South End

By - 8/26/09 - 9:45 am

When Charlotte woke up this morning, she found a brand new bike lane down Columbus Avenue:

... Thank you Boston! It's beautiful. It's just what I always wanted!!!

By - 8/24/09 - 5:14 pm

The MBTA says it's shutting down its GPS-based arrival system along Washington Street tomorrow to comply with a federal mandate to change the frequencies used by the system.

The T says it expects to have the system up and running by Sept. 24. The FCC is forcing the T to change frequencies to keep the system from possibly interfering with public-safety services. The T adds:

In addition, Global Positioning System (GPS) technology will be unavailable to dispatchers in the MBTA's Bus Operations Control Center. As a result, bus dispatchers will not have the capability of making real time schedule adjustments. As the MBTA’s mobile radios are reprogrammed, they will begin to migrate over to the new frequency set and begin to populate the data system. Completion is slated for September 24th, but communications personnel are determined to complete the transition before that date.

By - 8/24/09 - 10:47 am

In an hour-long debate this morning on Touch FM, District 7 City Councilor Chuck Turner and challenger Carlos Henriquez, differed on how a city councilor could make life better in the Roxbury, the Fenway and the South End.

By - 8/22/09 - 9:41 pm

Boston Police report that when officers asked a motorist tbey'd just seen running a red light at Berkeley Street and Columbus Avenue around 1 this morning for an explanation, he reportedly told them he was racing to the hospital because his sister had just called him to say his wife was in the hospital:

The officers found the operators story to be questionable but showed compassion and offered to escort him to the hospital. The operator's story then changed and he refused the escort.

By - 8/12/09 - 10:45 am

Around 7 a.m. at E. Berkeley and Washington streets. Boston Police tweet an arrest was made.

Ed. note: This is basically around the corner from the Boston Herald, yet there's nothing on their site about it.

By - 8/12/09 - 9:27 am

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By - 8/11/09 - 12:28 pm

Eileen fumes that if South End Pita (on Albany Street) puts up a sign reading "Mondays Any Pita $5," it should either not charge $2.50 extra for a lamb pita or it should amend the sign with an asterisk, or something.

By - 8/10/09 - 9:35 am

Mike Mennonno photographs their latest work - and explains how this really is a small world, after all (oops, did I just type that?).

More guerilla knitting, by Jen Martinelli.

By - 7/30/09 - 4:56 pm

Boston Police report arresting a local and a New Jersey visitor on charges they were firing off fireworks around 2 this morning on West Newton Street.

Police say that when officers arrived at 233 W. Newton St., they found three spent fireworks tubes, several irate, awakened neighbors and an "open and unlocked door." Entering, police say, officers saw a man and woman on a couch "surrounded by fireworks similar to the ones that had been observed outside."

"Fireworks? No fireworks here," one of the two allegedly told officers.

Kai Zimmerman, 42, of Brunswick, NJ and Suzanne Stuhler, 31, of Boston, were charged with disturbing the peace and possession of fireworks. Stuhler was also charged with resisting arrested after she rushed into the apartment's bathroom and locked herself in, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/29/09 - 8:58 am

Andy Husbands, of Sister Sorel and Tremont 647, and currently on the men's team on "Hell's Kitchen," dishes on what he served to Ramsay the first night:

... He thought the pork was undercooked, I disagreed, he said he would get sick, I disagreed. Actually it was more cooked than I would serve it at the restaurant ... but he gets to be the authority on this show, I bet if I cooked it more and he came to 647 he'd say it was over cooked. ...

By - 7/22/09 - 8:13 am

Boston Police tweet a water main break at East Berkeley and Washington shut East Berkeley from Albany to Tremont; was also messing up traffic on Harrison, Shawmut and Mass. Ave. this morning.

By - 7/16/09 - 11:56 pm

Boston Police report charging Charles Williams, 30, with the shooting death of David Brimley, 24, at 617 Shawmut Ave.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/10/09 - 8:09 pm

Boston Police tweet a five-year-old suffered "severe burns after explosion in backyard of Bradford St home" this evening.

Channel 4 reports the girl was making smores when somebody poured lighter fluid onto the barbecue pit, setting her dress on fire; burned over 30% of her body.

By - 7/9/09 - 2:29 pm

UPDATE: Medical examiner declares death homicide by multiple stab wounds.

Boston Police report the discovery of a man's body at 1740 Washington St., near Mass. Ave., around 8 p.m. on Wednesday:

Upon entering the room, officers located and observed a male, suffering from what appeared to be some degree of trauma, lying motionless on his back.

By - 7/7/09 - 11:52 pm

Well, firefighters are now harassing individual citizens. I got a SPAM phone message form an autobot - the firefighters want me to know how Menino is putting me in danger with firehouse brownouts. (but they didn't tell me why so many firefighters called in sick they had to brown out my local FD..)

So why is harassing me going to get me on their side?

By - 7/7/09 - 7:38 am

Neal Gaffey photographs a New York City taxi at West Concord and Tremont in the South End - the second time he's seen an NYC cab in that area.

By - 7/5/09 - 12:30 am

UPDATE: Suspect arrested.

Boston Police report finding a man, 24, shot repeatedly at 617 Shawmut Ave. around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday - along with a "large group" standing over him. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died.

By - 7/3/09 - 4:41 pm

DennisDaniel Dennis, who already has three OUI convictions under his belt over the past two decades, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail today after he was pulled over for alleged drunk driving in the South End early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says:

A Boston Police officer in a marked cruiser watched Dennis allegedly sail through a red light at the intersection of Clarendon Street and Columbus Avenue shortly after 2:30 this morning. When the officers caught up to the 2003 BMW – owned by Dennis' passenger, who was also intoxicated – Dennis allegedly slowed but did not stop for approximately 200 yards.

Dennis, 45, then tried to make his escape on foot down West Canton Street; however, officers found him standing over some bushes taking a leak, the DA's office reports. After failing field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest, the DA's office says.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/1/09 - 6:18 pm

A South End correspondent forwards a note (a real note, smart aleck) from the South End Business Alliance warning members to be on the lookout for fake C-notes. They all have the same serial number - DA29101239A - and are "slightly discolored and have a sticky texture." Also, "the reflective embossed 100 in the right-hand corner doesn't turn from green to black on the fake."

By - 6/24/09 - 4:25 pm

The Food Monkey reports the opening of Boston's first Senegalese restaurant, Teranga on Washington Street in the South End. Apparently, the food has both French and Vietnamese influences.

Boston's first West African restaurant of any kind is the African Cuisine, which serves up Nigerian food (and now Jamaican) on Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park.