Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
An exhausted outbound Fairmount Line bought the farm just before Fairmount station and now the T says there are delays of 30 to 40 minutes, which is roughly twice as long as it would take the average adult to just get out and walk from Fairmount to the end of the line at Readville (yes, of course, unlike every other line, the Fairmount Line is not named for the last stop).
Deep in Stony Brook Reservation is a lost valley where it always snows on Christmas Eve, or, at least, it did yesterday.
Mark Smith watched the sun go down today over the frozen surface of the Mother Brook in Hyde Park.
The T reports it's trying to get the stuck switch unstuck so the train that Sam Sam was waiting for, the one just sitting there just before the Fairmount stop, can get moving again.
A city transportation official told residents of Summer and Austin streets last night he could have a simple fix for the cut-through speeders that have made many of them afraid to park in front of their own houses: Some buckets of white paint. Read more.
In Nov. 8-period thread about voting, someone asked for examples of the silly write-in entries I saw at mine. It wasn't as wide-ranging or impulsive as the last primary. Voters seemed to take this election more seriously.
We did see:
I have a few fans or gadflies from my role as a precinct warden in Boston. A few discuss elections and voting procedures when we meet on the sidewalk, supermarket, Y or elsewhere in Hyde Park or even Dedham.
One in particular is determined to stump me on ways a vote or the whole precinct can be gamed. He's pulled up in his car beside me when I hike up and down the hills (Brush and Fairmount) as well as in those other places. He walked to my side yard today while I was weeding my raised beds for the winter.
Developer Jordan Warshaw today showed up plans for a 521-unit middle-income apartment complex in four buildings that would rise as high as eight stories in what is now an industrial/warehouse area off Sprague Street between Sprague Pond, the Northeast Corridor and the Readville train station. Read more.
Boston Police have identified the man found dead of a gunshot wound in a car on Williams Avenue on Fairmount Hill this past Saturday as James Clermont, 24, of South Weymouth.
"Jerz" Clermont leaves two sons and a daughter, aged 6, 3 and 2, according to a GoFundMe page his brother set up to help pay for funeral and burial services this Monday and for a fund for his children.
Mayor Walsh's office reports the city has won a $250,000 federal grant to add climbing areas and trail markers and restore wetlands in the Sherrin Woods Urban Wild. Read more.
A couple days ago, the Globe reported how Keolis treats the Faimount Line like its spare-parts bin - pulling equipment off the line when other lines have problems. This morning, Samantha Sergeant reports:
now 754 Fairmount Readville is having engine issues after already 20mins late! WTF R WE PAYING U 4?!?!
Boston Police report a man was found shot to death inside a motor vehicle outside 36 Williams Ave. in Hyde Park's Fairmount Hill section around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Police report the victim appeared to be in his early 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Bulletin reports on the efforts of the Dog Park Association of Southwest Boston to convince the state to turn the long shuttered Thompson Center in Hyde Park into a dog park. In addition to general state inertia, the group also has to contend with advocates for children - who say the center should be restored to its original use as a park for kids with disabilities - and senior citizens.
Aquiles Perez, 25, of Hyde Park, admitted yesterday he killed Rafael Guzman in a fight after Guzman asked him to leave a Blue Hill Avenue party for hitting on two women there, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Looking across the Neponset River Reservation towards the Great Blue Hill from Meadow Road, in the southernmost reaches of Hyde Park.
Among the items volunteers pulled out of the Neponset and its banks in Hyde Park during an annual clean-up drive on Sept. 24: Two cash registers (empty of cash), a Boston Herald honor box dumped near the river in 1995 (based on the date of a newspaper still inside it), a house oil tank, a wheelbarrow, computers, a highway sign, 12-foot sections of iron fencing, baby potties, TVs, radios, cinder blocks, bricks and other construction material, 18 shopping carts, 49 tires and lots of spaghetti that appeared to have been recently made.
Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, District E-18 officers responded to a report of a house break-in on Avila Road in Hyde Park - including one officer wearing one of the body cameras the department is testing out. Read more.