By - 10/26/13 - 10:42 am
Basement fire

Fighting the Ridgemont fire. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that broke out shortly before 6:30 a.m. in the basement of 56-58 Ridgemont St. in Brighton went to two alarms and did an estimated $100,000 in damage.

There were no injuries, but more than a dozen residents had to flee into the chill morning air, the department says, adding residents on the 56 side will be allowed back in soon. Although the fire itself was confined to the basement, the building's heating ducts carried smoke to the upper floors.

The cause is under investigation.

By - 10/21/13 - 9:29 pm

Quality Market, 140 N. Beacon St., around 9:20 p.m., by men in black masks and hoodies.

The gunman was about 5'11" with a heavy build. Another was about 5'7" with black pants pulled down enough to show off his red undies. All spoke with Spanish accents, fled toward the nearby Faneuil project.

By - 10/9/13 - 12:02 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by three Brighton residents against a major expansion plan by Boston College.

In their suit, residents said the BRA was a "quasi judicial" body and therefore violated the state constitution in approving a 10-year, $1.6-billion "institutional master plan" by holding private discussions with college officials and not swearing in people testifying in public on the proposal or letting the residents cross-examine anybody who testified. The result of the BRA process was changes to the city zoning code, which were then approved by the Boston Zoning Commission.

By - 10/9/13 - 7:31 am

Rally outside the 'GBHplex in Brighton at 3 p.m. today to try to convince WGBH to drop David Koch from its foundation's board of trustees.

By - 9/13/13 - 1:36 pm
Flaming MBTA trolley

Sam H. was at Reservoir when the top of an inbound D trolley caught fire around 1:20 p.m. Sean Colahan reports riders were evacuated from the flaming trolley without injury.

By - 9/6/13 - 2:14 pm

Boston College is expected to shoot off fireworks at the end of the Eagles game against Wake Forest tonight, which could be sometime around 11 p.m.

By - 9/2/13 - 9:44 am

A concerned citizen files an elegantly simple Student Move-In Issues complaint about 1999 Comm. Ave. in Brighton.

General douchbaggery.

No doubt the city will get right on that.

By - 8/31/13 - 6:52 pm

Service along the B line got messed up around 6:45 p.m. when a car and a trolley collided at Comm. Ave. and Wallingford. Car lost, one person inside suffered some minor cuts. None of the roughly 25 people on the trolley at the time were injured.

By - 8/13/13 - 11:47 am

Credit to Boston Globe writer Ryan Butler on his article, but I thought this was a story that deserves mentioning on this site.

By - 8/9/13 - 10:57 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Police Commissioner Ed Davis had the right to transfer a sergeant out of the Brighton station even though a provision of his union's contract forbids that without his permission.

The state's highest court said state law, which gives the commissioner"authority over the assignment and organization of the officers within the department" trumps contract language barring the "involuntary" transfer of certain supervisory officers - even if the city itself had agreed to that language to help settle a lawsuit over transfers aimed at punishing officers for their union activities.

By - 8/5/13 - 3:11 pm

A Brighton woman was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail - and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation - at her arraignment today on charges of attempted murder and arson, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Prosecutors say Lisa Brown began arguing with the pair early Sunday. After she began making unspecified threats, they say, the two retreated to a bedroom in the Jette Court apartment and locked the door, only to have Brown continue to yell at them and bang on the door. And then:

By - 8/5/13 - 12:22 pm

The Boston Licensing Board last week gave the Brighton Domino's permission to stay open for delivery service until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, potentially helping the company continue to support the entire Boston economy while lessening its ability to keep fueling drunken college students on all night benders.

By - 8/4/13 - 7:35 pm

A 49-year-old resident of the Fidelis Way project will be arraigned tomorrow on charges she tried to kill her daughter and the daughter's companion by setting them on fire early this morning, the Boston Fire Department and Boston Police report.

By - 7/31/13 - 11:23 am

Domino's wants permission to keep its Brighton operation open for deliveries until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

"There's an absolute need for late-night delivery," Domino's rep Bill Mohan told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing this morning.

He said that rather than promoting drunken college students in their bids to go on all-night benders, delivery until 3 a.m. would actually help keep the uber-soused at home, by letting them punch in a number and get a pizza delivered, rather than trying to drive somewhere or stumble their way through the streets of the neighborhood.

By - 7/29/13 - 9:59 am

The Citizens Bank branch at 414 Washington St. was held up around 9:45 a.m. by a white man about 5'4," with a gun, wearing a blue hoodie and a green mask. He left through the rear with three bags, one of which he promptly dropped.

By - 7/22/13 - 9:31 am

The Ward 21 Democratic Committee (Allston/Brighton, Fenway) likes Mike Ross, calling him the innovation candidate.

Speaking of Allston/Brighton, John Connolly went on a bicycle tour of the neighborhoods, which have more bike collisions than any others, this morning. Connolly says as mayor, he'd add money to the city budget for dedicated "cycle tracks."

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Charlotte Golar Richie about why she wants to be mayor.

By - 7/21/13 - 11:18 pm

First Ward Committee to Endorse in Mayoral Race

Boston, MA -- The Ward 21 Democratic Committee officially endorsed Councilor Mike Ross for Mayor on Thursday. The committee, made up of Democratic activists from parts of the Allston, Brighton, and Fenway neighborhoods, cited Ross’ innovative ideas as key to the endorsement.

“Councilor Ross stood out in a field of several qualified candidates as the one most able to use innovative ideas to create jobs, improve our schools, and modernize government,” said Lauren Mattison, the Committee Chair. “We’re excited to spend the rest of this campaign making phone calls, knocking on doors, and telling people why Mike Ross is the best candidate for Mayor.”

Nine of the 12 candidates for Mayor filled out the Committee’s questionnaire, which addressed topics such as education, housing, institutional expansion, open space, and transportation. Those candidates, including Charlotte Golar Richie, John Connolly, and Bill Walczak spoke to the community before the Committee vote on Thursday. In the end, Councilor Ross received more than enough votes to qualify for an endorsement.

By - 7/12/13 - 3:04 pm

Nearly 50 years after it was remodeled, the Circle Cinemas has fallen on hard times. While the building itself is likely to make way for a new development, some people think the sign itself is worth saving.

Read what the Globe has to say about the Long Live Circle Cinema project:

By - 7/7/13 - 12:16 pm

UPDATE: DCR reports the fountain is working fine - people just have to be patient after hitting the button:

Fountain is working perfectly - for pets and people. Has an underground pump delay (ironically to prevent freezing in winter).

By - 6/20/13 - 9:02 am

Latest BPD stats show an overall 11% increase in crime in Allston/Brighton through mid-June compared to the same period last year.

Burglaries and attempted burglaries alone jumped 49%, from 153 incidents last year to 228 this year. Robberies and attempted robberies were up 31%, from 36 to 47.