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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By - 3/31/12 - 10:14 am

A Brookline software company run out of its founder's house yesterday sued the makers of World of Warcraft and Call of Duty for patent infringement. Worlds Inc. alleges the two games violates patents it's received between 2007 and last December for creating and controlling 3D avatars in online environments. It's seeking unspecified, but not doubt large, damages and lawyer's fees.

Its most... Read more

By - 3/27/12 - 7:26 am

Wellesley Police report a Watertown man was finally stopped in Brookline after a chase that started on Rte. 9 in Natick early this morning.

Police say that when a Natick officer tried to pull Ender Durgut, 39, over for alleged motor-vehicle infractions around 2:30 a.m. today on Rte. 9 eastbound, Durgut floored it. The officer chased Durgut into Wellesley, where that town's police joined... Read more

By - 3/22/12 - 6:32 pm

How else to explain what Brookline Selectwoman Jesse Mermell saw on the train home today?

New MBTA experience: Woman across from me changing her whole outfit on the train, including stockings. I'm torn between being appalled & impressed. I didn't have room to tweet about the full body lotion application. It was intense. No towel. Not even close. And there was extensive lotion application.

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By - 3/16/12 - 6:45 am

Sometime in the early 1960s, MIT professor Kevin Lynch mounted a camera on a car and compiled a time-lapse movie of the trip.

The page says 1958, but the movie shows the JFK Building and the Pru tower, which didn't go up until later.

By - 3/3/12 - 2:32 pm

Once again, people in Brookline and surrounding parts of Boston are reporting what sounds like repeated explosions. Shortly after 1 p.m., Mr. Jason asked:

Anyone hear random explosions in the Brookline Village/Mission Hill area?

Then, about an hour later, Hillary reported:

Still hearing it in JP - continual sets of two bangs at a time.

The answer, my friend, is shooting in... Read more

By - 3/1/12 - 7:57 am

Wicked Local Brookline reports Kupel's faces disciplinary action after a February inspection found mouse droppings - "too many to count" - on raw dough in a refrigerator. Owner says he was shocked and fixed the problem.

By - 2/11/12 - 10:43 am

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Peoples Federal Savings Bank has no grounds to immediately bar the Connecticut-based People's United Bank from opening branches in the Boston area under that name.

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected the homegrown Peoples' request for a preliminary injunction because it failed to prove anybody outside the six specific neighborhoods and towns in which... Read more

By - 2/8/12 - 3:29 pm

Michael Burstein, a Brookline library trustee, science fiction writer and ardent supporter of Pluto's role as the ninth planet in our solar system, is setting up an exploratory committee to consider becoming an obstacle to the Kennedy Inevitability in the Fourth District, Brookline Patch reports.

Meanwhile, His Inevitableness, who knocked Boston City Councilor and Newton native Mike Ross out of the... Read more

By - 1/19/12 - 10:28 pm

Just in time for snow, Boston has launched its Adopt-a-Hydrant program, in which you promise to shovel out a specific hydrant after a storm, like, say, the ones we're supposed to get tonight and Saturday.

Meanwhile, both Brookline and Cambridge have referral programs to match residents with snow with teens with shovels.... Read more

By - 1/16/12 - 10:13 am

Flames on Beacon Street. Copyright Pamela Rosenthal. Posted with permission.Flames on Beacon Street. Copyright Pamela Rosenthal. Posted with permission.

Channel 25 has video of the fire this morning at 1471 Beacon St.

Pamela Rosenthal is posting photos. She writes:... Read more

By - 1/14/12 - 11:22 am

In Brookline overnight, Wicked Local Brookline reports: The kid was in the car with his mother's boyfriend.

By - 12/31/11 - 1:23 pm

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Still popping in the Fenway.

From Brighton to Brookline to Mission Hill, people are reporting popping sounds that have been going off for several hours.... Read more

By - 12/23/11 - 9:02 am

So far this morning, a charred 39 bus was towed from Huntington Avenue near Brigham Circle and buses had to be rolled out for the C line when an overhead power line came down near Cleveland Circle.

By - 12/8/11 - 3:05 pm

Wicked Local Brookline declares "vigilante justice" not the answer to coyotes fearful Corey Hill residents say keep them trapped in their homes.

Where's Sam when you need him?