Last year, Leah Cypess and her three kids visited all the playgrounds of Brookline, plus many in surrounding Boston neighborhoods. She wrote reviews of each one.
Some 2,000 police officers, firefighters and EMTs will converge on several locations in the area this weekend for simulated "public safety incidents" that could include sirens and the sound of gunfire, the mayor's office reports.
Among the incidents, between 9 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday: An "active shooter" in Brookline; a rescue of "hostage" elected officials in Boston; a bomb on the T, an injured officer in Cambridge, a parking-lot collapse in Boston and a massive event at the South Boston convention center.
If you've ever been to the Roche Bros. in West Roxbury, you know they have a pretty impressive selection of ready-to-go meals, cheeses and the like.
There's a new ready-to-go supermarket in town, and it makes Roche Bros. and the newish Star Market in Chestnut Hill, which has its own food-to-go area, look like little delis. Take what you're used to at those stores and triple their size and you've got the Wegmans on Rte. 9, which opened today where the Omni Foods used to be.
Transit Police report charging Alexander Frank, 21, of Framingham, with committing self service while staring at the woman sitting next to him on an inbound D Line trolley around 9:45 a.m. on April 8.
The woman exited at Longwood; Frank did not get off there.
Police say detectives nabbed Frank yesterday at Riverside station. He's scheduled for arraignment today in Newton District Court on a formal charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.
The Boston Business Journal reports the BRA has withdrawn the proposed mixed-use development from its agenda this week, with one official saying this is to try to reach a compromise with neighbors over the height of the buildings.
Ed. note: I'm still not 100% convinced this is not a left-over April Fool's joke. But I learned about it through an ad in my Facebook news feed last night, and who actually spends money on a prank?
Bridj says it's getting up to launch an alternative to the T that will feature limo buses with plush seats, "an attendant who can provide you with a curated selection of snacks and beverages" and fees you might be able to deduct from your taxes.
A roving UHub correspondent noticed a new sign on a storefront undergoing renovation at 202 Harvard St. (near Rte. 9) in Brookline Village this morning as her 66 bus roared past:
Coming Soon - Todd English's Toast!
Alas, the sign was gone by the time I managed to get there around 2:30. Anybody else get a photo?
Wicked Local Brookline reports selectmen put off a vote on letting a Peet's replace the Starbucks on Rte. 9 in Chestnut Hill after neighbors complained Starbucks customers were slobby bad drivers and selectmen decided they wanted the landlord to explain how he will keep the Peet's from replicating the mistakes of the Starbucks.
Team Brookline has 42 runners, 4 charitable causesâ€¦
and advice from its own mental health expert.
Everyone who ran in, attended, watched, supported the Marathon last year keenly felt the effects of the day and what followed. For many of us, those feelings will come flooding back this year on April 21. But runners training for this yearâ€™s Boston Marathon are deep into that experience already.
Thatâ€™s why Team Brookline is drawing on the expertise of a special coach this year: a mental health expert who will talk with the Team as part of its training regimen.
WBZ reports on an incident last night in a building on Beacon Street.
A man who says a large pavement "rut" caused him to tumble off his bicycle in Brookline is plumb out of luck trying to get somebody to pay for his injuries, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today.
Tom Filepp sued what is now National Grid over injuries he says he incurred in 2005 when he tumbled off his bicycle due to a two-inch gap in the pavement on Harvard Street he says was caused by work by the company.
But Filepp did not submit a claim with National Grid until three months after his accident - or two months later than the 30-day deadline for filing claims set in state law.
Guess which one: "A man reported that his children were being chased by turkeys on Sumner Road."
The man then punched her, police say, adding:
When the victim screamed a nearby dog walkers in Knyvet Park came to her aid. The suspect ran around the corner to a waiting vehicle, (possible a light colored Honda Pilot) and got into the front passenger seat. There was nothing stolen from victim.
Anyone know where I can possibly buy a single bottle of Spencer Trappist Ale in Boston/Brookline?
Photo of single bottle by Chris Borger, who writes: "It's real - and it's good! That beer is sitting on my dining room table. It holds its own against the other Trappist ales. I picked it up at Liquorland. Apparently, they asked for 10 cases, were told they could have 5, and were delivered 2."
Brookline Police report this guy robbed the TD Bank branch at 1641 Beacon St. in Washington Square on Friday morning:
Suspect walked into bank and demanded money. Suspect wore gloves and showed a note, but took it back. No weapon shown or indicated. Suspect has similar description to other recent bank robberies in Brookline, Brighton and Cambridge.
Know him? Det. Ken McHugh awaits your call at 617-730-2222, ext. 2710.
Jeremy Marin asks:
Casual restaurant for family dinner with 2+ vegetarian options, Brookline/Allston?
Death pointed a bony finger at an inbound Red Line train at Charles/MGH shortly before 4 p.m. A trolley on the C Line departed this mortal coil before it could get to Cleveland Circle.
The aptly named Summit Avenue, which runs from Brighton into Brookline, is currently shut. A car slid on the Brighton side, blocking the road. A tow truck called in to remove the car also slid on the Brighton side, blocking the road even more. A new tow truck has been summoned.