Beacon Hill

By - 12/26/08 - 1:38 pm

About ten years ago, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department switched its Common holiday tree lighting from the multi-colored lights they had used for many years to all-white lights, except for the one Christmas tree.

This followed a trend in many communities, where multi-colored displays began to be seen as vulgar and all-white lights as "tasteful." Perhaps it was Martha Stewart or some other middlebrow... Read more

By - 12/22/08 - 11:03 am

Jay Fitzgerald reports on the two guys wandering around his neighborhood with shovels:

... They were exchange students from Vietnam -- and they offered to help shovel the fluffy stuff for free. They had never seen or felt snow before. They just wanted to experience it. They helped shovel out the car, declined payment, and went on their awe-struck way afterward. ...

By - 12/17/08 - 10:25 pm

Is that woman flipping him the bird?

Flush with the success of their effort to completely bollix up the turnpike by paying tolls in pennies (oh, wait, that didn't work too well, did it?), the Stop the Pike Hike people are now having a guy in a chicken suit follow Deval Patrick around until... Read more

By - 12/15/08 - 5:02 pm

Legally Brunette took advantage of the weather and went for a walk this afternoon:

... I passed by worker bees on their lunch breaks, school kids ice skating, tourists, students, and moms pushing strollers. Ice skating visitors were bundled in coats, scarves and hats, and a college-age girl was riding her bike in shorts and a t-shirt. Everyone else had stripped off layers to

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By - 12/15/08 - 11:30 am

The Globe reports no injuries in a fire this morning at Figs on Charles Street. makes you wonder if somebody set the fire to protest the new Sox hats:

By - 12/15/08 - 10:58 am

Mark Baard reports police are responding to vandalism at the Greek Consulate on Beacon Street.

By - 12/10/08 - 10:00 am

On Switchback, Bill picks up on something in that recently released proposal for improving Boston Common: That city councilors Mike Ross, Bill Linehan and Sal LaMattina really wish the MBTA would stop with all this nonsense about putting a Silver Line tunnel under the park. They write:

The Silverline project will rip up the entire stretch of the Common along Charles Street for

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By - 12/9/08 - 12:51 am

Here (3.8M PDF file).

The report, by councilors Michael Ross, Bill Linehan and Sal LaMattina, calls for some major changes to the Common, including:

  • An ornamental fence along Tremont to delineate the park and keep Tremont Street pedestrians off the grass while keeping it open to sunbathers;
  • A "Grand Entrance" to the park at a rebuilt visitors center;
  • a low-cost cafe on the site
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By - 12/4/08 - 9:02 am

Kevin McCrea relays the news that the City Council's Special Committee on Boston Common, chaired by Councilor Ross, is holding a "working session" on Monday, Dec. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall's Curley Room.

By - 11/20/08 - 9:10 pm

Councilor Ross explains what he and councilors LaMattina and Linehan are thinking up for Boston Common, which they say deserves to be not just America's oldest park, but it's greatest:

... The proposal that I'm most excited about is the establishment of a restaurant on the park. Our vision is a popular eatery that entices a diverse and vibrant crowd. When our Committee visited

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By - 11/20/08 - 1:25 pm

Hi. My name is Reuben, and I am Boston City Councilor Mike Ross's Chief of Staff.

Mike and I have read with interest the writings regarding the Boston Common on these pages. We are energized to see so many people who are as interested in the future of the Common as we are.

At Boston Daily, Mike has posted his Ross Report... Read more

By - 11/17/08 - 9:06 am

It would be a conservancy, like the ones running Post Office Square Park and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but what would that mean for the Common's long tradition of being a place of rallies and other public events? Kevin McCrea breaks the news.

By - 10/29/08 - 4:07 pm

Will make U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who brought the charges against her, an issue, the Globe reports.

By - 10/29/08 - 8:49 am

And will city councilors Charles Yancey, Sam Yoon, Stephen Murphy, and John Connolly do likewise? You may recall they made a point of not endorsing anybody in the 2nd Suffolk state-senate race after their horse lost by a nose in September. Now that said horse has made them look like, at best, tools, you think they might make the best of a bad situation... Read more

By - 10/28/08 - 11:07 pm

I wonder if Sandy Tennant wants his money back? According to state campaign records, on Oct. 15, the Republican fundraiser and former executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party donated $500 to Wilkerson. His wife, Cynthia, donated another $303.

By - 10/27/08 - 5:05 pm

Common walk

Chaval Brasil had his camera with him on a walk through the Common yesterday.

Photo posted under Creative Commons.

By - 10/27/08 - 11:57 am

Miguel Roberto Del Pozo Castillo, 26, was arrested early Sunday on charges he beat his girlfriend in their Joy Street apartment and threw her chihuahua against a wall so hard its paw was broken, according to the Suffolk County DA's office.

Castillo was scheduled for arraignment in Boston Municipal Court today. According to prosecutors, Castillo went into a beating rage because he thought his girlfriend... Read more

By - 10/23/08 - 8:00 pm

The Phoenix reports on two more issues involving Wilkerson:

One involves a questionable personal loan from a powerful developer who has dealings with the State Senate, and the other involves, yet again, failure to file tax returns, this time for a nonprofit she has run.