By - 2/22/16 - 1:25 pm
Proposed Boston College recreation center

Architect's rendering of new rec center.

Boston College announced today it hopes to break ground on a 240,000-square-foot recreational center on St. Thomas More Drive this summer, along with new baseball, softball and general intramural sportsball fields on campus. Read more.

By - 2/20/16 - 9:35 am
Layla the dog

UPDATE, 2 p.m. Found at a gas station in Newton.

Among the occupants of the house at 72 Perthshire Rd. in Brighton that went up in flames last night was Layla the dog, who ran away and hasn't been seen since.

She's described as a shy, four-year-old pit bull. If you spot her, don't try to chase her, but instead call the number at the link.

By - 2/19/16 - 7:26 pm
Perthshire Road fire in Brighton.

72 Perthshire fire. Photo by BFD.

A fire reported around 7 p.m. at 72 Perthshire Rd. quickly went to three alarms and caused an estimated $500,000 in damage, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Fire Investigators determined the cause as careless disposal of smoking material. Point of origin; 2nd floor rear porch.

Read more.

By - 2/19/16 - 11:20 am

The Crimson reports how the the Allston Brighton Community Development Corp. used a $3 million grant from Harvard to gain loans with which to buy houses in Allston/Brighton to then re-sell to people on condition they live in those houses.

Ironically, one of the first houses the group bought they got by outbidding a couple looking to move from Cambridge to Brighton - they then resold the house to the couple.

By - 2/17/16 - 3:36 pm

Boston Police District D-14 reports 27 break-ins in the Oak Square section of Brighton since mid-December. Read more.

By - 2/6/16 - 1:38 pm
Stupid space savers in Brighton

You may recall how, on Thursday, the city announced there was no snow emergency and don't even think of putting out space savers (then repeated the message as the snow began to fall yesterday), let alone for the post-emergency 48 hours.

And yet, when some concerned citizen reported these two space savers on Colborne Road in Brighton (and not even shoveled out, for Chrissakes), the city replied: Read more.

By - 2/3/16 - 10:50 pm
Downed tree limbs in Brighton

Kosta looked out his window at Brooks and Bigelow in Brighton around 10 p.m. He reports firefighters moved the remains of the tree out of the way - and that it didn't take out any wires.

By - 2/2/16 - 8:39 pm
Proposed Parsons Crossing Building in Brighton Center

Architect's rendering.

Officials say that Roche Bros. wants to put one of its new breed of small supermarkets in the proposed Parsons Crossing mixed-use development at Washington and Parsons streets. Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 2:15 pm

Around 2:10 p.m. at Lake Street and Lake Shore Road.

By - 1/25/16 - 11:38 pm
Trolley in front of the old Circle Cinema in Cleveland Circle

Tim Murphy captured the beginning of demolition at the old theater (and the old Applebee's), which will make way for apartments for senior citizens and a hotel.

But Murphy also forwarded the above photo from the theater's better days, when the restaurant next door was a Howard Johnson's and the T still ran 1940s-era trolleys.

By - 1/25/16 - 11:32 pm

In recent months, 427 units of housing have been proposed in a small Brighton neighborhood:

New Balance has proposed 295 units at 125 Guest St. as part of its massive Boston Landing development. The 17-story building abuts the New Balance athletic facility where the Bruins will practice and New Balance's flagship, ship-like building lines the Massachusetts Turnpike. Read more.

By - 1/21/16 - 6:15 pm
14 Beechcroft St in Brighton on fire.

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire at 14 Beechcroft St., off Washington Street in Brighton, displaced six people and did an estimated $300,000 in damage.

The cause of the second-floor and attic fire, reported around 6:10 p.m., is under investigation, the department says.

By - 1/14/16 - 4:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today rejected a request from Babushka Deli on Washington Street, just up from the Brookline line, to expand its stock of beer and wine to include harder stuff. Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 1:41 pm

Around 1:35 p.m. at 5 Harriet St., off Parsons. Fire was reported knocked down in about 10 minutes.

By - 1/8/16 - 8:16 pm
Fire at 22 Bellvista Rd. in Brighton

Fire scene. Photo by aSHHH.

Boston firefighters responded shortly after 8 p.m. to 22 Bellvista Rd. for a fire that went to 2 alarms on the third floor. The bulk of the fire was reported knocked down around 8:20 p.m.

The Boston Fire Department reports no injuries and says just one person was displaced. Investigators are on scene. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:53 am

Babuskha Deli, a Russian-oriented convenience store at 62 Washington St. in Brighton, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to request an all-alcohol package-store license.

The board's hearings start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:18 am
Car-crash scene in Brighton

Ryan White reports a car hit a jogger shortly after midnight at Chestnut Hill Avenue and Winship Street in Brighton around midnight (the taillights in the photo belong to the car). Stanley Staco reports he suffered a broken leg and facial injuries.

By - 1/5/16 - 1:06 pm

UPDATE: A Brighton Municipal Court judge released him on personal recognizance for the newest case, but ordered him held at least until a Jan. 13 hearing, after revoking his bail on the April case, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Boston Police report detectives on tree stake-out duty caught the alleged Brighton Tree Ninja attacking a tree on Peceable Street Monday evening. Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 6:07 pm
Car on Green Line tracks in Allston

The T can't win for losing today. The outbound B Line has come to a complete halt at Warren Street because somebody managed to get a car right onto the tracks.