By - 9/2/14 - 10:06 am
Thomas J. Leach Jr.

Those of you who closely read everything I write know of my obsession fascination with photos of Peoples Federal Savings Bank CEO Thomas J. Leach, Jr. Back in the day, when Peoples was still a mutual bank (basically as close to a credit union as... Read more

By - 9/2/14 - 9:48 am

Even on a lazy holiday weekend, the news never stops. Here's some of what you may have missed while savoring that last bit of summer:

Students moved in by the carload, including one whose mother got a taste of Boston street justice. A... Read more

By - 9/2/14 - 9:15 am
First paying customer at the Assembly stop on the Orange Line in Somerville

At 5 a.m. today, the MBTA opened the new Assembly station on the Orange Line (the first new T stop since the T opened the new version of the Orange Line south of Chinatown in 1987). Stuart Spina was on hand and captured Ruthy Rickenbacker becoming the first paying passenger at the station.

By - 9/2/14 - 9:10 am
The end of the feast of St. Anthony and St. Lucia in Boston's North End.

Matt Conti was on hand when the St. Lucy Society closed the Feast of St. Anthony in the North End last night.

By - 9/1/14 - 7:20 pm
Shongi Fernandes

Friends online have identified the man shot to death on Claybourne Street Sunday night as Shongi Fernandes, 24.

Last summer, Fernandes graduated an ABCD program aimed at training Bostonians to become construction workers. Fernandes had a license as an apprentice sheet-metal worker.

By - 9/1/14 - 3:22 pm
Bowen Street in South Boston

Take, for example, Bowen Street in South Boston, where a concerned citizen complained about the state of the sidewalk at 1:21 p.m. At 2:28 p.m., a DPW supervisor marked the complaint "closed" (and attached photographic proof) because "rash and furniture removed from sidewalk and put back in driveway till trash day." It's unclear whether the DPW moved the stuff or the tenant.

Also see W. 4 Street.

By - 9/1/14 - 2:55 pm
Ticket on illegally parked car in Boston

Sgt. Lucas Taxter from district D-4 is helping to keep the streets clear around Northeastern today. He reports:

After witnessing mother/daughter move-in's from MI untie & toss the No Parking sign the officer did the right thing.

By - 9/1/14 - 2:52 pm

The Globe reports on an incident last night at ol' Lambda Chi Alpha. The woman was a student, but not at MIT.

You may recall how the Boston Licensing Board basically banned parties at MIT frats on this side of the river after that kid fell four stories through a skylight at another MIT frat.

By - 9/1/14 - 1:57 pm
Labor Day parade in Boston's Park Square.

Leslie Jones photographed the Labor Day parade through Park Square in 1920, back when "Labor Day Parades were common."

Photo from the BPL's Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 9/1/14 - 10:33 am
Stuck truck on Storrow Drive in Boston

A truck driver with cat-like reflexes managed to avoid a full storrowing around 10:30 a.m. Michael Cotrone was on hand to record the scene and, who knows, sell commemorative copies to the driver.

By - 9/1/14 - 10:22 am
Frog Pond in the Boston Common

Ed Hatfield watched kids enjoying the spray at the Frog Pond the other day. Today would be a great day to try it out, especially since today's the last day it will be open, at least, as a spray pond.

Copyright Ed Hatfield. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/1/14 - 10:18 am

Capt. John Greland at C-6 reports that around 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, a brawl outside 1 Marina Park Dr. ended with several participants injured and on their way to local hospitals.

Greland reports no arrests at this time.

By - 9/1/14 - 9:13 am
Used piano in Allston

On this fine Allston Christmas, Andrea Crossan came across this used piano on Islington Terrace that needs just a bit of work.

By - 8/31/14 - 10:16 pm

Get ready for the Tiny House Festival on Sept. 20 at 10 Poplar St.:

Our hope is that a group of tiny houses will take residence in this large city lot in Somerville to create a temporary village from Friday September 19 through Sunday, September 21. While the houses are there, the space will hold several events including a craft fair and festival, an evening documentary screening, and Sunday afternoon building workshops.

Via Davis Square LiveJournal.

By - 8/31/14 - 9:57 pm

Boston Police report a man was found shot outside 52 Claybourne St in Dorchester around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

2014 murders in Boston.

By - 8/31/14 - 8:34 pm

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m. Tornado warning canceled.

So take cover.

A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CENTRAL WORCESTER AND SOUTH CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNT AT 822 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DA WAS LOCATED OVER

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By - 8/31/14 - 7:37 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating a sexual attack around 1:25 a.m. in the area of Pratt and Ashford streets - an area filling with BU students.

Upon arrival, a female victim reported to officers, she was approached from behind by a male suspect

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By - 8/31/14 - 7:05 pm

The New York Daily News reports (note to Daily News editors: Although his name is English, he's not English).

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/31/14 - 6:54 pm

Transit Police report that around 5 p.m., somebody walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station, saw two people he wanted to shoot, took out a gun and began firing.

He missed, whereupon both his intended targets and he fled, police say. Police say they are continuing to look for him. About 40 minutes later, however, Cynthia Pesantez watched Boston Police take somebody into custody a few blocks away from the station.