The Boston Sun reports on a pilot project by the Boston Groundwater Trust to use Bluetooth-enabled well caps and a mobile app to better monitor the levels of groundwater that keep the wooden pilings that support hundreds of buildings in the Back Bay, the South End, the Fenway and Beacon Hill from collapsing. Read more.
Damaskin spotted a turkey doing its morning ablutions in the Frog Pond.
Chris Dempsey spotted this unlikely trio on the Common today - turkey, seagull and pigeon: Together they fight crime.
A former Beacon Hill real-estate broker who catered to Chinese clients looking for swanky Boston digs was arraigned yesterday on charges he swindled at least 19 people - including co-workers - out of $166,000 to feed his gambling addiction, the state Attorney General's office reports.
Among his alleged victims: Two women he met in a Boston bar who were looking for a place to live on Beacon Hill: Read more.
From across the Boston area's universities, biotech companies and hospitals, thousands of scientists and their allies crowded a soggy Boston Common today to battle an administration that seems intent on denying their research, cutting their funding and banning their colleagues and students from entering the country. Read more.
Kristen Mobilia, who has long been active in the Fenway Garden Society, which oversees the Fenway Victory Gardens, has filed papers with state elections officials for a possible race against District 8 (Fenway, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill) City Councilor Josh Zakim.
To get on the fall ballot, Mobilia will have to file enough signatures on nominating petitions that the city elections department will release next month.
Mobilia is also director of finance and administration at VideoLink, LLC, a Newton company that creates and manages videos for corporate clients.
The frog guarding the playground at the Frog Pond on the Common got a new uniform this week.
Abbi Matheson is livetweeting the appearance - two days late - of the anti-trans hate bus to Boston. They started on Cambridge Street in front of City Hall, plan to navigate to the State House and then hope to rile up Harvard students - assuming they can get around the protesters.
UPDATE: Mayor Walsh responds by raising the transgender flag above City Hall Plaza at 12:30 p.m.
Laurel Ruma captured Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings in their St. Patrick's finest today.
Rally planned tomorrow between noon and 1:30 p.m. at the State House.
A rally to support Planned Parenthood on the Common that attracted several hundred people this morning was winding down when a rally to support President Trump that attracted several dozen people was starting up on the steps of the State House: Read more.
The Massachusetts Historical Society recounts the fall of the Great Elm, a tree that had long been a fixture on the Common, in 1876:
When the tree finally did come down in 1876, struck by a strong gust of wind during a storm, Boston citizens rushed to the tree to claim branches and scraps of wood as souvenirs.
The tree was repurposed in a number of other ways by inventive residents, including creating veneered pictures of the tree made out of wood from the elm itself and growing a root of “The Old Elm” around a china dish cover. Part of the tree was also used to make a chair for the Boston Public Library . ... One of these keepsakes belongs to MHS’s own collection, a pair of “Old Elm earrings,” made by Benjamin F. Knowlton.
Dimas shows us that difference in these two photos taken on Boston Common.
Meanwhile, over in South Boston, Sullivan's opens today, a couple days earlier than planned, because of the warm weather.
Looks like somebody's stolen Robert Gould Shaw's sword again from the memorial across from the State House.
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