Mayor Walsh announces is now the official record for public meeting information

BOSTON – Friday, December 2, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced in partnership with the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) and the City Clerk’s Office that beginning today is now the official source of record for all public meetings, hearings, and notices. This information is now available at “I am proud we are taking this step to increase transparency and make it easier for residents to access information about public meetings,” said Mayor Walsh. “I firmly believe that increasing accessibility will boost civic engagement and improve our political processes. This important initiative allows residents to access … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh, City Council President Michelle Wu seek to expand ‘Acoustic On Main’ and boost Main Streets districts

BOSTON – Thursday, December 1, 2016 –  Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Council President Michelle Wu today announced a proposal to expand the successful “Acoustic on Main” pilot program to allow small businesses in designated business districts to host acoustic performers without obtaining a live entertainment license from the City of Boston. Filed by President Wu, the ordinance aims to increase foot traffic to neighborhoods, bolster small businesses and further support the vibrant arts community in Boston. “Promoting our talented artists while bolstering our small businesses here in Boston is a win-win,” said Mayor Walsh. “With performances in bakeries … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh announces performance parking pilot program

BOSTON – Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) today announced a one year pilot program to study the relationship between parking price and demand. Starting on January 3, 2017, the City will adjust meter rates in the Back Bay and Seaport neighborhoods to study how parking meter rates can reduce the search time for parking and reduce street congestion. “Boston is focused on reducing crashes and providing safe, livable streets for all pedestrians, cyclists and drivers,” … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh announces City of Boston’s new default speed limit of 25 mph effective Jan. 9, 2017

BOSTON – Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the default speed limit on City of Boston streets will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph effective January 9, 2017. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Mayor, Boston City Council, Governor Baker, MassDOT and Massachusetts State Legislature this change will improve roadway safety for people walking, driving, and bicycling on city streets. State owned roadways located in the City of Boston will not be affected by this new law. Visit to learn how to show your support and get engaged. This summer, Governor … Continue reading

Sheriff Koutoujian participates in White House panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today joined leaders from across the country at the White House to discuss efforts to address substance use disorders. The discussion was part of the White House’s “Making Health Care Better” Series, which has looked at progress made at improving the health care system during the Obama Administration.   The event included opening remarks from White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, who discussed the need for those suffering from substance use disorders to be able to access treatment, as well as closing remarks from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, … Continue reading

Walgreens and United Nations Foundation launch 2016 Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® campaign

Walgreens customers can help protect millions of children in developing countries from polio and measles, as campaign enters fourth year DEERFIELD, Ill., September 28, 2016 – Walgreens and the United Nations (UN) Foundation today announced the launch of the 2016 Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® campaign, a fourth-year collaboration to help provide life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries. Now through Aug. 31, 20171, for every flu shot or other immunization administered at Walgreens pharmacies, Healthcare Clinics, or Duane Reade pharmacies, Walgreens will donate the value of a life-saving vaccine through the Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.   With the support … Continue reading