South Boston

By - 12/18/08 - 3:46 pm

State Office of the Child Advocate concludes state child-welfare workers failed to connect the dots and pull Acia and Sophia Reisopoulos out of their dysfunctional household before they burned to death in an arson fire on April 6, allegedly set by their mother's angry lover.

By - 12/11/08 - 12:45 pm

Karin reports her commute from South Boston to Copley Square took 40 minutes today. On a route that is, as she measured, 2.35 miles long. That represents an average speed of 3.5 m.p.h., which is roughly the speed at which the average person walks.

By - 12/7/08 - 7:58 pm

With roughly 0.08 inches of snow on the ground, a Southie Masshole marked his territory today.

By - 12/6/08 - 3:14 pm

"Sal's is a nice little Italian eatery which has great pizzas in addition to other dishes." - Deselby.

By - 12/5/08 - 9:51 pm

MassMostWanted reports police are looking for a man who held up the branch at 441 W. Broadway around 2 p.m. on Dec. 4.

He's described as: 6'0" to 6'2", 200 pounds plus, mid 30's and wearing a forest green "American Eagle" Outfitters hooded sweatshirt.

By - 12/1/08 - 1:52 pm

Oh, right, because the restaurant owes Boston $822,000 in back property taxes, making it the largest delinquent on the books. Regan says it was a simple "bookkeeping issue," won't happen again and the bill will be paid in full by the end of the week.

According to the city assessor's office, the restaurant is supposed to be paying roughly $550,000 a year in property taxes, which would seem to indicate the "bookkeeping issue" has been going on for more than a year now (interesting side fact: The city values the actual restaurant at only $212,000, but the land it sits on - and its parking lot - at $24.3 million).

By - 11/30/08 - 8:30 pm

Man in his 50s, by the Black Falcon Terminal, Channel 4 reports.

By - 11/27/08 - 5:26 pm
By - 11/24/08 - 11:30 am

Boston Police report a man getting out of his car on E 9th and Dorchester streets around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 was approached by two black men, both about 25, who showed a gun and demanded his car keys and money. He apparently caught up with the alleged perps at 8 Carmody Ct. a couple blocks away, where they shot him repeatedly, leaving him with a spinal injury, police say.

By - 11/18/08 - 9:06 am

Residents furious the mayor now backs a plan to turn two vacant warehouses on Summer Street into offices instead of housing, the Herald reports, in a story that actually only quotes one resident, an "activist who declined to be identified," which kind of lessens the impact of the story.

By - 11/15/08 - 10:17 am

The Globe reports that while an upcoming SpikeTV pilot will be set in Southie, most of the filming will be done in Eastie, because Southie is no longer gritty enough.

By - 11/12/08 - 8:21 am

Two precincts in South Boston and one in Dorchester, according to Matt O'Malley, who provides some interesting Boston numbers from this year's election. Overall, of course, Obama won big in Boston - O'Malley says one Roxbury precinct went for Obama by a 99.5 - 0.5 margin.

Bonus fun fact: There is a Harbor Islands precinct, with nine registered voters, none of whom bothered to vote.

By - 11/11/08 - 10:37 pm
Repair guy

Karen Marlene Larsen proves a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Click on the photo, read her description and look at the tags on the right of the page to learn more about a South Boston institution that is moving to Quincy - Elliott Sewing Machine - and what it means to her:

... There are fewer and fewer people these days who sew, so there are even fewer who will repair the machines necessary to the process. ...

By - 11/9/08 - 2:12 pm

Yes, there is justice in this world! Boston Police report officers went to 5 Shepton Terrace in South Boston around 4 a.m. on Saturday in response to 911 calls about loud music:

As officers approached the location in question, officers could hear Christmas music being played at an unnecessarily loud level. When the tenant answered the door, officers instructed him to lower the music due to calls made to 9-1-1. Officers further advised the tenant that people were having difficulty sleeping due the loud Christmas music. With the music turned down, officers left the location. However, a short time later, officers were called back to the same address for the same reason (noise complaint). Upon arrival, officers were able to hear the loud Christmas music. When officers knocked on the door, the tenant answered the door and began swearing at the officers.

At which point officers arrested Kevin Foley, 54, on a charge of disturbing the peace.

Mayor Menino, captured here on Nov. 8 by 16WadeSt reading a Christmas story at the Downtown Crossing Macy's, could not be reached for comment.

Hey, Mr. Mayor, knock it off!

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/7/08 - 8:11 pm

This time it's Fan Pier, where a major tenant may decide to stay in its existing Cambridge digs, the Boston Business Journal reports:

... The drug company [Vertex] has not entirely abandoned the idea of moving to the South Boston waterfront, but the deal hinges on the capital markets loosening up and Vertex gaining for approval for a key drug, the sources said. ...

By - 11/7/08 - 4:06 pm

Then again, she was using it to bash in another woman's car, Boston Police report.

By - 11/6/08 - 5:52 pm

Boston Police report a mugging at W. Broadway and C Street involving a gang of eight black males, let by a black male, 6'2", 220 pounds, wearing a black hat, gray hoodie and gray sweatshirt on Sunday afternoon. The victim was robbed of $375, a Seiko watch and a Spring cell phone.

By - 11/6/08 - 4:25 pm

Boston Police report that shortly after 10 p.m. on Halloween, a black male, about 28, 6'2" with a thin build and mustache and wearing a black hoodie, baggy jeans and a gold earring, knocked on a door on the 200 block of W. 8th St.:

[He] stated "I don't want your candy I want your money." The victim struck the suspect with a cane knocking him to the ground. Suspect fled on F St towards W 7th.

By - 11/5/08 - 12:20 pm

Fake blood, one hopes. In any case, there's a meeting on Nov. 10 (7 p.m. at the Gavin Middle School), at which the "locations department" of the 1,512th movie/TV show about Irish-American thugs shooting up South Boston will explain how they plan to minimize the inconvenience they will cause local residents by, oh, closing up streets so they can film actors getting shot or garroting their enemies or blowing up police cars. Or something like that.

Filming of the cable show with a working title of "War of '04" will take place between Nov. 17 and mid-December "in several Boston neighborhoods," according to a flier about the meeting, which adds: "The show features locations in Boston and portrays a fictional world of Irish-American gangsters struggling for underworld control."

I'm betting one of those locations will be in Charlestown, Boston's other premier location for depictions of Irish thuggism (click to Sam Baltrusis's list and you'll see the "War of '04" may be the Spike TV pilot directed by Walter Hill).

Hey, there are a lot of Irish-Americans living in Westie. How come nobody ever films shoot-em-ups on its gritty streets. For that matter, how come the Real Deal has a whole menu full of wraps named for Italian and Jewish gangsters (like the "Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal" marinated chicken terayaki wrap), but not a single one named for Whitey Bulger?

By - 11/5/08 - 11:03 am

Alicia reports the driver on the 9 bus in South Boston this morning was not grumpy:

... Today, as I breathlessly boarded the bus, while fumbling for my pass, the driver smiled brightly and said, "Good morning!" Completely caught off guard by her greeting, I said, "uh, hello..?"