Charlestown

Charlestown

By - 7/4/15 - 1:29 pm

The Portland Press-Herald reports Anthony Menici, 33, plowed into a Wells, ME cruiser so fast on I-95 that the cruiser was flipped over. The officers in the patrol car suffered minor injuries; Menici required hospitalization for his injuries.

By - 7/2/15 - 7:13 pm
Entering Boston, incorporated 1822

Most of the time, when you enter Boston, the signs say "Est. 1630." But when you enter Charlestown on Broadway from Everett, the signs say "Inc. 1822," which, while not inaccurate, since they refer to when Boston was incorporated as a city, just seem kind of odd.

By - 6/26/15 - 12:22 pm
Under the Zakim Bridge in Charlestown

You can get some weird perspectives when you stand under the Zakim Bridge and its connecting ramps and look up.

Earlier:
Under the new deck.

By - 6/24/15 - 8:36 pm
Bird on a light in Boston Harbor

Spotted this small seabird today on the harbor side of the North Washington Street bridge. Anybody know what kind of bird it is?

By - 6/18/15 - 10:48 pm
Naut Guilty

The Naut Guilty in boat jail in Charlestown. Photo by Melissa K. Palardy.

Benjamin Urbelis isn't waiting for the state court system to decide whether he's criminally liable for a passenger on his boat having her arm sliced off: He's filed a request in federal court that seeks to have a judge limit his civil liabilities should he get sued.

In a request filed in US District Court in Boston, Urbelis takes advantage of the fact that federal admiralty law, which can limit a ship owner's civil liabilities, covers craft in navigable waters, such as Boston Harbor. In his request , he asserts he's not to blame for the arm loss and injuries other passengers on his Naut Guilty "may have sustained" and so a judge should rule he either has no civil liability or, if he does, that liability is limited to the worth of the boat.

By - 6/18/15 - 5:21 pm
Proposed new Whittier building in Roxbury

Architect's rendering of proposed Whittier building.

Developers have filed plans with the BRA to completely tear down the 62-year-old Whittier Street project and replace it over five years with new buildings with more apartments.

Separately, the Boston Housing Authority this week formally asked developers for plans to turn the Bunker Hill project into a mixed-income development. Read more.

By - 6/6/15 - 8:22 pm
Charlestown fire

Charlestown fire. Photo by Brian Q.

Firefighters responded at 7:30 p.m. to a fire at 40 Washington St. in Charlestown. The fire spread to 42-44 Washington.

The Boston Fire Department reports one firefighter has been injured in the fire, which was already shooting through the roof when trucks pulled up. Read more.

By - 6/6/15 - 10:39 am
Helicopter circling Chelsea

Chopper over Chelsea. Photo by Andrew Teman.

A helicopter is flying low and in circles over the area this morning. It could be a federal radiation chopper, or it could be a training exercise by the FBI and State Police. Read more.

By - 6/3/15 - 12:52 pm

The mayor's office announced today that Charlestown will be used as a pilot for a new street-cleaning program in which cars will no longer be towed if they block street sweepers - but will instead get ticketed with fines that will be increased from the current $40 to $90. Read more.

By - 6/2/15 - 11:30 am

The Santander Bank branch at 437 Rutherford Ave. was held up around 11:20 a.m.

The suspect is a white man in a white sweatshirt and a white Red Sox cap showing two red socks rather than a B. He's about 5'7" and in his 20s.

By - 5/21/15 - 6:54 pm

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh today announced the city has expanded its lawsuit against the state Gaming Commission to seek nullification of all its decisions, not just the one allowing a casino in Everett on the Charlestown line, and a court ruling that the present commissioners be disqualified from any future votes on a Boston-area casino. Read more.

By - 5/20/15 - 5:26 pm
USS Constitution in drydock

Our own SwirlyGrrl captured Old Ironsides in its new home for the next couple of years: Drydock for some restoration work.

By - 5/15/15 - 8:08 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a new way to spur more development in the Charlestown Navy Yard: Issue bonds to clean up decades of pollution that would then be repaid through the new tax revenue the development would bring.

The proposed Navy Yard Historic Monuments Area "development district" now goes to the City Council for its approval. Read more.

By - 4/29/15 - 4:11 pm

In April 1965, the Boston City Council was arguing over urban renewal plans for Charlestown.

Probably the only time a city councilor has called another one a "bald-headed s.o.b." at a public meeting (but not the only time someone has thought about it).

By - 4/4/15 - 1:42 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a short circuit sparked a fire at 311 Main St. that killed several pets and sent one firefighter to the hospital with a neck injury.

The fire was reported around 11:40 a.m. The six residents were not at home at the time.

Firefighters were hampered at first when they couldn't get any water.

By - 3/27/15 - 10:00 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

State Police investigating an abandoned motor vehicle on the Tobin Bridge at about 6:40 this morning observed the body of its apparent owner on a Charlestown street below the bridge. A death investigation is now under way by State Police detectives and other specialized units. The evidence does not currently suggest foul play.

By - 3/25/15 - 12:05 am

Ryan Miller caught one of the two giant $1.5 million wind-turbine blades that turned up in Grove Hall on its way to Charlestown's Wind Turbine Testing Center, only the lead blade got stuck.

By - 3/23/15 - 9:03 am

State Police report a Medford man pulled over by a trooper doing traffic duty on Alford Street Saturday night because his car's inspection sticker was expired turned out to be wanted on a variety of warrants and had a loaded gun in the car.

German Hernandez, 27, of Medford, also didn't have a valid license, State Police say, adding, "a fully-loaded 32 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was recovered from inside the vehicle" - and it had its serial number obliterated.

By - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."

By - 3/12/15 - 6:23 pm
Chain Forge hotel proposal in Charlestown Navy Yar

Architect's rendering.

The BRA today approved a developer's plan to turn a long empty Navy Yard building once used to make ship chains into a 230-room extended-stay hotel.

Under his proposal, developer Tom Kavanagh will keep many of the Chain Forge building's unique industrial components in the hotel lobby for public viewing.

Kavanagh's roughly $90-million project will include about $10 million worth of removal of PCB- and dioxin-contaminated building material. The buildings that make up the current structure have gone unused since the Navy shut them in the 1970s.

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