Blast from the past in Brookline: Vittorio's kosher pizza to return

Vittorio Hassan, who ran an eponymous kosher pizza place on Beacon Street until 2003, is returning to the same location to open an eponymous kosher pizza place.

Vittorio Hassan hopes to open Vittorio's Kosher Grill at 1398 Beacon St. - where he ran Vittorio's Kosher Pizzeria from 1995 until 2003.

The space was most recently occupied by Pizzeria Dante, which moved to Harvard Street this past spring.

In his application for a food-serving license, Hassan says he'll serve mainly pizza in the 16-seat space.

Hassan is seeking to open between 10 am. and 10 p.m. most days; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Brookline lost the most venerable of its kosher restaurants, Rubin's, earlier this month.

H/t Michael Burstein.

Michigan man comes long way to get arrested on drug charges in Mattapan

Boston Police report a raid at 4 Deering Rd. around 7 p.m. on Wednesday concluded with the arrest of a man from Kalamazoo, MI and another from Worcester on drug-possession charges, on account of the nearly 9 pounds of cocaine and almost a pound of heroin they say they found. Also seized: $11,456 in cash.

Thar she blows! Mighty bursts of steam to be blasted through Longfellow Bridge pipe

Traffic will be briefly halted near Charles Circle Saturday morning as crews working on the Longfellow Bridge start would could be a two-day project to clean out a steam pipe that runs across the bridge.

Traffic will resume once the steam venting starts up, shortly after 7 a.m., Cambridge Police say, adding:

The process creates a cloud of ordinary steam and a low frequency rumbling sound. The steam will be supplied from Veolia’s Kendall Station generating plant on Land Boulevard in Cambridge. The primary location for the steam release is at the construction staging area in the parking lot across from and to the east of the Charles/MGH Red Line station. Smaller vents of steam will also be visible at several smaller locations along the Longfellow Bridge. Dirt and debris will be collected before the steam is released into the air.

Dorchester man to spend rest of life in prison for killing childhood friend he thought was a snitch

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Frankie Herndon's conviction for fatally shooting his childhood friend, Derrick Barnes, in 2011 because he thought Barnes had snitched on him two years earlier.

The ruling means Herndon, 32, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance of parole.

The court ruled that issues raised by Herndon's lawyers about eyewitness testimony were important enough to order changes in the way witnesses are dealt with in future Massachusetts cases, but that they did not prove serious enough to warrant a new trial.

For example, Suffolk County prosecutors had a Boston Police detective testify about how a witness fingered Herndon, then they put the witness on the stand and he testified he did not recall talking to detectives. In the future, the state's highest court ruled, prosecutors should put third-party witnesses such as detectives on the stand only after obtaining testimony from the direct witnesses.

In Herndon's case, the court ruled, that wouldn't have mattered, because the witness was on a prosecution witness list provided to defense attorneys, who had the chance to challenge him in court, and they didn't.

According to the decision, Herndon and Barnes were childhood friends who spent nearly every day together until 2009 - when Herndon was arrested and blamed Barnes for snitching on him and another man, Frederick Henderson. Barnes moved out of they Fayston Street neighborhood, but returned on Aug. 27, 2011 with his brother to visit friends.

Barnes was on a friend's porch around 7 p.m. when Herndon and Henderson, walking down the street, spotted him and got into an argument with him over his alleged snitching. Herndon and Henderson pulled out guns and shot him four times, hitting him in the head. The two began to walk away, but turned around and saw the dying Barnes raise his arm. Herndon shot him again.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Herndon and Henderson of first-degree murder in 2013.

Developer files plans to replace Brighton synagogue and ritual bath - and add apartments

A developer this week filed formal plans with the BRA to build a new synagogue and mikvah at 101 and 105 Washington St. in Brighton and to supplement them with a 73-unit, seven story apartment building.

Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe and the Daughters of Israel Mikvah both sit in pre-war houses that would be replaced by new buildings, under the proposal by Brookline developer Jeffrey Feuerman. Mikvahs are baths used monthly by observant Jewish women.

It's one of several proposed projects that could mean major changes for Washington Street between Comm. Ave. and Brighton Center - other developers have filed plans for a 679-unit complex behind St. Elizabeth and a 287-unit complex at 139 Washington St.

The 101-105 apartment building, which would be comparable in height to the buildings in the surrounding Fidelis Way project, would have 64 parking spaces and storage space for 73 bicycles.

The three buildings of the Proposed Project derive their massing and form from the varied existing conditions that abut the Site, responding in a cohesive campus that mitigates a transition between several distinct grains in the urban fabric. Materials and articulation are informed by historic building typologies, to give the residential building an appropriate scale and texture, and the Synagogue and Mikvah a civic presence appropriate to their function.

101-105 Washington project notification form (27M PDF).