By - 3/16/16 - 10:53 pm
Car crash on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston

Zef shows us the aftermath of a head-on crash on the outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue near Allston Street (Allston's vortex of doom, of course), around 10:45 p.m.

Both outbound lanes blocked by police cruiser. One inbound lane taken up by fire trucks.

UPDATE: Zef reports that one outbound driver, impatient at the delays, tried to get around the scene by driving on the inbound side of Comm. Ave. - where he was promptly chased and stopped by police.

By - 3/14/16 - 3:42 pm
Potholes in Boston

Lissa Harris, formerly a crusading Boston-area reporter (and now a crusading Catskills reporter), returned to the Hub today only to promptly blow out a tire on one of our famous potholes near the Allston/Cambridge exit on the turnpike - immediately followed by two more motorists whose tires also got blown out.

UPDATE: Harris reports the blown-tire count is now up to four. The tow truck also hit the pothole, but "he's got better tires, though."

By - 3/10/16 - 4:23 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave Rock City Pizza, 568 Cambridge St., permission to stay open until 2 a.m. - and deliver until 3 a.m.

The pizza place had previously had to close at 1 a.m.

At a hearing yesterday, the pizza place's owner said the public need for the later hours comes from the repeated requests he's been getting from customers for later food - especially from people wandering by from nearby bars that have later closing times. He noted he's also right down the street from St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

By - 3/2/16 - 12:39 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits from from so-called puppy mills - and which will bar the sale of pets from the back of trucks in parking lots and the side of the road. Read more.

By - 3/1/16 - 10:25 am

State officials say they've had to push back replacement of the aging Comm. Ave. bridge over the turnpike by a year because of design mistakes by an engineering firm working on the project.

The delay, however, means the state is increasing the number of open lanes in each direction on the turnpike under the bridge from three to four lanes. Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 2:45 pm
Hope the dog at Boston City Council hearing on puppy mills

MSPCA staffer testifies with aid of adorably cute - but also ill - little puppy dog.

The Boston City Council could vote as early as Wednesday on a proposed and now fast-tracked measure that would ban pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits raised by large commercial breeders - and ban everybody from selling pets by the side of the road. Read more.

By - 2/19/16 - 11:20 am

The Crimson reports how the the Allston Brighton Community Development Corp. used a $3 million grant from Harvard to gain loans with which to buy houses in Allston/Brighton to then re-sell to people on condition they live in those houses.

Ironically, one of the first houses the group bought they got by outbidding a couple looking to move from Cambridge to Brighton - they then resold the house to the couple.

By - 2/16/16 - 5:53 pm

UPDATE: Licensing Board found Patron's committed no violation.

A group of men apparently angry another guy talked to one of the women with them at Patron's early on Nov. 26 called in reinforcements to launch a series of assaults that left one man shot, another stabbed and a third smashed in the head with a champagne bottle, a police detective said at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 4:39 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a request from Mala, 129 Brighton Ave., to extend its closing time from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 9:54 am

BU Today reports thieves are targeting the coats, which can run up to $1,300, and are finding good pickings in locker rooms at the campus fitness center - which are not equipped with surveillance cameras. Police note that, unlike iPhones, the coats have no serial numbers.

By - 2/9/16 - 7:18 am

The Crimson reports; adds the author of the study isn't sure if that's a one-time blip or not.

By - 2/4/16 - 11:51 am

Fenway Recording Sessions presents Baio at Brighton Music Hall on Thursday night! Event is 18+, and you can find tickets here:

By - 2/4/16 - 9:52 am
Proposed apartments at 31 N. Beacon St. in Allston

Architect's rendering.

A developer has filed plans with the BRA to replace a rooming house on a stretch of North Beacon Street that has "gritty charm" with more modern "quality transit-oriented housing at moderate prices" for young professionals who might otherwise be priced out of the gentrifying area. Read more.

By - 2/3/16 - 10:40 pm
Raccoons in Allston

John reports he looked out on his Comm. Ave. porch (near Fordham) tonight and saw these two bandits. His third-floor porch.

By - 1/20/16 - 12:26 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of a bar being built in Allston buy a billiards table.

In a holdover from the days when authorities worried about the corrupting influences of billiards on young men, the board controls who can offer pool or sippio tables to customers. Read more.

By - 1/18/16 - 9:26 am

Starting with a recap of all the changes in Allston in its absence, before getting back to chronicling the stuff the Chamber of Commerce wouldn't want you to see, if Allston had a Chamber of Commerce.

By - 1/13/16 - 7:38 am
Snow on Brighton Avenue in Allston

OK, it wasn't that much of a storm, but, boy, did it have some big flakes, as Meagan discovered on Brighton Avenue in Allston.

By - 1/4/16 - 6:07 pm
Car on Green Line tracks in Allston

The T can't win for losing today. The outbound B Line has come to a complete halt at Warren Street because somebody managed to get a car right onto the tracks.

By - 12/31/15 - 9:07 am

Jiaan has long wondered about the big fat nothing indicated by the sign at the 66 bus stop on Harvard Avenue at Comm. Ave. in Allston: What does it mean?