Beacon Hill

By - 1/23/15 - 11:00 am
Proposed Olympic beach volleyball stadium on Boston Common.

That's Charles Street on the left. See it larger.

Plans released by Boston 2024 show most of the Common and a significant portion of the Public Garden - including the Make Way for Ducklings statues - off limits to the public during the Olympics. Construction of a 16,000-seat beach-volleyball stadium and related structures, meanwhile, would shut the ball fields and other parts of the Common for months before the games.

The plans also show... Read more

By - 1/19/15 - 6:07 pm
Marchers on Arlington Street

Hundreds of people peacefully marched around the Common and Public Garden this afternoon before marching up Beacon Street for a protest in front of the State House.

Some photos:

Black Lives Matter protest in Boston
Black Lives Matter protest on Boylston Street

Athel photographed... Read more

By - 1/18/15 - 12:56 pm
Little Lamb logo

A Mongolian hotpot chain that wants to break into the US market is suing Little Lamb, 326 Cambridge St., on charges it's using the chain's name and logo without permission.

In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Xiao Wei Yang Catering Linkage in Inner Mongolia, Ltd. says it originally signed a franchise deal with the owners of Little Lamb, but... Read more

By - 1/12/15 - 10:16 am
Tree being removed on Boston Common due to Dutch Elm Disease

The Boston Parks Department posted this photo of workers taking down a large American elm tree on the Common today because it's become infected with Dutch elm disease, a fungus spread by a beetle.

By - 1/9/15 - 8:44 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a license to a wine store proposed for Charles River Plaza off Cambridge Street.

At a hearing Wednesday, nearby liquor stores and some residents opposed the VinodiVino outlet, saying it would prove unfair competition for locally owned shops and that the eight liquor stores within a half-mile radius could already meet residents' wine needs. VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty,... Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 10:13 pm
Deval and Diane Patrick

Gov. Deval Patrick left office this evening in the traditional manner: All by himself, through the normally locked center doors of the State House, down the steps and onto Beacon Street, where he officially became another citizen again - which he celebrated with his wife Diane.

Photo by the governor's office. Posted under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 11:48 am

An upscale wine store that wants to move into a Cambridge Street mall uncorked opposition from neighboring liquor stores and some residents at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

VinodiVino, which already has stores in Brookline, Newton and Needham, wants a license to open in Charles River Plaza, within feet of the existing Simmons Liquor and Jobi Liquors.

VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty said the... Read more

By - 1/6/15 - 10:44 pm

Associated Press reports on the contents of the metal box with contents dating to 1795, removed from the State House foundation.

By - 12/29/14 - 5:38 pm

Police responded to the Frog Pond around 5:30 p.m. when a guy got on the ice for some skating clad only in a bikini.

By - 12/2/14 - 5:17 pm
Honored by Boston Police

Park rangers, police officers and civilians honored for subduing man with knife, helping rangers.

The day after Boston Police honored park rangers, police officers and regular citizens for subduing him, Bodio Hutchinson had his bail set at $1 million on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and single counts of assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery.

Hutchinson faces the charges for an incident in October by the Sailors and Soldiers Monument in the... Read more

By - 12/2/14 - 3:41 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals next week hears a request from the new owners of the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters at 25 Beacon St. to completely gut the building and turn it into nine condos and three apartments for au pairs.

SDC-DLJ, which bought 25 Beacon and two other UUA buildings next to the State House for $23.6 million earlier this year, needs zoning-board approval... Read more

By - 11/30/14 - 5:31 pm

Gov. Patrick on Meet The Press, Nov 20, 2014:

"Look, without knowing all the facts, of course I wanted to see an indictment. And mostly because I think a trial and the transparency of a trial would be good for the community. And because so many of us have the supposition that police officers are not going to be held accountable and not going

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By - 11/26/14 - 12:16 pm

State Police advise:

The Massachusetts State Police will conduct a tactical response drill this Saturday, Nov. 29, at the State House in Boston, from the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any passersby who observe a large volume of troopers and police vehicles around the State House and on Beacon Street should be advised that this activity is a training drill and there

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By - 11/25/14 - 7:50 am
State Police cars in front of the State House

As Paul Nutting shows us, State Police seem to have figured out that they can forestall trouble outside the State House this morning by using cruisers to fill up pretty much all the space where protesters exercising their First Amendment rights would normally stand.

There's a protest planned for 7 p.m. in Dudley Square.... Read more

By - 11/25/14 - 6:39 am
Ferguson protest at Boston State House

Plunkett Prime Props watched as a peaceful protest over the Ferguson grand-jury decision by abtou150 people shut down Beacon Street in front of the State House around 11:30 p.m. on Monday.

Paul Weiskel photographed a protest outside City Hall around the same time:

Ferguson protest in Boston

WBUR has local reaction to... Read more

By - 11/23/14 - 12:26 pm
Frog Pond skating

Just because it's up in the 50s today doesn't mean you can go skating at Frog Pond, as TrueNE_79 shows us.

Meanwhile, down in the South End, about 100 people got in a big circle and started doing calisthenics, as Boston shows us:

By - 11/10/14 - 5:26 pm

edushyster:

What do you get when you subtract 1,001,279 from 1,041,640? If you answered *38,000 and change,* or *the margin by which the new governor of Massachusetts, Charles Duane Baker, Jr., swept into office,* you would be technically right. But these are bold new days and we are thinking big, bold thoughts, which means that the correct answer is *a bold mandate to replace

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By - 11/10/14 - 8:06 am
Furry musicians in Boston's Public Garden

Stevil ran across these fine furried musicians in the Public Garden yesterday.

Is there a Mrs. Keytar somewhere that popped these guys out? They were very good despite the somewhat ridiculous costumes. I wanted to read them a bedtime story. :-)

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 11/8/14 - 11:34 am
Leaves on the Common

Leaf pile, anyone? TrueNE_79 took a walk through the Common this morning.

By - 11/8/14 - 12:43 am

BostonGlobe:

William F. Weld, the quirky former governor who commands a lot popularity in some sectors of the state party, has endorsed two Democratic legislative candidates, including last week when he threw his support to a state senator, Richard Moore, a veteran Uxbridge legislator who is battling for his political life in the face of a challenge from one of the GOP’s best candidates.

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