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.
Cardinal SeĂˇn Oâ€™Malley, Metropolitan Methodios, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, and the Reverend Laura E. Everett, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, last night issued a statement on the murder of five people at a Jerusalem synagogue, which included a rabbi from the Boston area:
WCVB reports on the death of Rabbi Moshe Twersky in the attack.
"They started chasing me into the street and I screamed for help." WHDH reports on "Wild turkeys terrorizing the streets of Brookline." Of course.
WBZ reports school officials took action after parents complained.
Watch "Airplane!" with an MIT aeronautics professor at the Coolidge Corner on Dec. 8.
Around 9 p.m., the driver of a Golden Temple delivery vehicle proved unable to gau around a trolley in Washington Square, Brookline. The two vehicles were still there 30 minutes later when Joe Ranft arrived on scene. Rachel Chernick reports:
Driver side bashed up but seems fine.
Naturally, the collision brought C Line service to a halt, but T inspectors used their noodles and ordered up substitute bus service along Beacon Street.
Brookline Police report they are looking for a scruffy-bearded 20something for two bank holdups near the Allston line on Tuesday.
Wicked Local Brookline alerts us (last item) that six poultry punks ganged up on a postal worker the other day.
Update, 9:15 p.m. NStar reports more than 2,500 customers in Boston and Brookline have no power.
An NStar transformer in an underground vault along Beacon Street self-immolated shortly before 8 p.m., plunging many of the blocks around into darkness. Power in both Boston and Brookline was affected; fire officials refrained from exclaiming "oy, the vault!" but they were probably thinking it.
Jef Taylor shows us some.
We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.
The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Billâ€™s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were not included in the original bill because they were not popular when the law was passed in 1982.
We need your vote on November 4 to update the Bottle Bill.
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.