East Boston

By - 3/12/15 - 4:29 pm

A concerned citizen reports rodents of unusual size in the fire swamp at Cambridge and Seattle streets in Allston:

Caller is reporting that there are rats the size of small dogs running around this area.

Up on Morris Street in East Boston, an equally concerned citizen with a rodent problem does not specify the size, but that's not what's concerning him or her:...Read more

By - 3/10/15 - 7:34 pm
Proposed Porter Street hotel

Architect's rendering.

Heath Management Co. is seeking BRA approval to convert a decaying old factory at 151 Porter St. at Orleans Street into a hotel that would feature 127 "industrial loft-style hotel guestrooms with high ceilings, exposed structure and oversized windows to optimize natural light and dramatic city views."

In its filings with the BRA, Heath is also seeking permission to add a new sixth floor to...Read more

By - 3/9/15 - 2:50 pm

Updated with arraignment info.

Ronald Smoot, 50, of East Boston, had bail set at $25,000 today at his arraignment on charges he tried to evade police officers who wanted to talk to him about why he was driving an SUV stolen earlier in the day with a three-year-old in the back, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Smoot was formally charged with operating a...Read more

By - 3/8/15 - 7:27 pm

UPDATE: Arrest made.

The Globe reports on an incident around 11:40 a.m. at an ATM at Bennington and Porter streets. The thief left the kid at a gas station not long after; drove off in the car....Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 8:21 am

Steve Annear has been following a trash truck through East Boston this morning. And, yes, one guy removed his space saver then put it right back after the truck went by.Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 4:42 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 15-year-old Friday evening after they say officers watched him in two alleged drug transactions on Lamson Street, Jeffries Point.

Police say the teen, too young to have his name released, was charged with distribution of heroin, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded firearm. One of the men he allegedly sold heroin to,...Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 6:46 am
Stuck truck in East Boston

The driver of an 18-wheeler disregarded or didn't see the signs banning big rigs from left turns at Bennington and Neptune around 6:30 a.m. and got stuck under 1A, just in time to jam up the morning rush hour.Read more

By - 2/22/15 - 1:43 pm
Giant icicle on Trenton Street in East Boston

A concerned citizen complains about giant crashing icicles on Trenton Street in East Boston this morning:

Huge icicles falling.

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By - 2/21/15 - 10:23 am
British ship leaves Boston Harbor in canal dug through ice

This print, from the BPL archives, shows a British steamer leaving Boston Harbor through ice, thanks to local merchants:

This print, representing the B & N. A Royal Mail steam ship Britannia, John Hewitt, commander, leaving her dock at East Boston on the 3d of February 1844 on her voyage to Liverpool, is respectfully dedicated by the publishers to the merchants of Boston who

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By - 2/10/15 - 10:23 am
Snow farm on the South Boston waterfront

Several days of running rented snow melters nearly nonstop at the city snow farm in the Marine Industrial Park have helped chop down the snow mountains to size, Conventures reports.

Across the harbor, roving UHub photographer Chris Dagdigian watched a couple of the beasts at work outside Terminal C (the white streaks are reflections of lights in the terminal, not incoming laser beams):

By - 2/5/15 - 11:32 am
Smith

Transit Police report an inpsector at the Maverick Square Blue Line jumped into action yesterday morning when he heard a passenger's cries for help - and prevented her alleged purse snatcher from leaving the station.

According to police, the woman, 66, was on an outbound Blue Line train, her purse next to her, around 9 a.m. When the train pulled into Maverick. David Smith,...Read more

By - 2/4/15 - 8:30 am
Cab stuck on the East Boston Greenway

At first glance, John's photo of a cab stuck in the snow in East Boston this morning seems to paint a pretty awful picture of the sad state of snow plowing in East Boston.

Until you realize that the cab is not stuck on an actual road, but on the East Boston Greenway, which is a walking and bicycling path on what used...Read more

By - 1/25/15 - 2:46 pm

Some Bostonians are fighting to keep the 2024 Summer Olympics out of their city due.Read more

By - 1/19/15 - 5:15 pm
Firefighters at 722 Saratoga St. in East Boston

Firefighters making up after the fire. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded around 3:30 p.m. to 722 Saratoga St. for what turned into a two-alarm fire that got into the building's walls, displaced six people and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation.Read more

By - 1/16/15 - 1:30 pm

Police are hunting a man who ran out of the East Boston Shaw's with two purloined plastic bags of shrimp, which he tried to sell at a nearby restaurant, only to be rebuffed, so he went into another restaurant to try to offload the shrimp, only they apparently didn't think his offer was kosher, either.

The suspect is described as white or Hispanic, wearing a...Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 2:44 pm
Jeffries Point proposal

Architect's rendering.

Two East Boston developers want to build 33 condos on what is now an overgrown old gas-station property at 320 Maverick St..

In their filing with the BRA, Joseph Ricupero and John Zirpolo said they would build 23 two-bedroom condos and 10 one-bedroom units, and provide 32 deeded parking spaces.

Four of the units would be set aside as "affordable;" the rest would...Read more

By - 1/12/15 - 4:53 pm

A Revere man who allegedly plowed into a utility pole on Rte. 1A early Sunday, setting off a string of transformer explosions that shorted out power to surrounding areas and shut the road for much of the day, had bail set at $500 at his arraignment today on OUI and driving without a license, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Santiago Gonzalez, 41, proved...Read more

By - 1/11/15 - 9:44 pm
Scene of fire on Frankfort Street in East Boston

Frankfort Street scene. Photo by Matt Karolian.

Firefighters responded around 9:35 p.m. to 65 Frankfort St., for a fire that apparently started in a third-floor mattress. It was declared knocked down around 9:49 p.m.

The Red Cross was requested to the scene to help 8 residents find a place to stay tonight. The Boston Fire Department reports that while the fire was confined to the third floor, the entire building's...Read more

By - 1/8/15 - 10:51 am
Paris Village proposed for East Boston

The East Boston Community Development Corp. is proposing a 32-unit apartment building at 191 Paris St. for people who might otherwise be priced out of the neighborhood.

In a filing this week with the BRA, the CDC proposes to replace an old school with a new building with 28 units set aside for people earning no more than 60% of the median local income...Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 10:53 pm

A woman disobeyed a court order to stay away from Logan Airport early this morning, hopped into a State Police cruiser left idling at Terminal A and managed to drive it all the way to the Orient Heights T stop before troopers caught up with her, State Police say.

State Police have launched an internal investigation to figure out how a woman who'd been apparently...Read more

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