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:

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 the top to house fitness and business centers and rooftop gardens.

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 motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer, and speeding, for an incident around 6:30 p.m. on Marion Street:

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.

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.

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, Daniel Frometa, 29, of Winthrop, was charged with possession of heroin.

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.

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.

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:

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

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, 28, of Winthrop, "forcefully grabbed" her purse and ran off the train.

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 to be the right of way for a train line.

Jesus, some New Yorker is a real moron.

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

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

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.

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 blue hoodie over his head, and carrying two bags of shrimp. He was last seen heading towards Chelsea on Meridian Street.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 passed out in the terminal only minutes before was able to drive away with one of their cars.