A development company has applied to demolish a Washington Street property building that may be from the 1850s. But the developer says the owner of the property doesn't have a proposal for the site, and would like the community's help to inform them on what to do with the property. The vinyl-sided building is located at 3326 Washington Street, and is currently home to J.P. Auto Glass. The property, assessed at $553,000, is owned by Sandra Tardonico, the owner of the auto glass business. "Based on our research, there was a public school on the site in the 1850s.
On Jan. 30th, the Massachusetts House voted against rules that would require the Speaker to give them enough time to read what they’re about to vote on and make the votes they take in committees publicly available. Despite how outrageous it is that the House would vote against these basic transparency measures, I’m thrilled that Jamaica Plain's new state representative, Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-15th Suffolk), is already proving herself an advocate for the people of our district when she stood up to leadership and voted in favor of transparency and accountability. However, my question remains: what was JP’s other representative (my representative), Rep. Liz Malia (D-11th Suffolk), thinking when she voted no? She voted against allowing reps ample time to read bills and amendments that they are voting on.
Stop us if you've heard this before. The Boston City Council voted to change the length of their terms from two to four years. Back in 2016, the council voted 12-1 to change term limits, with only At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu voting against it. On Wednesday, the council voted 11-2 in favor of changing their own term limits, with Wu once again voting against it, as did District 7 City Councilor Josh Zakim. Councilor Wu regularly provides recap notes on all Boston City Council meetings and provided insight into why her colleagues supported extending terms, as well as why she and Zakim voted against it. "Several councilors had stated at the working session on Monday and on the council floor today that having a longer term would strengthen the council as a counterweight to the mayor’s office, and it would save the city money by eliminating the need to run a citywide election in the non-mayoral odd year," wrote Wu.
This week all Boston Public School students from sixth to 12th grade are learning about how to engage in positive interactions with their peers, whether it's in person, via text or online. During BPS' first-ever 24/7 Respect Week all middle and high school students are watching a video called Stay Out of the Box. After watching the video students will participate in classroom discussions about how bias-based behavior and sexually explicit comments and images can be damaging to themselves and their peers. They'll learn about the dangers of posting derogatory and inappropriate messages on social media. The video is co-produced by the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and the Office of Equity.
A Far Cry orchestra didn't win either Grammy it was nominated for, but they certainly took it in stride, and offered an alternative future timeline in which they did win! Based out of Jamaica Plain, A Far Cry orchestra's engineer Tom Caulfield and mastering engineer Jesse Lewis were nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical for "Visions and Variations." The orchestra was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for "Visions and Variations." Formed in 2007, the orchestra has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Simone Dinnerstein, Roomful of Teeth, the Silk Road Ensemble, Vijay Iyer, David Krakauer and more. This was not the first Grammy nomination for the group, as A Far Cry’s Crier Records had a nominated album "Dreams and Prayers" in 2014.