A concerned citizen reports:
Multiple vandalized young trees along Mass Ave from Tremont St down to Washington St on the Even side. Someone is slowly killing and ripping the bark off of many of the recently planted trees along Mass Ave. some have bark being stripped away on trunks where others have whole branches ripped down. At 524 Mass Ave a strip of bark was ripped off the trunk of this tree last week. I pruned off the hanging strip last weekend but today another strip was ripped off on the same tree (shown in photo).
City officials today marked the case of the font-challenged Appleton Street sign "closed" after DPW workers replaced the sign that was driving one South End resident insane enough to keep filing complaints with the city over the way the initial letter was so much bigger than the rest and how the letters were all crooked.
But is this the last we've heard of the font kvetcher? The new sign is much larger than the Appleton Street sign on the other side of Dartmouth. Cause for concern?
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday deferred action on the proposed Boston Chops on Washington Street because it has no liquor licenses left to hand out.
At a hearing on Wednesday, the attorney for the latest venture by the group responsible for Deuxave in the Back Bay and dbar in Dorchester, said they would likely have to just keep hoping a license frees up, because expensive renovations and soundproofing needed for the space where Banq and Ginger Park failed means they could not also afford the $300,000 or so it would take to buy a liquor license on the open market.
State law limits the number of liquor licenses available in Boston.
The team behind Deuxave in the Back Bay is looking to transform the home of two failed South End restaurants into what their lawyer called "an urban, modern steakhouse concept."
David Noble, owner of Pops, 560 Tremont St., went before the Boston Licensing Board today for permission to hire a new manager with plans to slightly alter the place's menu under the name Smithfield Kitchen.
The board votes tomorrow on Noble's request to bring on Scott Herritt and to change the name.
Herritt told the board he will basically be keeping Pops the same, but will make it "a little bit more food focused."
One thing the newly rebranded restaurant won't do is seek longer hours - Noble said he learned his lesson from a fight with the neighborhood over noise under previous restaurant manager Felino Samson.
Citizen complaint of the day: Don't you go closing my unresolved font issue before you do something about it, busterBy adamg - 2/6/12 - 9:16 am
Boston Police report finding a 29-year-old man with a stab wound inside a Union Park Street residence around 7:30 a.m. today. As they rushed the man to Boston Medical Center in critical condition, they charged Soren Capawanna, 26, with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police say the man is expected to survive the "domestic violence related stabbing."
Just as neighbors requested; plans show four buildings housing residential units and stores, arranged in four buildings designed to look like "an authentic city block" and called the Ink Block.
The Daily Free Press goes on a tour of BU's new South End biolab, which is set to begin work on less-dangerous pathogens next month as it gears up for eventual work on killers such as Ebola. The Free Press describes the measures the lab is taking to keep killer bugs out of our air; conspicuous in their absence: darts set to fire automatically at escaping monkeys and nuclear bombs.
True, spark plugs are not normally considered contraband - unless you allegedly use one to try to break into a car, as a West Roxbury man learned in the South End last night.
Jonathan Holcomb, 34, was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and possession of a burglarious tool - the spark plug - after a witness spotted him using the metal object to try to break the window of a car on Appleton Street near Clarendon around 11:30 p.m., police report.
This is not Holcomb's first arrest for an attempted car break-in.
Boston Police report arresting a South Boston man late yesterday after a foot chase away from the Warren Avenue apartment he'd allegedly been caught in the act of breaking into.
Mark Brown, 33, was charged with breaking and entering and willful and malicious destruction of property once officers overtook him on the way to Clarendon Street, police say.
An aggrieved citizen reports from Appleton Street:
The new street signs using the Clearview font are an improvement, but this sign is incorrect. The capital A is out of proportion to the lower case letters, and it is visually jarring. The signs with all capital letters, such as at the corner of Tremont and Hanson Streets, are correctly printed and look much better. The city should continue to correct this. It is a small detail that impacts the visual quality of the South End. Thank you.
The Dorchester Reporter reports several voting-rights groups have drawn up a proposed redistricting plan that would see Mike Ross having to run against Tito Jackson - if he doesn't move to Newton to run for Congress - and create an incumbent-less district covering the Chinatown, the South End, and the Fenway:
This reconfigured District 8 would become an incumbent-free, racially-mixed district with common interests and anchored by a growing Asian-American population, creating significant opportunities for historically under-represented communities.
Citizen complaint of the day: The stupid mini-van and its stupid car alarm and its stupid owner who must wear stupid earplugs at nightBy adamg - 1/19/12 - 10:00 am
A groggy citizen complains about a mini-van parked in a lot off Northampton Street:
This car's alarm goes off every night several times a night and wakes up everyone on the block. Has been happening for at least three weeks... Can't leave a note because it is behind a gate in apt complex lot. Can someone trace and contact the owner?
Boston Police report Shawn Wright didn't get far after allegedly robbing the Wine Emporium, 607 Tremont St., around 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday: He was arrested not long after at Clarendon and Appleton streets.
Police say Wright, 26, went up to the counter, showed a clerk a gun and ordered him to "give me the money."
The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday approved a plan by South End Buttery on Shawmut Avenue to open a second outpost for takeout at 37 Clarendon St., near Appleton Street.
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to grant a food-serving license to the new place. At a hearing this morning, representatives of the mayor's office and several city councilors spoke in support.
Boston Police report the man who broke into several residences along Dwight Street in the South End last night kept finding himself confronted by residents before he finally tried running away across their rooftops.
Cornered in an apartment at 29 Dwight St., Stanley Zalewski, 27, gave up when he heard a police dog on the way up, police say. After he was treated for gashes on his hands and feet, he was booked on charges of breaking and entering, home invasion, willful and malicious destruction of property and kidnapping.
According to police, a resident of 57 Dwight St. called police around 8:20 p.m. to report somebody trying to break into units there:
Man sought for breaking into several South End buildings gets cornered, surrenders when cops bring dog inBy adamg - 1/1/12 - 10:02 pm
UPDATE: Police describe the chase and capture.
A man is under arrest and on his way to a local hospital tonight after he allegedly broke into a series of buildings along Dwight Street. Arriving officers chased him through several buildings as he burst out of windows and ran on roofs before finally being surrounded in an apartment at 29 Dwight St., where, bleeding heavily, he surrendered when he heard a police dog arrive.
This is the second time in two weeks that somebody has been arrested on charges of breaking into a series of South End residences.
An offended citizen reports a punch to the sensibilities whenever he or she looks up at some new street signs in the South End:
The new Clearview signs in the South End look great in all-caps, but this one, like those at Appleton and Dartmouth, are jarring to the eyes and just don't look right. I hope the city will correct this for the visual good of the neighborhood.
December winter, it's bank robbery time in the South End.
Tweet, this past Thursday:
December 22, 2011: 12:25 p.m., @stacos In Progress - Bank Robbery - 540 Tremont
February 5, 2010: @Boston_Police BANK ROBBERY: Hingham Institute for Savings at 540 Tremont St, Bank Robbery Task Force requested to scene.
December 10, 2008, December 2, 2008, January 28, 2008, January 24, 2008: South End News Hingham Institution for Savings Bank robbed again
Police this morning are investigating possible housebreaks on W. Newton, Waltham and Upton streets, Shawmut Avenue and Pelham Terrace that began around 7 a.m. A man was arrested in an alley off W. Newton around 8:40 a.m.
A concerned citizen alerts the city to the dozen TVs and computer monitors that have apparently been sitting on W. Springfield Street for a month now. The city responds this morning that a DPW pickup has been dispatched to remove them.