Back Bay

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.

By - 6/24/11 - 1:17 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to let Quality Mart, 21 Massachusetts Ave., start offering alcohol with its potato chips.

The vote is a defeat for the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, which took a "position of principle" against any additional liquor sales in a part of the neighborhood already served by one entire liquor store.

By - 6/22/11 - 12:17 pm

Quality Mart on Mass. Ave in the Back Bay was back before the Boston Licensing Board today, once again seeking permission to sell alcohol with its convenience foods.

The board rejected the store's bid for a liquor license in December. This time around, however, owner Aymen Rajeh said that not only would he agree to formal bans on the sale of nips, pints, half-pints and kegs, he would agree to cut back his hours, from around the clock to 6 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

By - 6/22/11 - 8:26 am

A concerned citizen alerts the city about a wicked hot manhole cover on Clarendon just off St. James:

steam leaking. sidewalk and manhole cover extremely hot. My dogs leaped off the area and almost into busy 6:30pm traffic.

By - 6/21/11 - 8:22 am

The Herald reports the mayor is outraged about T-shirts at Niketown he says promote drug use.

John Carroll suggests the mayor leave Newbury Street fashion policing to the Back Bay Hysterical Society.

By - 6/20/11 - 10:22 am

An alert citizen reported an urgent situation at the Back Bay MBTA station:

Screaming woman and two men drinking a bottle of Listerine.

Drinking Listerine straight? Not on the rocks, at least? Alas, nothing the city could do but forward the complaint to the T, since it's their jurisdiction.

By - 6/19/11 - 12:22 pm

The instant before the escalator ground to a halt. Photo by Jennifer Nottage.The instant before the escalator went into reverse. Photo by Jennifer Nottage.

Jennifer Nottage and her two kids, Alyana, 6, and Elijah, 12, were among the scores streaming up the escalator from the Back Bay commuter-rail stop for the Bruins parade yesterday morning when things came to a crashing halt. In e-mail, the South Attleboro resident writes:

My kids, ages 6 and 12 and I were about 3/4 of the way up. I was taking pics of the crowd.

At that moment, the chain or something snapped and the escalator flew backwards. People fell screaming ran up if they could. I lifted my daughter (the 6 year old) up. She grabbed the railing and held on. Someone on the stairs pulled her to safety.

My son's feet got sucked into the escalator stair part. He yanked them out, his shoes stayed behind. He was cut and bleeding.

When I fell forward, people trampled over me - foot prints on my back, etc.! My left thigh and knee were stuck slightly in the escalator stair; I pulled it out, raced to top where my kids were. We were all in shock! Went to hospital, etc., nothing broken but crazy intense pain in my leg and back. My son's ankle is a balloon this morning.

Nottage's leg after the incident:

By - 6/18/11 - 5:39 pm

The Cup

Biggest victory parade ever? That's what BPD is saying. Sure felt like it at Government Center, where a sea of jumping, chanting, happy people waited in the melting sun for the Bruins and the Cup - and then exploded into a chant of "We got the Cup!" when they arrived in a cloud of black and gold confetti.

By - 6/17/11 - 4:36 pm

Robert Davidson, 46, and Kenneth James, 43, of Quincy, both pleaded guilty yesterday to charges they were part of a "grab and run" ring that pillaged Copley Square stores last fall, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The two were arrested last December when they failed to outrun guards and police after grabbing 15 Louis Vuitton bags at Saks Fifth Avenue and fleeing. Authorities said the bags were collectively worth $20,000.

By - 6/15/11 - 9:14 pm

Joel R. Webster, 37, was arrested today on charges he began screaming at a man, his mother and his 2 1/2-year-old son while waving a knife at them this morning on the Dartmouth Street footbridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Webster arraigned in Charlestown District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and threats to commit a crime. Judge Lawrence McCormack released him on personal recognizance and ordered him to stay away from the Esplanade - except on July 4th, when the judge gave him permission to attend the Pops concert and fireworks in the company of his family.

By - 6/15/11 - 8:50 am

NECN reports on the early morning attack. Unlike in a series of other attacks, however, there was no evidence of sexual assault.

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


Go B's

Historygradguy captured the Pru lit up last night.

By - 6/12/11 - 10:24 pm

AlertNewEngland reports an attempted armed holdup outside the Copley Place store tonight; suspect ran toward the train station.

By - 6/10/11 - 3:35 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire on the first floor of 483 Beacon St., a building at the intersection with Massachusetts Avenue that suffered a 9-alarm fire last year. Construction workers were ordered out of the building. AlertNewEngland reports a Boston Fire detail officer was the first to report the fire.

By - 6/9/11 - 2:18 pm

Local 718 is holding a bachelor auction tonight at 8 at Dillon's, 955 Boylston St. Ten firefighters will be auctioned off for a "jake date." Ladies only, apparently. Proceeds from the auction - and from the barbecue that begins at 4 - go to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Interview with one of the firefighters - along with a photo of him holding a puppy.

By - 6/2/11 - 8:04 am

Commish96 shot this last night. Lightning strikes on the Pru are actually relatively common, but always dramatic.

By - 6/1/11 - 10:28 pm

Triple Back Bay bolts

Historygradguy titled his photo of the Back Bay OMFG (see it large). Nathanael Hevelone captured some lightning over Allston at the height of the storm:

Lightning bolts

Meanwhile, the mayor's office reports about 3,000 customers lost power in the storm, concentrated in Dorchester, West Roxbury and Brighton.

Supercell over Nahant.

Top photo copyright Historygradguy. Hevelone's photo posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/1/11 - 7:17 pm


Abigail Matzeder took a photo of the mammatus clouds over the Back Bay this evening. Dan Kissam took photos of the same clouds over Allston.

Channel 5 reported debris from Monson fell in Upton, 50 miles away. Stephanie Bradner reported from Dedham:

Debris was falling in Dedham MA from 6-630 PM - leaves, branches and other items falling from much higher than treetops.

Jenn Martinelli said, if nothing else, East Boston got an interesting sunset out of the storm:

East Boston sunset

By - 6/1/11 - 10:09 am

New England Roadways tweets a tour bus heading outbound in the left lane on Storrow Drive got stuck at the Dartmouth Street footbridge around 10 a.m.

By - 5/28/11 - 10:57 am

The other day, Penny Cherubino noticed something odd at the Prudential Center farmers' market: Every so often, the sellers would raise their arms to the sky. She finds out why.