An article on the warrant for the May 26 town meeting in Brookline calls on members to publicly reject the idea of a summer Olympics in 2024.
The article, proposed by Lee Biernbaum, starts:
Whereas: the Town of Brookline, surrounded on three sides and about 85% of its borders by Boston, was never consulted about hosting the 2024 Olympics before Boston2024's private bid was placed, proposing at least two events within our town ...
Biernbaum's proposal states concerns about taxpayers being stuck with override costs and the Olympics vacuuming money away from local non-profit groups. Also:
Update, Wednesday, 6:20 a.m. The MBTA reports the D Line is back in service.
Grace Holley reports tonight from Brookline Hills, where a loud explosion shortly after 8:30 p.m. was followed by a torrential waterfall from a newly burst water main right above the tracks.
Normally I love water rides but this is a nightmare.
A second Green Line train approached waterfall but went into reverse and backed up, after a long wait.
Now police etc are on scene, lot of flooding on tracks. No more sparks. Right by Brookline Hills Station/Cypress St.
In Brookline, he might punch you if you try to stop him from shoplifting a muffin.
Brookline Police posted a couple of photos of a car whose driver somehow managed to back it up onto the railings outside the Public Library of Brookline this afternoon. Police report no injuries.
Jonathan Levitt give us a taste of the chaos around 9 when the lights went out on Comm. Ave. by the bridge.
It's not usually a good sign when smoke starts pouring out of a trolley, as Emily shows us around 4:40 p.m.
She reports the train was evacuated. Brookline FD showed up and took care of whatever was causing the smoke and the T made preparations to have the train towed away (and shot?) so that service could resume.
Not long after, passengers had to get off an inbound Orange Line train at Mass. Ave. due to brake issues.
See all those people? They're waiting for an Orange Line shuttle bus at Malden Center. "Shuttle bus line is MASSIVE!" Rich reports.
On the more frostbitten segments of the T today, riders slowly shuffled through long lines for shuttle buses. The luckier ones boarded one of the growing number of big charter buses the T has hired, such as these buses that Marta spotted at JFK/UMass for the ride to Quincy and Braintree:
Trader Joe's in Coolidge Corner may be trying to fool us into thinking it's summer with that Red Sox banner the week before the Super Bowl, but it's no use - Louise Miller found long lines there this afternoon.
Meanwhile, up at the Chelsea Market Basket, Dan O'Brien found a store with check-out lines backing up into aisles - and not a single shopping cart to be had:
Wicked Local Brookline reports a resident called 911 to report a "30 to 40 pound" raccoon stole into her house by way of the water heater. Sadly, Wicked Local Brookline does not tell us what happened next, because that's a story we'd read to the end.
Wicked Local Brookline alerts us about an incident on New Year's Day:
A Tappan Street resident called to report he was attacked by a group of four turkeys near Sumner Road.
Also, a squirrel was reported to have gotten stuck in a sewer grate.
Brookline Police alert us that the town is lifting its famous overnight parking ban on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
It has come to this: Brookline Police apparently now have to stock their cruisers with hockey sticks to keep the town's poultry punks under control. Science-fiction writer and elected town official Michael A. Burstein captured the tense moment Monday morning at Sumner and Blake streets. No word if the Boston cruiser was there for extra firepower, just in case.
Wicked Local Brookline reports a resident called 911 to report somebody at the door just repeatedly ringing the doorbell. When police arrived, they discovered the culprit was the resident's father (last item).
A Harvard Business School professor goes nuclear - he's still considering whether to sue - when a Chinese restaurant in Brookline overcharges him by $4.
Wicked Local Brookline prints a missive from a Brookline resident who demands his or her town be made safe from its menacing thug turkeys:
WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR A PERSON TO BE INJURED OR KILLED BEFORE TAKING ACTION TO REMOVE THE TURKEYS FROM OUR MIDST.
Also, reporters need to stop treating this whole thing like a big joke.