Beacon Hill

By - 10/19/10 - 3:47 pm

Mrs. Mallard wards off the chill

In the Public Garden today.

By - 10/12/10 - 11:54 am

Awesome restrooms (Dyson Airblade hand dryer!!) right through the main doors on the ground level to the left & right of the escalators.

By - 10/11/10 - 6:27 pm

Somebody's organizing a rally for Boston Common on Oct. 30. But who's organizing a March to Keep Fear Alive on Tremont Street?

By - 10/7/10 - 3:47 pm

The mayor's office tweeted the news today after somebody tweeted that Asian Longhorned Beetles were to blame for the recent takedown of two trees on the Common:

Boston Parks Dept. repts that trees removed were part of routine work. NOT due to the Asian Longhorn Beetle.

By - 10/7/10 - 11:57 am

The Herald reports on the possibility the school could move en masse to a "continguous campus" fronted on Tremont Street, which would let it increase enrollment without worrying about outraged howls of anger from Beacon Hill residents. But would they be butting heads with Emerson?

By - 10/5/10 - 8:30 am

Possible Longfellow realignmentOne possible outbound Longfellow realignmentA state task force meets Wednesday to consider possible options for re-aligning the venerable bridge as part of the state's $255-million repair program.

The session to consider three options begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Shriners Hospital auditorium, 51 Blossom St.

Options range from keeping the current two car lanes in both directions to shrinking car lanes to one in each direction - and reducing their widths. According to a draft report, most task-force members would prefer to go down to one car lane outbound from Boston to allow for wider bike and pedestrian lanes.

The task force rejected a proposal for "flexible" lanes that would be restricted to bicyclists only at certain hours, in part because task force members realize Massholes would attempt to drive in the lane during those hours.

Regardless of road configuration on the bridge, the task force agrees the state needs to reconfigure the approaches for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists at Charles Circle, and that the state finally build the missing 500 feet of a walkway under the bridge on the Cambridge side. One proposal calls for construction of a new pedestrian bridge linking the Longfellow to the Esplanade.

By - 9/23/10 - 9:03 am

Wicked Local Cambridge reports that Brad Marston, running against 8th Suffolk incumbent Marty Walz, says his name was incorrectly slapped on anti-abortion statements on two Web sites.

By - 9/20/10 - 2:43 pm

UPDATE: See the comments for a note from one of the people involved.

Boston Police report a man spotted breaking into a car on the Public Garden side of Charles last night found himself chased across the Common by several people who kept after him until police arrived.

By - 9/20/10 - 7:43 am

Buzzy'sOn the Web, nothing ever dies. Take, for example, this page advertising Buzzy's Roast Beef, more than eight years after it was demolished to make way for a hotel where people pay good money to eat behind bars:

We're more than just Roast Beef.

Stop by and check out our menu of sandwiches, salads, and more. We even serve breakfast.

Buzzy's Fabulous Roast Beef is practically a Boston tradition. It was first opened at Charles Circle during the 1960's, and was re-opened September 27, 1996 - and has not been closed a minute since! You will find an extensive menu of sandwiches, salads, sides, breakfast, and of course, the best Roast Beef sandwiches in Boston.

Indoor and Outdoor seating available.

Spatch, who found the page, sighs:

The fact that this webpage for Buzzy's Roast Beef still exists is both amazing and depressing.

Christina recalls the last day we ate at Buzzy's.

Yes, of course there's a Facebook page for Buzzy's fans.

By - 9/17/10 - 12:00 pm

Suspects: Kasper and MosbyKasper and MosbyPoints for creativity, if nothing else: Boston Police report arresting a couple of faux doxies for a pair of robberies on Charles Street and Tremont Street late last night. In the first case, the victim told police:

He was walking along Charles Street when he was approached by two women. The two women asked the victim if he would like to have a good time and he answered affirmatively. One of the two women then directed the victim to touch the other woman's breast and he heeded her instructions touching the other woman's breast. One the victim touched the other woman's breast he was then pushed against a wall and one of the women exclaimed, "You are under arrest, we are the police!" One of the suspects then reached into his pocket and removed both his wallet and cell phone and walked away.

