South Boston

By - 3/3/16 - 10:29 am

Long-time South Boston residents are fighting a city edict to shorten this year's St. Patrick's Day parade - and vowing they will remember the mayor's role come next election.

In 1978, though, the roles were reversed: Parade organizers wanted to shorten the route but City Hall wouldn't let them. Read more.

By - 3/1/16 - 1:22 pm

City Hall apparently thinks last year's snow-shortened route for the St. Patrick's parade in South Boston worked so well it's ordering up another shortened parade this year as well, parade organizers say - a decision that is not sitting at all well with many people in the neighborhood.

Under orders from the mayor's office last week, the parade, which will still start at Broadway station, will end at Farragut Road, rather than swinging south and heading towards Andrew Square. Read more.

By - 3/1/16 - 12:12 am
Missing kitten

Be on the lookout: Steve reports that after his place at W. 5 and E streets was broken into, "one of our kittens got out."

By - 2/28/16 - 4:25 pm
Line at Sullivan's

If you're in line at the official closing time, will they still let you in? Robert Alvarez shows us the line five minutes before closing today at Sullivan's at Castle Island, which was doing land-office business all day.

H/t Joan Marshall for posing the question.

By - 2/28/16 - 1:42 pm
Wanted for South Boston bank robbery

The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports the East Boston Savings Bank branch at 430 W. Broadway was held up around 9:25 a.m. yesterday by a white man clad in black, about 6' and 190 to 200 lbs.

If he looks familiar, contact the task force at 617-742-5533.

By - 2/27/16 - 4:31 pm
First meal of the season at Sullivan's, Castle Island

Die-hard Sullivan's fans were out in force this morning for the re-opening of the Castle Island institution. Eileen Murphy captured Matt Noonan and Charlotte Donovan of Quincy enjoying their first outdoor hot meal this year at Castle island.

For the fifth straight year, John Connors was first in line.

By - 2/26/16 - 7:47 am

Sullivan's at Castle Island opens for the season tomorrow. And the Clam Box at Wollaston Beach opens March 4.

By - 2/25/16 - 1:40 pm

The Fort Point Boston Blog reports on efforts by the Boston Preservation Alliance, The Friends of the Northern Avenue Bridge and the Fort Point Neighborhood Association to make sure the now unusable bridge is eventually restored. Read more.

By - 2/22/16 - 7:31 pm

A commission set up to figure out how to honor former Mayor Ray Flynn says that in addition to renaming the Boston Marine Industrial Park after Flynn, the city should rename the Summer Street Bridge over the Reserved Channel as the Mayor Raymond L. Flynn Bridge. Read more.

By - 2/22/16 - 12:44 pm

BC High School in Dorchester, South Boston High School, East Boston High School, the South Bay jail and a location on Queensberry Street in the Fenway all got bomb threats around noon. Police have not ordered evacuations, but are sending bomb experts to the locations.

Meanwhile, Newton North High School has also gotten a call, as have schools in Cambridge, Randolph and, of course, Arlington.

By - 2/20/16 - 2:26 pm

Joseph reports:

Makes my morning every day as I see this from my window but I can't imagine what it is. It's facing Andrew Square off of Dot Ave by the Marr equipment rental.

Any clues?

By - 2/16/16 - 11:45 am

UPDATE: Barney Fannings has gotten the OK to reopen.

ISD inspectors have shut several restaurants after their sprinkler pipes burst, flooding their kitchens with water and, in some cases, shutting off their water altogether, over the past three days. The tally so far:

Barney Fannings, 99 Broad St., downtown
Boston Beer Garden, 732 Broadway, South Boston
Upper Crust, 683 Tremont St., South End
Viga, 291 Devonshire St., downtown
Whiskey's Steakhouse, 885 Boylston St., Back Bay

By - 2/15/16 - 2:07 pm

Boston Police report arresting three and seizing drugs and ammunition in raids at the Mary Ellen McCormack project early this morning. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 5:32 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week granted valuable full-liquor licenses to several North End restaurants that say they need to fend off advances from fancier places on the waterfront.

But with only a total of ten of the new licenses to dole out - and several of those already awarded - the board also denied requests from several restaurants in the North End, on the waterfront and in some other neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 7:06 am

The Globe reports on the crash yesterday afternoon off Marine Road.

By - 2/10/16 - 11:12 pm

Fenway Bark on W. 1 Street shut down tonight.

In an e-mail to customers, owner Jane Fulton said she'd been planning to close by month's end, in any case, as she tries to find a new location, but: Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 6:36 pm

The Globe reports the owner of the Summer Street power plant, which almost never generates power anymore, has put the property up for sale - with an eye towards maybe turning the space into residential and commercial space, as one does.

Although the mostly pink plant no longer pushes out the current, it is still in use as a power substation.

Ed. note: Could somebody please find a giant inflatable pig and float it up near the smokestacks before they come down?

By - 2/9/16 - 5:32 pm

There's a meeting this evening for Fort Point residents to learn more about the IndyCar race. IndyCar organizers don't want to take any chances that boo birds dominate the discussion, so they're offering a little something to supporters who show up: Read more.

By - 2/6/16 - 7:45 pm
Boston workers picking up space savers after snow storm

Despite what the city was telling at least one Brighton resident, people didn't have 48 hours for saving a space they'd marked. Jenna spotted this DPW truck on O Street in South Boston this afternoon with the bed full of cones and other items people had used as space savers.

Gordon Bedford wonders if the city will use all the cones for a Burning Man-like structure and set it ablaze.