Posted inEconomy

Baker signs $626 million economic development bill 

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a $626 million economic development bond bill, which will provide money for a variety of COVID-19 relief funds as well as other state projects.  The bill also includes significant zoning reform, which Baker had been lobbying to enact for years, which is expected to increase housing production in […]

Posted inArts and Culture

Shakespeare & Co. looking for partner

SHAKESPEARE & CO., a Lenox nonprofit that produces the Bard’s plays, educates teachers, and trains actors, is looking to diversify. Like most artistic groups, Shakespeare & Co. struggles to make ends meet. According to Charity Navigator, the arts organization ran a deficit in fiscal 2018 of nearly $346,000. Its program revenue totaled $2.5 million, but […]

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Shakespeare & Co. looking for partner

Shakespeare & Co., a Lenox nonprofit that produces the Bard’s plays, educates teachers, and trains actors, is looking to diversify. Like most artistic groups, Shakespeare & Co. struggles to make ends meet. According to Charity Navigator, the arts organization ran a deficit in fiscal 2018 of nearly $346,000. Its program revenue totaled $2.5 million, but […]

Posted inEconomy

Lights out for Doyle’s

THE BODY IS still warm, but the wake has begun for Doyle’s Cafe, the landmark Jamaica Plain saloon where cops, lesbian softball teams, and politicians of every leaning felt at home hoisting a pint.  Gerry Burke, Jr., who bought the business from his father and uncle, said closing will come in the next month or […]

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Lights out for Doyle’s

The body is still warm, but the wake has begun for Doyle’s Cafe, the landmark Jamaica Plain saloon where cops, lesbian softball teams, and politicians of every leaning felt at home hoisting a pint.  Gerry Burke, Jr., who bought the business from his father and uncle, said closing will come in the next month or […]

Posted inOpinion

The waterfront is for all

WALKING ALONG THE Boston Harbor waterfront today, it is clear that the area has come a long way from the days when the harbor was an open sewer and an elevated highway cut off the water from the rest of the city. For decades, neglected waterfront properties created few jobs, paid little in taxes, and […]

Posted inPolitics

Mayor of firsts

Photographs by Frank Curran YVONNE SPICER, like a lot of her fellow Framingham residents, freely admits that she voted against the charter question to make the state’s biggest town a mid-sized city. But once the measure passed by the thinnest of margins, the former teacher and vice president of the Museum of Science did what […]