South Boston

By - 7/9/10 - 11:41 am

Bio-Defense, which sells a system for killing anthrax spores inside incoming mail, says three computers at its 12 Channel St. offices were tampered with over the July 4th weekend, District C-6 reports. There was no sign of forced entry.

By - 7/8/10 - 9:58 am

KalilKalilMBTA Transit Police report arresting a homeless man at the Broadway T stop last night after he allegedly went up to several women waiting for a bus and pulled up their tops and tried to grope them.

Donald Kalil, 52, who gave his address as the New England Center for Homeless Veterans on Court Street, was arrested shortly after 8:15 p.m.

According to a police report, Kalil got off the Red Line, then went up to woman at the bus stop. When police arrived, "he was shirtless, flailing his arms and yelling at patrons."

Kalil was charged with disorderly conduct; according to the police report, witnesses did not want to identify themselves.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/8/10 - 8:36 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at the vacant Gate of Heaven convent, 127 I St., did roughly $100,000 in damage and sent one firefighter to the hospital with back and elbow injuries.

Two firefighters were treated at the scene for minor cuts and burns.

By - 7/6/10 - 11:56 am

Senior Living Residences (SLR), a Boston-based assisted living company, has announced the opening of Compass on the Bay, a state-of-the-art free-standing Memory Support Assisted Living community located in Boston. This new community, formerly The BayView Assisted Living, is SLR’s flagship Alzheimer’s care community in which the company has fully implemented its “Compass Memory Support®” program- research-based treatment of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in the residential-style assisted living setting.
Compass on the Bay, located overlooking Carson Beach with views of the JFK Presidential Library, has just undergone a $3 million renovation which created new indoor and outdoor living spaces and a new front exterior. The community now offers a state-of-the-art living environment for seniors with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

By - 7/5/10 - 10:28 am

Seagull vs. crab at Pleasure Bay.

By - 7/2/10 - 9:19 am

The owners of the burned out ship and museum wharf off Congress Street go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on July 13 to seek a variance to rebuild - presumably with some sort of fireproofing, given that the place has caught on fire twice in ten years.

The owners need city pemission to rebuild because they want to build something twice as large as the old wharf and add two additional replica ships.

The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on the eighth floor of City Hall.

By - 6/29/10 - 3:42 pm

BostInnovation reports on a city-sponsored session today that focused on how to build housing in the city's "Innovation District" on the South Boston waterfront that would attract researchers and scientists to live where they work:

By - 6/29/10 - 3:15 pm

Acidgalore takes us on a tour; discovers what appears to be the world's largest vuvuzela.

By - 6/23/10 - 3:04 pm

Guess when the earthquake hit the Boston area: From Boston College's Weston Observatory.Guess when the earthquake hit the Boston area: From Boston College's Weston Observatory.

An earthquake in Quebec near the Ontario line sent tremors through the Boston area shortly before 2 p.m. A residential building at 1180 Beacon Street in Brookline was evacuated after it began shaking, possibly because of the quake, Neal Simpson at Brookline Patch reports.

Louis Cameron tweets he felt it at 253 Summer St. on Fort Point Channel. At 1:53, he exclaimed:

By - 6/21/10 - 3:09 pm

BPL trustees today voted to keep four doomed branches open awhile longer to plan for their shutdown. But even more cuts could be in store if the legislature passes a proposal to lop $2.4 million off its BPL funding as punishment for closing branches.

By - 6/21/10 - 11:21 am

Susan Labandibar mourns the loss of a giant willow tree at Columbia Road and Day Boulevard, struck by lightning yesterday:

... It shaded and cooled us, and it was a haven for birds. It gave me a jolt of pleasure every morning I ran by it. I marveled at its gracefully twisting trunk and deeply veined bark and at the grace of its boughs festooned with thousands of strands of willow leaves. ...

And now she wonders why the city is insisting on removing another large tree in Andrew Square:

By - 6/20/10 - 3:55 pm

Boston Police report a South Boston woman used a napkin holder to get her sister to back off and stop trying to break up a fight between her and her mother on Friday - by throwing it at her sister's face. When a police officer arrived, after receiving a report of domestic violence at 38 Joyce Hayes Way, the woman wound up kicking him in the knee, hard enough to make his knee buckle and send him to the hospital.

By - 6/20/10 - 10:26 am

Paragliding

Beth Peardon watched some parasurfing off South Boston yesterday.

Copyright Beth Peardon. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 6/17/10 - 9:07 am

World Trade Center sign

Joselin Mane photographed the large banners at the World Trade Center.

Copyright Joselin Mane. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 6/16/10 - 1:51 pm

Steve tweets that State Police, DCR rangers and Boston animal control have converged on Castle Island to pick up a coyote found wandering around there.

By - 6/14/10 - 12:21 am

The Herald reports a resident near the Bark Park who complained about the noise and bags of dog poop on his lawn found his tires slashed and an expletive scratched into the side of his Jeep.

By - 6/11/10 - 8:56 pm

Boston Police reports a woman was on W. 5th St. around 2 a.m. on Sunday when a man approached, said "Hi, baby" and then indecently assaulted her:

As a result, the victim, in an effort to defend herself, kicked the suspect.

He then ran away, police say. He's described as Hispanic, late 20s, 5'7" or 5'8" with a medium build and dark hair and wearing dark clothes.

By - 6/10/10 - 12:23 pm

Three people charged early Sunday with shooting up a door on Logan Way and then leading police on a chase that only ended when the driver crashed on Mass. Ave, were ordered held in lieu of bail starting at $50,000, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which adds that two of them won't get out even if they raise the cash, because they had their bail on existing cases revoked.

By - 6/9/10 - 12:49 pm

The Herald reports on a Sunday incident at Alex's Pizza, 582 Dorchester Ave.

By - 6/6/10 - 10:35 am

Wall cloud

Ryan Quatrale was at Castle Island on Thursday when he captured a shelf cloud moving over Dorchester Bay and Pleasure Bay (click for the full size).