and instead allowing a limited amount of new shadow to be cast on the
- By Karen Cord Taylor
About this time of year, everyone gets antsy. When will winter really end?
A few warm days help make everyone feel better. But it is when the magnolias bloom along Back Bay’s streets and when the beds in the Boston Public Garden fill with blooms that it really seems like spring. The Greenway has also gotten into the act of presenting us with gardens.
While those blossoms are the most dramatic, pockets of the city have been filling in nicely with their own displays. You
- Party in the Park, the much-anticipated annual luncheon benefiting the Justine Mee Liff Fund for the Emerald Necklace, introduces its second annual “A Walk in the Park” Children’s Tea and Fashion Show. Last year’s event launched the Emerald Necklace Explorers Club, Party in the Park’s first ever children’s programming.
The Emerald Necklace Explorers Club is designed to encourage exploration, education, support and enjoyment of the parks of the Emerald Necklace
- By Dan Murphy
After attending her first Boston Marathon three years ago, Grove Street resident Kristin Monaco was committed to running it herself, but that dream was derailed last year due to a ski injury that kept her out of the footrace. This year, however, she plans to complete the 121st marathon on April 17 as part of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Emergency Response Marathon Team.
“I wanted to run for MGH because I live right by the neighborhood and because the hospital has pr
Esplanade Association and the American Meteorological Society Hosts Public Lecture on ‘Climate Change and Local Solutions’Although the enormity of global warming can sometimes be daunting, there are many steps that communities, organizations, and people can take to help reverse or slow the negative impacts of climate change.
To help inspire local action, the Esplanade Association, in partnership with the American Meteorological Society, will host a community lecture entitled, “Climate Change and Local Solutions” on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 pm, featuring Dr. John Keller of the Citizen’s Climate Lo
- By Beth Treffeisen
The Christopher A. Iannella Chamber that hosts the weekly Boston City Council hearings is set for some major accessibility upgrades.
At least week’s city council hearing on April 5, City Council President Michelle Wu gave an update on the much needed project as it gets set for construction over the summer.
The renovations include lifting the Council floor and make space fully accessible for those with mobility challenges and or using wheelchairs.
Currently the Council fl
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