North End

By - 8/28/13 - 11:40 am

Salutation slobs

Not one but two disgusted citizens snapped photos of a mess so big it slopped over from Salutation to Hanover in the North End this morning:

A major mess and it is now 9:15am.

But wait, there's more: has more photos of the soon-to-be-fetid...Read more

By - 8/19/13 - 12:18 pm

Flying angel in the North EndVictoria Bono flies over the crowd. Photo by Greg Cook.

North End feasts always have a heavy statue of the weekend's saint hoisted around the neighborhood by boisterous, singing, brawny men. The Fisherman's Feast adds girls dressed as...Read more

By - 8/19/13 - 10:57 am

A concerned citizen on Charter complains:

residents in this area are now writing "boston police" on the orange cones they are using to save handicap spaces. has this been approved by the boston police?

The city responds:

Closed. Case Resolved. Cones picked up.

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By - 8/13/13 - 10:31 am

Scientific American breaks it down for us, explains why the nature of molasses made the flood far worse than if it had just been some rogue wave tearing through the inner harbor:

Molasses is a non-Newtonian fluid, which means that its viscosity depends on the forces applied to it, as measured by shear rate. Consider non-Newtonian fluids such as toothpaste, ketchup and whipped cream.

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By - 8/12/13 - 1:30 pm

Salem Street in the North End

A vexed citizen complains about recent work on Salem Street in the North End:

ADA violating new lamppost placement - this lamppost was installed a couple weeks ago as part of the Salem St. upgrade, which included ADA compliant

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By - 8/8/13 - 9:02 am

The folks at ArchBoston would love to know the story behind a broken sign on Richmond Street in the North End. Any clues?...Read more

By - 8/5/13 - 9:16 am

Megan Johnson didn't have to go far for the Feat of St. Agrippina, it was right outside her window. She wonders why the processions always include a rendition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas." has more photos along with a brief bio of St. Agrippina....Read more

By - 7/30/13 - 12:33 pm reports one of the trash haulers that services neighborhood businesses seems to have a bit of a containment problem, turning Salem Street into a foul-smelling open-air vomitorium:

The whole street smells like a garbage dump all the time now. You can’t walk down the street at any time of day or day of the week, without getting assaulted by this horrible, horrible smell

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By - 7/26/13 - 9:13 am makes the case for the pay toilet at the Commercial Street bocce courts (with photo to bolster the claim).Read more

By - 7/24/13 - 10:28 am

Ponzi in 1920.Ponzi in 1920.

Mass. Moments alerts us that on July 24, 1920, the Boston Post published an article detailing a scheme run by an Italian immigrant named Charles Ponzi that was in the middle of defrauding large numbers of people of millions of...Read more

By - 7/16/13 - 9:51 am

Wharf fire. Photo by Tim Collins.Photo by Tim Collins.

UPDATE: BFD reports a spark from welders working on a new vent system on the roof sparked the fire, which did roughly $1 million in damage.

Firefighters in both trucks and boats responded...Read more

By - 7/15/13 - 7:08 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that Felix Arroyo is buying spots on Univision and Telemundo.

Meanwhile, Mike Ross is concentrating on an Old Spice Guy-like series of 12-second Instagram video replies to questions posed to him via social media, as well as answers to questions you probably realize after the...Read more

By - 7/12/13 - 9:43 am reports that Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the increasingly student filled North End and Beacon Hill, says the BRA needs to consider requiring dorms in the proposed garage re-do.

Perhaps Rep. Michlewitz is too young to remember when Beacon Hill residents managed to squash Suffolk's plans to turn the old MDC building across from the State House into a dormitory....Read more

By - 7/10/13 - 1:55 pm

Harbor ducks

A mother and two babies paddled through the harbor by Puopolo Park in the North End.Read more

By - 6/30/13 - 8:59 pm reports that Boschetto's on Salem Street is closing its retail shop after 110 years in business.Read more

By - 6/21/13 - 8:34 am

Boston Magazine reports an arbitrator ruled the jail guard who accused Williams of choking him during an argument over a 2009 North End traffic incident was drunk at the time, lied about the incident and that if Williams got "aggressive," he had good reason to.

Last year, Boston paid Michael O'Brien $1.4 million to settle his lawsuit, which he filed a month...Read more

By - 6/19/13 - 6:30 am has the scoop and a copy of a Superior Court judge's denial of a request by the city's only Segway tour company for a preliminary injunction against a city ordinance restricting where his vehicles can go.Read more

By - 6/18/13 - 11:11 am

A Suffolk County grand jury has indicted two lawyers on charges they sucked more than $1.4 million out of client accounts, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. One of them is also charged with making up fake clients in a class-action lawsuit against the owners of a Danvers chemical plant that blew up in 2006, the DA's office says.

Michael Germano, 49, of Wilmington,...Read more