After trying, but failing, to cut off a trolley at Linden Street and Comm. Ave. around 6:30 p.m., the driver of the Escalade could have backed off, let the trolley, and the other trolley coming from the other direction, through, then been on his way. But, no, of course not. As URNotinvisible shows, the guy got out of his land yacht and began yelling at the T driver.
As of 7 p.m., the T reported no problems due to yelling people standing on tracks, so presumably this particular logjam has been fixed (you didn't, however, ask about the signal problems at Park Street).
Oh, yeah, there's a reason you're not supposed to let your dog run wild through the Arboretum. Joe Growhoski reports these fliers about off-leash killers are now posted at the Arboretum: They kill the local wildlife, bite kids and bike riders, trample new plantings and shit all over the place. Stop it, the Arboretum implores.
Two houses, one on Evelyn Street, one around the corner on Norfolk Street, were hit by gunfire around 5:55 p.m. No human victims. After getting off several rounds, the shooter jumped into the back of a car that then sped away.
A concerned citizen gets cranky on seeing the current state of the Land Wave statue-ish thing in Peters Park in the South End:
It's a nightmare. Tiles are chipped off, water pipes are exposed, the grass is overgrown. Let's be real. It should be taken down. The strip lighting on top worked for like a day and it has been a blight ever since it was installed. Who designs a perfectly climbable installation next to a little league field and then expects no one to climb it. Ridiculous waste of money. Let's cut our losses and dispose of this dumb thing. It makes the park look sad and uncared for.
Residents opposed to a restaurant planned for Dorchester and Dresser streets meet tomorrow to figure out their next steps now that the Boston Licensing Board has agreed to grant it the license it needs to open.
The session begins at 6 p.m. at 516 E. 2 St.
Opponents say the 15 parking spaces planned for the 130-seat restaurant are simply not enough, especially at a bad intersection in a rapidly growing part of South Boston, could take their fight to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which has final say over the licensing-board approval.
Several residents attended the hearing to support the proposal, as did representatives of Mayor Walsh and City Councilors Bill Linehan and Michael Flaherty.
The developers said the new restaurant would be primarily a neighborhood place, drawing mainly nearby residents who would walk over for a meal. Opponents, however, said that even at 130 seats, the place will need to become a sports bar, drawing on people from further away, who would, of course drive there.
A man who said he couldn't wait to get a table before heading for the men's room found himself in a battle with a security guard at Victoria's Diner - and in trouble with the law.
The incident happened around 4 a.m. on July 22, a police detective and the diner's owner told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.
According to both sides, the man entered the diner, one of Boston's few late-night eateries and began heading to the back, where the restrooms are. A security guard told him he had to wait to be seated and pointed to a sign that the restrooms are for patrons only.
Sgt. Det. Kenneth O'Brien of District C-6, reading from a police report, said the man waved dismissively, made a "Psssh" sound and kept heading to the back.
The guard moved to stop him and they began to tussle, O'Brien said. Police said several patrons rushed to help the guard subdue him. When police, called by the diner, arrived, the man began screaming about what a "punk bitch" the guard was - and said he still needed to use the restroom. Police uncuffed him long enough to let him use the restroom. O'Brien said he spent five or ten minutes in there yelling obscenities before finally settling down to business.
O'Brien added that as police escorted him out, he stopped at "multiple tables" to tell people seated there how he was being mistreated. O'Brien added that about an hour later, he drove by the restaurant, slowly, with his hand out the window, formed in a pistol shape. O'Brien said police have taken out a criminal complaint against him.
Diner owner Sheree Marciante told the board the customers-only policy is because the rear room, through which you have to pass to get to the restrooms, is where the diner's ATM is and where it stores liquor after the mandatory 2 a.m. cutoff time for alcohol service. "We had no idea where he was going or what he was going to do," she said.
Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini signaled her intent to issue no violation over the incident. Addressing Marciante, she said, "You know what? I believe you, and I think the sergeant detective believes you." She then asked O'Brien if he felt diner workers that night "did everything they could do" to keep a situation from getting out of hand. "Absolutely," he replied.
The owner of the former Windsor Button Shop on Temple Place told the Boston Licensing Board he's close to an agreement with a restaurant operator to take over the space that was once promised to become a downtown outlet of a Somerville Mexican place.
Ed Champy of the Waypoint Companies and his attorney, Joe Hanley, asked the board for six months in which to conclude a contract and get the new restaurant built. The company got a liquor license in 2013. Holders of liquor licenses - which can go for upwards of $400,000 in the downtown area, are not supposed to just sit on them. The board has already granted one extension to Waypoint to actually use the license; it votes Thursday on Champy's request.
In May, Craig Caplan reported the new restaurant would be cut Cut and Sew, in homage to the old button shop.
Champy said Waypoint, which primarily owns residential properties, got burned spending $1.7 million renovating the space for the Painted Burro, only to have that restaurant pull out. Champy said that after his company spent the money on renovating the two-story space, the owners of the Painted Burro wanted his company to kick in another $1 million.
"No one has been hurt more than the landlord" in the non-use of the license, Hanley said.
Hanley said his client has already have three meetings with nearby residents and business owners to explain the new restaurant plan; reaction was positive, he said.
Peter Gori, a restaurant broker working with Waypoint, said the new plan is "fully baked," but that Waypoint wants to dot every last i to ensure that this time, the deal really works and that the proposed restaurant operator will start spending money on finishing the two-story space the day the deal is wrapped up.