With one Roslindale playground rebuilt, work could begin this spring to rebuild another

Roslindale Wants to Play reports work could begin this spring on a major revamp to the Healy Field playground that will include a "play" brook and splash pool.

The group says Parks and Rec made some serious changes to the original plans, partly to make the playground more accessible to kids with disabilities, partly because planners discovered the existence of some underground utility conduits.

The city waited until the new Fallon Field playground was opened so Roslindale wouldn't lose two playgrounds at once to construction.

Lather, rinse, file a federal lawsuit: Quincy woman sues over 'sulfate-free' shampoo that has sulfate in it

Molly Crane of Quincy says she never would have bought Healthy Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Soy Moisturizing Shampoo if she'd known it actually has sulfate in it.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Crane said that when she tried some of the stuff and "didn't like the results," she looked at the fine-print list of ingredients on the back of the bottle and was shocked to learn that among the listed ingredients was sodium sulfate. Also, she wasn't real happy that the ingredints also included two types of salts, because the front label also promised a salt-free experience.

Plaintiff has been economically injured by the misrepresentations that the shampoo she purchased was sulfate-free and salt free. Plaintiff would never have purchased the shampoo had she been aware that it contained sulfates and salt.

The suit lists both Sexy Hair Concepts, LLC, and Ulta, which owns the Braintree shop where she says she bought the offending shampoo.

Her suit does not specify monetary damages, but it asks a judge to name her the lead plaintiff in a product-labeling and consumer-protection class-action suit.

Complete Crane complaint (3M PDF).

Bostonians rushed to the Common when they heard the Great Elm had fallen

The Massachusetts Historical Society recounts the fall of the Great Elm, a tree that had long been a fixture on the Common, in 1876:

When the tree finally did come down in 1876, struck by a strong gust of wind during a storm, Boston citizens rushed to the tree to claim branches and scraps of wood as souvenirs.

The tree was repurposed in a number of other ways by inventive residents, including creating veneered pictures of the tree made out of wood from the elm itself and growing a root of “The Old Elm” around a china dish cover. Part of the tree was also used to make a chair for the Boston Public Library . ... One of these keepsakes belongs to MHS’s own collection, a pair of “Old Elm earrings,” made by Benjamin F. Knowlton.

Earlier:
Dying Back Bay elm tree says farewell.

Private developer to be sought to re-do part of former Bromley-Heath development

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to find a private developer willing to replace some of the buildings at the Mildred Hailey Apartments in exchange for being allowed to build market-rate housing on vacant parts of the complex.

The BHA has increasingly used this model to renovate its projects in the face of declining federal funds for the work, most notably at Bunker Hill in Charlestown.

Man admits he sexually abused two girls repeatedly in the 1990s

Bruce Sadler, 59, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a child for repeated incidents in the early 1990s while he lived in Mattapan and other parts of Boston, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Had the case proceeded to trial, Assistant District Attorney Alissa Goldhaber of the DA’s Child Protection Unit would have presented evidence and testimony to prove that Sadler improperly touched two girls who were known to him and who were between the ages of 7 and 11 when the abuse occurred. Sadler abused one of the victims between 1990 and 1993 and the second between 1993 and 1995, during a period that Sadler lived in Mattapan and elsewhere in the city of Boston.

Both victims reported making statements to family members about the abuse within years of its occurrence. However, the assaults were not reported to Boston Police until 2012, after one of the victims made a more detailed disclosure to a relative who later contacted police. When the relative confronted him about the abuse, the evidence would have shown, Sadler made statements in the presence of multiple witnesses admitting that he assaulted the two victims.

Sadler is scheduled for sentencing on April 5.

Transit Police say they're not doing ICE's dirty work

Those pre-faregate inspections are just the same old anti-terrorism checkpoints they've done for years and have nothing to do with ICE, Transit Police tweet tonight:

Transit Police officers do NOT enforce Federal Immigration laws. We are here to serve EVERYONE.

Security Inspection Program has nothing to do w/immigration laws/enforcement. Counterterrorism layer only.

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