By - 8/9/12 - 1:02 pm

Wicked Local Brookline details an effort by a guy who goes around town painting over tags and police to crack the town's seamy graffiti underworld. With a guest appearance by Mike Dukakis, who admits to keeping a can of paint in his basement with which to cover over graffiti he finds.... Read more

By - 8/6/12 - 5:19 pm

Anyone want to help get the MBTA to get rid of the closed door policy on the Green Line?

Checked and no one else had set up Facebook page so I did. Welcome any and all suggestions. It's only going to get worse when school starts in the fall.

URL is

Thanks.... Read more

By - 8/2/12 - 11:01 pm

Courts normally don't get involved in religious battles, but in a fight involving copyright law, a federal appeals court today ordered an Eastern Orthodox archbishop in Denver to stop posting online copies of the work of a Brookline monastery.

The Society of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery sued Archbishop Gregory of the Dormition Skete monastery in Denver when he failed to take down copies of... Read more

By - 7/30/12 - 8:18 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports the arrest of Christopher Michael Levett on charges he's the guy who's been marking the town up for months with "Phop." Wicked Local reports a key break came when police talked to his ex-girlfriend, who allegedly broke up with him because he was spending all his nights scribbling in Brookline.

Even as police hunted Phop, the town's vigilante graffiti fighter... Read more

By - 7/25/12 - 4:42 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports Brookline health officials are on the casing.

By - 7/24/12 - 5:56 pm

In the early 1960s, MIT professor Kevin Lynch did a three-minute time-lapse movie of a car trip from Cambridge to Brookline. Now somebody's recreated the ride on a bicycle.

Via Bostonography.

By - 6/30/12 - 9:31 pm

Brookline Police report the Eastern Bank branch at 301 Harvard St. was held up around 11:20 a.m. by a guy with a note who claimed he had a gun.

He's described as white, about 6' tall in his mid-20s, wearing a long-sleeve shirt with stripes and a white cap with the Patriots logo. He also had a tattoo on the right side of... Read more

By - 6/29/12 - 12:34 pm

Both Jon Keller and Julia Spitz have interviews with the Cape/Brookline Bear:

"So, there's been some speculation about what to call you. What's your real name?"

"You couldn't pronounce it. No human can. Except that Boston mayor guy. I don't think he was trying to say my name, though. I'm not really sure what he was trying to say."

"No one ever

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By - 6/26/12 - 2:43 pm

Ryan Schulteis at WHDH reports state wildlife officials say the bear somehow made it back east from where they brought him after he was captured on the Cape and are depositing him at an unspecified location even further west this time.

By - 6/26/12 - 8:41 am

UPDATE: Around 9:30, environmental police shot the bear with a tranquilizer. He ran up the tree, then, after the drug took effect, fell out of the tree, to be carted away to someplace a bit more rural.

Brookline bearResting bear. Photo by Brookline Police.

The wandering, ambling bear fell asleep... Read more

By - 6/25/12 - 9:08 pm

Stephen Walsh reports the bear has been spotted tonight near Skyline Park near the West Roxbury Parkway.

UPDATE: Spotted at the Baker School, really just a hop, skip and a jump from Hancock Village and the West Roxbury line.

By - 6/12/12 - 1:03 pm

Brookline Police report seizing what they said was a cache of high-powered armaments and ammunition in a raid yesterday afternoon at a man's apartment at 181 Harvard St.

Recovered were 36 firearms included 14 high powered weapons, several silencers and a large collection of high powered ammunition capable of penetrating bullet proof vests.

Richard Becker is scheduled for arraignment on a variety of... Read more

By - 6/8/12 - 9:23 am

Dukakis on the T

Our roving UHub photographer assures us that's Mike Dukakis getting onto a crowded Green Line trolley at Longwood this morning - just like he used to do when he was governor.... Read more

By - 5/29/12 - 2:12 pm

Molly Bench alerts us to this Craigslist posting from Brookline:

Our soon-to-be turning 9 year old daughter wants a butler for her birthday. We are trying to indulge her. She imagines a butler is man she can boss around. He would also be well dressed and have a British accent (or at least a faux British accent).

We're looking for someone who

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By - 5/25/12 - 8:46 pm

Brookline Graffiti delivers what it promises: Photos of graffiti - and the anonymous blogger's war on it:

As you can see, the razor just scraped away what would have been many layers of scrubbing! Usually you have to alternate a layer of scrub with a layer of scraping, as the solvent penetrates on each pass. But in some cases, like on this mailbox, I

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By - 5/18/12 - 7:00 am

Retired Emerson College history professor John M. Coffee, Jr., died earlier this month, after a lifetime in the hobby of token collecting:

He became one of the founding members of the American Vecturist Association (AVA), the only national society of transportation token collectors in the United States. Organized in 1948, the AVA began with 33 charter members consisting mostly of bus drivers and

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By - 4/28/12 - 11:01 pm

Justin Locke spent 18 years playing bass with the Boston Pops (as well
as playing in the Boston Opera, and Ballet orchestras). He worked
with such conductors as Arthur Fiedler, Henry Mancini, John Willams,
and Leonard Bernstein. Justin is now an author and speaker. In his
presentation (taken from his book “Real Men Don’t Rehearse”), he will
share a first... Read more

By - 4/27/12 - 3:07 pm

Brookline Booksmith announced today it's bought out the Globe Corner Bookstore - which had become an online-only venture - and is using its assets to open a "Globe Corner Travel Annex" at its Coolidge Corner store.

The move means impending travelers can now buy any of 2,000 different maps of regions around the world. remains a separate Web site, at least until Booksmith... Read more

By - 4/27/12 - 2:36 pm

Boston University Police report at least four women walking at night on the normally quiet streets of Brookline have been robbed of their iPhones since March 28:

The suspect description has been consistently a black male between 5'10" and 6' feet tall and heavy set. The suspect is specifically targeting iPhones. All four victims have been women who were walking alone while talking on

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By - 4/23/12 - 7:32 am

Brooklinian John Carroll is aghast his town spent $1 million on multi-car parking meters that it's about to rip out because locals don't like walking to the meters to get a ticket and then walking back to their cars to put the tickets on their windows:

Seriously? This is lamer than Chester on Gunsmoke.

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