Back Bay

Back Bay

By - 3/25/10 - 8:58 pm

Boston Police report somebody went along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall stealing bronze plaques set in the sidewalk at the foot of several benches near Clarendon Street.

The plaques, which honor people who made donations for the benches, were discovered missing this morning. Detectives from District D-4 are investigating. Have info? Call them at 617-343-4256 or contact the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 3/25/10 - 5:39 pm

Robert Oliva, 65, of Lynnbrook, NY, was indicted today on two counts of rape of a child and one count of disseminating pornography for an incident at the Sheraton Hotel.

By - 3/24/10 - 9:27 pm

Instead of a beautiful lagoon to float around in when they arrived in the Public Garden today, all they found was a giant field of mud, with a little rivulet running through it.


The Boston Parks Department says it had hoped to have the lagoon cleaned and ready for filling by now, but the nor'easter mucked things up.

By - 3/24/10 - 8:26 pm

Boston Police report a sting yesterday netted a cabbie who picked up an able-bodied rider even though he'd been dispatched to pick up a wheelchair user on Berkeley Street.

By - 3/23/10 - 4:37 pm

Steam punk?

Pedestrians disappearing into some TriGen steam on Arlington Street this afternoon.

By - 3/21/10 - 5:39 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist alerts us to yesterday's opening of Raven Used Books' Newbury Street outlet:

... Unlike most Boston area used book stores, Raven Used Books' business model isn't to sell really expensive rare books and then stock the rest of the shelves with crap. They actually have lots of books you want to read at very low prices, along with books that you either can't order online or would be really expensive to do so ...

By - 3/20/10 - 9:55 pm

Capuano explains:

Although I am not happy with every aspect of this bill, I have come to the conclusion that the benefits for Massachusetts and the country outweigh the problems.

By - 3/19/10 - 4:03 pm

Susan Kraft tweets the Citizens Bank at 426 Boylston St. was held up this afternoon: "Dye exploded and guy ran."

By - 3/19/10 - 8:24 am

People of Boston Branches will hold a "sun-in" starting at 11 a.m. tomorrow in front of the BPL main branch in Copley Square:

Read, chat with your neighbors about their branch, about the library issue, and soak in the sun. No speakers, no organization. Just show up. The end time is 12:00PM, but it can go all day for all we care.

By - 3/15/10 - 11:09 pm

Underwater table

Jo photographed what appears to be a bobbing raft but is actually a picnic table being submerged by a rising Charles River at Norumbega Park in Newton today.

William Ricker stopped to watch an impromptu fountain formed by an overflowing sewer on Coffey Street in Dorchester on Sunday:

Dorchester fountain

Meanwhile, Penny Cherubino provides photographic proof that not even Copley Place was immune from the power of a nor'easter.

Photos opyright Jo and William Decker, respectively.

By - 3/12/10 - 9:21 am

Now why would the CEO of Liberty Mutual give what the Herald calls a rare interview to complain that Massachusetts taxes are too high for his tastes and to blame state workers for affecting his profits? Could it have anything to do with a city-council committee hearing today on whether to give the company a $16-million tax break to build a new headquarters building in the Back Bay?

By - 3/8/10 - 12:54 pm

The state today announced federal funding for a $3-million breath of fresh air: A project to better ventilate the station, which fills with diesel fumes whenever a commuter-rail train pulls in.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the project will go out to bid after contractors finish another federally funded project to fix the station's leaky roof. That $1.6 million project is expected to go out to bid this summer and should take three months, he said.

By - 2/26/10 - 8:57 am

Dead umbrellas

Oh, the humanity! Copley Square turned into a battlefield last night as wind and umbrellas clashed - and wind proved the better, leaving the square littered with the detritus of its vanquished foes. Oddjob photographed the carnage (click for far more photos).

Copyright Oddjob. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 2/24/10 - 1:48 pm

City Councilor Sal LaMattina (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) says he knows firsthand what it's like to get run into by a Segway - and wants to keep it from happening to people on busy commercial streets in Boston.

LaMattina told the council today that when he worked for the city transportation department, when Segways were new, he and transportation Commissioner Tom Tinlin went to Segway headquarters in New Hampshire to check them out. Company officials told them a pedestrian couldn't get hurt if hit by one - but he wanted hard proof, so he told Tinlin to get on a Segway and ram him.

By - 2/24/10 - 12:06 pm

Updated to remove an erroneous reference to Radius.

The Lyons Group and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority are planning a full-service restaurant for the Hynes on Boylston Street.

The proposed Towne Stove and Spirits, which actually has the support of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, could open mid-spring. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow on a request from the Lyons Group to transfer another liquor license to the new eatery.

By - 2/18/10 - 7:36 pm

Rob Sama reports Storrow Drive is still messed up.

By - 2/17/10 - 4:43 pm

Wagamama at the Pru goes before the Boston Licensing Board Wednesday morning to seek permission to serve liqueurs. It already has a beer and wine license.

By - 2/17/10 - 9:36 am

DNA evidence now ties a man who died in prison while serving time for raping a woman in the Back Bay to the 1972 murder of Ellen Rutchick, 23, in her Beacon Street home, officials say.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said DNA evidence also connects Michael Sumpter of Roxbury - who died in 2001 - to a 1985 rape of another woman on Marlborough Street.

By - 2/12/10 - 4:28 pm

John Keith pulls up the records from the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance on Liberty Mutual-related donations to Tom Menino between July 1 and Sept. 1, 2009.

It was during this period that the company was busy buying up two Back Bay parcels on which it said yesterday it will build a 25-30 story office building, for which the city will kick in $16 million in tax abatements over the next 20 years.