East Boston

By - 10/20/14 - 11:34 pm

Jack Newsham asks:

Why do Blue Line tracks have both third rails and overhead power lines?

By - 10/11/14 - 12:20 pm

Transit Police are looking for a white guy in his 50s who used a knife to rob a woman of a gold chain in the Wood Island busway shortly after noon today.

He was wearing sunglasses, a green jacket, blue ball cap and bandana and was last seen heading up Bennington towards Orient Heights.

By - 10/4/14 - 11:46 am
Albano

The streets around East Boston High School are already marked "No Parking" for tomorrow's wake for Anthony Albano, a longtime neighborhood figure and activist, who died Thursday.

Albano, nicknamed "The Great One," will be waked between 3 and 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school where he spent so much time rooting on its sports teams.

By - 10/4/14 - 8:14 am
Fire on Saratoga Street in East Boston

Firefighters aim streams of water at fire on Saratoga. Photo by BFD.

A fire at 1051 Saratoga St. jumped to 1053 Saratoga before being brought under control, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Two firefighters were injured while battling the fire, reported at 12:53 a.m., the department says - one with heat exhaustion, one with a knee injury.

By - 10/3/14 - 10:02 am

The US Attorney's office reports the indictment of two Revere men on extortion charges. The feds ID one of them as Anthony "Spucky" Spagnolo, 72, "the acting boss" of the "New England Family of La Cosa Nostra."

Only an old-time Bostonian would call himself Spucky, since the kids these days only know from sub rolls.

By - 9/26/14 - 2:19 pm

Always check the trunk for pythons before you drive off.

Scott Kirsner comments:

I prefer to bring my own python. Hate paying rental car companies' $28/day python-in-trunk fee.

By - 9/24/14 - 7:33 am

Lorianne DiSabato muses on what she now knows is her last visit to the Suffolk Downs race track:

When J and I arrived at Suffolk Downs the weekend before last, there was a little girl loudly cheering for her favorite jockey as she made her way into the Winner’s Circle: Janelle Campbell, the same jockey I’d photographed last year as she sat beaming atop her mount. Being a jockey, I explained in that post, is every horse-crazy girl’s dream job. After Suffolk Downs is shuttered, who will horse-crazy little girls cheer for? Their favorite poker stars or blackjack dealers?

By - 9/23/14 - 9:36 pm

Around 9:20 p.m. at 369 Meridian St. The shooter may have jumped in an older Honda Civic at Meridian and Eutaw. The car was last spotted heading towards Chelsea.

By - 9/22/14 - 6:37 am

Stanley Staco reports a man was stabbed at least twice in the stadium around 3:10 a.m.

By - 9/20/14 - 7:15 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a first-floor short circuit at 192 Leyden St. in Orient Heights did an estimated $200,000 in damage.

There were no injuries in the fire, reported around 1:20 p.m.

By - 9/19/14 - 8:05 am
Proposed East Boston tower

The Boston Business Journal reports the BRA last night approved a 16-story replacement for an old 9-story industrial building on New Street, next to LoPresti Park.

A Portland developer who recently bought the nearly 4-acre parcel will give the BRA $7.8 million to build affordable housing somewhere else; the BRA approved that after the developer said the project would be financially unviable if it had to incorporate affordable units into the project.

By - 9/18/14 - 10:10 pm

Around 9:40 p.m. on Glendon Street between Condor and E. Eagle streets. He was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors found both a bullet wound and cuts from a machete. Police recovered a shell casing in the Condor Street urban wild.

By - 9/18/14 - 3:38 pm

Boston firefighters are at 328 Bremen St., where a fire reported around 3:30 p.m. spread from the third floor to a rear porch. The fire was reported mostly knocked down around 3:38.

By - 9/18/14 - 2:05 pm

In 2012, Robert Greim interviewed jockeys at Suffolk Downs.

Next Thursday, the state Gaming Commission plans to discuss the imminent shutdown of the track and what to do about it - and the workers who are losing their jobs:

By - 9/18/14 - 12:17 pm

Don't worry: The movie still has the obligatory shots of the Tobin. The New York Times reflects on the impending "The Equalizer" and why recent Boston movies tend to be about a depressing city beset by crime. With requisite Dennis Lehane quote and bonus fun fact: The Denzel Washington movie was originally going to be set in New York, but Boston won because we're cheaper to film in - and, it turns out, grittier.

By - 9/18/14 - 8:36 am

WBUR reports on the fate of the horses at Suffolk Downs when the track closes at the end of the month.

By - 9/17/14 - 10:53 pm

State Police report troopers patrolling the lower level of Terminal C around 1 p.m. were approached by concerned citizens who'd just spotted a man drive up to a curbside trash can, put two containers in it and then drive away.

State Police Troopers and [bomb squad] technicians immediately responded, recovered two small containers from a trash can and secured and removed them from the area. The State Police continue to investigate the incident, but after speaking with the suspect do not believe there was any malicious or criminal intent, or that there was ever any threat to public safety.

By - 9/17/14 - 2:29 pm

The state Department of Transportation today approved a $33-million contract with McCourt Construction Co. to start extending the Silver Line from the Airport T stop to Chelsea. Much of the route will be in a busway built along the former Grand Junction railroad:

State officials expect the initial route, from the airport to Eastern Avenue in Chelsea, to be completed in two years.

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