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War of '04 Filming in Boston

Anyone in Boston seen this film being made? If so, where and when?

Dear Resident:

This letter is to inform you that on November10th the Locations Department of The Jersey Production Company will hold a meeting to discuss filming in South Boston.  The meeting is taking place at the Patrick Gavin Middle School, 215 Dorchester Street in South Boston at 7 PM. All area residents are encouraged to attend.

War of ’04 is the working title of a pilot for a new show to premiere on cable television.  The show features locations in Boston and portrays a fictional world of Irish-American gangsters struggling for underworld control.  Filming will take place from November 17 to mid-December in several Boston neighborhoods.

We are aware of the inconvenience caused by our activity and we are working with the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Police to reduce the impact of our activities on your neighborhood. Representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Police will be invited to the meeting. We hope to address any concerns at the November 10th meeting and will be available after that at the telephone number above.

Your cooperation will help to make this location shoot a success, and help support the employment of the hundreds of film workers who make their living in this state’s entertainment industry.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Stephen Hartman
War of ‘04
Locations Department
617-737-5188

CAPS Meeting for Beat 1411

Here's some news from our friends at CAPS:

The CAPS meetings for BEAT 1411 are always held at Resurrection Church located at 3045 N. Francisco.  BEAT 1411 always meets on the 3rd Monday @ 7pm @ Resurrection Church.  You can also contact the CAPS office directly to confirm meeting date and time.  The phone number for the 14th District CAPS office is 312-744-1261.

Attending CAPS meetings offers the opportunity to develop a relationship with the BEAT officers and other residents with the courage to participate in protecting their community.

173 Brand-New Housing Units Offered in New York City

Here's some news from our friends at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development:

137 Newly Constructed Apartments for Rent in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Section of Brooklyn

Atlantic Avenue Apartments is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 137 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 1825 Atlantic Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. This building is being constructed through the Multi-Family Housing Initiatives Program of the City of New York's Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program (LAMP) of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. More info in this PDF.

15 Newly Constructed Apartments for Rent in the Cypress Hills Section of Brooklyn

Cypress Plaza Mews is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 15 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 107 Van Siclen Avenue, and 182 Hendrix Street in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn. These buildings are being constructed through the City Council Mixed Income Program (CCMIP) of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). More info in this PDF.

21 Newly Constructed Apartments for Rent in the East New York Section of Brooklyn

767 Blake Ave LLC/Deroso Management is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 21 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 767 Blake Avenue and 298 Arlington Avenue in the East New York section of Brooklyn. These buildings are being constructed through the Participation Loan (PLP) Program of New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development. More info in this PDF.

Bills introduced in Philadelphia City Council on November 20, 2008

Here's what our friends in Philadelphia City Council are thinking about lately:

Room 402 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The following are the titles of Bills introduced in City Council on November 20, 2008

Bill No. 080896:  “An Ordinance authorizing the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development to purchase a certain tract of land with the improvements thereon in the area bounded by 46th Street, Market Street, Haverford Avenue, and 48th Street, subject to the terms and conditions of the Philadelphia Industrial and Commercial Development Agreement between the City, the PAID, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, under certain additional terms and conditions.”

Bill No. 080897: “An Ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2008 within the Aviation Fund from certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions to certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions.”

Bill No. 080898:  “An Ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2008 within the General Fund from certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions to certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions.”

Bill No. 080899:  “An Ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2008 within the Water Fund from certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions to certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions.”

Bill No. 080900:  “An Ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan Nos. 314 and 356 by placing on the City Plan an extension of Tinicum Boulevard from its existing terminus at Eighty-sixth Street to Bartram Avenue, striking from the City Plan and vacating the legally open portions of Tinicum Avenue from Eighty-sixth Street northeastwardly to its terminus, striking from the City Plan and vacating Eighty-sixth Street from Bartram Avenue to Tinicum Boulevard and from Tinicum Boulevard to Tinicum Avenue, and placing on the City Plan a right-of-way for public utility purposes within a portion of Eighty-sixth Street being stricken; and authorizing the opening of the extension of Tinicum Boulevard through City property; all under certain terms and conditions.”

