Jacob Sconyers was in the Hyde Park Shaw's around 3:15 p.m. when the lights went out. He reports the cash registers were on some sort of backup, so the store could keep ringing up customers.
The power outage apparently wasn't confined to the store. Around 3:30 p.m., when firefighters lined the street outside the store parking lot, axes in hand, traffic in nearby Cleary Square quickly devolved into gridlock.
Boston Strolls captured the sunrise over Readville this morning.
A fire that broke out shortly before 8 p.m. at at 40 Colchester St. was the apparent cause of death of an elderly woman found on the lawn outside by arriving firefighters.
Despite CPR by first responders, the woman was pronounced dead not long after her arrival at Carney Hospital in Dorchester.
The Globe reports on the theft of a Hyundai Tucson rented by Angela Menino. Until Jan. 6, Tom and Angela Menino had a 24-hour BPD detail posted outside their Readville home.
A woman walking down Dana Avenue around 8:15 p.m. was attacked by a man who hit her in the face, took her purse, then ran down Walnut Street.
He's described as white, 5'7" or 5'8" with curly hair and in his 20s. He wore a scally cap and a black sweater.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan), says he is working with the captains of BPD's districts E-5 and E-18 to set up meetings this week to discuss the murders in Georgetowne and in Roslindale.
McCarthy tweeted the news in a discussion about today's knifepoint robbery in Hyde Park.
Somebody who thought he was arranging a sneaker exchange instead found himself surrounded by five guys, at least three armed with knives, shortly after 3 p.m. at West Street and Myopia Road.
The suspects, described as white males, took his wallet and then ran into the nearby George Wright Golf Course. Four wore black hoodies, one a gray hoodie.
A Mattapan man was ordered held without bail today on charges he fatally stabbed a 19-year-old in the Georgetowne development last evening.
At William Earl's arraignment in West Roxbury District Court, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Tara Burdman said Earl, 20, went up to Samuel Constant on Margaretta Drive around 6 p.m. and, "without any provocation," fatally stabbed him.
Burdman said police found the victim dead on the street when they arrived. They found Earl not long after, with facial wounds and clothes covered in blood, she said.
UPDATE, Friday: William Earl, was ordered held without bail on a charge of murder for the death of Samuel Constant, 19.
A man was stabbed to death in the Georgetowne development on the Hyde Park/West Roxbury line shortly before 6 p.m., Boston Police report.
The victim's alleged murderer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of what police say is a non-life-threatening stab wound of his own.
Police say the murder, the first of the year, happened during a fight at 139 Margaretta Dr.
Opponents of a 27-unit apartment building on land next to the Fairmount commuter-rail station said the $7-million proposal would lead to poor people infesting the neighborhood with their crime-ridden ways, their children breathing in fumes from the auto-body shop next door and their guests jamming up the local streets with their cars.
It's faded over the years, but you can still make out the election ad painted on the side of Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling on Hyde Park Avenue. Anybody know when F. Alvin Ricci ran for state rep? And did he make it?
Another historical curiosity of the wall is this old placard for a long gone telephone:
BRA officials make a rare visit to Hyde Park tomorrow for a meeting on a proposed 27-unit residential building at the Fairmount train station off Fairmount Avenue.
At the session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1179 River St., the Southwest Boston Community Development Corp. and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. will explain their proposal for the Residences at Fairmount Station.
Boston Police report at least 20 storm-drain covers have gone missing in Roxbury, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan.
The removal of these storm drain covers poses a risk to the residents of the City of Boston. A majority of the incidents have taken place on Friday night into Saturday morning. Residents are strongly encouraged to contact 911 if they see a suspicious vehicle to be idling during these hours. Police are asking residents to be vigilant while walking or driving, especially at night.
Adrian Walker introduces us to the people behind MBCR's proposed $65-million train-repair facility at the old Stop & Shop warehouse complex - who, it turns out, would not be MBCR:
MBCR may have done less than due diligence on some of the people it has chosen to help manage the rail line. In addition to Taylor, a charming man who as a matter of historical record struggled just to run a fried chicken restaurant, the partners include twin bothers Juan and James Cofield, who together nearly managed the Boston branch of the NAACP into the ground several years ago. It is unlikely that anyone who really knows the black community would have assembled this particular team.
The Globe reports that MBCR, which currently runs commuter rail for the MBTA, has promised to build a $65-million repair on part of the site of the old Stop & Shop warehouse complex on the Readville/Dedham line if its contract is renewed.
In 2007, a developer proposed 1,850 housing units on the site, in a proposal that would have required Boston annexing a landlocked piece of Dedham. Dedham didn't like the purchase price, though, so turned the idea down.
Given the land's location right atop marshes that feed into the Neponset River, there could be some interesting environmental filings if the project goes forward. It sits next to the tracks used by several commuter-rail lines and Amtrak.
Darryl Houston snapped his neighbor's house on Fairmount Hill in Hyde Park. The guy rents a cherry picker to put up the higher lights.
A West Roxbury District Court judge today set bail at $12,500 for an aide at the Boston Community Leadership Academy on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person with a disability and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - a shod foot - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Thomas Burke, 57, of Roslindale, was arrested around 12:40 p.m. on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and indecent assault and battery on a special-needs person.
Mark Connelly at the Boston Radio Interest mailing list reports on a new station: WZBR, "Boston's Real Jazz," 1410 on your AM dial:
Music was about 80% instrumental 20% vocal. A number of jazz styles were played covering from '40s up to contemporary hip-hop / jazz fusion.