Vatican Aide Urges Excommunication for Stem Cell Scientists

Vatican Aide Urges Excommunication for Stem Cell Scientists - New York Times

I guess they won't be too happy about what Harvard has planned for Western Ave in Allston.

"Scientists who engage in stem cell research using human embryos should be subject to excommunication from the Catholic Church, according to a senior Vatican official."

Packing away the neighbors - 156 Lincoln St self-storage proposal - Local News: Packing away the neighbors:

Coverage of Wednesday's meeting about the proposal to build a 125,000 square foot storage facility on Lincoln Street:

'I see Allston-Brighton as a place to dump whatever,' Tambascio Fraher said. 'We're trying to improve Allston-Brighton ... and we're losing a fighting battle. We are being pushed out of our neighborhood.'

Other residents voiced concerns over the potential for snow drifting off the proposed tin roof and the ability of a truck to turn around in the relatively small loading zone.

State Park Maintenance (or lack thereof)

State Park Maintenance (from the WBUR Newsroom)
An interview about the condition of State parks focusing on the Charles River, Storrow Drive, and Daly Field in Brighton. Can better parks and beautiful public spaces make Boston more attractive so people and businesses will be more likely to want to live and invest here? Given the declining population of the city this is not an unimportant question.

Venture Capital investment moving away from Boston

Seed Money, It Seems, Doesn't Need Much Rain - New York Times

In 2005, venture capitalists invested $2.54 billion in 301 deals in the San Diego area and in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and Orange Counties, a 17 percent increase in dollars over 2004. By contrast, the industry invested $2.67 billion in New England, a 13 percent decline in funds.

The change marks an ascendancy for the Southern California region, now challenging the Boston corridor as No. 2 behind Silicon Valley in allure to venture capitalists.

"There is a distinct possibility that Southern California will eclipse New England in the very near future," said Mark G. Heesen, the president of the National Venture Capital Association. "It is a significant shift."

The growth in investment dollars in Southern California comes as the New England region has become less alluring to some venture capitalists. Charles R. Lax, managing general partner of GrandBanks Capital, a venture firm in Newton Center, Mass., a Boston suburb, said he was looking increasingly outside the New England area to invest capital.

The reason, he said, was a rise in the cost of living and doing business. "It's hard to move people here and it's hard to keep people here," he said.

Turnpike authority allows chairman to keep charge

Turnpike authority allows chairman to keep charge - The Boston Globe
Hopefully good news for the Lincoln St Mass Pike sound barrier project

Yoon's recruits ask more for youth programs

Yoon's recruits ask more for youth programs - The Boston Globe

Not your average City Council meeting

"In the process, Yoon has rallied several councilors to his side and upset a budget process traditionally handled behind closed doors, where controversy and horse-trading with the mayor is kept out of the public view. He has further riled the mayor by taking on an issue that Menino has traditionally claimed as his own. Administration officials and allies on the council have lashed back at Yoon, criticizing his attendance record and lack of experience.

Yoon ultimately lost his fight yesterday, with the budget passing 9 to 4. Detractors said it showed he has no clout, but Yoon said he has no plans to relent."

Repaving work resumes, after a city lesson

Repaving work resumes, after a city lesson - The Boston Globe
Construction resumed yesterday on Boston roads after utility companies and others who routinely cut through the asphalt were called into City Hall and given a refresher course on patching holes in sidewalks and streets.

Lincoln St. in Allston is One Step Closer to Receiving Sound Barriers

Barrios News Bulletin June 2006
The Senate passed an amendment to the budget stating that the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority would give priority status to the design and construction of sound barriers which are next to projects which have been recently widened. If the amendment is approved by both the House and Senate in conference committee, Lincoln St. in Allston would receive priority status for the sound barrier -- something residents have requested for a long time.

