By - 3/1/09 - 10:16 am

The Boston Foodie kicks off a new series of interviews of local chefs and restaurant owners with a chat with Matthew Lishansky, director of operations at Upstairs on the Square in Harvard Square.

By - 3/1/09 - 12:25 am

Burlapen reports a fire broke out Saturday night at 923 Mass. Ave. (near Hancock):

[Girlfriend's] apartment appears to be fine, though the apartment directly across the hall is completely charred and burnt out.

Wicked Local Cambridge posts some photos.

In more peaceful times:

By - 2/28/09 - 2:44 pm

Aside from the fact that a paper with "Boston" in its name will no longer have a section dedicated to it (and three neighboring communities), what will you be missing that you couldn't get in the Gatehouse, Bulletin or other weekly papers?

By - 2/26/09 - 7:49 pm

Frances Cardullo, owner of the eponymous store, has died, Wicked Local Cambridge reports. She was 68.

By - 2/25/09 - 8:11 pm

Chillmark Research, a Cambridge consulting firm that analyzes adoption of IT in healthcare, explains (very politely) what the lawyers for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in Chicago can do with their request that the firm not only delete blog comments that offend them (see the note from "Calvin Jablonski" on this post) but help the lawyers track down the person who posted them.

... HIMSS, we invite you to write a Guest Post that we would gladly post on the Chilmark Research site and highlight it to set the record straight. Seems like a good solution to us but to date it has gone unanswered. ...

By - 2/24/09 - 11:51 am
Fast Phil at work

16WadeSt waches Fast Phil at work at his Mass. Ave. barbershop.

Copyright 16Wade St. Posted in the UH Flickr group.

By - 2/24/09 - 9:13 am

The Tech reports two people were mugged on the MIT campus on Sunday. The perps are described as four black males, between 20 and 25, wearing puffy black jackets:

... In the second robbery, outside the Media Lab, the student walked through the group of four perpetrators, one of whom grabbed the victim. Once grabbed, the victim was held "in a choke hold" and then punched, the police said. ...

By - 2/23/09 - 7:47 am

The Crimson reports you can now get books delivered by bicycle from the Harvard Book Store.

The store says it can deliver by bike as far away as Jamaica Plain and South Boston through its deal with MetroPed.

By - 2/22/09 - 9:17 pm

Rowland W. takes a photo of its neon sign, which now hangs in a diner in Falmouth.

By - 2/21/09 - 10:29 am

Stever Robbins sees a bright side to bank failures:

Maybe they'll free up some Harvard Square store fronts for... stores.

By - 2/20/09 - 8:05 pm

A developer gives $500 checks to multiple Cambridge City Councilors on multiple occasions and they turn around and give him approval to build a complex. By my count 6 councilors, which should make a majority of the council, recieved funds. I guess the question is wheter or not Mr.Reeves is right when he says:

By - 2/19/09 - 8:10 am

And they can begin by refusing to hire any more hipsters, Cosmo Catalano explains.

By - 2/18/09 - 10:42 am

The Crimson reports that one way academic departments are trying to cut costs is to eliminate catered meals at department meetings. In response, the Harvard dining-services division that caters many of these meals has begun slashing the prices it charges departments:

... Faculty members were advised in an e-mail to bring their own lunch, "but some people didn't read to the bottom of the e-mail," she said. Those who did not pack a lunch found themselves sharing a banana with their colleagues, Cohen said. ...

By - 2/17/09 - 8:05 pm

Central Square seems a little darker today with the news of the passing of Jeanne Connolly.

Jeanne was the heart and soul of TT's on Brookline Street.

Kay Hanley remembers her friend

RIP Jeanne

By - 2/15/09 - 10:54 pm
Cracked up Charles

RDA photographed the path of an icebreaker through the Charles River basin the other day.

Used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 2/15/09 - 6:50 pm

Anne reports on a Braude sighting in Central Square yesterday:

Walking around Central Square this morning, saw Jim Braude illegally cross Mass Ave and hold up several cars that had the right of way. What was worse was that he was limping, causing him to walk even more slowly than usual, so a couple of cars didn't make the light thanks to him. ...

Braude almost causes international incident; nearly gets shot by Secret Service.

By - 2/14/09 - 10:44 pm

Right on Plympton Street on Saturday night, the Crimson reports, adding the alleged perp with a "realistic-looking" BB gun was taken down in front of the Au Bon Pain not long after.

By - 2/13/09 - 9:24 am

Bans plans for security cameras throughout the city.

It's disappointing, as another reader noted, that the Channel 5 headline included "...May Cost Thousands" instead of "...Respects Privacy".

(edit: Hmmm, I guess this is old news, as the ACLU noted it last week. Still pretty cool though.)