Apparently the 1,000-year lease on the Arnold Arboretum wasn't enough. The Herald reports Harvard owns nearly 90,000 acres of forestland in Romania and now the guy who sold Harvard some of that land has been implicated in a probe of whether he got the World's Smartest University to pay inflated prices in exchange for cash, a vacation and a Chrysler Sebring.... Read more
Roving UHub photographer Jonathan happened upon this quiet Cambridge street, about an hour into the storm:
No one had walked or driven down the street since it started, so it was pristine.
Cara Rubinsky asks:
Can anyone suggest a kid-friendly sushi place in/near Cambridge to take out-of-towners for lunch?
Cassie Grey-Sautelet watched the sun go down over the Charles this afternoon.
The New York Times gets all saucy with its coverage of their new mayor's shocking habit of eating pizza with a fork. The man himself blames his Italian heritage - he says that's just how people in Italy eat pizza - but the story ends with this coda:
Pressed on why a mayor who prides himself on populism would opt for such a technique,... Read more
Elise Ramsay looked up at the Sheraton Commander from the Cambridge Common tonight.
Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.
Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The MBTA reports the person's injuries are not considered life threatening.
Devorah Klein reports seeing several people bicycling on the Charles River this evening:
The cyclists were right by MIT, near what looked like a crack in the ice.
The Cambridge Fire Department reports a broken water main in the basement of the YWCA on Temple Street forced the evacuation of the building this evening.
The American Red Cross reports 98 residents were forced out. It's setting up a shelter at the Frisoli Youth Center for the residents - and trucking in blankets, cots and 40 pizzas.... Read more
Sacha Pfeiffer noticed these fliers up around Cambridge and Somerville:
Sad children with cold hands (and annoyed parents) somewhere in Cambridge/Somerville
So how cold is it? It's so cold even the birds are flocking inside to stay warm, as Eric Maki discovered in the Harvard Square CVS.
For most of us the snow is beautiful when it is coming down and a hassle for travel but for the elderly and people with disabilities it can leave them stranded in their homes with out access to needed medications, food, and services.
We can help! I invite you to join me in digging out our elderly and disabled neighbors by participating in a... Read more
Meredith captured a snow shoveler hard at work in Central Square this afternoon.
Why should the L Street Brownies have all the fun? Evan Hiltunen forwards this photo, by Alina Tsvor, of a staffer at Inman 1369 spending some quality time in the Charles.
UPDATE: Cambridge Police report:
Cambridge police are currently investigating a bank robbery that occurred today at approximately 2:00 pm at Bank of America 727 Mass Avenue. The suspect passed a note, unknown amount of money was taken, no weapon was shown... Read more
Conrad Crawford posts a photo of a New Yorker who somehow managed to get his stupid car on the Northbank Bridge - that swoopy bridge between Cambridge and Charlestown that's supposed to be for pedestrians and bicyclists - last night.
He reports the boulder at the beginning of the bridge had been moved for some reason. He adds that for some reason, the... Read more