This morning I watched two scheduled trains blow past me at the Hyde Park station; one from Stoughton, and one from Providence. I re-checked the schedule - yup, they were supposed to stop. So how often does this happen? I needed to walk from Back Bay station to Beacon Hill and back to do some business, and this was the perfect day to do it.
The Globe today has an interesting look at restaurants in Dorchester, Roxbury and Hyde Park that do more than just serve food - they serve as community gathering places.
To whichever g editor greenlighted this: Huzzah! More of this please and fewer examples of how your graphics department can draw mustaches on photos of Jennifer Anniston.
The victim's father was present and informed officers that they were walking down the street when a Hispanic Male started fighting with his son. The father stated the suspect approached them, pulled out a knife, and punched his son in the face before stabbing him in the mid-section. The suspect also attempted to stab the victim's father when he tried to defend his son.
Carlos Gomez, 19, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
The Archdiocese of Boston is closing St. Anne's School in Readville at the end of this school year. Declining enrollment, they say.
The state Board of Education is closing the Uphams Corner Charter School at the end of this school year. The school is failing its students, they say. The school has 15 days to appeal the decision.
While Worcester desperately tries to eradicate one beetle species, a group in eastern Massachusetts is looking for volunteers to help raise another species.
The Neponset River Watershed Association is looking for volunteers to help nurture Galerucella beetles, which eat purple loosestrife, to help control the pretty-yet-destructive invasive weed now choking off marshes across the state:
Has to be Readville station at night in the middle of winter, when passing Amtrak trains kick up clouds of snow and even the commuter-rail trains speed through without stopping.
The Bulletin reports a growing number of coyote sightings - including at least one of a pack apparently feasting on a small deer in somebody's back yard. No reports of exploded rockets or 16-ton weights at the bottom of the hill, however.
Channel 4: Amtrak train kills one in Hyde Park.
When Cleary Squared heard the call on a scannner summoning a couple of fire companies down to the Hyde Park commuter-rail station, he headed down to see what was up:
... The Boston Police that were there spotted us from the Track 3 ramp and ordered us to move away. A few minutes later an officer taped up both the stairs and the ramps to both sides of Hyde Park Station to get rid of "gawkers". When he returned from his duty, the officer told the three of us, "Say a prayer." ...
OK, it's manmade snow, but still. Sure looks like they're ready for skiers at the Great Blue Hill.
You can get a really good view of the ski run from Meadow Road in Readville, off the Neponset Valley Parkway (it's the road that goes to what used to be the giant Stop & Shop warehouse) - even if you don't have a zoom lens.
Thanksgiving done right: Hyde Park Avenue near West Street in Hyde Park today.
The Bulletin reports it got so bad one evening, Williams Avenue residents dialed 911, because they couldn't get anybody at City Hall.
Fans of the decaying industrial look need to get themselves down to River Street on the Hyde Park/Mattapan line pronto, before what's left of the old Bay State Paper plant is completely carted away as a developer turns the property into a mall (granted, a mall that sounds pretty cool). Already, about half the property consists of large mounds of dirt and gravel rather than hulking machinery and mysterious objects and buildings that look like they could cave in at any moment.
Like the valve says, the mill is closed:
For the second day in a row, the Globe seems to have forgotten that Hyde Park has been part of the city of Boston since it was annexed in 1912. Yesterday, it was a reference to a large parcel of land that supposedly borders Boston, Hyde Park and Canton. Today, it's a reference in an Adrian Walker column to a parcel of land in Dorchester:
The site lies next to an MBTA commuter rail station that connects Uphams Corner to Hyde Park and the city.
A Globe story about Dedham's issues with porn zoning and the Amazing bookstore includes this:
The Rhode Island-based business won the right to retain its longtime location at Route 1 and Eastern Avenue after proving that Dedham's 18-year-old adult zone on the Boston, Hyde Park, and Canton border was created specifically so no one would locate there. That site, a sprawling former Stop & Shop shipping facility, has no access to Dedham.
So: Hyde Park is separate from Boston? Also, the property does have access to Dedham, just not direct access, via Readville. But that would be nitpicking and I would never do that.
Boston Police report they had to break up a sibling spat at 1531 River St. in Hyde Park last night, when a dispute between two brothers over the score of the Patriots game led to fisticuffs:
On arrival, officers observed the suspect being restrained by several family members to keep him from attacking his brother.
The restrained brother was then treated to a trip down to E-18 for booking on assault and battery charges.
No, we didn't go up to New Hampshire today. We took a walk along the path that meanders through Stony Brook Reservation on the Hyde Park/West Roxbury line, ending up at the dock across Turtle Pond from the one you normally see on Enneking Parkway. For a few seconds, we had some company: