By - 5/5/16 - 7:42 am

WBZ reports workers turned on fountains at the Lee and Mather schools in Dorchester, the Curley school in Jamaica Plain and Another Course to College in Brighton by mistake and that students may have drunk from them before they were shut off again because of elevated lead levels.

Parents are not amused:

[A BPS administrator] met with staff on January 29th to discuss the water situation. But didn’t notify school families until February 12th. In addition, the families were told not to worry, there were no health risks associated with the elevated levels. BPS was just being proactive by turning off those fountains. If she knew about the issues at the Mather, why did she not include it in last week’s count of schools impacted by elevated levels of lead.

By - 4/28/16 - 4:54 pm

The Boloco outlet at 1940 Beacon St. sent mail to customers today that today's its last day ever, more than 18 years after it opened and despite the continued patronage of singer James Taylor and the sale of an estimated 2 million burritos: Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 9:35 pm

A white 2014 Chevy Sonic, carjacked around 8:50 p.m. at N. Beacon and Market streets.

By - 4/25/16 - 5:21 pm

Rick shows us the Circle Cinema - when it opened and during its present demolition to make way for senior apartments and a hotel.

By - 4/19/16 - 11:07 am

"Fan behavior could not have been better," Boston Police report.

By - 4/18/16 - 8:35 am
Ready for the Marathon

Tracey Staedter inspected the barricades along the Marathon route this morning.

Meanwhile, the city alerts us:

Meters are free and time limits are not in effect, but all other parking rules remain in effect.

By - 4/15/16 - 7:47 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a mixed-use building at Washington and Parsons streets that will include 54 housing units, a small Roche Bros. and 125 parking spaces.

By - 4/11/16 - 10:16 am

WCVB reports police were checking out threats - many made by robocalls - to a series of area schools, including BPS high schools in Charlestown and Brighton.

By - 4/7/16 - 7:38 am

Vox reports on a bill by state Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton) that would require the state's sprawlburgs to set aside at least 1.5% of their buildable land for multi-family buildings.

Honan wants to amend the law that developers can use for projects denser than allowed by local zoning if less than 10% of a town's housing stock is not considered affordable. Towns would be compensated for the added costs of schoolrooms for extra kids such buildings could mean.

Note to Vox: We have a House of Representatives, not a General Assembly.

By - 3/29/16 - 6:21 pm

A Suffolk University Law School student who got a suspended sentence in 2014 for stealing a laptop from the school now faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of charges he replaced the "guilty" verdict slip in his court records with one reading "not guilty," the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 3/26/16 - 10:20 am
Proposed mixed use building at 530 Western Ave. in Brighton

Architect's rendering.

A developer wants to tear down the long unused Dewalt/Black & Decker repair shop where Western Avenue meets Birmingham Parkway near Soldiers Field Road and replace it with a six-story apartment building. Read more.

By - 3/22/16 - 12:26 pm

Police aren't saying just what it was that ticked off members of the Bromley-Heath gang, but whatever their problem, the result was a brutal attack that sent a 20-year-old man inside the Green Briar Pub to nearby St. Elizabeth's Hospital on Jan. 24. Read more.

By - 3/20/16 - 11:54 am

The T is running new announcements on the Green Line, at least at above-ground stops: "Pay your fare! It's only fair!"

As Boston Dog kvetches:

Oh my God. The "Pay your Fare!" announcements on the Green Line got obnoxious after three stops.

Pict Liberation Army adds:

Particularly when its playing over drivers flagging people past farebox.

By - 3/15/16 - 4:38 pm

A horde of guys from across Boston and the South Shore face assault-and-battery charges for their alleged roles in a beatdown at the Green Briar Pub on Washington Street on Jan. 24 that sent a 20-year-old man to nearby St. Elizabeth's Hospital in serious condition, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 3/15/16 - 11:06 am
Brighton break-in attempt

Theresa Gallagher forwards this photo from her home surveillance system:

At almost 7 Sunday morning on Faneuil Street, this man was looking into my first floor window and tried to open 2 of my basement windows.

If he looks familiar, of course, you know the three digits to hit on your phone.

By - 3/10/16 - 6:27 am
Oak Square crash

Shane Doherty shows us the aftermath of a multi-car crash in Brighton's Oak Square that involved just one driver:

The truck was flying and smashed into 4 cars, then the driver took off running!

By - 3/9/16 - 4:56 pm

State Sen. William Brownsberger reports the state agency in charge of keeping state-owned buildings in good repair informed him today:

The project of fixing the courthouse steps is in the final stages of design, will go out to bid in a month and the work should be done this summer.

Brownsberger inquired after seeing complaints about the ongoing eyesore on a Cleveland Circle online forum.

By - 3/7/16 - 8:52 pm
Flipped car on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton

Richard Murray happened upon the aftermath of whatever the hell caused this car to flip on Comm. Ave. at Colborne in Brighton around 7:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, a car completely flipped at Welles and Washington in Dorchester.

And, of course, there was yesterday's car turned turtle on Soldiers Field Road.

By - 3/6/16 - 12:38 pm
Red car flipped on Soldiers Field Drive in Brighton

Paul the roving UHub photographer spotted this car-turned-turtle this morning on Soldiers Field Road by the Eliot Bridge in Brighton, around 11:10 a.m. He reports the driver got out by herself, seemed OK and that when he called 911, they reported police were already aware.

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.