The Bulletin reports the Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Association wanted to make sure William Christopher could find his way to its monthly meeting, to discuss three problem properties on the hill. Alas, Christopher never made it - but because he was sick, not because he got lost and wound up in Readville or something.
Amtrak's parked what looks like a battle crane train on a siding at Readville station in Hyde Park. It has some instructions for how to signal the crane operator to move the thing plastered on one side. Read more.
A homeowner on Summer Street in Hyde Park has replanted his or her front lawn with corn.
Amaizing sight in Roslindale.
You never know what you'll see at the Readville train station, a.k.a. the world's largest model train set.
With it still being too hot to cook tonight, I drove down to Olympic Pizza in Wolcott Square, put in an order, then walked over to the station, where I spotted an unusual locomotive on a Fairmount Line train. Read more.
Mike Ball bravely photographed this snarly, ravenous opossum at the Fairmount commuter-rail station this morning.
Workers at the Hyde Park Shaw's cleared several shelves today so they could unload these goodies.
UPDATE: Eversource estimates the power in the affected part of Charlestown should be back on by 3:30 a.m.
At 10:08 p.m., Rachele Pojednic reported it had actually been more than two hours without power in Charlestown, with no end in sight.
Readville also lost power for three+ hours earlier in the evening.
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at Meineke Auto Repair, 749 Hyde Park Ave., erupted around 5 a.m. and went to three alarms before being brought under control.
There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.
Boston firefighters responded at 5:40 p.m. to 28 Grantley St., off Hyde Park Ave., for what turned into a five-alarm blaze in a warehouse at Hyde Park Masonry and Supplies.
At times the smoke was so thick firefighters with hoses at the top of one of three ladders were not visible from the street. Read more.
Mike Ball reports on a meeting last night between a local developer who wants to put eight houses on a 2.1-acre vacant lot on Fairmount Hill - with a third of one house jutting into Milton - and neighbors of the lot. Residents fretted about the water table and where the coyotes would go when their habitat is turned into house lots. Also:
When one said it was their neighborhood, he reminded her it was his as well. She went on several levels deep, trying to trump him. She alleged to feel strongly because she’d grown up there. He came back with his nearly three decades in the immediate area, a long-term wife and three kids, arriving here to make his way when he was only 21, and so forth.
She played her final trump card. She had not only lived her 50 years, but had been born here, while he had not.
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that broke out around 10:05 a.m. at 212 Austin St. did an estimated $250,000 in damage.
The fire started in a rear enclosed porch in the two-family home.
The power is out along River Street from roughly Gordon Avenue and the Dedham line.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy reports he was the first customer today at Antonio's Bacaro on Fairmount Avenue. He adds that currently just the bar at the Italian restaurant is open.
Joseph and Sonia Garufi, owners of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale Square, have been working to restore the space - where Dottie's and the Hyde used to be - for more than a year and a half.
Developer Jordan Warshaw says he's bought one of the three parcels he needs for a 650-unit apartment complex off Sprague Street at the Dedham line, has a second parcel under option and is still negotiating with the owner of the third. Read more.
Joe Garufi, who has been trying to turn the former Hyde and the even more former Dottie's into a new Italian restaurant on Fairmount Avenue since 2014, said today he's only a few inspections away from opening.
Garufi had to appear before the Boston Licensing Board today to explain why it shouldn't take away the neighborhood-specific liquor license it granted him for Antonio's Bacaro in the fall of 2014. Read more.