Back Bay

By - 3/19/09 - 10:07 am

Scooterdude (the guy you see sailing around Copley Square on the wind-powered scooter) reports yesterday was a great day for sailing - aside from the two spills caused by a collapsing sail:

... The gusts were sustained but also in the correct direction. For long rides and skillful maneuvers there’s nothing that can beat a strong westerly flow from the Tower, across the front of the church and then down Boylston St. ...

By - 3/18/09 - 7:55 am

A group of volunteers trying to show you the importance of clean drinking water will be painting a three-mile-long blue line down Boylston and Newbury streets today. They're promoting the Tap Project, which attempts to bring clean water to folks around the world not fortunate enough to be served by the MWRA, by getting restaurant goers to donate money for UNICEF water projects.

Organizers say the paint is actually based on a chalk compound that will disappear by month's end.

By - 3/18/09 - 7:45 am

Michael Paulson reports that Old South Church is readying its huge organ for a performance on Saturday - its first since December, when the church stopped using it for fears its booming sound could further damage a wall cracked by construction of an elevator shaft at the Copley Square T stop. Paulson's post has some cool video and photos of the organ being tuned.

By - 3/14/09 - 10:57 am

Penny Cherubino provides the proof, from a walk around the Back Bay (including one showing early signs of spring cleaning).

Also see Lolita Parker Jr.'s Seven days in Boston in March.

By - 3/13/09 - 2:48 pm

John Ford discusses a Boston Courant article (not online since the Courant quaintly refuses to acknowledge the InterWeb's existence) in which Tom Menino proposes the idea of shutting off car traffic on select days in July and August.

By - 3/3/09 - 11:08 am
Moody Lagoon

Iceburns took this moody shot of the Lagoon after yesterday's snow.

Copyright, Iceburns.

By - 3/3/09 - 9:48 am

Mats Tolander posts photos from yesterday's "unimpressive" nor'easter, including one of an 18-wheeler whose driver suddenly realized he wasn't going to make it out of the tunnel from I-93 to Storrow Drive in one piece and so stopped just in time - but after he blew by the "NO TRUCKS" sign.

By - 3/1/09 - 1:27 pm

Boston Police report busting up a soiree at Wheeler's Cafe and Ice Cream Bar on Mass. Ave. around 12:50 this morning after officers discovered members of the under-21 set consuming "beer and shots of alcohol:"

Officers observed the windows of the store to be "blacked out" for they were covered with sheets of black nylon, giving the illusion that the store was closed. Officers entered the store and discovered 60 to 70 individuals congregating within, consuming alcohol and listening to music emanating from a large DJ system.

Upon further investigation, it was learned that a large number of the individuals were under the legal drinking age of Twenty-One. Partygoers informed officers that they received a wristband for admittance after paying a Ten-Dollar cover charge. Once inside, they were served beer & shots of alcohol. They further stated that they learned of the establishment through the Wheeler's Ice Cream Parlor's Facebook page.

Hmm, for some reason, the ad for the event is gone from the joint's Facebook page today, although you can still see photos from past dances at the shop there and here. The "micro-creamery" sells only vegan ice cream, including a line of alcohol-flavored treats.

Police say Eric Marcelino, 27, of Acushnet, and Rodeye Mckiedhem, 41, of Cambridge, were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, procuring alcohol for minors and selling/furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/27/09 - 7:47 pm

Wicked Local Brookline posts a copy of a T note about a meeting of an MBTA citizen advisory group meeting on ways to improve 39 service on March 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.

By - 2/26/09 - 2:51 pm

Penny Cherubino gets the scoop on plans for a Thursday farmers' market, which would be in addition to the existing Tuesday and Friday markets down the street in Copley Square.

By - 2/23/09 - 5:03 pm

Boston Police charge that when workers at the Other Side Cafe on Newbury Street objected to a man tagging up the men's room and asked him to leave, he picked up a pint glass and threw it against a wall. A struggle ensued and one worker was hurt heaving him out.

Isaac S. White, 28, of Jamaica Plain was charged with malicious destruction of property. Arresting officers discovered he already had an outstanding warrant for defacement of property from Roxbury District Court.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/20/09 - 6:21 pm

And Chris Faraone is fairly grumpy about it:

... When it became too painful to proceed I stepped across Boylston Street for the afterparty at McGreevy's, where I met a gaggle of nice ladies that failed to find a dress. Their sentiments reflected mine: boorish bargain pillaging is no way to buy an outfit that will be photographed and placed on your mantle until the divorce. ...

By - 2/18/09 - 4:32 pm

Preston, is that you? Preston Jackson of Mattapan, who allegedly kept robbing stores even after video of him was featured prominently on local TV stations, was today indicted on enough armed-robbery counts to send him away for life if convicted, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

When finally arrested on Jan. 3 after a clerk at a Mass. Ave. candy store scared him off, Jackson was initially charged with six holdups. The indictment, however, charges him with two additional pre-Christmas stickups. In total, Jackson only made a bit more than $2,000 for his spree through the Back Bay and Fenway (officials do not know the exact amount he got in the Fenway Starbucks robbery that led to his brief career as a YouTube star).

"From every source - whether it's witness testimony, surveillance video, or the assailant's own notes - the evidence paints this defendant as a one-man crime wave," [DA Dan] Conley said.

A pattern became clear when looking at the robberies, Conley said. Jackson apparently selected retail stores and cafes with large, plate glass windows facing the street. Each cashier at the victimized establishment was in his or her mid-20s or younger, and each location was robbed after dark. While inside the establishments, Conley said, Jackson was scrupulous in not touching anything.

Map showing Jackson's alleged hits, prepared by the Suffolk County DA's office:

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/15/09 - 10:54 pm
Cracked up Charles

RDA photographed the path of an icebreaker through the Charles River basin the other day.

Used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 2/15/09 - 12:35 pm

A man died around 4 a.m. today when his car apparently hit a barrier at the Copley Square exit on the eastbound side, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The driver, 23, was alone in the car. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin; State Police accident investigators continue to look for a cause of the accident. Channel 4 reports the man was not wearing a seatbelt.

By - 2/15/09 - 12:00 pm

Steve Garfield reports he was on an Orange Line train last night that broke down just before Back Bay and had to be pushed into the station by another train.

King Tooth in action (you can skip to around 2:30):

By - 2/12/09 - 5:52 am

MetaBoston points us to this interesting video, which shows an animation of e. coli blooms moving through the Charles River basin (make sure your sound is on for full effect):

The animation is by Ferdi Hellweger, a Northeastern civil and environment engineering professor who says most of the e. coli in the basin comes from Stony Brook and the Muddy River.

By - 2/9/09 - 1:54 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Melrose man on charges he got on the down escalator at the Boylston Street Filene's Basement yesterday afternoon, then took off his pants and took a leak:

It should be noted that the store was full of customers, some of whom were children when the suspect engaged in this behavior.

But the escalator was so slow that by the time he got to the bottom, they were adults?

Leonard J. Daigneault, 51, of Melrose was charged with open and gross lewdness.

Innocent, etc.

By - 1/31/09 - 6:01 pm

Unlike Vessel, some guy who lives on Marlborough Street between Mass. Ave. and Hereford Street goes way beyond the snow-removal call of duty, by ensuring a clear, ice-free path all the way to the street, Penny Cherubino reports:

... It was deeply appreciated this week when icy sidewalks made walking in the street safer than slip-sliding your way in front of buildings that did not keep up with de-icing. ...