Not long after, police say, officers on patrol in Chinatown noticed three women surrounding a man at LaGrange and Tremont, with one of them holding him by the neck:

Officers spoke to the male and he told officers that he was walking on LaGrange St. when he was approached by the same two females who had approached the victim from Charles Street and demanded to know what he was doing on the street. The victim then reported that before he could answer one of the suspects grabbed him by his shirt collar and took his wallet from his back pocket. One of the women after taking his wallet told him that they were cops and that he was going to jail. The woman holding him then told the other one to "call it in" and she started to motion as if she was waving someone to come to her aid.

Angela C. Kasper, 30 of Cary, NC and Kimberly Mosby, 43 of Boston, were arrested and charged with unarmed robbery and impersonating a police officer.

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/16/10 - 7:06 am

The Globe reports the Friends of the Public Garden, which also looks after the Common, is in talks with companies to help sponsor repairs and upgrades to America's oldest public park.

The idea is to replicate New York's success in transforming a small park behind the New York Public Library from a crime-ridden drug den into a bucolic urban oasis. In fact, the guy in charge of that is now working for the Friends of the Public Garden.

By - 9/13/10 - 3:28 pm

To preview your primary ballot for tomorrow, click on the link from the Secretary of State's website:
then enter your address and select a political party. It will show you what choices you'll have on tomorrow's primary ballot.


By - 9/6/10 - 3:04 pm

Lynch plays his cards close to the vest in what seems like a defensive style of politics. It certainly is not leadership-driven.

Take his process on the health care bill debate last summer. From March through August we heard Rep.Lynch say he didn't know how he'd vote on the bill. At the same time, he did not take a leadership role in shaping it. In August at Curry, Rep. Lynch held a town hall meeting and said he had read the bill but still didn't know how he was going to vote. Once again, his constituents could not get a bead on where he stood.

Perhaps even more stunningly at that town hall meeting, Rep. Lynch was given the chance to answer a question about death panels (after all he had read the bill) and refudiate (sic) ;-) the meme that right wing Republican liars and Fox News had made popular. Lynch equivocated! He would not take a stand!

By - 9/1/10 - 5:14 pm

Around 3:45 p.m. today, the Animal Rescue League of Boston tweeted:

A call for a bat swimming in a toliet in Beacon Hill came in...ARL en route.

Less than ten minutes later we learned the bat was successfully rescued.

By - 8/13/10 - 11:18 am

J.L. Bell spreads the alarum that the annual encampment of His Majesty's regiments of foot starts today and runs through Sunday on ye olde Common. Expect numerous battles with patriots.

Battles and surgeons and shoemakers at the 2008 encampment.

By - 8/6/10 - 10:25 am

NotifyBoston alerts us that Frog Pond is closed today because of yesterday's rain - too much debris and dirt got dumped into the pond by the storms. Could be open tomorrow, but call first: 617-635-2120.

By - 8/2/10 - 8:02 pm

ForLeft considers two alternates for a rebuilt Longfellow - one of which has only one traffic lane in each direction:

... I love the idea of cutting down on car traffic and [putting] benches on the walks. This is a chance to really change the urban environment. ...

By - 7/20/10 - 3:04 pm


Both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald are reporting that an electrical short circuit spark was the cause of the July 8th basement fire at DeLuca's Market on Beacon Hill.

“It is known that there was an electrical problem earlier that morning that resulted in an electrician being called and then doing work in the basement,” Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

By - 7/19/10 - 11:40 pm

On the campaign trail I meet families every day who tell me they cannot afford private health insurance and that their health care policy includes high deductibles. Last week, one family informed me they pay over eighteen thousand dollars per year to Blue-Cross Blue Shield to cover their family. That's not fair. Let's admit our health care system is still broken and fix it.

Private health insurance is a product and private health insurance companies must make a profit for shareholders.
That's a problem because there is no way to control costs. I champion Governor Patrick's efforts to control rising private health insurance costs. As he said, "It is a complicated issue," but I am confident we can solve this serious issue if voters are willing to critically evaluate rather than swallow private health insurance company advertisements claiming we need private health insurance products and that there are no other rational choices.

Please, let us not believe those media messages. Let's examine all of the facts, not just how we need to work with private health insurance companies.