Beacon Hill

By - 4/2/11 - 2:35 pm

Boston Police report a possible break in ending a spate of bicycle thefts on Beacon Hill and the Common over the past month: The arrest of Matthew Berry, 30, of Somerville.

Police say one of the theft victims was scanning Craigslist when he saw a bicycle that looked like his. After he contacted police, a detective contacted the seller and arranged to meet him to look the bike over, which he did and then arrested Berry, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/31/11 - 8:34 am

The Globe reports on yesterday's dramatic Red Line rescue and says the T is reacting to "poor decision making" that led to deadly holes being covered with Bounty towels plywood by ordering all such sheets replaced with steel.

By - 3/30/11 - 6:01 am

Coming upWorker with two broken legs being winched up from shaft. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: 8:05 a.m. Dan Tobin tweets the Red Line is running again - packed to the gills. The Globe has details on the incident.

UPDATE, 7 a.m.: They got him out and he's alive.

Firefighters are at the Charles/MGH T stop this morning, attempting to extricate an MBTA power-department worker who fell 35 feet in a 2x2 concrete shaft around 4:30 a.m.

Buses are substituting for Red Line service between Kendall and Broadway.

At the scene. Photo by BFD.At the scene. Photo by BFD.

By - 3/22/11 - 9:04 pm

Earl of Sandwich has won a city lease to turn the one-time Pink Palace men's room into a take-out stand, according to City Councilor Mike Ross. The Pink Palace is the boarded-up, partially roofless octagonal structure in the middle of the Common.

The hot-sandwich chain already has an outlet at Logan Airport's Terminal E.

By - 3/8/11 - 6:51 pm

Ducks on Fat Tuesday

Ben Becker photographed the Make Way for Ducklings statues in their Mardi Gras finest.

By - 3/8/11 - 4:41 pm

Filed on Citizen Connect today:

Why is it that the Park Rangers do not have to pick up their horses waste? It's a heck of alot worse than any dog, especially at the exit of the parking garage on the common. They should have to clean up after the horse.

By - 2/28/11 - 6:52 am

And books and chairs, the Globe reports.

By - 2/26/11 - 4:51 pm

Supporting Wisconsin unions

Paul Keleher took photos at the rally for Wisconsin public unions at the State House today.

By - 2/25/11 - 2:20 pm

Press Pass Tv is a nonprofit organization that engages youth in advocacy journalism to tell the stories of communities working for change. Jean Grae performed at the 3rd Eye open 11th Hip Hop Festival. Press PassTv was able to catch Jean before her performance. She discussed her record sales and her old school flavor. Jean described how she maintained her own identity and how we all have a responsibilty to ourselves to follow our bliss.

By - 2/24/11 - 4:12 pm

GedeusGedeusBoston Police report arresting two men for a knifepoint robbery last night and say they expect to charge the pair for "numerous other robberies" on and near the Common.

Tommy Gedeus, 20, and Christian Ruiz, 18, were arrested and charged with armed robbery and resisting arrest shortly after 7 p.m. after two officers noticed them being chased by a third man. The two disregarded police orders to stop and instead tried fleeing into the Park Street T stop, where they were collared at the fare gates, police say.

By - 2/22/11 - 11:08 pm

State House protest for Wisconsin

By - 2/21/11 - 11:26 am

Unions hold a rally to support their state-government counterparts in Wisconsin Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the State House.

Via Blue Mass. Group.

By - 2/7/11 - 9:46 am

Green Bay

Katy looked out her window this morning at Charles River Park to spot an addition to a snow bank.

By - 2/6/11 - 11:10 pm

Hydrant clearing

Courtney Sacco photographed Rene Fielding of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management helping to clear hydrants in Charlestown today. Troublewithtribbles photographed a road by Mass. General that is still so clogged with snow cars and trucks were parking in the travel lane.

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Photos copyright Courtney Sacco and Troublewithtribbles respectively. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 2/4/11 - 12:39 pm

He might be a prisoner who just escaped from a work detail. Anne Allred at Channel 7 tweets police are now looking for Milton Walker, 39, serving time for auto theft, B&E and larceny.

By - 1/27/11 - 2:15 pm

As the Boston Athenaeum continues to dry out from flooding caused by a burst pipe, officials hope to re-open early next week.

In a daily e-mail update to members of the private library on Beacon Hill, Director and Librarian Paula Matthews said workers discovered the source of the flooding was a burst iron sprinkler pipe above the ceiling of one of the library's reading rooms. Once repaired, the library will be able to turn its sprinkler and fire-alarm systems back on, with the goal of re-opening in time for a Tuesday-evening lecture.

By - 1/23/11 - 9:28 pm

There's an article in today's Boston Globe Magazine with the title Home sweet hell: Falling into the condo trap.

A 27-year old novelist moved into a four-unit condominium building back in 1999. Almost immediately, she began having confrontations with her upstairs neighbors who, according to the article, had majority ownership of the condo association, meaning they pretty much controlled what did or did not happen in regard to the building.

She’d left her laundry in the building’s coin-op washer for too long, she’d left her boots in the hallway and created an eyesore, she’d arranged her things in the common storage unit in a way that somehow annoyed them.

But, the real story isn't the article (although it's written very well and is both entertaining and educational).

The Boston.com message board reached a nasty level of discourse I'm only used to seeing on the other major Boston daily newspaper's site.

Criticism of the novelist:

  • she is a "self-centered brat"
By - 1/23/11 - 2:59 pm

It may sound counter-intuitive to those of us with just one pickup a week, but Ross Levanto explains how cutting the neighborhood's weekly trash pickups from three to two would make the place less trashy: