The Forward's Martyna Starosta visited the New England Casket Co. in East Boston for a look at how Jewish caskets are changing. They're still all wood - workers go over caskets with a metal detector to make sure - but they're not all plain pine boxes anymore.
The Boston Fire Department reports what turned into a two-alarm fire at 195 Condor St. sent one resident to the hospital with smoke inhalation and one firefighter with heat exhaustion.
The department says seven residents were displaced by the fire, reported around 5 p.m. Damage was estimated at $100,000. The cause is under investigation.
Somebody is not going to be very happy when they get home to Trenton Street in East Boston today, Josh Deering shows us.
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that broke out around 12:25 a.m. and spread in the walls of 184 Marion St. displaced two adults and three children.
There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
An East Boston resident reports:
This dog was found today around 6 p.m. wandering on Marion Street in East Boston, on the block between Princeton/Saratoga Street.
Dan Santry snapped Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plane after it had landed at Logan. Abe starts a three-day US tour with dinner tonight at John and Teresa's place at Louisburg Square. His itinerary also includes a speech at the Kennedy School across the river and a trip down to DC for a speech before Congress.
Megan Johnson has set up a Tumblr site to chronicle and snark on some of the tweets coming out of East Boston (note to self: Set up Facebook page to chronicle and snark on some of the Tumblr sites coming out of Eastie).
Alex Jafarzadeh shows us a darkened Maverick station on the Blue Line around 6 p.m.; reports trains were still running despite the lack of light.
Shortly after 5 p.m., riders began reporting issues on the other side of the harbor on the Blue Line.
The E Line, meanwhile, got shut between Northeastern and Heath due to a power problem.
Dan Santry watched the sunset from Deer Island yesterday.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m. BFD gave the MBTA the OK to resume service.
Boston firefighters are currently investigating what caused smoke in the Maverick Blue Line station shortly before 5 p.m. Trains in both directions are halted - except for one empty train that firefighters are riding from Maverick to Aquarium to look for the source of the smoke, possibly the third rail.
The BRA board yesterday approved two new residential buildings in East Boston, and changes to a waterfront tower already under way.
The board approved a converting and expanding 151 Liverpool St from its current use as commercial space (which had a fire earlier this week) into 24 residential units, 4 of them affordable. The building will have 35 parking spaces.
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded around 3:05 a.m. to 151 Liverpool St. for a fire on the first floor of a three-story commecial building.
The fire went to two alarms before it was knocked down. One firefighter was taken to Mass. General after he got some debris in his eye.
The department estimates $500,000 in damages, including to several cars in the garage at the time.
Two Springfield residents yesterday pleaded guilty to extorting several thousand dollars from women in East Boston and Revere by claiming they had their relatives captive and demanding ransoms, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Jose Carrasquillo, 33, got a year in jail and and Jennifer Rodriguez, 21, was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Both were ordered to repay their victims, the DA's office reports.
According to prosecutors, Carrasquillo called a Revere woman on Dec. 15, 2013:
Boston Police report they are looking for this guy in connection with an incident around 8:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shaw's on Border Street, involving a girl under 14:
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire in a single-family home at 174 Leyden St., reported around 7:15 p.m. sent one firefighter to the hospital with a shoulder injury, displaced three people and did an estimated $150,000 in damage.
The cause remains under investigation.
Sandy Castillo, 19, was arraigned today in her hospital bed on a variety of charges including assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury for a Saturday incident in which she allegedly sliced up a 4-year-old boy and then had to be subdued with a beanbag gun when she refused to drop the knife.
Judge John McDonald imposed $35,000 bail and ordered her to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from her alleged victim and his family should she make bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
It's Democrat Adrian Madaro vs. independent Joanne Pomodoro in a race to succeed state Rep. Carlo Basile, who left for a job with Charlie Baker. Polls open until 8.
See the ballot, courtesy of Don.
Boston Police report a woman who'd gotten into an argument with the boy's father grabbed his four-year-old son and stabbed him shortly before 6:50 p.m. yesterday at 106 Paris St. WCVB reports she slashed the boy's neck.
Police say people who witnessed the attack managed to grab the boy away from her and his father rushed him to the East Boston Health Center on Gove St. She then locked herself in a bedroom before officers arrived, police say:
The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved Philip Frattaroli's proposal to turn the shuttered Oscar's Woodworking building, 47 Webster St. into a restaurant with rooftop seating, a yoga studio and four residential units.
Frattaroli, who owns Ducali in the North End - and whose family started out in the restaurant business in East Boston - plans to call his gastropub Cunard Tavern, after both the shipping line and the tavern of the same name that used to be in East Boston.