The Boston Fire Department is blaming "careless disposal of smoking materials" on decks for a six-alarm fire on Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown on July 21, a five-alarm fire the next day on Chelsea Street in East Boston and a four-alarm fire on Sawyer Avenue in Dorchester on July 26.
BFD says it's past time for smokers to stop burning buildings down: Read more.
The National Archives and Digital Commonwealth have posted more than 1,000 photos from the First Naval District, which was headquartered in Boston, taken between 1939 and 1947. About 650 of the photos are from the Boston area (on that link, click on the 976 at the bottom of the map, then on the 652) and show aerial views of naval installations in Charlestown and South Boston (some marked "CONFIDENTIAL"), workers building and repairing things and lots and lots of navy-yard buildings. Also, the two sailors above, from the USS Mason - "the first predominantly Negro ship comissioned" - at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
John Gage watched the sun set over the Tobin this evening.
An aggrieved citizen complains a repaving project on Bartlett Street has left residents in an untenable position: Just stay inside until it's done or risk getting gunk all over their shoes:
Can the city send a shoe shine/cleaning man to fix everyone's shoes damaged by the repaving project?
"This can't be legal, right?" Katie Arsenault asks about the unusual sight she saw on the Zakim this afternoon.
UPDATE: Eversource estimates the power in the affected part of Charlestown should be back on by 3:30 a.m.
At 10:08 p.m., Rachele Pojednic reported it had actually been more than two hours without power in Charlestown, with no end in sight.
Readville also lost power for three+ hours earlier in the evening.
When Rob O'Brien spotted this car without wheels in Monument Square in Charlestown tonight, he thought it might be related to another wheel theft in the area a few weeks ago. But then he noticed the keying and the "Fuck You" scratched into the paint and wondered if maybe this one was personal.
J.L. Bell explores the display of crossed swords from opponents at the Battle of Bunker Hill (the anniversary for which is, of course, as any BPS student will tell you, tomorrow).
Follow Cookie watched a boat doing donuts in the inner harbor this morning.
A concerned citizen complains the grass at Doherty Playground in Charlestown is getting a bit too tall.
EastieStrong spotted a very large snapping turtle in the grass this evening on Old Landing Way, near the ball field and Medford Street, in Charlestown - nowhere near any fresh water that is its natural habitat.
Animal Control won't come get it. It's far away from natural habitat. Likely dumped.
Chris in Boston watched the 21-gun salute at noon in the Navy Yard in honor of Memorial Day.
Danielle Gilchrist reports the harbor at Charlestown seems awfully soapy today.
Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina says he sometimes gets frustrated with the otherwise beautiful view from Piers Park in East Boston: He can see the Seaport in South Boston, but knows the only way to get there by public transportation is via three subway lines and a bus. Read more.
Gordon Hallett reports he met Ms. Emily doing flips in Paul Revere Park off the North Washington Street Bridge in Charlestown today.
J.B. Parrett captures the moment in Charlestown.
Shortly before 8 p.m., a train crawled into a hole at Sullivan and refused to come out, causing the dreaded "severe" delays.
Meanwhile, a Green Line trolley died at Boylston and a Red Line train flatlined at Porter. But at least the Blue Line kept things snappy.