State officials said tonight the Casey Overpass demolition begins in earnest this weekend, when crews shut off the side heading towards Jamaica Pond and begin diverting traffic onto the new temporary surface road they've built. Read more.
Shaun Harrison, 55, a minister and counselor in Boston schools, was ordered held in lieu of $400,000 today at his arraignment on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony ... Read more.
You'll notice that while he has appropriate footwear on, he's staying well away from the big box o' fish. You may recall that the first time Deval Patrick attended a restocking, he grabbed the biggest fish of them all and promptly got slapped around by the mini-leviathan.
Robbie Shade gets up close with some cherry blossoms at the Arboretum today.
Lilac Sunday is, of course, next weekend.
Grace captured the floral peace symbol and heart on the parkway hillside near Jamaica Pond.
The Globe reports the shuttered Sanctuary in Hyde Square could soon be replaced by a new restaurant serving cuisine from the Low Country of coastal South Carolina and Georgia.
Demolition of the abutments on the Arborway side of the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills began today, as Clay Harper shows us.
HBP posts photos of a great horned owlet in Forest Hills Cemetery.
State officials say next week is when workers take the first real bite out of the Casey Overpass - they're scheduled to remove a piece of the abutment on the rotary side of the hulking, crumbling bridge.
Along with that comes the first overpass-removal detours: Traffic heading from the rotary into Jamaica Plan will be diverted onto the temporary road that's been built alongside the Arborway bus depot - which means the gazillion traffic lights the state has installed will blink into use.
Kate Lockwood reports:
It's not every day you see someone get on the T carrying a live 6-foot snake. So that happened.
She says the woman had the snake around her neck and that the pair got off at Green Street. She adds the snake:
Was a kind of light brown with black spots I think. I was trying not to stare!
Has Penelope moved to JP?
Boston Police report detectives rushed to a Franklin Park playground off Walnut Avenue yesterday morning when somebody playing with several young children noticed a gun just lying at the base of a tree.
The Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum revolver ... was fully loaded and the hammer was cocked. The firearm was rendered safe and recovered by detectives.
"A nice day for turtles" at Jamaica Pond, DR reports.
The Real Lenny reports spotting a parakeet in his backyard near Faulkner Hospital this afternoon.
Tillie Jupiter reports he proved a friendly guy, so they were able to capture him and take him inside while they called Boston animal control - which now has him at its Roslindale shelter. If you're missing a parakeet, with a tag that reads something like HC355, now you know where to get him.
Jamaica Plain News reports on the demise of Ghazal on Centre Street.
UPDATE: Headline changed because, as Chris Helms at Jamaica Plain News reminded me, there's now Tikki Masala in Forest Hills.
Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old from Everett early this morning on charges he swiped a phone right out of the hands of a woman sitting on an inbound Orange Line train next to a door open after the train pulled into Stony Brook.
The kid, too young to have his name released, didn't get far, police say: Other passengers chased him and a T worker "was able to prevent the male from escaping."
Clay Harper wonders what group plastered this pineapple finial resistance message on the Casey Overpass yesterday - and what they want.
A City Council hearing today on resident complaints about low-flying jets from Roxbury to Hyde Park and Milton was sort of moot, because the Massport officials who did attend stressed they have nothing to do with deciding which planes fly where or how.
At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy, who lives on Fairmount Hill in Hyde Park had a simple answer: "From this point forward think of us as plaintiffs," he told the Massport officials.
The Boston Licensing Board this week hears a request from the owner of the failed Tonic bar in Forest Hills to sell his all-alcohol license to the owners of the Envoy Hotel, scheduled to open this summer across from the Barking Crab and the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston.
The hotel is planning two bars: A ground-level watering hole called the Outlook and a rooftop bar called the Lookout. Also planned: A 50-seat sidewalk patio.
The City Council today agreed to let Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) hold a series of hearings at which state and city officials can explain how replacing the Casey Overpass with a series of surface roads won't give residents cancer or block ambulances from getting heart-attack and stroke victims to the medical area - but not demand the work be stopped altogether.
Or, at least, that's what Yancey professed today.
"This is not [a motion] to cease and desist the demolition of the Casey Overpass," Yancey told fellow councilors.
City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) wonders if the project to replace the Casey Overpass with surface roads will cause problems for people heading to lifesaving medical treatment in the Longwood Medical Area or to soul-saving worship services at area churches, so he's seeking "a series of hearings" on the demolition plans - three years after state officials announced the plans.