Wicked Local Brookline brings us up to date on the war between Brookline and the owners of Hancock Village, who want to add 184 apartments to the Brookline side of the complex, including some in a five-story building that selectmen say is completely out of character in a part of town where single-family homes and two-story townhouses are the norm.
You can probably figure out which town this police-blotter item is from:
A group of turkeys were chasing a mail carrier near the intersection of Beaconsfield Road and Tappan Street.
Also click that Wicked Local link to read about the resident who called police when a parakeet flew in her house, the orgy at a local park and the woman who found her car wrapped in plastic wrap.
Lucy Fitzgerald reports those Tappan turkeys are really fowl:
The Boston Cyclists Union reports town officials are looking at raised "cycle tracks" for either side of the highway as it passes Washington Street:
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the design proposed by Tedrow and the Bike Union are the â€śfloating bus stops.â€ť The concept is common in Europe and it is included in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide that many American cities including Boston now endorse, but it would be a first time it is used in Massachusetts. ... In essence, the bikeway travels behind the MBTA bus stop instead of in front of it, creating a crossing point where pedestrians can access the bus stop. The room for this marvel at Gateway East was provided by the removal of a unnecessary travel lane.
Shortly before 5 p.m., Brookline Police reported:
Jogger at Brookline reservoir saves two babies whose stroller accidentally fell in. Babies taken to hospital to be checked.
A Brookline man who charges Whole Foods duped him into buying its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt by claiming it has far less sugar than it really does didn't just walk into his local Whole Foods demanding a refund - he filed a federal class-action lawsuit demanding the chain accurately label its yogurt and pay him, other purchasers and his lawyers millions of dollars for their trouble.
Clinton Blackburn doesn't follow the Red Sox and he's not much of a fan of the signs that Brookline's put up on certain streets about how people have to pay more for parking on game nights, such as the one on which he got a ticket while just trying to get some Chengdu dry hot chicken at Sichuan Gourmet:
â€śRed Sox parking availableâ€ť doesnâ€™t mean much to someone uninterested in the Red Sox game. I wonâ€™t even go into the fact that the sign assumes parkers have smart phones and data plans, or the fact that the schedule is a 4MB PDF! The sign simply needs to be more explicit about the fact that payment is required on the night of Red Sox home games. â€śPayment required night of Red Sox home gamesâ€ť relays significantly more information than â€śRed Sox parking availableâ€ť.
Brookline Police report they are looking for a polite gunman who likes to hold up banks on Harvard Street.
On Tuesday, police report, he walked into the Eastern Bank branch at 301 Harvard St. with a gun:
Suspect showed a note, stated he had a gun and demanded cash. He then displayed a black handgun, banged it on the counter, pointed it in the tellerâ€™s direction and continued to demand cash. As he left after receiving the cash, the suspect apologized and thanked the tellers.
The Eastern Bank branch at 301 Harvard St., around 3 p.m.
The BRA gave its approval today to an $85-million project to replace the old Circle Cinema complex and the Applebee's in Cleveland Circle with a 162-room hotel and 92 units of mostly luxury housing.
The Boston Development Group has worked with - and often battled - residents for more than three years. Brookline has created a hotel "overlay" zone for the part of the project that would sit in that town.
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.