Brighton

By - 4/3/15 - 11:15 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a new manager for the shuttered Roggie's, which could help owner John Rogaris gain permission to re-open.

City officials shut the bar last May after a Memorial Day incident in which a patron wound up unconscious and near death in an alley next to the Chestnut Hill Avenue. Rogaris faces trial June 1 on charges he ordered workers to take the man outside after they found him unconscious on stairs and that he interfered with the police investigation into the incident.

By - 4/1/15 - 5:08 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of Roggie's, 356 Chestnut Hill Ave., designate somebody else as the bar's manager, which could be a step towards convincing officials to let the bar re-open after 11 months.

The city ordered Roggie's shut after police said owner John Rogaris tried to impede their investigation into how a patron wound up unconscious and near death in an alley outside the bar last Memorial Day weekend.

By - 3/29/15 - 12:50 pm

Sarah asks:

Can anyone recommend a body shop in the Watertown/Brighton area where I can replace my side view mirror? Not just the glass.

By - 3/28/15 - 5:47 pm

State Police report a driver's decision to get out of his car to exchange papers after a minor collision on I-90 westbound in Brighton last night proved fatal:

By - 3/23/15 - 4:12 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Mandy and Joe's, which has been open for 70 years at 328 Washington St., is closing forever on March 29.

By - 3/14/15 - 5:44 pm
Proposed JCHE senior housing on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton

Architect's rendering.

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly this week submitted a formal proposal to the BRA to build a 61 apartments for the elderly and some developmentally disabled adults at 132 Chestnut Hill Ave., next to the fire station.

The proposed six-story building would be connected by a second-story pedestrian bridge to the existing JCHE campus behind the property.

In December, the BRA tentatively designated the non-profit group as the developer of the land.

The first floor of the proposed building would include space for retail stores. JCHE is proposing 21 new parking spaces, 6 for those stores.

By - 2/26/15 - 9:11 am
Anti-space-saver message in Brighton

Marty's minions will have a bit less to pick up in Brighton next week, thanks to a vigilante who's already busy removing space savers - and leaving behind notes explaining the situation - as Kricket Feeney shows us.

Somebody is also leaving notes on cars in Cambridge, Cyn Donnelly reports. Of course, being Cantabrigian, the vigilante had to explain in excruciating detail just what sort of villainous monsters people who lower themselves to saving spaces are, in the sort of manifesto that makes you wonder how he even managed to finish composing the note before smashing his keyboard to smithereens with his righteous, Cambridgey fists of fury.

An incredibly long note in Cambridge about how evil a space saver is
By - 2/19/15 - 2:32 pm
Stupid marked up car in a space in Brighton after the snow

A Brighton resident forwards this photo of her car this morning and reports:

Basically I came home last night to Brighton and a car had taken the spot that I had shoveled out and put a space saver in. This was understandable as I got home at 10PM. I luckily saw a spot at the end of the street that did not have a space saver in it, so I parked there. And woke up to ‘YOU ARE A SHITTY PERSON’ in red lipstick on my windshield. Apparently someone thought that they could get home after 10PM and still have a spot that didn’t even have a space saver in it.

Also in Brighton:
Parking wars get uglier.

By - 2/19/15 - 10:05 am
Spray painted car

Christina Failma reports:

Someone moved parking marker 1st before my unsuspecting friend parked and this happened. Not cool.

Washington Street in Brighton.

By - 2/18/15 - 10:11 am

Rory recounts an incident involving a plow driver in Brighton who responded to a single snowball by burying several cars in snow and ponders what that says about a city buried under 100 inches of snow with a barely functioning transit system.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 2/18/15 - 9:11 am
Snowed in Green Line in Allston

The Green Line at Harvard Avenue this morning. Photo by Colin Moore.

State Sen. Will Brownsberger, who represents Allston/Brighton, reports he contacted MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott yesterday afternoon about the fact that the Green Line continues not to run down Comm. Ave. On an Allston/Brighton mailing list, he posts Scott's reply:

Promise you we are working very hard on overall Recovery Plan - this is a complicated section for us - but definitely not forgotten. It will be some time next week but cannot say yet with certainty. Will have a realistic goal [by end of Wednesday].

By - 2/13/15 - 9:16 am

If you were in it, you know. Special note: A three-alarm fire on Tremont Street in Newton overnight left traffic a particular mess between Newton Corner and Oak Square.

By - 2/12/15 - 7:48 pm

The college has posted:

BC Emergency. Bomb threat reported at Lower Campus Dining Hall. BC Police ask all on the Main Campus to avoid area and shelter in place.

Update: The college is now asking students to avoid all dining halls on campus.

By - 2/6/15 - 5:39 pm
Buses in a row in Brighton

KWAPT shows us the non-moving bus traffic on Washington Street in Brighton, where a bus and a cab may have tried to occupy the same space at the same time. Traffic elsewhere is marginally better, except possibly in Kenmore Square, where the stop lights have taken the night off.

Atlantic Avenue by Summer is also a morass of non-movingness, as Cybah noticed out his office window:

By - 2/2/15 - 4:13 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys on Commonwealth Avenue

Wicked long ad-hoc trolley train

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. Now there's a cab stuck on the tracks at Packards Corner.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Beth Wolfe reported:

Stranded @ Warren for 40 min due to struck T. 4 car train push didnt help. Still stranded. Help.

Meanwhile, the Red Line is kind of dead in both directions.

By - 1/25/15 - 2:46 pm

Some Bostonians are fighting to keep the 2024 Summer Olympics out of their city due.

By - 1/15/15 - 7:19 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today ordered Mary Ann's to shut for two days as punishment for a Nov. 14 police inspection that found six underage customers with beers in their possession.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey said he and his partner immediately noticed "several small groups of patrons" who appeared to be too young to be quaffing suds legally.

By - 1/14/15 - 6:54 pm

Randi Berkowitz, 64, and Patricia DiGiacomo, 58, today pleaded guilty to scores of charges that they took advantage of their neighbor's love of her cat, Puddy, and managed to steal her condo and savings and several hundred thousand dollars in government benefits, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 1/9/15 - 7:27 am

Ariana Restaurant, currently at 129 Brighton Ave., is looking to decamp for a larger space in the new Charlesview complex at 384 Western Ave.

By - 1/1/15 - 11:10 am
Heating pipe blamed for Brighton fire

The offending pipe. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 10:56 a.m. to 222 Foster St., a four-unit building called Parma Gardens.

Before the fire was declared knocked down about a half hour later, the fire went to two alarms.