The heat is on

Photo by Paul MarottaFrog Pond yesterday. Photo by Paul Marotta.

Boston today is robo-calling roughly 38,000 elderly residents, advising them to avoid outdoor activities and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

The National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat watch" for eastern and central Massachusetts (except for the Cape and Islands) starting Thursday, with heat-index values (heat and humidity) exceeding 105 degrees:

THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. DURING OPPRESSIVE HEAT AND HUMIDITY...AVOID PROLONGED EXPOSURE IN THE SUN...DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...TRY TO STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENT...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Photo copyright Paul Marotta. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

Cops say Charlestown bank holdup work of Winthrop man

FidlerBoston Police report a Winthrop man didn't get far enough away from a Sovereign Bank branch yesterday to enjoy any of his allegedly ill-gotten - and red stained - money.

Michael Fidler, 32, of Winthrop, was arrested on Austin Street, right around the corner from the Rutherford Avenue branch he'd allegedly fled only moments before. Police say he had red dye on his shirt and pants.

Police say they are continuing to look for a second man observed "huddling near the ATM area and whispering" with Fidler before the holdup.

Innocent, etc.

Remembering Myra Kraft

David Levy says farewell to Myra Kraft, who died at 68:

When I came to [Combined Jewish Philanthropies], I learned that [Kraft and her husband Robert] opened their home on the Cape for a CJP Staff Outing in the summer. And, of course, I'd run in to her in the hallways and elevators of CJP, because she was not just a donor - she was a volunteer whose presence, enthusiasm, and hard work mattered as much as her dollars.

She'll be greatly missed. Other philanthropists will surely contribute money to the causes she championed, both within and outside of the Jewish community. But no one will fill the void created by the lack of her smiling face, her ever-present pep-talks, and the love for her family that was palpable in every action she took.

May her memory be for a blessing.

Letter from CJP President Barry Shrage.

Explosion injures worker, knocks out power to parts of Charlestown, Somerville

An explosion at an NStar plant on Alford Street in Everett this morning sent at least one worker to the hospital and cut off power to parts of Charlestown and into Somerville as far away as Davis Square, where John Pouliot tweets:

Diesel Cafe in Davis has no power, so the humongous Starbucks across the street is packed. God is angry with us.

TD Bank to help West Roxbury maintain role as bank-branch capital of the world

The Zoning Board of Appeals holds a hearing on Aug. 9 on plans by TD Bank to tear down the Zoots dry cleaners at 1833 Centre St. and turn it into a bank with drive-thru ATMs. It will be right next to a Bank of America branch and across the street from a Sovereign.

Inexplicably, Zoots managed to replace a bank at that location on Centre a number of years ago.

Also on Centre and Spring streets: Peoples Federal Savings, Hyde Park Savings, Co-operative Bank, Energy Credit Union, City of Boston Credit Union, Brookline Bank, Mt. Washington Bank, Eastern Bank, Citizens Bank and a Well Fargo mortgage office.

No, JP not being bypassed by bike-rental network because everybody there already has a bike

The Globe notes that the draft map of the new Hubway bike-rental network shows no rental kiosks south of Roxbury Crossing and Brigham Circle:

"They're all in the downtown area, with the tourists and the wealthy people," lamented 21-year-old Genesis Baez, who lives in Jamaica Plain.

The Globe quotes Hubway honchos that bike-rental systems only work where they can have rental stations every few hundred yards; leafy JP is just not dense enough for that.

Ed. note: And so JP gets a taste of what life is like for those of us in the real boonies down in Roslindale, Hyde Park and West Roxbury.

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