By - 7/25/14 - 1:05 pm
Shuttle buses instead of the Green Line on Commonwealth Avenue

Buses like breadsticks at Olive Garden. Photo by Danielle Johns.

Who's the wise guy? The T is running buses instead of trolleys along Comm. Ave. due to "a track issue" at Warren Street.

Oh, and, of course, the runners beat the Green Line between BC and Blandford - before the track issue came up.

By - 7/22/14 - 9:56 am
Dead tree on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton

A concerned citizen notes a newly dead tree in front of 1712 Comm. Ave.:

Someone seems to have sawed down one of the small trees along Comm Ave on the inbound side.

Ed. note: Could it be the ninja tree killer? In the past, he's tened to stay within the confines of Brighton Center.... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 9:51 am

Boston Magazine reports on an upcoming race in which participants will attempt to outrun a Green Line train between BC and Blandford Street. Hey, if a guy dressed like a hamburger can do it ...

By - 7/9/14 - 8:50 pm

Brighton Main Streets reports the Washington Street mainstay is shutting on July 19 after 40 years.

By - 7/9/14 - 10:47 am

John Rogaris was released on personal recognizance today at his arraignment on charges of witness tampering and interfering with a police investigation into how a man wound up lying behind his Roggie's Bar and Grille on Chestnut Hill Avenue early on May 23.

Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney David Bradley said Rogaris's four-count indictment stems from an incident at closing that day, when a worker... Read more

By - 7/3/14 - 10:47 pm
Lightning over Somerville

Boom! Lightning over Somerville. Photo by R.S.Y. Buchanan.

They started the Esplanade fireworks a bit early tonight - just in time for them to end and evacuate the area as a storm plowed across the area, knocking out power in at least part of Waltham and Cambridge and sending skittish dogs and children under beds.

Christopher reports:

Have to give Boston Pops organizers credit on timing. Made it from the

... Read more
By - 7/3/14 - 4:45 pm

A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted John Rogaris, 44, owner of Roggie's on Chestnut Hill Avenue, on charges he interfered with an investigation into the discovery of an unconscious man with a life-threatening head injury found behind Roggie's in May, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report.

Rogaris is scheduled to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday on charges... Read more

By - 7/1/14 - 7:50 pm

We already knew that Jimmy John's, a Midwestern sub chain, planned to stuff a space in a South Boston luxury complex with one of its outlets. Turns out the chain is planning two more Boston sub shops: One at 512 Park Dr. near Audubon Circle and the other at 123 Antwerp St. in Brighton.

The chain goes before the Boston Licensing Board... Read more

By - 6/30/14 - 12:49 am

"Human Contact: Short Sci-Fi Plays," which opens in a couple weeks,
is an evening of five thought-provoking one-acts that ask whether
technology robs the soul or augments it. These original tales explore
the evolution of the nature of humankind as we confront aliens, time travel,
self-directed evolution, and more. With well-crafted stories performed by a large
cast of Boston’s finest... Read more

By - 6/21/14 - 3:21 pm

WCVB reports State Police recovered body parts from the Charles River around 10:40 a.m. The station didn't say where, but Andrea Karis reported an apparent search near Western Avenue.

In January, authorities recovered a human head from the river, possibly from Dennis Ray Jackson Jr., a murdered Haverhill man whose body parts were also recovered, smouldering, in Readville and Bridgewater.... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 10:36 pm
Towering hawks

Joe Giza at WBZ posted this photo of a pair of hawks atop the old Channel 38 tower on Leo F. Birmingham Parkway in Brighton this evening.

CBS, which still uses the WSBK building as studios for some of its Boston radio stations, has a camera up there, he reports, adding that until tonight, just one hawk had been showing up there regularly.... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 8:27 pm

The BRA decided tonight to solicit bids from groups that might have ideas on how to use $3 million in money from Harvard for increasing owner occupancy rates in Allston houses.

BRA staffers say trends show growing percentages of houses in the North Allston and the neighboring section of Brighton being bought up by investors, who might not have the same neighborhood interests as people... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 7:58 pm
Proposed Cleveland Circle project

The BRA gave its approval today to an $85-million project to replace the old Circle Cinema complex and the Applebee's in Cleveland Circle with a 162-room hotel and 92 units of mostly luxury housing.

The Boston Development Group has worked with - and often battled - residents for more than three years. Brookline has created a hotel "overlay" zone for the part of the project... Read more

By - 6/16/14 - 6:04 pm

WCVB reports on an incident involving a couple who didn't like the route their driver was taking from Brighton to Watertown this afternoon.

By - 6/11/14 - 2:34 pm

The venerable Brighton bar is getting new owners, who plan to rename it the Kitchen Sink and completely gut the place to make it more like their Local 149 in South Boston.

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which also owns the Biltmore Bar and Grille in Newton, is paying $400,000 for the Boyne's building and liquor license, but plans a complete interior renovation and... Read more

By - 6/10/14 - 12:39 pm

WBZ reports police are investigating three overnight break-ins in the Foster Street area, at least one involving a victim who said he was tickled awake.

By - 6/2/14 - 9:05 am

Somehow, we missed the editor's note on's scoop last week about the guy sneaking into the homes of BC students and tickling them while they sleep:

On Wednesday, May 28, the Boston Police Department stated that they have identified only one incident in the last two years where a foot was touched and that they know of no police reports that refer to

... Read more
By - 5/25/14 - 8:11 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating how a man in his early 20s wound up on the ground behind 354 Chestnut Hill Ave. around 2 a.m. on Friday.

The victim, suffering life-threatening head injuries, was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital. Because of the severity of his injuries, the homicide unit is leading the investigation. If you know anything, you can contact detectives at 617-343-4470,... Read more