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By - 12/30/13 - 9:52 am

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.

By - 12/28/13 - 11:37 am

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.

By - 12/24/13 - 12:00 am
Bright Christmas lights in Hyde Park

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.

By - 12/23/13 - 2:19 pm

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.

By - 12/20/13 - 8:09 pm

Boston Police report arresting an aide at the Boston Community Leadership Academy, 655 Metropolitan Ave., this afternoon.

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.

By - 12/19/13 - 6:54 am

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.

By - 12/18/13 - 8:48 am

You may recall the story this past July when a guy showed up at Faulkner Hospital missing a finger or two and told police it happened in Roslindale, no, wait in Franklin Park and it was muggers, yeah, muggers, who wanted his ring, only the cops couldn't find any blood or missing fingers and his girlfriend told police he never wears rings.

By - 12/4/13 - 12:24 pm

Kevin Twohig says that besides a name change and some minor decor touches, he's not planning any major changes when he converts the shuttered Annabelle's on Hyde Park Avenue into the Briar Rose.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve his request to buy Annabelle's liquor license. Both current and future district City Councilors Rob Consalvo and Tim McCarthy spoke in favor.

Twohig, who formerly owned Maggie Mae's on Hyde Park Avenue in Roslindale, will serve up "traditional American fare, his lawyer, Adam Barnosky, told the board at a hearing today.

By - 12/4/13 - 11:50 am

A woman's night out for her birthday ended with a stabbing that landed a Fairmount Avenue restaurant before the Boston Licensing Board yesterday.

The board decides tomorrow whether to take any action against the Rincon Caribeno for an argument inside that ended up as a bloody brawl outside that sent one man to the hospital with a stab wound.

According to police and owner Javier Diaz, the party, which began with about 10 people around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, seemed to be going well.

By - 11/30/13 - 6:57 pm

At least along River Street. The lights went out around 6:15 p.m., Sybil Johnson reports. As of 6:55 p.m., NStar reported nearly 1,300 customers without power in Boston.

By - 11/27/13 - 12:00 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears a request from the owners of the closed Annabelle's, 1300 Hyde Park Ave., to sell their liquor license to Kevin Twohig, who would use it to convert the place into an establishment called the Briar Rose.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 11/25/13 - 9:39 am

UPDATE: Colandris is, allegedly, quite a piece of work. More details on his other OUI case and how State Police found him.

Gregory Colandris, 22, is scheduled for arraignment today for a crash Saturday in Stony Brook Reservation that left his passenger, a 25-year-old woman from Hingham, dead.

Colandris was allegedly behind the wheel of the woman's car around 2:25 a.m. when it hit a tree on Dedham Parkway at the Hyde Park/Dedham line, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

By - 11/23/13 - 5:14 pm

Mike Ball notes the phenomenon of people who are pissed at the Globe Direct pink poop bag - and who express their anger by just letting them pile up on their porches or front steps:

It’s as though the homeowners expect the advertising elves to acknowledge their errors and remove the rubble. They’ll be waiting a long, long time.

He adds the same thing happens with the annual visits from the phone-book fairy.

By - 11/21/13 - 6:55 pm

U-T San Diego reports the arrest of Reginald Cummings, a.k.a. Re Clipz, who is a "person of interest" in the investigation into how a man wound up in barrels in Readville and Bridgewater, burned and dead.

By - 11/21/13 - 3:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today ordered Cordon Bleu on River Street to shut for three days after a police investigation showed the restaurant's main offering appeared to be an illegal lottery run out of a back office rather than food.

Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer wanted to order a five-day suspension, but she was outvoted by members Milton Wright and Suzanne Ianella.

By - 11/21/13 - 6:38 am
Re Clipz

Re Clipz: Gone missing. Source.

WFXT reports the identity of the Haverhill man whose remains were found in charred pieces 25 miles apart.

The Newburyport Daily News reports the house where the murder and dismemberment may have happened had been rented by "an aspiring rapper with a lengthy criminal record" named Reggie Cummings.

By - 11/19/13 - 10:28 pm

Rogers, a Dorchester native and Hyde Park patrolman who gained some small fame for his role on "Boston's Finest" earlier this year, took his own life today. He'd been a Boston police officer for eight years.

Dot Rat is collecting remembrances and condolences.

By - 11/19/13 - 6:32 pm

The Newburyport Daily News reports authorities are looking at whether a murder victim up that way was chopped up and then disposed of in pieces off Readville Street and in woods in Bridgewater.

By - 11/19/13 - 2:16 pm

Police say food wasn't the main attraction at Cordon Bleu on River Street - it was the lottery they charge was being run out of a room in the back of the restaurant.

Restaurant owner Marie Ketty Sanon, though, says she was only collecting money to buy rice, beans, sugar and other staples for relatives of customers back in Haiti.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, however, Sanon allowed as how numbers on a receipt seized by police and given to the board as evidence did, in fact, show numbers, although she was unable to explain just what the numbers represented.

By - 11/14/13 - 11:15 am

Boston Police report they are investigating "what appeared to be burned human remains," found outside a commercial garage at 20 Readville St. around 9:20 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Globe reports Bridgewater firefighters responding to a report of a fire last night found a flaming barrel with what also appeared to be human remains inside.

Investigators from both communities have made contact just in case, but it's too early to say if there's a link between the two discoveries, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.