Company charged with ripping out boilers at Newbury Street building without asbestos precautions

The state has sued a Wakefield company it says improperly removed boilers at a Newbury Street building without taking proper measures to keep asbestos insulation from escaping from the site.

The state Attorney General's office filed the suit Friday against Commonwealth Tank, Inc., which is not licensed for asbestos-related work for its actions in removing two large boilers from 361 Newbury St., at Massachusetts Ave., over a five-day period in the summer of 2014:

According to the complaint, the defendants did not comply with required asbestos abatement work practices, including failing to notify MassDEP about asbestos encasing the boilers, failing to use proper air filtration units, failing to contain the asbestos dust, and failing to wet the asbestos material during the removal. This illegal asbestos removal could have potentially exposed people accessing the building, passersby in a busy urban area, and workers to asbestos fibers.

The suit also alleges the company improperly disposed of hazardous wastes at its Wakefield facility.

Wireless company told to come up with more discreet way to hide antennas at East Boston parish

The Board of Appeal yesterday told T-Mobile to work with city planners to come up with a better way to hide 9 wireless-phone antennas than a large fake chimney at the Sacred Heart Parish rectory, 303 Paris St.

Board member Anthony Pisani said the painted, fiberglass "faux chimney" T-Mobile wants to install is just too large for the building.

"The faux chimney is so totally out of scale to the building that it draws much more attention," he said.

The board then agreed with Pisani to grant only tentative approval to the antenna to give the company some time to work with BPDA designers to come up with a less imposing design.

Brookline man has gun put to head in pot robbery

Brookline Police report arresting two men for a pot robbery at Milton and Cushing roads around 2:10 this morning.

The victim reports talking with a man about marijuana when all of a sudden he had a black colored automatic firearm pressed against his head. The victim reports that the subjects took his marijuana and fled the scene. Several units had responded to the area and were canvassing the area for the suspects. Officers were able to quickly locate the subjects and after further investigation, located a firearm ( later determined to be a BB gun), and several paper bags containing marijuana.

Citizen complaint of the day: Not something you want to see in your toilet

A skeeved out citizen files a complaint about the state of his or her toilet in an apartment on Hyde Park Avenue in Roslindale:

I found a rat in my toilet. It must have come through pipes with recent drilling in the neighborhood. The condo is dealing with some extermination indoors. I have seen rats outside on Hyde Park Ave. as well, drilling outside through city projects should not create rodent issues inside homes.

Bomb threat at Bunker Hill Community College shuts Orange Line

UPDATE, 6:25 p.m. The T stop has been re-opened and normal service is resuming.

The Orange Line came to a halt in both directions after State Police responded to Bunker Hill Community College for a bomb threat late this afternoon. The T is now running shuttle buses between North Station and Sullivan Square.

Pair of Texans to get first-hand look at Massachusetts gun, drug laws

Two Texas men stopped for driving near Newmarket Square without headlights early Monday face a variety of charges for the handgun, ammunition, high-capacity magazines, nunchucks and cocaine State Police troopers say they found them with, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

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JP building now used by artists to be replaced by residential units - and some artists' space

The Board of Appeal today approved a developer's plan to replace a one-story industrial building at 114-120 Brookside Avenue that now houses 10 studios for artists and artisans and replace it with a four-story building with nine residential units and three commercial spaces.

Developer Brookside Green LLC says it will keep the rents in the new artist's units at current rents for 15 years.

Although one current tenant supported the plan, another opposed it, saying the number of units means less artisans in the space and that it violates the proposed JP/Roxbury zoning revisions that call for the building to remain non-residential.

The mayor's office and City Councilors Matt O'Malley and Michael Flaherty supported the proposal.