Send Shopping Carts Back Home

Is anyone else tired of seeing abandoned shopping carts all over the neighborhood? The more often Shaw's and Stop & Shop hear that we aren't going to accept this, the more likely they are to send someone out to pick them up. Call and talk to the store manager at:

Shaw's @ Brighton Mills, 370 Western Ave (617)787-5266

Shaw's, 1065 Commonwealth Ave (617)783-5878

Stop & Shop, 60 Everett Street (617) 779-9116

Short list emerges for school chief

Short list emerges for school chief - The Boston Globe

Boston has narrowed its search for the next superintendent of schools to a list of five candidates, all career educators with experience in urban schools, several sources close to the search said yesterday.

The candidates, four women and one man, include the first Hispanic superintendent of Rochester, N.Y., who was the 2006 national superintendent of the year; a former Milton superintendent; and the outgoing superintendent of San Francisco schools who was that system's first woman and first African-American leader."

Improving their home turf in Jamaica Plain's Forest Hills area

Improving their home turf - The Boston Globe

``We have established a great relationship with the city officials. The more organized you are, the more people you speak for, the more votes you represent, and the more elected officials want to make you happy.'

Similar groups are meeting in various sections of Forest Hills. The umbrella group, the Forest Hills Task Force, started two years ago.

``The point of the group is not to supersede the neighborhood groups, but we can speak more loudly if we speak with one voice. And here's a method to do it,' says Bernie Doherty, the chairman.

Kiosks put back to work on their street corners

Bulletin: Kiosks put back to work on their street corners - The Boston Globe

Why did this take 10 months to resolve?

"Last summer, the kiosks at the corner of Harvard and Brighton avenues and at North Beacon and Cambridge streets were replaced by street-level miniature billboards as part of a contract between the city and Wall USA, which also has built a number of new bus shelters around the city. One kiosk at the corner of Harvard and Commonwealth avenues was left standing, but the two that were removed were mourned by local entrepreneurs and Allston Village Main Streets, a nonprofit organization that works to promote small businesses in the neighborhood . The group had erected the kiosks eight years ago."

More passengers take BART for a free ride

More passengers take BART for a free ride - East Bay Business Times:

Back to the subject of how much it costs to ride the T, it is nice to see that in San Francisco they have the vision to let people ride for free to, among other things, decrease air pollution.

"The first free-ride offer by BART this year, offered June 22 because of high air pollution levels in the Bay Area, brought a 10 percent rise in ridership.
A total of about 329,000 passengers -- 33,000 higher than the average Thursday ridership -- took the train on the first Spare the Air day declared by the Bay Area Air Pollution Control District. According to BART officials, having that many people leave their cars at home reduced pollution levels by 726 tons. "

Church to announce St. Gabriel parish closing in Brighton

Church to announce St. Gabriel parish closing - The Boston Globe

The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston plans to announce this weekend the closing of a parish in Brighton, St. Gabriel, that has been on the brink of closing for months, since the religious order that oversaw the parish announced it was pulling out of the region.

The closing of St. Gabriel, which is owned by and located adjacent to Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, is one of several closings taking place as the archdiocese wraps up some of the loose ends of the contentious parish closings process begun in 2004. The parish's programs, including a Spanish-language Mass, will be transferred to the last surviving Catholic church in Brighton, St. Columbkille.

Menino agrees to use State Police

Menino agrees to use State Police - The Boston Globe
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, amid an outcry from Boston city councilors and community leaders, said yesterday that he will accept an offer from Governor Mitt Romney to loan state troopers to Boston for special operations this summer.

Romney had offered the use of State Police as Boston's understaffed police force battles a wave of crime and heads into a summer that some fear will be the bloodiest in years. On Thursday, Menino said he had decided to refuse the help, largely because Boston's powerful police unions would oppose it.

Boston nets '08 marathon trials

Boston nets '08 marathon trials - The Boston Globe

The trials, to be run the morning of April 20, 2008, will complement the 112th running of the Boston Marathon, which will be run the following day. The top three finishers in the trials will represent the US in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The women's trials will run on a specially designed criterion course starting and ending on Boylston Street, touring the Boston landscape from Commonwealth Ave., across the Charles River on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, and back.

