The Boston Licensing Board next week considers what to do about New York Fried Chicken, 1269 River St., one of whose co-owners pleaded guilty earlier this year to tax evasion and visa fraud - unlike his co-owners, who had the foresight to flee to Pakistan first. Read more.
The Board of Appeal today approved plans to replace a three-family house at 7 Dana Ave. with a townhouse project of 12, two-bedroom units, one set aside as affordable.
The board unanimously approved the proposal, although board Chairwoman Christine Araujo asked for some plantings to screen what she said would otherwise look like "a very suburban, motel-looking structure."
A resident advisory group appointed by the BPDA sits down with the developer who wants to turn a warehouse and industrial area south of the Sprague Street bridge into a 521-unit apartment complex aimed at the middle class. Read more.
Hyde Park has a new community group! Keep Hyde Park Beautiful is dedicated to improving the image of Hyde Park. We are affiliated with the national group, Keep America Beautiful that has been around for several decades. There is a community clean up planned for Saturday, June 24 from 10am-1pm along Truman Parkway.
MassDOT reports that ridership on the only only-in-Boston commuter rail line increased 25% during the first of two fare-free weeks in May - and 44% the second week - but then dropped back down to normal light levels when the fares came back.
The Bulletin reports the river has incredibly high levels of both the sort of bacteria usually found with human waste and toxic PCBs - which is why the owner of the shopping plaza on the Hyde Park/Mattapan line hasn't put in the riverside restaurant he once wanted to.
Bean & Cream, 680 Truman Parkway, which opened six years ago, closes its doors for the last time today.
The family that owns the shop, along with Cappy's Pizzeria and, in fact, the block of stores both are in, is advertising the space as available for use as a cafe. Cappy's, long a Fairmount Hill institution, will remain open.
The Bulletin reports a team of Boston College students studying the long shuttered Everett Square Theatre on Fairmount Avenue estimate restoring its faded glory would cost $10.2 million - but that the place could be eligible for $4 million in tax credits if its owner can obtain historic designation.
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A man robbed the Metro PCS store at 1266 River St in Cleary Square around 6:20 p.m. by pointing a taser at a clerk, then jumped on a scooter and rode away - only to be captured not long after by police officers at Cummins Highway and Rosewood Street in Mattapan after a slow-speed chase.
The Boston Department of Neighborhood Development holds a meeting this Monday on a proposal to lease about three-quarters of an acre it owns in Readville to two Roslindale residents who grow "microgreens" - vegetables that are harvested as soon as they put out their first leaves. Read more.
The Bulletin reports on a meeting of residents along Clare Avenue in Hyde Park at which one complained about her neighbors constantly toking up since voters legalized recreational marijuana use:
"I want to nip this in the bud," she said. "Everyone’s talking, but no one is doing anything."
A man driving a pickup truck with a large propane tank in the bed plowed into the house at 102 West St. in Hyde Park shortly after 5 p.m. today.
Witnesses, who included Weaverson Ulyesse and David Pierre, said the driver seemed to have floored it when turning left onto the narrow West from the even narrower Hilton Street. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder convictions of Earl Fulgiam and Michael Corbin for the 2011 double murder of Billie Marie Kee and Kevin Thomas, Jr. in their apartment at 957 Hyde Park Ave.
But in its ruling, which means life without parole for the two, the state's highest court also put prosecutors and police on notice they have to be more careful in the future with how they obtain the contents of text messages and other electronic communications. Read more.
Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, which recently finished its new school on River Street, across from the PriceRite, has filed plans with the BPDA for an addition to handle the 300 new students the state decided in January to let it add. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports that US Rep. Michael Capuano will spend roughly $50,000 in campaign funds to promote the Fairmount Line by letting everybody ride for free between May 8 and May 21.
The good news in a Boston Foundation report on the Fairmount Line is that a $200-million state investment in adding and improving stations and service meant a three-fold increase in ridership since 2012.
The bad news is that only means 2,257 riders on a typical weekday, because ridership in 2012 was so low - just 789. Read more.