It was a flashing green light, State Police say, that made a female DCR worker at Houghton's Pond in Milton realize somebody was videoing her - by way of a small pen camera. Read more.
We were not disappointed in our hunt for this Myopia Road sign in Hyde Park.
MIT Technology Review reports Keolis workers will soon test Android-based "smart glasses" that will let them do real-time lookups of important data or consult with colleagues remotely.
The glasses will be tested in several locations, including the large repair facility in Somerville and a smaller yard in Readville. If successful, even train drivers could one day be given pairs - to let them make emergency repairs while still on the tracks.
A downed power line near the Rte. 128 station continues to frustrate MBTA commuters, who find their trains running way late, if not just canceled altogether.
Around 9:05 p.m., an Amtrak catenary-testing train slowly moved outbound on the inbound tracks at Readville. Read more.
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.