Mayor halts construction on Boston's streets

Mayor halts construction on Boston's streets - The Boston Globe

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, after riding down a roughly repaved Dorchester Avenue, has abruptly halted all construction on Boston streets by utilities and contractors, saying he is fed up with the ragged condition of the roads.

Where Did They Go? The Decline of Middle-Income Neighborhoods in Metropolitan America

Where Did They Go? The Decline of Middle-Income Neighborhoods in Metropolitan America

A Brookings Institute study of census data showing that middle class neighborhoods are becoming more rare across the country. Between 1970 and 2000, lower-income families became more likely to live in lower-income neighborhoods, and higher-income families in higher-income neighborhoods.

Boston falls about in the middle of the pack in the ratings - approximately half our neighborhoods are middle income, 1/4 are very low or low income, and 1/4 are high or very high. The most stratified cities include New York, Los Angles, Miami, Houston, and Dallas. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Grand Rapids, and Salt Lake City have the largest middle class.

Tree grows silk-screen print party - Style & Fashion: Tree grows silk-screen print party: "You gotta make it cool enough for guys and hot enough for chicks," said Dave Tree, a local silk-screen artist and owner of House of Ill, Illuminated.

Tree is taking a cue from his artist friends Travis Lindquist, David Hochbaum and Colin Burns, who hold a monthly silk-screening party in New York. He will offer his own artist party tomorrow in Allston - but you don't have to be an artist to attend.

If you’d like to add graphics to your apparel, stop by Tree’s studio (159 N. Beacon St., Suite A22, second floor, Allston), tomorrow from 3 to 10 p.m. If the door is locked, Tree said, “just wait, it will open eventually.”

Prints are $5 each but Tree also accepts clothing donations.

Gubernatorial candidates outline views on a tax cut

Candidates outline views on a tax cut - The Boston Globe

Personally, I don't know how anyone can make a case for the State being able to afford cutting taxes. Look at the condition of our roads, bridges, parks, and other aspects of our shared public realm. In many cases these things are a mess (crumbling bridges over the Charles River, overwhelmed transporation system, expensive and slow public transportation, heavily used parks needing more maintenance...) and the only way they will get fixed is if the state spends the money that it will cost to fix them.

US finds big drop in Hub population

US finds big drop in Hub population - The Boston Globe

It's tough to see Boston with a % drop equal to that of Flint, Michigan, the city made famous by Michael Moore's movie "Roger & Me" (but that was 1989, maybe Flint is nicer now)

Boston lost 30,107 residents in the first half of this decade, a precipitous drop that ranked the city among the biggest population losers of any major municipality in the country.

But Boston officials insisted that the way the Census Bureau estimates the number of housing units, in particular, fails to take into account that the city rehabilitates many of its old buildings, rather than demolish them.

In May, a Globe survey of 524 people who left Massachusetts last year showed the top reasons people gave for moving was a better job, followed by the cost of housing, family ties, and the weather. A majority of those surveyed also reported they were very satisfied with life in their new state and would not move back.

Economists said that the high cost of housing in Boston, compared with other US regions, is one of the main reasons people are leaving the city for more affordable housing outside the state.

Fare game unfolds: Foes say Healey has flip-flop down to T - Local Politics: Fare game unfolds: Foes say Healey has flip-flop down to T

Why are campaigns so negative and sarcastic? How could anyone be convinced to vote for Patrick, Mihos, Reilly, or Gabrielli as a result of these petty quotes?

...Opponents called it an election-year switch.

"They change their minds with the wind over there, no matter what it is," Mihos said.

Richard Chacon, spokesman for Patrick, the first candidate to publicly oppose the hike, said "We're glad that Kerry Healey has finally joined us in opposing this unfair hike," but he added: "What's next? When she finds out that Mr. Patrick favors raising the minimum wage will she shift on that, too?"

Gabrieli spokesman Joe Ganley said, "Kerry Healey is just like the New England weather. If you don't like her position on an issue, just wait a day, it will change."

Reilly spokesman Corey Welford said, "To think that we should be raising fares at all on people at a time that they are being squeezed from all sides, shows once again how out of touch Kerry Healey really is."

One on one with Rev. Eugene F. Rivers

One on one with Rivers - The Boston Globe

I don't know what 12 year olds in Allston & Brighton do, but this is an interesting vision for a youth center in Dorchester:

"an empty storefront that he hopes to turn into a thriving boxing league.
``The ring is on its way, and this is where it goes,' he says, standing in the bay window. Already, three Everlast punching bags sit in boxes on the floor.
``Kids think they're tough? I've got some 18-ounce gloves and mouthpieces and headgear,' he said. ``Let's see how tough you are. You've got anger management issues? Get it out right here. They've been doing this in white neighborhoods forever.'
Rivers walks around the corner and announces, ``This is where the computer lab will go.' He smiles and adds, ``We'll use boxing to take kids from guns to books.'
In the basement, he envisions a recording studio and video arcade"

Party at Honan Library

Friday June 23
2:30 - 5
Face painting, pizza, ice cream, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk!

Hooker-Sorrento Playground re-opening

Please join Mayor Menino, Parks Commissioner Pollak, and the Friends of Hooker-Sorrento Playground

Hooker & Sorrento Streets (one block east of N. Harvard St)
Friday June 23
12 p.m.

Face painting, sing-a-longs, and light refreshments

For more information call 617-961-3006

Allston-Brighton Resource Center ribbon cutting

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino cordially invites you to join him for the official ribbon cutting at the Allston-Brighton Resource Center (read more about the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services here)

Friday, June 23
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
367 Western Ave

RSVP Alice Frawley 617-918-5242

Improvements planned for Allston/Brighton

Allston/Brighton 2007-2011 Capital Plan

This link is to the proposed City budget. The biggest projects are:

Brighton Branch Library
Install emergency lighting and exit signage. Interior renovations include flooring and carpet, window treatment, lighting and signage.
Exterior renovations include signage, fences, roof, and retaining walls. Install windows and upgrade HVAC system.

Faneuil Branch Library Phase II
Install new fire alarm system, repoint stairs and refurbish interior finishes. Improve interior lighting. Provide exterior signage, upgrade
HVAC system and improve access.

Area D-14 Station
Renovate basement, cell block and booking area, including ADA ramp. Replace windows and repoint exterior masonry. Renovate portico, front entrance and garage. Upgrade electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems. Repair roof and install fire protection system.

Veronica Smith Center
Waterproofing Repoint and waterproof front exterior masonry wall. Replace fire escape, replace windows and lintels, repair roof and interior plaster repairs. Repair front portico and provide new hand railings.

Commonwealth Ave Segment A
Reconstruction of roadway. Construction funding provide by the State and Boston University.

Commonwealth Avenue Segment C, D
Reconstruction of roadway. State construction funding anticipated.

Engine 51
Replace apparatus floor slab. Exterior improvements to building envelope and sitework. Interior improvements including stairs, mechancial, electrical and plumbing systems. Plaster and paint walls and ceilings.

Allston Maintenance Yard
Site improvements including paving, fencing, and landscaping. ADA improvements. Replace garage roof windows and doors. Upgrade site lighting and replace fuel tank. Replace furnace.

The road to a safer street

The road to a safer street - The Boston Globe

Nice community event in Dorchester on Saturday:

In Dorchester, Ridgewood Street is a residential sliver of mixed signals.

Attached to gates, and above the doors of the shingled three-deckers, signs say ``Keep Off' and ``Private Property.' But yesterday afternoon neighbors sat on one another's porches and left their gates open listening to reggae music and munching on chicken, macaroni and cheese, and Cape Verdean dishes.
It was the street's second annual block party. Almost 100 people, including Mayor Thomas M. Menino, came out for the food and stayed for the fellowship, taking pride in the positive aspects of a community historically plagued with gangs and violence. Children danced, drummed on overturned buckets, and created Father's Day cards and glittery butterflies, while adults soaked up the sun.

