Forecast: May 2010

The month in preview

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HOMECOMING
5/21 BO BURNHAM COMES OF AGE

Hamilton native Burnham will record tonight’s House of Blues show for a Comedy Central special, set to air in the fall. Perhaps even more nerve-racking for the up-and-coming comic: Next month he’ll play the same Bonnaroo stage as Brookline native Conan O’Brien. Events like these make it hard to remember that three years ago Burnham was just a high school kid in Hamilton, uploading his songs to YouTube from his bedroom. HouseofBlues.com.

5/3 Chefs Marc Orfaly (Pigalle), Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), and Michael Leviton (Lumiere) are three of five candidates vying for the "Best Chef: Northeast" title at tonight’s James Beard Awards dinner.

5/5 A year after her release, journalist Roxana Saberi visits the BPL to tell the story of her kidnapping and imprisonment by the Iranian government.

DEPARTURES

5/2 US AIRWAYS LEAVES HUB HUBLESS
US Airways closes its Boston crew base today after more than six decades, leaving us as one of the few major cities without an airline hub. About 430 local airline employees could take one-way tickets to Philly, Charlotte, or DC – places where US Airways expects to make money – but they may have to wait standby, as the airline will also decrease its number of daily direct flights from an average of 84 to 44 starting today.

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FISHING
5/1 HAS GLOUCESTER SEEN ITS LAST CATCH?

If you believe the gripes of many Gloucester fishermen, today’s the day their centuries-old family trade could finally be docked for good. The federal government’s controversial "catch share" plan goes into effect, turning potential fish hauls into tradable stocks and transforming the Gloucester port into an underwater Wall Street, with "permit banks" buying and selling catch shares to anyone who can afford them. The overhaul has been a long time coming: It was outlined in the 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Act, which was passed in an effort to rebuild fish stocks and ensure species preservation.

For many fishermen, this will be a chance to sell off their shares to those who can afford to do the fishing and maintain the boats. Small-time fishermen in Gloucester have speculated that this will lead to domination by a few outside corporations, who – if they don’t port in town – could end up sapping the city twice over.

To no avail, Governor Patrick has decried the potential job losses of the plan – advanced by his old South Side Chicago friend in the White House – and opponents have estimated that it could halve the city’s fishing industry, at a loss of more than $120 million. Should their fears be realized, it won’t just be a new industry Gloucester is looking for, but perhaps a new identity, as well.