Beacon Hill

By - 7/27/09 - 11:54 am

J.L. Bell begins a new discussion on the colonial equivalent of the Combat Zone:

... So Bostonians were referring to Mount Whoredom many decades before the Revolution, and it was already a site of iniquity—of sorts. On this night the worst behavior the Puritan authorities found was "Nine Pins." (Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!) ...

By - 7/18/09 - 12:04 pm

Deb Geisler directs us to the work of Thomas Sniegoski, who sets his "young adult" books about the battle between Good and Evil in downtown Boston:

... He lives in Massachusetts (Stoughton, I think), but he writes mostly about downtown Boston -- particularly the Beacon Hill area, where I work. In one book, his main character points out that a clear sign of the impending Apocalypse (which that character is trying to avert) is that there is no wait at the Bourne Bridge. :-) ...

By - 7/15/09 - 4:22 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man who they say awoke from unconsciousness last night to grab one of several hypodermic needles lying nearby and try to attack firefighters and EMTs attempting to help him.

Police say a downstairs neighbor trying to find out why water was dripping into her apartment at 132 Myrtle St. found Ivan Melnychenko's door upstairs unlocked. She went in and found him lying in his bathroom with the bathtub overflowing and "several uncapped hypodermic needles strewn about," police say:

Boston Fire & Boston EMS was already on-scene and was calling out for officers to assist them on the fifth floor. Officers learned that while they were attempting to render care to the unconscious male he awoke and took hold of an uncapped hypodermic needle and held them at bay. Officers quickly responded to the fifth floor apartment and placed themselves between the needle wielding man and the first responders. Officers ordered the subject to drop the needle several times but he continued to refuse. The male subject held the hypodermic needle in a threatening manner while taking an aggressive stance. The officers ultimately charged towards the suspect and wrestled him to the ground in order to place him into custody.

Menychenko now faces a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/13/09 - 10:17 pm

Then "Seasons of Love" might have come out as Seasons of Smoot:

Three hundred sixty four point four Smoots and an ear
Three hundred sixty four point four lengths plus a smidge
Three hundred sixty four point four Smoots and an ear
How do you measure the length of a bridge? ...

By - 7/11/09 - 7:26 pm

Channel 4 reports an ad guy from Burlington has put up the $4,000 the guy was ordered to pay for pinching a couple of flower pots from an alley behind some building the quarterback owns.

By - 7/10/09 - 9:41 am

The Herald has today's top bizarro story about a guy panhandling to raise enough money to repay the Patriots quarterback for a couple of flowerpots he was convicted of stealing from one of Brady's pied a terres. Guy claims the flowerpots were in the trash; DA and the judge said otherwise.

By - 6/21/09 - 12:07 pm

Unfortunately, John Cass has had to take his son to the MGH emergency room twice. But he reports the facility no longer feels like something out of Dickens:

... Instead of Victorian brick, we visited a newly designed 21st century facility, where triage happened within minutes at an individual nursing station, then registration with a clerk, before waiting in the children's waiting room for half an hour. The whole experience took 2-3 hours, and though could not be contrasted with our earlier visit which really was life threatening, was a whole lot better because of the new facilities and to me better organization. ...

By - 6/13/09 - 8:36 pm

According to a press release that I received from the DCR yesterday, the upstream (south) sidewalk of the Longfellow Bridge reopened yesterday.

Here's the full text of the press release:

For immediate release
Contact: Wendy Fox 617-626-1453

Spectators will be allowed on popular July 4th viewing spot this summer

By - 6/8/09 - 7:58 pm

Vacancy rates are soaring and that means landlords are starting to drop their prices to keep apartments occupied, John Ford reports.

By - 6/8/09 - 5:04 pm

Richard Beaubien reports the Frog Pond carousel was originally supposed to be up for a two-week test go-round. But it already seems like a Common tradition:

Right now it's only running until about 9pm. Still it's a really nice addition to summer evenings. Word is if all goes well, it may become a permanent fixture. How can you help? Well if you're down there spend a couple of bucks to put the lid on the ride. And call 617-635-2120 or email [email protected]. Let them know that you like it.

Copyright Richard Beaubien.

More on Frog Pond and the carousel.

By - 6/4/09 - 1:49 am

Reporters beware, don't plunk.

The State House News Service reports that Michael Travaglini, executive director of the Massachusetts pension fund, told a local reporter, "You have no right to record a meeting".

Travaglini later defended his stance by stating the reporter disrupted the public meeting of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board by arriving late and "plunking a recording device in the middle of the table".

By - 5/28/09 - 9:52 pm

Ross Levanto reports on meeting tonight between the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the police and City Councilor Mike Ross about crime in the neighborhood.

Among the issues: Police say the Most Violent Prophet gang of high-school toughs may be moving out of Downtown Crossing and onto Beacon Hill, which might explain a number of recent robberies. He adds that many of those robberies involve iPhone and Sidekick snatchings from people walking down the street talking on them.

By - 5/25/09 - 3:45 pm

Boston Police report officers heard gunshots around 2 a.m. on Sunday and found a man lying at Cambridge and Staniford streets with a gunshot wound, a gun and shell casings nearby and two men running away.

The victim was taken to Mass. General for treatment of a non-life-threatening leg wound, police say. Raymond Harris, 23, of Quincy and Jack Ford, 23, of Boston, were arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/19/09 - 8:54 am

Today's the special Democratic primary to see who runs in the special election to replace Sal DiMasi in the 3rd Suffolk district.

Susan Passoni, Aaron Michlewitz, Brian Ross and Lucy Rivera face off on the Democratic side. Whoever wins will face independent John Keith and Republican David Trumbull on June 16.

Free from any primary responsibilities, and noting the battle between the North End's Michlewitz and the South End's Passoni, Keith recounts another North End/South End battle, back in the 1700s, when Protestant groups in the two neighborhoods would hold annual Pope's Day riots to see who could most show their hatred for Catholics. Fortunately, the social climate in Boston seems to have improved a bit since then.

By - 5/19/09 - 12:26 am

Beth Peardon took a close look at the carousel now by Frog Pond on Boston Common.

Copyright Beth Peardon. Posted in the Universal Hub group on Flickr.

By - 5/18/09 - 12:12 am

Josh Dawson is a member of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee (Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village). And he's a bit perturbed over the way 3rd Suffolk state-rep hopeful Aaron Michlewitz may have gotten questions from a Ward 5/Ward 4 debate in advance:

... It's disappointing that our Committee's reputation could be tarnished for a short time because of this mess. As a member of the Executive Committee, I will push to have a meeting as soon as possible to discuss this situation and fix any problems with the forum/endorsement process, so we can get back to doing the things that make our Committee great ...

He also says that despite what ward Chairman Rob Whitney seemed to tell the Phoenix, neither he nor at least three other members got the questions in advance.

By - 5/16/09 - 4:49 pm

Drumming at the park on Sunday, May 17, 6-10 p.m.

By - 5/15/09 - 12:59 pm

Unfortunately for him, however, writing a mass of tickets to cars parked near the State House may not prove to be the best way to protest possible cuts to a law that requires extra pay for police officers who go to college - he was suspended for two days and could face additional disciplinary action, the Herald reports.

By - 5/13/09 - 8:08 am

Sam Baltrusis dishes on a Vanna sighting on West Cedar Street. On Thursday, he reports, she will walk out of the Union Oyster House.

By - 5/10/09 - 10:14 am

At the rate cost estimates for the "Little Dig" Silver Line project are rising, it will eventually surpass the Big Dig - in cost, at least.

And if the project never gets funded? Well, turns out the MBTA has plenty of other tunnels to play with.