Charlestown

Charlestown

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.

By - 9/5/13 - 8:16 am

Pablo Flores, Jr., 20, is scheduled for arraignment today on a charge of murder for the shooting death of Steven Jones, 21, on Monument Street on May 7.

By - 8/27/13 - 11:09 am

Todd English's lawyer says his client's getting ready to hand the Olives liquor license over to his former landlord to settle the rent dispute that shut the eatery in June.

Landlord William Carey, who says English owes him more than $780,000 in back rent and interest on the 10 City Square location, seized Olives - including its liquor license.

By - 8/18/13 - 9:56 am
Car on fire on I-93 in Charlestown

Scott Wholley captured a self-immolating car around 9:45 a.m. on that stretch of I-93 where nothing good seems to happen, in this case, southbound just before the Zakim.

By - 8/12/13 - 10:23 am

Mass. Moments reminds us today is the anniversary of the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown by "an unruly, drunken mob of laborers, sailors, apprentices, and hoodlums." The convent burned to the ground because the local firefighters, all Protestant, refused to respond.

Earlier:
Riot on Broad Street.

By - 8/9/13 - 2:22 pm

Truck over the guardrail. Photo by Matt.Truck over the guardrail. Photo by Matt.

Update, 4:15 p.m.: As crews began to try to get the cab back behind the guard rail, the MBTA shut Orange Line service, just in case, because the tracks run right under the crash site.

A crash involving a big truck and a small truck on I-93 north in Charlestown around 2:10 p.m. sent the larger vehicle dangling over the guardrail and the driver of the smaller truck to the hospital.

The larger truck, a Michelob tractor-trailer, ended up with its cab dangling off I-93 over the Leverett Connector, in the same general area as the voodoo Globe-truck incident a few days ago.

State Police shut the road in both directions as firefighters tried to deal with a detached fuel tank that was leaking across the road. Debris showered the connector ramp below.

Dangly bits. Photo by BFD.Dangly bits. Photo by Boston Fire Department.

By - 8/8/13 - 9:25 am

The Herald reports on the confluence of townies and toonies - or as one townie called them, "yuppadoos" - at the opening of Charlestown's new Whole Foods.

By - 8/5/13 - 12:50 pm

The Herald reports on a debate this morning between Marty Walsh, who is all about the Suffolk Downs casino, and Dan Conley, who says the entire city should vote on it and, if it rejects the idea, he'd sue to block any casino in Everett. Walsh said the only way to protect Charlestown is to negotiate with the developer of the proposed Everett casino. Conley said the state casino law is fundamentally flawed.

By - 7/18/13 - 11:20 am

Also, free sunblock! Noon to 1 p.m. at a city splash/dance party at Doherty Playground, 349 Bunker Hill St.

By - 7/12/13 - 1:06 pm

State Police report that giant American flag that had been flying from the Zakim supports fell this morning, wrapping up a southbound car in its red, white and blueness, but causing no injuries or other crashes.

By - 7/11/13 - 6:03 pm

93 and Zakim ramps

Justin Porter looked out his window around 5:30 p.m. and saw lots of motionless vehicles on and near the Zakim.

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