Townie Town Hall
Not every item of note can make it into Boston’s big dailies. We scoured the local papers to keep you up-to-date.
Great, now we’re hungry: The Cambridge Chronicle reports how Cambridge City Counselors spent $8,700 on catered meals. In a month and a half, they spent $462 on Toscanini’s ice cream and Chinese food, and a whopping $1,151 at the East Side Bar and Grille for the whole fiscal year. In contrast, Boston city counselors only spent $4,800 last year. [Cambridge Chronicle]
No love, big or otherwise: Brookline residents are miffed that representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints haven’t checked their email. Residents asked the Mormons to meet to discuss a new 15,000 square foot church rumored to be built in the town with minimal zoning oversight. Church officials say the emails were “overlooked” and that they will meet with residents. [Brookline Tab]
They’ll try anything: Somerville Representative Carl Sciortino is sponsoring a bill that would make the state pay the debt that MBTA owes for the Big Dig, potentially saving the agency $280 million per year. There’s also talk of money being freed up for the mythical Green Line expansion project. Don’t stop believin’, Somerville! [Somerville Journal]
Remain calm: Postal workers will deliver empty boxes to residents of the South End on Sunday. In the event of an anthrax attack, the boxes would contain antibiotics to act as an antidote. [South End News]
You’re gonna have to friend grandma: The elderly are learning how to use the internet. Hope you have a good blog pseudonym, kids. [Daily News Tribune]
Your air conditioner is too loud for Newton: After years of complaints, Newton aldermen are considering lowering the acceptable decibel levels. Doesn’t living in a city mean you have to accept some amount of noise? [Newton Tab]