Bill No. 080901:  “An Ordinance continuing the Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District beyond the date of termination of the district in the area that generally includes both sides of Germantown Avenue from 7640 to 8705, both sides of Bethlehem Pike from 10 to 105 and certain blocks of streets that intersect that portion of Germantown Avenue, and for which Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District, Inc., a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, serves as the neighborhood improvement district management association for the District; approving a plan for the District, including a list of proposed improvements and their estimated cost, and providing for assessment fees to be levied on property owners within the District; authorizing the Director of Commerce, on behalf of the City, to execute an agreement with Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District, Inc. relating to the District; and authorizing Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District, Inc. to assess property owners within the District a special property assessment fee to be used in accordance with the approved plan; all in accordance with the provisions of the Community and Economic Improvement Act, and under certain terms and conditions.”

Bill No. 080902:  “An Ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan No. 231 by striking from the City Plan certain unopened portions of Umbria Street from Leverington Avenue to Wright Street and placing on the City Plan Old Umbria Street an Hermitage Street within the lines of the portion of Umbria Street being stricken, all in order to conform more closely to existing conditions.”

Bill No. 080903:  “An Ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan No. 297 by relocating, widening, and extending Keely Street from Henry Avenue northwestwardly and placing on the City Plan a cul-de-sac turnaround at the proposed northwesterly terminus of said Keely Street, authorizing dedication to the City of the bed of the widened and extended portions of Keely Street and the cul-de-sac turnaround, and changing the name of said Keely Street to Keely Court, under certain terms and conditions.”

Bill No. 080904:  “An Ordinance amending Section 12-901 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled ‘Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited at Certain Places,’ by permitting the overnight parking of commercial vehicles on the 600 block of Cheswick Road.”

Bill No. 080905:  “An Ordinance authorizing Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the owner and developer of 1901 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, and its successors and assigns to construct, own and maintain various encroachments to be installed in conjunction with a warehouse development, all under certain terms and conditions.”

Patricia Rafferty
Chief Clerk

Bonus: Bills reported from Committees of the Council of the City of Philadelphia on Thursday, November 20, 2008:

080853  An Ordinance amending certain Sections of Titles 4 ("The Philadelphia Building Construction And Occupancy Code"), 6 ("Health Code"), 9 ("Regulation Of Businesses, Trades And Professions"), 14 ("Zoning and Planning") and 19 ("Finance, Taxes And Collections") of The Philadelphia Code related to license and permit fees and other charges by modifying the amount of such fees, under certain terms and conditions.

080854  An Ordinance amending Section 19-2604 of The Philadelphia Code, relating to tax rates, credits and alternative tax computation for the business privilege tax, by revising certain tax rates; all under certain terms and conditions.

080855  An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-1500 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Wage and Net Profits Tax," by revising certain tax rates and making technical changes, all under certain terms and conditions.

080856  An Ordinance amending Section 9-305 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Burglary, Theft and Robbery Alarm Systems," by revising the amounts of certain fees and penalties and the number of permissible false alarms, providing for collection of fees by alarm companies, providing for administrative adjudication, and making related changes, all under certain terms and conditions.

080858  An Ordinance amending Title 6 of The Philadelphia Code ("Health Code") by revising permitting provisions and license and permit fees related to asbestos work, under certain terms and conditions.

080859  An Ordinance amending certain Sections of Titles 3 ("Air Management Code") and Title 6 ("Health Code") of The Philadelphia Code related to license and permit fees and other charges by modifying the amount of such fees, under certain terms and conditions.

080724  An Ordinance amending Section 14-305 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "'C-4' Commercial and 'C-5' Commercial Districts," by negating any setback over 65 feet in height for lots designated "C-5" in the area bounded by 15th Street and Arch Street (Benjamin Franklin  Parkway), Cherry Street and 16th Street and by increasing the permitted floor area for such lots building floor plate reduction.

080751  An Ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by amending Section 14-1619, entitled "Frankford Avenue Special District Controls."

