Back Bay

By - 8/2/11 - 11:32 am

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted today to restore Sunday hours at the main library for October through May.

Trustees had earlier voted to shutter the main library on Sundays due to an anticipated $350,000 cut in state funding; instead, the current state budget includes level funding for the BPL.

The library will be open 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, starting Oct. 2, with the exception of holiday weekends.

By - 7/30/11 - 12:39 pm

Penny Cherubino spots a car with 13 1/4 Back Bay residential parking stickers on the back window.

Props to Punterjoe for the headline.

By - 7/25/11 - 2:46 pm

A Jamaica Plain man with two drunk-driving convictions was charged with a third OUI offense after he allegedly disregarded a "No Turn on Red" sign in the Back Bay and hit and dragged a bicyclist in the crosswalk - then hit a cop as he was pulling over - the District Attorney's office reports.

Neither the bicyclist nor the Boston police officer were seriously hurt in the July 21 incident, the DA's office says.

According to prosecutors, Vinodkumar Patel, 58, was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon north on Mass. Ave. around 5 p.m.:

By - 7/22/11 - 11:12 am

Or, at the least, make sure they have a hand free to keep their skirt down, due to a dramatic wind-tunnel effect, the Accidental Fiddler reports.

By - 7/20/11 - 1:42 pm

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.

By - 7/20/11 - 9:09 am

Mark Garfinkel was on scene yesterday for the dramatic take-down of a man who dared display his derriere (among other things) as he swam from Cambridge to Boston. Here's hoping there weren't any stinging nettles where the staties made him lie down.

By - 7/19/11 - 9:02 am

The Globe reports a planned 47-story addition to Copley Place has critics roiling.

By - 7/16/11 - 5:32 pm

Larcenous lady Larcenous ladyBoston Police report they are looking for a purse-stealing woman floating through offices in the Back Bay, the South End and downtown, stealing handbags that aren't attached to their owners:

In one incident, on Monday, June 6, 2011, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) took a report from a victim who stated that her credit card had been stolen from her work place at 150 Federal Street. The card was subsequently used, on the same day, to make purchases at a Target store.

If you know a lady who loots, contact A-1 detectives at 617-343-4248 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 7/13/11 - 8:18 pm

Today was scheduled to be the day that 15 food trucks first turned on their grills to serve hungry Boston patrons.

According to, however, "at least nine" of the 15 trucks were not in their assigned locations, many of which are located in the Boston Proper neighborhoods.

By - 7/13/11 - 3:12 pm

SuspectSuspect at work at 179 Newbury on July 7.

Boston Police report a man arrested as he appeared to be getting ready to break into a Newbury Street shop early this morning will be charged with a series of other heists along the street.

Officers on routine patrol around 1:45 a.m. today spotted a guy jumping down from an air-conditioning unit in an alley behind BLVD Boston, 251 Newbury St. They asked him what he was doing there. He said he was just using the alley as a restroom, but their attention was drawn to a backpack up on the AC unit, police say:

By - 7/13/11 - 12:27 pm

So just knock it off.

Our own John Keith tweets:

I have breakthrough news for the BPD: many newspaper machines have backpacks in them.

Abby Conway adds:

Seriously. the ones in Dewey Square are filled with signs and belongings of the homeless in the area.

By - 7/11/11 - 3:56 pm

Kevin James, 44, pleaded guilty today to the stabbing death of Beau James Youngs outside the Copley Square Walgreens on May 1, 2010, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Donovan sentenced James to 8 to 10 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. James had been scheduled to go on trial tomorrow for Youngs's death, which came after James pulled out a knife during an argument and stabbed him in the chest.

By - 7/8/11 - 8:46 am

Next year's display? We can only hope. By Aughtomat, who also gives us this.Next year's display? By Aughtomat, who also gives us this.

By - 7/5/11 - 4:48 pm

A Lynn man is accused of plunging a knife repeatedly into a man trying to get into a taxi and slashing another man in the face during the July 4 paroxysm of violence, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Jose Soriano, 20, was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bail at his arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court for the attacks, which sent two Cambridge men to the hospital, one in critical condition. Prosecutors had asked for bail of $250,000.

By - 7/5/11 - 8:48 am

The fireworks barge on the Charles caught fire around 5:30 a.m., with 15 live charges on board, sending thick black smoke into the air - and fire departments in both Boston and Cambridge ordering boaters to stay way the hell away, Nichole Davis at New England Roadways reported.

By - 7/4/11 - 11:57 pm

UPDATE: Lynn man arrested.

One person was stabbed in the back and another was slashed in the face after the fireworks ended tonight at Huntington Avenue and Harcourt Street. Three suspects were arrested soon after at West Newton and Tremont streets in the South End.

By - 7/4/11 - 4:02 pm

July 3rd with the Pops

Leslee took in the rehersal performance at the Hatch Shell.

By - 6/30/11 - 9:02 am

Steven Walsh reports police subdued a man who put a knife to his throat outside Copley Place this morning by shooting him with one of those non-lethal beanbag guns.

UPDATE: See the comments for video and the police account of the incident.

By - 6/27/11 - 5:36 pm

City Councilor Mike Ross, who represents the two neighborhoods, says parents there have the lowest odds of winning the school assignment lottery of any in the city and that he's getting tired of being repeatedly put off by school and BRA officials - eight years after they rejected a proposal by parents to buy a private building and just give it to the city for a school.