Beacon Hill

By - 11/12/13 - 7:50 am

At 7:28 a.m., Mike Connor tweeted:

It's officially snowing in Boston. Snow is blowing into the red line car "standing by for a moment" at MGH.

A train died on the Red Line this morning, of course, this time at Alewife. Also, the T reports issues on the Red Line and some commuter lines with slippery rail, caused not by the snow but by... Read more

By - 10/27/13 - 8:21 pm
Frog leads parade

A big frog led a parade around the Frog Pond today during the city's Halloween pumpkin festival, which featured floating pumpkins, giant bubbles, kettle corn and a chance to go down a slide while dressed as a princess.

And Tom Menino was there, making his last Halloween appearance on the Common as mayor. He moved slowly through a dense knot of people as parents brought... Read more

By - 10/25/13 - 1:45 pm

The BPL's posted sketches by Robert McCloskey as he prepared the famous children's book, from studies of ducks (lots and lots of studies of ducks) to drawings of the Public Garden and the nearby areas of Beacon Hill.

By - 10/22/13 - 9:54 am
Duck with a beard

Just in case there were any doubt, Django Bliss shows us for whom Mrs. Mallard is rooting in the World Series.

By - 10/21/13 - 1:46 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist reports that a resident of the Beacon Hill street got so fed up with bags of dog shit being left all along the street that he or she put out a trash can in the hopes that dog owners would use it - and city trash collectors would empty it. Naturally, this being Beacon Hill, somebody else promptly put a... Read more

By - 10/8/13 - 7:28 pm
Bicyclist on gurney in front of trash truck

City trash truck, bicyclist, first responders.

A roving UHub photographer came upon this scene around 2 p.m. today:

City of Boston Parks Department trash truck hit a woman riding a bike at the corner of Beacon and Charles.

By - 10/4/13 - 10:50 am

A Boston resident has spent the past decade battling his way through the permitting and approval process that would allow him to build his dream house on what is currently an empty lot on the flat of Beacon Hill.

But now, just after receiving the final sign-off on his plans, he's decided he doesn't want to, after all.

In 2003, Beacon Hill resident and Delta... Read more

By - 9/29/13 - 12:46 pm

UPDATE: The Globe reports the man with gun was, in fact, a kid with a new pellet gun. No word if his name was Ralphie or if he was warned about shooting his eye out.

State and Boston Police are looking for a blue 2001 Chrysler mini-van, Mass, plates 13618, for an incident around noon outside the State House. Stanley Staco reports:


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By - 9/25/13 - 8:02 am

Final (if still unofficial) city and districtwide results. The city has yet to release ward-by-ward numbers, but tallied them for the North End, Beacon Hill and downtown.

Jim O'Sullivan ponders the race geographically, since it pits two guys who don't live anywhere near the geographic center of the city. He notes that while Walsh beat Connolly bigtime in Dorchester, Connolly won... Read more

By - 9/24/13 - 12:56 pm
Voting in Boston election

David Wittenberg captured the scene today at the precinct at the State House.

By - 9/23/13 - 12:15 pm
Old Pontiac hood on Boston Common

Photographynatalia photographed some of the classics at the Boston Cup car show on the Common yesterday.

Stevil also photographed the cars, parked around the Parkman Bandstand:


Photos copyright Photographynatalia and Stevil respectively. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 9/20/13 - 8:20 am

A Worcester radio station (OK, a former Worcester station) brought in that topless Worcester woman to protest for topless equality and certainly not to boost ratings or anything. State Police were monitoring the situation closely.

By - 9/18/13 - 8:04 am

Oxycontin suspect Boston Police report they are looking for a medical professional or wannabe who held up the Rite Aid at 100 Cambridge St. around 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

According to police, the scrubs-clad man walked into the drug store, grabbed a black knit cap from a display, put... Read more

By - 9/16/13 - 11:29 am
Hawk on Boston Common

David Geller filed this report on some excitement on the Common yesterday:

Landed right next to our Sunday morning football game at the softball field. Was swooping for a squirrel but missed him.

By - 9/13/13 - 7:37 am

The Herald reports 90 potential buyers are sniffing around the Unitarian Universalist Association's three buildings around the State House, which the religious group is selling as it decamps for the Innovation District.

By - 9/12/13 - 10:49 pm

Four of the five candidates running to take Mike Ross's place on the City Council said tonight it's way past time for the city to give District 8 more elementary schools.

The fifth candidate, Angelica Addivinola might have agreed as well, but she didn't attend a forum sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay at the Copley Square library. The field will... Read more

By - 9/10/13 - 6:48 pm

This just in from City Hall:

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announced today that a 2013 Park Permit has been granted to the MassCann/NORML Boston Freedom Rally to hold an event/concert on Boston Common on September 14. The permit gives the group permission to hold the event from 12pm-6pm on September 14.

Organizers had sought a two-date permit for their annual Freedom... Read more

By - 9/4/13 - 11:29 am

Storrow fail

At least he didn't get far enough on the road to hit anything, right? Matt Hrono took the photo.... Read more

By - 9/3/13 - 3:49 pm

Mass. Eye and Ear reports some of its top docs have just released findings on figuring out the best way to stop a nose bleed severe enough to warrant a trip to the ER:

According to the study, nondissolvable packing demonstrated the highest rate of failure or recurrence (57.4 percent) for initial bleed management. Chemical cautery was significantly more successful in achieving lasting hemostasis

... Read more