Long rumored skate park to allegedly open next year

WBUR reports on an actual groundbreaking for the skate park that's been promised for the area along the Charles near the Zakim for what seems like forever now and that the groundbreakers are promising the thing will actually be open in a year.

WBUR also reports how Nancy Schon, the sculptor of the Make Way for Ducklings statues in the Public Garden and the tortoise and the hare sculptures in Copley Square, got the whole thing started.

The wind is picking up

Charles Street South. Photo by Steven Larrabee.

And it's crashing trees all over the place. As of 7:10 p.m., Washington Street in Jamaica Plain is blocked in both directions by a tree that came down near Montebello. Memorial Drive near Harvard Square is also down to no lanes thanks to a downed tree.

And people in Smart Cars, Fiats and other tiny little boxes might want to think twice before heading out. Christine reports it's so windy on 95 north of the city that "cars are almost hitting each other."

Windmill no more? Council approves Charles Yancey's proposed Mattapan High School, although plan still has hurdles

Among those who attended to support Yancey: Former Councilor Chuck Turner

The City Council today approved a proposal to spend $120 million to build a new high school in Mattapan, for which Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) has been fighting for close to two decades.

The proposed borrowing for the work will require a second council vote in two weeks and approval by Mayor Walsh.

City Council declares Team Hoyt Day

Matt O'Malley introduces the Hoyts.

Dick and Rick Hoyt got two standing ovations today when the City Council honored them for their decades of running and courage by declaring today Team Hoyt Day.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley, himself a Marathon runner, introduced the father and son. He recalled going to Cleveland Circle as a kid to watch the Marathon and always knowing when the Hoyts were coming by the wave of applause from up the streets.

Burst steam pipe shuts Aquarium, but fish, penguins are OK

A steam pipe in the basement of the New England Aquarium burst around 10 a.m. today, forcing officials to close the attraction for the day and evacuate visitors already inside.

A spokesman reports:

Like many buildings downtown, we use steam for a variety of our utility functions. After a few minutes, it resulted in a power outage as well. With no power, we evacuated the building and notified the fire department as well as the steam company and our electric provider. After about 50 minutes, the steam was turned off and emergency electrical power was restored.

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