Summers, Menino Celebrate Completion of Allston-Brighton Oral History Project

The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Summers, Menino Celebrate Completion of Allston-Brighton Oral History Project

Outgoing University President Lawrence H. Summers received a warm send-off from the City of Boston last night at an event held at the Harvard Business School�s Spangler Center to celebrate the completion of the Allston-Brighton Oral History Project.

The ceremony packed one of the Business School's opulent conference centers with local Allston-Brighton residents invited to view the premiere of a documentary on the area's history produced by John D. Perry '03 and sponsored by the University and Boston.

The University's effort to warm the local community to its ever-deepening presence was not lost on attendees, who were treated to a sumptuous buffet of duck canap├ęs, marinated artichokes, and chocolate ├ęclairs.

"I think it's important for them to make the gesture," said Elizabeth Cusack, whose son, John Cusack, serves on the Harvard-Allston Task Force appointed by Menino. "And I think it will help in the future."

Lawmakers seek $700m for projects, job stimulus

Lawmakers seek $700m for projects, job stimulus - The Boston Globe:

A primary focus of the economic stimulus plan is the life sciences industry (like what Harvard is planning for Allston)

Boozing 'patrolman' caught in Allston - Local / Regional News: Cops: Boozing 'patrolman' not one of us

Chugging vodka, and yelling “Pull over!” - a homeless man playing policeman hijacked an unattended cruiser and raced around the city with flashing lights and wailing sirens until the real cops slammed the brakes on his joy ride, police said.

He was busted in Allston on the corner of Franklin and Bradbury streets around 5 p.m. that night after he blew out one of cruiser No. 7089's tires.

My kids and I were walking back from the playground on Tuesday evening and saw two Transit Police cars at Franklin & Bradbury, one with a flat tire. Looked like a strange situation - there was a huge hole in the sidewall of the tire - and it turns out it does have a strange explanation!

Allston Brighton Oral History Project

Harvard University & the Brighton Allston Historical Society are hosting a reception and the premiere viewing of the Allston Brighton Oral History Project.

Thursday, June 15 - Spangler Center at Harvard Business School - 117 Western Ave - 6-8pm

Special Guests: Mayor Menino & Harvard President Summers

RSVP to Lori Eisenberg, 617 495 4955,

National sweep nets nearly 2,100 illegals

AP Exclusive: National sweep nets nearly 2,100 illegals -

During the raid late Tuesday, the federal squad, which includes a Boston police sergeant detective, prepared like a football team before a playoff game. Their chests bulged with bullet proof vests and stiff Kevlar gloves protected their hands from needles, knifes and rusty fences. They chugged bottled water, huddled around clip boards and stretched their limbs, ready to give chase.
Badges dangled on chains around their necks as they passed around wanted posters, shinning flash lights on the face of a 24-year-old Latvian man who had served prison time for assaulting a police officer.
The team moved in the dark, climbing fences and hiding behind parked cars to encircle a three-story house in Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood. All at once they emerged from the shadows. A half-dozen agents filled the front porch, their knocks on the front door echoing down the block."

In Major Projects, Agreeing Not to Disagree

In Major Projects, Agreeing Not to Disagree - New York Times

How different cities negotiate with developers for community benefits:

In New York and around the country, it has become standard practice for developers of major projects to negotiate with neighborhood and other groups to forge so-called community benefits agreements - contracts that almost always contain wage and hiring goals and may also include a grab bag of concessions, like a day care center, a new park, free tickets to sports events and cash outlays to be administered by the groups themselves.

Eastern Development to buy Boston Tech Center

Eastern Development to buy Boston Tech Center - Boston Business Journal:

News and yet no news...

The Woburn-based office and retail developer has the building at 176 Lincoln St. in Allston under contract, confirmed Dan Doherty, a principal at the company. Sources said the sale price is $22 million.

Doherty declined to specify plans for the 450,000-square-foot building, but said he has received calls from office, institutional and retail tenants that are interested in leasing some or all of the building. Real estate sources close to the deal said Eastern's first choice would be to lease the empty building to an office tenant.

