Charlestown

By - 1/9/14 - 9:09 pm

Todd English's former landlord seeks permission next week to sell the liquor license of his failed Olives in City Square to Roger Berkowitz, who wants to open a Legal C Bar in the space.

The Boston Licensing Board considers the request at a hearing on Wednesday.

Olives' landlord shut the place in June in a dispute with English over $780,000 or so in back rent.

By - 1/5/14 - 8:49 am

Stanley Staco reports a man was stabbed around 2:10 a.m. at 106 Walford Way.

The victim managed to get himself to the fire station at 520 Main St.

By - 12/24/13 - 11:11 am
Car on pedestrian bridge

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 guy refused to wait around for State Police to arrive.

Ed. note: Bet the guy blames his GPS.

By - 12/20/13 - 8:12 am
Globe Direct sucks

A disgusted citizen complains about how Globe Direct sucks by bespoiling Soley Street in Charlestown:

Can globe direct ever be stopped. Christmas came early on soley st where they gave several papers to each house, gave many to the sidewalk, and even gave some to the snow bank. Can they be fined for littering, or I am willing to recycle all of these as long as they never return.

By - 12/10/13 - 12:31 pm

The Dunkin' Donuts at 99 Cambridge St., Charlestown, was held up around noon by a man who threatened the manager with a tire iron to get money. He then fled the store - leaving both the tire iron and his cell phone on the counter.

He's described as white, in his 30s, with a receding hairline, wearing a tan coat and a light-blue shirt under a V-neck sweatshirt.

By - 12/6/13 - 10:40 am

Two Transit Police officers couldn't keep a large man from flinging himself off the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River early on Nov. 17, but they didn't give up on him - ultimately helping him out of the cold water and into the back of a waiting ambulance.

Officers Eli Bojorquez and Kenneth Phillips will be given formal commendations at a ceremony next Wednesday for saving the man's life after his 30-foot plunge.

By - 12/3/13 - 2:49 pm

A perplexed citizen complains:

There is a loud roar like a jet engine running 24hrs aday at or near the Medford street at Belmont street area. Can you look into this please and let us know what it is and why it runs all day and night.

By - 11/23/13 - 10:13 am
Smashing pumpkins

A citizen who is not Billy Corgan complains:

Edwards Park in Charlestown. Many smashed pumpkins. It isn't like the teens were trying to be discrete- they were yelling all night but no police vet patrol the park so they can have open container and do this without any consequence. It shouldn't be up to neighbors to clean this up.

By - 11/13/13 - 7:34 am

A dead train gave Orange Line commuters extra time to check e-mail or read the Metro cover to cover and back again. Around 7, Ford Inbody tweeted:

Overall from Sullivan Square to Back Bay took me 52 minutes. Normally around 20 in the morning.

That included waiting 20 miunutes at Sullivan just for a train to show up and 10 minutes just sitting at Downtown Crossing.

There was also a dead train on the Red Line, but that was around 6 a.m., when hardly anybody was awake to notice.

By - 11/8/13 - 3:41 pm

UPDATE: Another Red Line train died at Harvard around 5 p.m. Of course.

There's a dead trolley on the Riverside Line and an Orange Line train was emptied at Community College around 3:30 p.m.

Oh, by the way, the T is looking for riders to join a "customer opinion panel" to answer surveys every three months and get a chance to win a monthly LinkPass.

By - 11/7/13 - 9:13 am

Signal problems at Sullivan Square mean sardine-level packing on inbound Orange Line trains this morning.

Meanwhile, there are major delays on the Worcester Line due to a train hitting and killing somebody.

By - 10/15/13 - 8:44 am
Smoke from truck on fire on the Tobin

Smoke visible for miles around. Photo by Erin B.

At 8:34 a.m., State Police reported:

Tobin Bridge, Rt 1 SB, CLOSED. There is currently a truck fully engulfed, adjacent to the top of the Everett St on-ramp.

UPDATE, 8:51: State Police say the fire is out and one lane reopened.

By - 10/4/13 - 8:27 am

Paul Matisse's Charlestown Bells, removed from the Charles River Dam in June for repairs, are slated to be put back in place on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m.

The Friends of the Charlestown Bells expect the work to take a few hours - and say people who want to help out but who don't feel mechanically inclined can bring sandwiches.

By - 10/2/13 - 10:11 am

Jocelyn alerts us that the street piano at the Charlestown Navy Yard is shut for the duration, not because it's federally funded, but because the National Park Service has blocked all access to the area.

Navy Yard piano in happier days.

By - 10/1/13 - 8:43 pm

In a ruling rendered temporarily moot by the semi-government shutdown, a federal appeals court yesterday said a National Park Service ranger did nothing wrong by arresting a man for drunk driving even though the arrest took place off federal land.

The man, Kevin Ryan, was found guilty of "unsafe operation" but not OUI after a federal judge ruled the ranger lacked the authority to arrest him outside the boundaries of the yard, which is under federal jurisidiction. But the judge also ruled that "the arrest was not an unreasonable seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment."

By - 9/28/13 - 10:07 am

Don Hagist deconstructs a famous painting of the battle.

Via J.L. Bell.

By - 9/19/13 - 9:43 am
Not the Tobin Bridge.

Pete Leslie wonders if we need some sort of education program for photographers who are increasingly likely to get our two iconic bridges mixed up.

By - 9/15/13 - 8:43 pm

A history-minded citizen reports that the "Entering Boston" on the Alford Street Bridge into Charlestown reads "Incorporated 1635," which agitated the citizen enough to file a complaint.

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