By - 7/7/13 - 10:21 am

Mansfield Street fire. Photo by Harry Mattison.Mansfield Street fire. Photo by Harry Mattison.

The Boston Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that started at the triple decker at 17 Mansfield St. around 7:10 a.m. and then spread... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 8:41 am

Today's the last day for filing comments on the state's proposed two-year redo of the Cambridge Street overpass and the Franklin Street pedestrian bridge. Some people aren't all that happy with the current proposal, and think the state could do better to make it safer for pedestrians to get across the turnpike and train tracks. They even have a petition to attach your... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 8:32 am

Boston University, which has been busy filing patent lawsuits against high-tech companies in recent months, yesterday added Apple to its legal sights.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston, BU charges that the LEDs used in the iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air violate a patent it holds based on the work of Theodore Moustakas, one of its electrical engineering... Read more

By - 7/1/13 - 10:55 am

Oh, good God, Allston. On the heels of the Boston Licensing Board letting the Harvard Avenue McDonald's open at 5 a.m., A@Time on Cambridge Street will seek permission to stay open until 3 a.m.

This is exactly what Allston Civic Association President Paul Berkeley warned about, that his members are "fearful we're just going to become a 24-hour community."

A@Time goes before... Read more

By - 6/29/13 - 11:31 am

Today is the last day for Bicycle Bill's on North Harvard Street. Its Facebook page now sports an icon reading "I'm retired. Do it yourself!" as well as a notice that the shop closes forever at 5 p.m. today.

H/t Compliments Food Co.

By - 6/28/13 - 1:59 pm

The Boston Licensing Board says the presence of methadone patients who aren't breaking any laws isn't reason to keep the McDonald's at Harvard and Comm. avenues from opening at 5 a.m.

Its approval means the burger/Egg McMuffin emporium can now open 21 hours a day. It previously had opened at 7 a.m., which franchisee Bob King said meant he could not serve the crowds... Read more

By - 6/26/13 - 9:53 pm

The owner of McDonald's franchises at Harvard and Comm Ave. and on Western Avenue wants to start opening his outlets at 5 a.m. - and to extend the Western Ave. closing time to 3 a.m. He says he's already taken steps to deal with an increasing problem with methadone patients hanging out at the Harvard Ave. location.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, the... Read more

By - 6/26/13 - 1:26 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve what could be the first of ritzy new restaurants to go along with the fancy new apartments being built in Allston.

Michael Chapman needs board approval to spend $50,000 to buy the liquor license of Positano Boston in the Charlestown Navy Yard. At a hearing this morning, Chapman and his lawyers described an ambitious project, already... Read more

By - 6/24/13 - 10:33 am

Associated Press reports the court will consider whether a law that bans anti-abortion activists from getting within 35 feet of people entering clinics violates their First Amendment rights.

In January, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the law, again, saying no "creative recalibration of First Amendment principles" would trump the privacy rights of clinic patients and that the Massachusetts... Read more

By - 6/23/13 - 11:51 pm

Ashford Street. Photo by Eric Hutchinson.Ashford Street scene. Photo by Eric Hutchinson.

A fire at 26 Ashford St. was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the first floor and declared it knocked down not long after they... Read more

By - 6/20/13 - 9:02 am

Latest BPD stats show an overall 11% increase in crime in Allston/Brighton through mid-June compared to the same period last year.

Burglaries and attempted burglaries alone jumped 49%, from 153 incidents last year to 228 this year. Robberies and attempted robberies were up 31%, from 36 to 47.

The numbers are particularly significant because stats over recent years have shown a consistent downward trend... Read more

By - 6/19/13 - 12:56 pm

We're writing here to announce a new project commemorating the Circle Cinema, which has been a Brighton landmark since 1940. The theater, and its iconic CIRCLE sign, are scheduled to meet the wrecking ball later this year.

We are a photographer and a sociologist who have teamed up to collect memories, photos, and opinions of the theater and its sign (positive, negative, indifferent). We... Read more

By - 6/18/13 - 5:22 pm
Peeled truck

Boston Ward 4 Dems snapped the latest BU Bridge/Grand Junction casualty: A truck whose driver apparently and rather suddenly lost the ability to read, right in the middle of the evening rush hour today. On the eastbound side, at least.

By - 6/10/13 - 11:43 am

Dead train at Blandford. Photo by Boston Frankie.Dead train at Blandford. Photo by Boston Frankie.

Every other Green Line branch is now back to normal operations following the fiery wire problems at Copley, but not the B, due to... Read more

By - 6/10/13 - 6:39 am

And the Pru tunnel on the turnpike is reopened. But Lower Allston takes its turn his morning going without power.

By - 5/31/13 - 11:21 am

Ritual Arts, 153 Harvard Ave., reports:

We were robbed this morning. 2 men and a woman. They beat up Jamie although I don't have all the details yet. It happened very early in the morning. They took a lot of silver jewelry, expensive glass pipes and I believe a large amount of sage bundles.

... Read more
By - 5/30/13 - 12:59 pm

State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating the sudden death of a pedestrian state troopers were trying to get off a turnpike ramp near the Allston/Cambridge tolls last night.

According to the DA's office, a trooper on a detail spotted Donald Moskites, 47, of Windsor, CT., walking up the ramp towards downtown around 10:15 p.m. The trooper, another trooper who arrived... Read more

By - 5/28/13 - 12:48 pm

The city Parks and Recreation Department won't give organizers of the Allston DIY Fest permission for their annual music/arts festival at Ringer Park in Allston this year, citing noise complaints from some neighbors, but issued this statement today:

Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Antonia Pollak spoke to the DIY organizers this morning during an event at Ringer Park. Commissioner Pollak told the group representatives

... Read more
By - 5/28/13 - 11:28 am

Stolen Honda motorcycle

Dustin Watson is seeking help to find his 1972 Honda Cl100 with Maine antique plates 3222, which was stolen from near Harvard and Comm. Ave. in Allston yesterday.... Read more