Mighty neighborly

Mighty neighborly - The Boston Globe

Joseph Porcelli was sick of learning about people getting mugged as they departed the Orange Line's Stony Brook station near his home in Jamaica Plain. So back in August 2004, the longtime DJ approached his neighbors and asked them to stand watch, every night, on the front porch.

By summer's end, he said, two things had happened: The muggings stopped, and the group wound up becoming pretty good friends.

Porcelli thought he had hit upon a connection between being social and decreasing crime. He started Neighbors for Neighbors, JP, in which nearly 1,200 residents are trying to create a better, safer community by encouraging neighbors to be, well, neighborly.

Menino resolves to add police

Menino resolves to add police - The Boston Globe

Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday that he intends to boost the Boston Police Department by about 140 officers over the next year in response to the surge in violent crime troubling several neighborhoods of the city.

But Samuel R. Tyler, president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, a nonpartisan financial watchdog, questioned yesterday whether the city could afford the additional costs, particularly when it is negotiating with nearly every union and doesn't know how much it will take to settle their contracts.

Menino had insisted for months that the city could not afford hundreds more officers. But yesterday he said the city must dramatically increase police hiring, even if it means sacrificing elsewhere.

Racy Images On Hip Hop Show Draw McDermott's Objection - Racy Images On Hip Hop Show Draw Objection

A cable access hip hop show is sparking a debate over decency. A Boston city councilor says he was horrified by the racy images he saw on the show. Now he wants to monitor the channel's content.

City councilor Jerry McDermott of Allston-Brighton objects to what he saw on the show "Strickly Hip Hop" show on BNN, the Boston Neighborhood Network.

Stroll to Charles just runs out of sidewalk

Stroll to Charles just runs out of sidewalk - The Boston Globe:

For Brighton residents looking to enjoy a walk, jog, or bike ride along the Charles River, Brooks Street is a tantalizing, yet maddening, shortcut. The busy road connects the Oak Square area with the riverbank where Soldiers Field Road, North Beacon Street, and Nonantum Road meet.

Boston gets poor marks

Boston gets poor marks - The Boston Globe

A letter to the Globe about how better lane markings could improve traffic flow:

A general lack of pavement markings in Boston is too often the cause of poor driver behavior. Well-designed markings provide a necessary sense of order and direction with no room for competing "interpretations" of an intersection's proper flow.

Harvard Street northbound at Brighton Ave. in Allston illustrates this point. Harvard is wide enough to accommodate a left-turn lane and a through/right turn lane, yet only a double yellow line is painted down the center."

Harvard takes first Allston steps, refines master plans

Harvard Gazette: Harvard takes first Allston steps, refines master plans
Summary of recent events. Excerpts include:

Ultimately, what happens in Allston will be exceptional and open to all, says Laurie Olin, principal of Olin Partnership and professor of landscape architecture and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania. 'One thing about great universities is they have a tradition of providing high-quality public space that is desirable to the university community, the neighborhood, and society at large,' said Olin. 'Harvard understands the importance of creating a campus with a generous public realm that is handsome, well built, environmentally sustainable, and attractive and will give the community an identity.'
'We can create a place that is open, free, and usable by all people - families and children, and faculty, staff, and students - and contributes to the quality of life of the Allston community and Boston region,' Olin added.

"The next steps of the master planning process have to be carefully considered," said Gordon. "The University has done a lot of thinking about what makes sense, what might fit. We need to refine these ideas and think about how to make the master plan really come alive - what will the new Harvard look like? How can we make it a wonderful, livable place? Where will things be? When will they be built? - these are all key questions to explore further in conversations with people in the coming year."

The Harvard Crimson :: Allston's Ambivalent Metamorphosis

The Harvard Crimson :: Opinion :: Allston's Ambivalent Metamorphosis

A fairly grim outlook on the future of Allston from the Harvard Crimson:

"But there still seems something wrong with staging what amounts to a hostile takeover of a community. Ultimately, the working-class people who live there, including many recent immigrants, are no match for the sheer purchasing power of the University and its constituents. The fragile ecosystem of the Allston community will get crushed underfoot no matter how gingerly the 800-pound gorilla that is Harvard places its steps.

