Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill

By - 4/6/09 - 4:56 pm

Boston Police report somebody stole Pack the Duckling this morning from his roost in the Public Garden:

Snapped at its webbed feet, Pack is the second to last of Mrs. Mallard's eight bronze ducklings who reside at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets.

Boston Police are investigating this incident and are seeking the public's assistance for information leading to the safe return of Pack. If caught, the perpetrator could face larceny charges for the theft of public art.

By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

By - 3/31/09 - 9:38 am
Longfellow at night

Jonathan captures the Longfellow in a moody moment.

Used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 3/25/09 - 3:55 pm
Beacon Hill Plumbing

Richard Beaubien transports us to an earlier, more innocent time on Beacon Hill - like two days ago.

Copyright Richard Beaubien.

By - 3/23/09 - 11:27 am

Wicked Local Somerville reports the MBTA is looking at connecting the Red and Blue lines at Charles/MGH - and wonders:

Would be nice if they concentrated their money and time on ongoing projects like the Green Line Extension and solving disputes like the placement of the maintenance facility in Inner Belt instead of coming up with additional ones in this economy.

By - 3/20/09 - 8:41 pm

Don't worry, they're not zombies - they're extras in an ABC drama being filmed here (the one about the Boston DA destined to become president, yeah, right).

By - 3/15/09 - 12:27 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Beacon Hill man who allegedly pointed a double-barrel shotgun at his roommate as part of an ongoing argument over a stove that had been left on. Officers responded to 52 Joy St. around 1:30 this morning:

On arrival, officers met with a victim who told them that her roommate had threatened her with a shotgun. Officers then learned that the suspect and victim who are roommates had argued earlier about a stove being left on. The suspect apparently became very angry over the incident and when the victim came home she was threatened by the suspect with a firearm as she attempted to enter her apartment.

Police say they managed to get the shotgun away from Mark P. Fox, 28 - and later uncovered "numerous rounds of ammunition." Fox was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/7/09 - 10:26 am

Mike Mennonno gets to thinking about rage after a lunchtime encounter yesterday with a man who erupted into one on the Common:

... When he went rabid, everyone sort of skittered away from him instinctively, careful to avert their eyes and avoid any jerky motions that might cause him to lunge at them, too. No one was harmed. The rage zombie -- he was just like one of the infected in 28 Days Later -- raged on some more but kept moving down the path.

There was a collective nervous chuckle when we'd reached a safe distance, like, WTF? Like when you pass someone walking a big dog on a leash, and the dog looks perfectly under control, but lunges at you suddenly as you pass close by, barking and snarling and going crazy for no apparent reason. Only better: this guy wasn't on a leash. That adrenaline rush puts some pep in your step. Better than a Red Bull.

All the rest of the way to work, it played over and over in my head. That poor sod a few paces in front of me. What if the rageoid hadn't just barked at him? What if he'd taken a bite? ...

By - 3/3/09 - 11:54 am

John KeithJohn Keith, a South End real-estate broker, blogger and columnist, today pulled papers to run in the June 16 election to replace state Rep. Sal DiMasi.

Campaign Web site.

Keith's statement follows:

By - 2/25/09 - 10:43 am

So Republicans held a protest against the proposed gas tax on the steps of the State House and a few people showed up.

But how few? The Globe reports several dozen people showed up. The Herald puts the number at two dozen in the headline and a more precise "25" in the story.

Ed. Note: The Herald seems to have replaced its initial story with this AP story that doesn't mention a number in the headline but still says "25" in the body.

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 - 1/28/09 - 9:54 pm

John Ford posts a photo of a fire on Anderson Street this morning.

The Globe has some more details.

By - 1/24/09 - 6:59 pm

The Cat Lady of Beacon Hill is now the Cat Lady of Plymouth, John Ford warns.

By - 1/21/09 - 1:48 pm

MBTA and city officials gather at Science Park station at 4:30 p.m. today to commemorate the fact that the station now has a "secondary name" of "West End." In a statment, City Council President Mike Ross said:

"Tourists and locals alike will now be reminded of this vibrant neighborhood whenever they take the train. I'm grateful to Dan Grabauskas for making the change so quickly."

By - 1/16/09 - 5:37 pm

The State House News Service posted the above video and this report on the fire at 56 Temple St., across from the State House, which broke out around 4 p.m.:

Smoke poured out of 56 Temple St. as twenty firefighters crowded outside and battled the blaze. Park Ranger Spc. Robert Von Wolfgang said he was assisting a truck in the State House loading dock when he saw the flames. "Flames came billowing out of the basement unit," he said. The smell of smoke drifted through the State House and up as far as the fourth floor.

James O'Connor posted this photo, taken from Bowdoin Street, to the building's rear:

Fire
By - 1/15/09 - 11:41 pm

This time, Ladder 18 from South Boston and Ladder 24 from Beacon Hill, WBZ reports.

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