080754  An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by "B" Street, Erie Street, "G" Street and Tioga Street.

080756  An Ordinance amending the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Roberts Avenue, Wissahickon Avenue, Hunting Park Avenue and Fox Street.

080789  An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Ditman Street, Levick Street, Hegerman Street, Robbins Avenue, Keystone Street, Devereaux Street, Hegerman Street, Tulip Street and Harbison Avenue.

080790  An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Ditman Street, Cottman Avenue, Keystone Street and Hellerman Street.


080758  An Ordinance amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions," by creating a new Chapter relating to energy conservation, by providing for certain requirements regarding the efficient operation of air conditioning  and cooling systems in certain buildings and structures, and providing for penalties for violations, all under certain terms and conditions.

Patricia Rafferty
Chief Clerk

All Hail Tom Gish

When people die, it's the living who write the obituaries. What they say about you a lot to do with what you did when you were alive. Here's an obituary headline from today's NYT that anyone would be proud of:

Tom Gish, Tenacious Kentucky Newsman, Dies at 82

Mr. Gish and his wife, Pat, overcame floods, threats, arson and attempted suppression to deliver news in the weekly publication with the slogan, “It Screams!”

The Gishes took on previously untouched issues, including strip mining and police corruption. They endured advertising boycotts, faced violent threats and had their newspaper offices firebombed in 1974. The Gishes churned out another issue a week after the episode, with the masthead stating, “It Still Screams!”

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“It’s hard to run a weekly paper and be aggressive and know that every time you go to the grocery store, you’re going to bump into someone who may not think you’re the greatest guy at that time,” said a longtime journalist, Bill Bishop, who worked at the newspaper from 1975 to 1977. “But they were just fearless and knew their job and did it.”

Let's scream today.

Great Interview with NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan

Good detail on how NYC is reclaiming streets for humans.

The 11-minute film, a long one by Streetfilms' standard, is "required viewing" for Livable Streets advocates everywhere.  Sadik-Khan sounds more like Josef Bray-Ali than Rita Robinson as she explains that streets are for people, and that design and enforecement dictate how people view and use a street.  The best streets are more about creating a place for the public than just moving cars, a concept that seems lost on officials at LADOT.  Let's just say this, at no point does anyone in the video fret that adding a bike lane will take space away from cars.

Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool, Fall 2008

One of my favorite places in Chicago.

Complete set here.

Crisp

Winfield Mounds, October 30, 2008

Roach Coach Busted in Seattle

Some good info from our friends at King County Public Health:

A vehicle with license plate #536 YKU was found to be illegally operating as a mobile food unit at 12607 NE 85th St, Kirkland, WA by a Public Health food inspector on Nov. 17, 2008 at 11:45 am and subsequently closed for business for the following violations:

  • Operating without a valid permit  
  • No handwashing available  
  • Inadequate hot holding facilities  
  • Inadequate cold holding facilities  
  • Foods from unapproved source  
  • Unapproved vehicle  

Affordable Rental in Boston: Church Kitchen, 206 Seaver Street

Here's some news from our friends in Boston government:

We wanted to make you aware of the following affordable rental opportunity at 122 Elm Hill Avenue in Dorchester.

Applications may be picked up in person or requested by phone at the following times:

BY PHONE: November 17-21 from 8:30am-5pm.  Call 781-231-3133.

IN PERSON

LOCATION:  Church Kitchen, 206 Seaver Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

November 17-21:   Time: 11am-4:30pm

November 22: Time: 11am - 2pm

Deadline for RETURNING applications:

IN PERSON TO:

206 Seaver Street (Church Kitchen) during same days and hours as application pick-up.

BY MAIL: POSTMARKED: by December 1, 2008

RETURN APPLICATION TO:

BY MAIL:

Eastern Property Management

P.O. Box 205

Revere, MA 02151

You may also click the following link to the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Affordable Housing page for information on this opportunity:

http://www.cityofboston.gov/bra/AffordHousing/AHopps.asp?action=ViewOpp&OppID=288

For more information, please contact EPM at 781-231-3133.

ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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