Miles reports on today's annual MBTA bus roadeo, held at a T yard in Charlestown.
Looks like Mr. Autumn Man will have a grand time walking down Mass. Ave. on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the day will have "quite the autumn feel" and that not only will temperatures dip into the 30s by Sunday night, they could hit a record low - thanks in part to the drought, natch - maybe even warrant a frost advisory for areas closer to Boston than the Worcester...Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the deucer with a heart of gold.
RoadTrip New England watched the Flufferettes dance their fluff off at the annual Fluff festival in Somerville's Union Square today. The festival, of course, honors the homegrown marshamallowy stuff.
The Neponset River Watershed Association sent volunteers to several points along the Neponset in Hyde Park this morning for its annual river cleanup.
Behind Le Phare Church on River Street on the Hyde Park/Mattapan line, volunteers struck the mother load of trash: An entire hillside covered in what looked like the detritus of months of buffets. Read more.
There are signs up along West Street in Hyde Park about a missing tortoise.
Update: His name is Pedro.
A federal appeals court today ruled the BRA can't turn a Long Wharf pavilion into a restaurant because the structure is protected from commercial use as part of a federal grant detailed on a map the BRA signed off on, then lost - but which a couple of retired National Park Service workers found three decades later. Read more.
The Portland Press-Herald reports a Maine state agency trying to make some extra money by refurbishing vehicles seriously underbid a contract to refurbish 32 MBTA articulated buses (the extra long kind you see on the Silver Line) - to the point where Maine might have to absorb the losses if it can't convince the T to pay more for the work. The Press-Herald notes: "It’s not clear what incentive the Boston-area transit authority would have to pay more for the work."
John Gage captured the front rolling across the area this evening.
Somebody got his hand stuck in a Red Line door at Central, somebody else pulled the emergency cord and, boom, instant delays that led to people piling up at stations up and down the line as T workers set about opening the door and re-setting the brake, or whatever it is they do after somebody pulls that cord. At least we know it works.
RedHeadedGirl reports the guy was in the train:...Read more
Waldo Bros., which has sold building supplies since 1914 on Southampton Street, will be replaced by a car dealership specializing in used luxury cars according to plans filed with the BRA. Read more.
UPDATE, 9/26/16: Tasca passed a re-inspection and can re-open.
A Boston health inspector yesterday shut Tasca, 1612 Commonwealth Ave. for a series of violations, most seriously "visible mold" on the interior of the restaurant ice machine and sausages that were left out for 90 minutes at 86 degrees. Read more.
The city has been installing bike lanes downtown that are marked off with bollards to keep cars out. But as P. Cheung discovered on Congress Street this morning, the bollards might be a bit too widely spaced.
The state is shutting the Great Ditch Bridge - that nasty little piece of work on the Dedham side of the Great Plain Avenue exit - at 8 tonight for work to get the bridge ready for its replacement by a span on which you won't have to worry anymore you'll get into a crash that will send you into the water. Read more.