By - 12/22/14 - 3:35 pm

A former BC football player today admitted to stomping a homeless man into unconsciousness in January and promptly got a suspended sentence that will keep him out of jail if he stays clean for the next five years, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Craig Parsons, 23, of West Newton pleaded guilty to various assault and battery charges and witness intimidation in Suffolk Superior Court today. Judge Carol Ball sentenced Parsons to a jail sentence of 2 1/2 years - but then suspended that for five years.

By - 12/20/14 - 5:31 pm
Cambridge firetruck on the Anderson Bridge over the Charles River

CFD on the bridge. Photo by RoadTripNE.

UPDATE, 7 p.m. Boston Fire reports no body found.

State Police have shut the Anderson Bridge between JFK Street in Cambridge and North Harvard Street in Allston so firefighters can comb the Charles for somebody a 911 caller said jumped into the river around 5 p.m.

By - 12/19/14 - 2:43 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a beer-and-wine license to Totto Ramen, 169 Brighton Ave.

Because Totto Ramen, the first Boston outlet of a New York City noodle chain, is in a city Main Street district, it won one of several new licenses authorized by the state legislature this year to encourage restaurant entrepreneurs in neighborhoods away from downtown and the waterfront. Unlike older licenses, this one cannot be sold outside of Allston.

By - 12/17/14 - 2:10 pm

The smallish Tedeschi on Comm. Ave. at Harvard plans to move into the Kelly's Roast Beef space across Harvard.

The move, which will require approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals, prompted the owner of the McDonald's franchise on Harvard Avenue to seek city permission to extend his closing hour from 2 to 3 a.m., at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

By - 12/16/14 - 6:37 am

Boston Police report they are investigating two incidents involving rideshare drivers indecently assaulting female passengers early Sunday - and a third incident involving a woman picked up by somebody she thought was a rideshare driver but who turned out not to be one.

By - 12/12/14 - 9:43 am

Two firefighters but no residents were injured in a fire at 90 Brainerd Rd. reported around 7:10 a.m., according to the Boston Fire Department.

Firefighters from both Boston and Brookline responded to the fire, in a second-floor apartment. BFD estimates damage at $300,000.

By - 12/10/14 - 11:36 am

Jon Staff, a student at Harvard Business School, has set up Harvard Gives: $4 to Fight Hunger:

Negative stereotypes of Harvard and HBS were reinfoced by an article in about a $4 dispute between an HBS professor and a small business owner.

In accordance with our community values, we are calling on all Harvard students to flip the script by donating $4 to provide food for those in need.

All donations will be given to The Greater Boston Food Bank, which will match all donations received before December 31.

By - 12/9/14 - 1:55 pm

Boston Magazine reports how Herb Chambers did just that with some spaces in front of his dealership on Comm. Ave. in Allston.

By - 12/8/14 - 12:32 pm

UPDATE: License, extra time granted.

@Union, which replaced the burned out Grecian Yearning as a Harvard Avenue breakfast spot, goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday to seek a license to serve beer and wine - and to stay open until 10 p.m.

Because @Union sits within the Allston Village Main Street district, it would be eligible for one of the new licenses intended to encourage dining start-ups in areas outside Boston Proper and the waterfront.

By - 12/2/14 - 9:26 am


See the popular film


Free Pizza


Date and Time: Saturday, 6 December following the Oak Square Tree Lighting. The event will start at @ 5:45 pm

Place: The Presentation School Foundation Community Center, 640 Washington Street.

Parking is available. The PSF Community Center can be reached by the 57 bus and the 64 bus.

PSF volunteers will help with children during the film.

By - 12/1/14 - 11:10 pm
Crash at Commonwealth Avenue and Allston Street in Allston

Roving UHub photographer Stephen Hartman happened upon the latest crash, around 6:30 p.m., at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Allston Street, where the traffic signals exert a strange pull on motor vehicles.

By - 11/25/14 - 8:01 am

The Crimson reports on what it calls a "tense" meeting between town and gown over the impact of hordes of construction workers and their Harvard projects over the next decade on the neighborhood.

By - 11/22/14 - 11:29 am

New bike lane

Paint crews were on Cambridge Street in Allston this morning creating bike lanes on one of the Boston region's most dangerous streets. A pedestrian died after being hit by a car where the Mass Pike on-ramp meets Cambridge Street on July 17, 2014 and a cyclist died in 2007 after an accident on Cambridge Street near the intersection with Harvard Ave.

Thank you to the Boston Transportation Department and MassDOT for making these important safety improvements!

By - 11/19/14 - 7:56 am

BU Police reported yesterday:

A BU student was likely the victim of a scam yesterday when the student parted with $100 to help the nicely dressed gentleman who needed the money for a cab to get to an important meeting because his car had a flat tire.

By - 11/16/14 - 12:19 pm
Stupid Fiat

A concerned citizen complains about a stupid little tin can at Brainerd Road and Griggs Street in Allston:

This fiat has parked in front of the hydrant every day this week.

By - 11/14/14 - 9:38 am

Forlorn bus by the side of the road. Photo by Raymond Ausrotas.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the looming BU Bridge helped the driver of one of those big tour buses suddenly realized that maybe those signs at the entrance to Soldiers Field Drive were for reals and he probably shouldn't have gotten on the road.

J. Alain Ferry reports. Fortunately for the drivers behind him, he was able to pull over into one of those rare break-down spots along the road.

By - 11/11/14 - 10:22 am


Date and Time: Tuesday, 18 November from 7 to 8 pm

Place: The Presentation School Foundation Community Center, 640 Washington Street. The event will take place in a community room on the building’s lower level.

Join Zach Conrad, a PhD Candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

Parking is available. The PSF Community Center can be reached by the 57 bus and the 64 bus.

By - 11/10/14 - 9:52 pm
Brighton Avenue in the dark in Allston

Brighton Avenue? More like Darkon Avenue. Photo by PBR.

Bit of a blackout in parts of the neighborhood tonight.

By - 10/17/14 - 2:31 pm

The Boston Fire Department says "careless disposal of smoking material" led to a fire last month that ravaged two apartment buildings on Harvard Terrace.

A spokesman says somebody discarded a still lit cigarette or cigar in an interior stairwell in the rear of 12 Harvard Terrace sometime in the early evening of Sept. 3. The fire spread rapidly up through the building and caused heavy smoke damage in two adjoining buildings.