Beacon Hill

By - 10/27/09 - 1:29 pm

David Flavell, charged with attacking and attempting to rape a woman in a Mass. General restroom on Thursday was ordered sent to a secure unit at Bridgewater State Hospital for observation for 20 days to determine whether he's competent for trial, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He's next scheduled to appear in Boston Municipal Court on Nov. 16 for a status hearing.

By - 10/23/09 - 7:51 am

Boston Police report David Flavell, 40, was arrested after allegedly attacking a woman in a hospital restroom. According to police:

Preliminary investigation, at this time, indicates that the victim was assaulted by the suspect but that no sexual assault occurred.

Flavell is scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to rape and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Flavell was convicted in 1998 of assault with intent to rape and in 2001 on two counts of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, according to his record at the state Sexual Offender Registry, which lists him as a "a high risk to reoffend." In 2008, he was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman in a restroom at a Braintree bookstore. The Herald lists more charges against him.

His last listed address was 444 Harrison Ave. - the Pine Street Inn.

By - 10/19/09 - 6:00 pm

No, don't fret, Angelo Scaccia of Hyde Park isn't one of them. Josh Dawson reports Rose Staram, a Dorchester Democrat, started a fundraising committee this year for a possible run against Liz Malia of JP, while Marty Walz of the Back Bay, has opposition in Republican Brad Marston, who already has 1600+ followers on Twitter.

By - 10/19/09 - 1:57 pm

Boston Police tweet the bomb squad is at Suffolk University's 8 Ashburton Pl. building.

By - 10/7/09 - 10:25 am

Karen Sutton explains how a be-robed Governor of the Commonwealth came by to help her son clean up at the State House yesterday.

Sometimes the third graders are a bit more combative.

By - 10/6/09 - 7:47 am

State Police are at the Longfellow Bridge right now, checking out a "suspicious package," Boston Police tweet. Presumably, it is not made of Lite Brites.

By - 9/19/09 - 6:17 pm

The Globe reports on the first annual Freedom Rally on Boston Common since voters decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

By - 9/16/09 - 11:20 am

Boston Fire Department reports the cause of the carbon monoxide was "a small hole" in a boiler that let the gas escape into the hotel ventilation system. No injuries.

Local 718 tweeted around 10:15 a.m.

By - 9/16/09 - 9:23 am

Watch where you walk these days, or you might be inadvertently immortalized on film, as Kevin James and a few dozen of his closest friends film "The Zookeeper" in the Public Garden and Back Bay (via Hub on Location), and Ben Affleck and his sweetie Jennifer Garner draw crowds and snarl the snarled traffic in Harvard Square while filming "The Town" (via

By - 9/11/09 - 1:24 pm

After quite a bit less than a year on the job, and just a few weeks after he engineered the departure of Dan Grabauskas, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi is resigning, says the Globe.

Could it be he dug himself too big a hole this time?

By - 9/10/09 - 3:44 pm

I'm emerging from the blogcave up in the mountain fastnesses next Wednesday, to participate in a panel discussion at the Vilna Shul: Are Blogs and Twitter Improving the Dissemination of Information and News?

Dan Kennedy moderates the discussion with Globe innovation columnist Scott Kirsner, Mass. High Tech Editor Doug Banks, HubSpot CTO Dharmesh Shah, and, well, me. Click the link for more details and to register.

By - 9/7/09 - 6:20 pm

Megan Johnson reports that whenever she goes there, there is always this older guy at the corner, sitting in a Mercedes convertible just reading. Hermoves takes his picture.

By - 8/13/09 - 1:59 pm

Rhea Becker posts photos from last night's Yappy Hour at the Liberty Hotel.

By - 8/13/09 - 8:32 am

That recent Globe piece on unruly bike riders featured a photo of a bicyclist going the wrong way on Charles Street. Sean Roche explains why the bicyclists had no choice: There is no legal way for a bicyclist to head north from Beacon between the Storrow entrance and Bowdoin Street, because all the roads are one way towards Beacon.

... The picture of supposed biker carelessness is more damning of a city that doesn't provide any accommodation on a stretch that really needs it. But, it's not just bikers who are shortchanged by the configuration of Charles St.

Quite obviously, allocating all the space between the curbs to either parking or auto travel doesn't serve the needs of those on two wheels. Less obviously, the three lanes of one-way travel ill-serve the neighborhood. Three lanes of one-way traffic serve one principal purpose: moving traffic. Local merchants don't benefit from through traffic. Nor do the folks who live in the area. ...

Ed. oldtimer note/question: I seem to recall Charles used to go the other way, but one night, DPW crews reversed the direction on orders of Kevin White, who wanted to limit the flow of hoi polloi on the street. Do I remember correctly?

By - 8/10/09 - 3:42 pm

Hello out there in UniversalHub land. I have determined that what the internet lacks most of all is a personal blog about some schlub's experiences in and around [insert major city here]. I have decided to rectify that problem my moving my ramblings over here.

I will be blogging about Boston politics, the T, local music, dining, bars, sports, and life from the perspective of a 21-year-old Revere native now living in an apartment in Chestnut Hill, where I will be a senior this fall at Boston College.

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.