Boston woke up on Dec. 8, 1941 a changed, frightened and determined city. With war declared, Boston felt particularly vulnerable, given its position right on the coast. But Boston also rolled up its sleeves to help fend off the Axis. Scores of Leslie Jones photos posted by the BPL this week give a taste of life in wartime.
The State House's golden dome was painted over, to keep Beacon Hill from becoming a, well, beacon for Nazi warships (a skylight at MIT's Great Dome was similarly covered up; MIT only began restoring it last fall):
Well, maybe if you were assigned a mini-van from the city motor pool, you'd be grumpy, too, but in any case, a blocked-in citizen reports from a parking lot on Commercial Street in the North End:
At 9:50 a.m., CarCarli tweeted from her North End apartment:
Did anyone just feel an Earthquake? Home sick in bed & just felt that earthquakey JiffyPop shaking sensation.
After getting confirmation of the quake, CarCarli added:
The North End/Waterfront Mothers Association says fight-happy homeless people in Christopher Columbus Park are becoming a menace to their children and that one answer is a six-foot-tall fence around the park's playground - locked every night from May through November.
In an e-mail to members, organizers say they reached their breaking point last month after a fatally injured man was pulled out of the harbor near the park, possibly as the result of a fight in the park.
Southiegirl captured the scene on the Zakim this afternoon, when police stopped traffic as the Biden motorcade departed the memorial for MIT police officer Sean Collier.
A good Samaritan jumped into Boston Harbor near Long Wharf shortly after 11 this morning and helped keep somebody foundering in the water afloat until a State Police boat arrived and troopers pulled both out. Boston EMS treated the man at the scene and then transported him to Mass. General for further care, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald says.
The Herald reports he died not long after his arrival at the hospital and that police are investigating.
But an annual "Pray for Boston" procession through the North End took on added meaning on Saturday.
Paul Revere hoofed it out of the North End this morning to warn the colonists the Redcoats were coming.
Afterwards, Minutemen stood at attention in front of the Paul Revere statue and Old North Church as Taps were played and a wreath laid at a memorial for fallen patriots on the Prado.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on an altercation last week.
NorthEndWaterfront.com shows us that just because they don't often change the configuration of that geometric thing on the Greenway doesn't mean they can't.
NorthEndWaterfront.com holds its nose while showing us the sordid conditions on Cooper Street:
NorthEndWaterfront.com posts a photo of the traveling turkey on Lewis Wharf today.
The Boston Business Journal reports the city is looking to buy the furniture store turned failed-presidential campaign headquarters at 585 Commercial St. for use as a K-8 school.
The possible purchase comes with the Eliot school bursting at the seams, Back Bay and Beacon Hill residents clamoring for a school of their own and downtown becoming an increasingly popular residential neighborhood.
The North End Regional Review reports on the two intoxicated 20-something 6-footers who unleashed "a torrent of screaming and cursing" on the 4'5" elderly lady in a motorized wheelchair.
NorthEndWaterfront.com ponders the provenance of a carving that recently went up for sale on Craiglist: Did it come from St. Mary's, demolished in the 1970s?
Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders at our annual Summer Party held outside in the heart of Provincetown, MA on Saturday, July 27 from 4:00-7:00PM. Enjoy the view of the harbor, mingle with other GLAD supporters and learn more about our ground-breaking cases.
Tickets are $75 online | $85 on site | $30 student
Purchase at www.glad.org/events.
Don't miss our amazing auction and celebrity auctioneer Kate Clinton. You don't have to be present to win. Travel packages, restaurants, massages, and much more - something for everyone!
Police report a Suffolk University student was arrested on assault and battery charges early this morning when she allegedly slammed her door on the shoulder of an officer investigating a loud party in her apartment.