Just as the physical Allston, the panoply of buildings, streets, and greenery, will undoubtedly change for the better, the real Allston, the community of people and relationships, will slowly atrophy, replaced by an ever-metastasizing Harvard. Though Harvard hopes to create a synergy between the communities, they will not mix, if Cambridge is any indicator. The intruding university and the existing community are irreconcilable worlds-at different ends of the socioeconomic scale, with different priorities in life and different backgrounds. No matter how many community-friendly "cultural facilities" Harvard builds, it will be very difficult indeed to bridge that gap. "

Summers Legacy

The Harvard Crimson :: Opinion :: Summers Legacy
A few Allston references in this story about the outgoing Harvard president:

First, in 2001, rapid change was just what the presidential search committee was looking for and, seemingly, just what Harvard needed. After a decade in which the University was relatively stagnant in most respects other then its endowment figures and clandestine land-purchases in Allston, Harvard had much ground to make-up—the once-per-generation Harvard College Curricular Review and the largest physical expansion of Harvard’s in its history hung in the balance.

The University is primed to become the life sciences epicenter of the world with planned facilities in Allston leading the way.

With much work left unfinished—the conclusions of he curricular review hardly at hand, Allston planning still ripe for revision—the true test for the Summers legacy becomes whether his vision outlasts his five years, whether his ideas prevail.

Menino taps Oates as information officer

Menino taps Oates as information officer - The Boston Globe

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced the appointment of William Oates as the city's chief information officer, a Cabinet position overseeing the mayor's technology initiatives, including those for a new city website, e-mail notifications of residents, and the installation of free wireless capability citywide. Oates was previously senior vice president and chief information officer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Campaign excesses

Campaign excesses - The Boston Globe: "Pamela Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, predicts that when it is all over next fall, the candidates in the general election will each have spent as much as $12 million in an effort to become the governor of Massachusetts."

It did not have to be this way. In 1996, voters overwhelmingly endorsed a Clean Elections Law that would have provided adequate public funds to allow qualified candidates to stand for elective office.

``What's sad is that it was never given a chance to work here," said Warren Tolman, who ran a Clean Elections campaign for governor in 2002, hobbled by delays in providing him funds. ``What I learned in '02 is that while people recognize the need to get money out of politics, it is no one's number one issue."

Harvard launches effort to clone human stem cells

Harvard launches effort to clone human stem cells - The Boston Globe
This controversial science could be coming to Allston when the new science buildings go up on Western Ave.

Metro Boston Regional Visioning Project

Metro Boston Regional Visioning Project|Events | Events
Working Session to Develop Alternative Growth Strategies for Metro Boston:

Wednesday, June 28: 5:00-9:00 p.m., Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, Boston

MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region is an initiative to identify how the region should grow through the year 2030; the final strategy must reflect the many voices and interests of the region's residents. Whether your concerns relate to housing affordability, traffic congestion, water shortages, public safety, the region's diversity, municipal finance or other issues, reserve a seat at the table!

T fare hike protesters to hold rally

T fare hike protesters to hold rally - The Boston Globe

The first of five public hearings on the proposed fare hike are scheduled today: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boston Public Library at 700 Boylston St.

Under the proposed hike, local subway service fares would rise from $1.25 to $1.70, and local bus service will jump from 90 cents to $1.25.

Storage facility packs little weight with neighbors

Storage facility packs little weight with neighbors - The Boston Globe

Plans to demolish the Goldstein Furniture building at 156 Lincoln St. in Brighton and replace it with a considerably larger self-storage facility met with stiff opposition at a hearing Wednesday night at the Honan Allston Library.

"I'm not interested in having Brighton become the storage capital of Boston," said Jane McHale , who lives about two blocks away and distributed a flier at the meeting detailing her and her husband's concerns. "It doesn't make for community, it doesn't make for neighbors. This is very desirable property, and we as residents, and the people that actually live here, need to have some kind of control as to what happens around us."

