Neal Gaffey attended Deval Patrick's inauguration at the State House, a centerpiece of which was a large cake in the shape of the building. Courtney Saccor photographed state Senate President Therese Murray administering the oath of office to Patrick as his wife Diane held a bible and Secretary of State Bill Galvin looked on:
Photos copyright Neal Gaffey and Courtney Sacco, respectively. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Matthew Cote videoed today's demolition of one of the melting Boston Common ice sculptures:
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MassDOT reports on the slightly less creaky Craigie Bridge, which will be partially shut off again sometime early next year for more repairs.
Between 12:15 and 1 p.m. Carey Goldberg reports it's part of an effort to encourage people to get off their asses and walk.
Contractors are scheduled to begin repairing the drawbridge by the museum (the Craigie bridge for those of you in the know) tomorrow, which means shutting the Boston-bound side for a month.
Eepers. Pedestrians and bicyclists will continue to be allowed to cross the bridge, but they have to promise not to snicker or even mutter "I told you so" at people in motorized vehicles.
Chris Devers photographed a Beacon Hill street last night.
Mike Ball reports from the Boston Common event for people who couldn't make it to Washington today:
It was like a hippie event, at least for those of us old enough to recall those.
Truth be told, most of those at the rally looked old enough to recall.
In the Public Garden today.
Awesome restrooms (Dyson Airblade hand dryer!!) right through the main doors on the ground level to the left & right of the escalators.
Somebody's organizing a rally for Boston Common on Oct. 30. But who's organizing a March to Keep Fear Alive on Tremont Street?
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.
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?
A 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.
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.
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.
On 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.