Incumbents rule

Incumbents rule - The Boston Globe

Only 14 of the Senate's 40 seats, and only 58 of the 160 seats in the House, are being contested this year, raising the question of where democracy has gone.

If you think of it, to 'elect' means to choose. If there's no choice, how can there be an election? And if there's no true election, where's the democracy?

The fact is that Massachusetts has a disgraceful record of non-competitiveness in its legislative races, ranking worst, or next worst, of all the states over the last two decades.

Storage meeting packs a crowd - Local News: Storage meeting packs a crowd

A self-storage facility proposed for 156 Lincoln St. brought neighbors out in force to a Wednesday night Boston Redevelopment Authority meeting. Opponents called the storage units 'lifeless' and 'tin shacks,' while proponents argued the business would bring little traffic or noise to the neighborhood.

The proposed facility would be four stories high and include 850 to 900 storage units, ranging in size from closet- to garage-sized units.

'Self-storage is not the kind of building where people jump up immediately and say, 'Thank God you came',' said George Bachrach who would like to buy the Lincoln Street lot and erect a Public Storage building.

Join in a celebration of community and commitment - Opinion & Letters: Carragee: Join in a celebration of community and commitment

The Presentation School Foundation invites its friends and supporters to 'A Celebration of Community' on the Oak Square Common on Friday, June 9, at 5 p.m. This celebration takes place on the first anniversary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston�s lockout of Presentation School children. It also marks the second year of this community's dramatic struggle to regain the Presentation School building as a community anchor.

Happy fifth, Honan Library - Local News: Happy fifth, Honan Library

The Honan library is having a party! Come join the fun at a celebration of the branch's fifth anniversary. Festivities, including music, refreshments and children's activities, are Monday, June 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

BC offers free summer recreation program for A-B neighbors - Arts & Lifestyle: Education notes: "Boston College will again open its William J. Flynn Recreation Complex for free use by Allston-Brighton residents this summer. The 2006 summer guest program runs Monday through Friday, June 5 through Aug. 18."

City police to send residents electronic crime alerts

City police to send residents electronic crime alerts - The Boston Globe

Boston is launching a crime alert system that will send text messages, e-mails, and faxes to residents when crimes occur in their neighborhoods, police and city officials said yesterday.

The program is initially being tested in three police districts in Dorchester, South Boston, and Roxbury, and could expand to cover the rest of the city later this year.

Harvard makes ambitious life sciences gamble

FEATURE-Harvard makes ambitious life sciences gamble |

"Nearly four centuries later, Harvard's plans -- which include building a new campus of buildings -- fit well with Massachusetts' desire to rejuvenate its economy by encouraging biotechnology firms to replace the region's long-fading manufacturing base.

"For Boston to survive (it) is by being on the cutting edge of new ideas and technology," said Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser

Models and drawings of Harvard's new Allston campus, which will eventually spread over 200 acres (80.9 hectares), show Harvard is planning big. The multi-decade effort calls for a new science building, an arts complex, new dormitories and new main buildings for several professional schools now located elsewhere.

And there is little doubt that Harvard, boasting a $28 billion endowment that makes it the world's richest university, has the money to fund it though the cost remains under wraps.

When the science building is finished, 1,000 people will find work in a complex strategically located between the university's main campus and its nearby teaching hospitals, a move Harvard hopes will foster collaboration.

Deadline for comment on Harvard expansion

Tomorrow (June 2) is the deadline for public comment on Harvard's proposal for new development and uses of property on Western Ave. The projects are:

- Build a 500,000 sq ft science complex south of Western Ave & east of Travis St
- Reuse existing buildings at 1360 Soldiers Field Road (the low building behind Mahoney's Garden Center) and 1380 Soldiers Field Road (the Citizens Bank building) to provide 90,000 sq ft of space for use by the Harvard University Art Museums
- Renovate the 25,000 sq ft building at 224 Western Avenue (formerly used by Verizon, next to the Dunkin Donuts) for Harvard arts and culture uses

You can download Harvard's proposal at:

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