South End

By - 8/2/13 - 10:21 am


A grumpy citizen barks about the conditions at the newly restored fountain in Blackstone Square in the South End:

I thought with all the $$$ invested in the fountain overhaul, something would be finally done about the habitual leash law violations. Is this the most expensive (and soon

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By - 7/30/13 - 1:14 pm

AriasAriasRicardo Arias, 19, was sentenced to life in prison today for shooting a South End teen to death in September, 2011.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Arias last week.

Arias, a Roslindale resident with ties to Mission Hill, was spending time at a DYS center for troubled teens... Read more

By - 7/29/13 - 9:12 am

Fountain back where it belongs

Johnny Panic photographed this morning's return of the fountain to Franklin Square, from which it had been removed last fall for repairs.... Read more

By - 7/21/13 - 3:00 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports an overly hot fan "came in contact with some combustibles" and started a fire around 7 a.m. that did an estimated $50,000 in damage to an apartment at 45 E. Newton St.... Read more

By - 7/19/13 - 3:50 pm

A former Little League coach had bail set at $150,000 today on his arraignment on a charge of possession of child pornography, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Andrew McKinnon, 43, allegedly had images depicting "rape and abuse of innocent children" that he made available to others on a file-sharing network, the DA's office says. Boston Police, Homeland Security and the Secret Service raided... Read more

By - 7/16/13 - 3:42 pm

Missing turtle

Kevin McCrea (yes, that Kevin McCrea) reports:

Sometime last night or early this morning my 2 year pet red eared slider who answers to "Bob" was taken from the fountain in front of my house at 218 West Springfield. A great favorite of the kids in

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By - 7/3/13 - 9:28 am

Garbage pile

A concerned citizen complains about this impromptu landfill on Mass. Ave. north of Washington:

This garbage has been piled up for 2 days. I know the City is working hard on garbage pickup in the South End, but I wanted to report this pile

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By - 7/2/13 - 9:01 pm

492 Mass. Ave. fire. Photo by Dave Manley.492 Mass. Ave. fire. Photo by Dave Manley.

A roof-deck fire atop the seven-story 492 Mass. Ave. quickly went to two alarms after it broke out shortly before 9 p.m. The fire... Read more

By - 7/2/13 - 7:08 pm

Branden Mattier, 22, was arrested today when an undercover state trooper gave him a bogus check for $2.2 million for the pain and suffering he allegedly suffered when his aunt's legs were damaged so severely by the Marathon bombings that she would need a double amputation.

The problem, the state Attorney General's office reports, is that the aunt actually died 10 years ago.... Read more

By - 7/1/13 - 9:47 am

Bike rack

An irate citizen complains about this new bike rack on Worcester Square in the South End:

In a city where parking spaces are so limited that they sell for $560,000 how can you justify turning a resident parking spot into a bike rack?

UPDATE: City marks the... Read more

By - 6/28/13 - 7:36 am

Hydrant and trash can

A concerned citizen doesn't think much of the unusual engineering solution to a leaky hydrant on Union Park Street in the South End:

There is so much water being wasted through the pipe attached to this hydrant. It has been

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By - 6/27/13 - 11:41 am

WFXT reports a source says investigators are looking into a possible connection between the now former New England Patriot and a still unsolved triple shooting that left two dead in a car at the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street early on July 16, 2012.

At the time, police said witnesses reported gunfire from a gray "SUV style motor vehicle" with Rhode... Read more

By - 6/10/13 - 1:12 pm

And no doubt completely unrelated. If you happen to pass by the biolab on Albany Street Wednesday morning, don't worry about all the emergency vehicles you'll see parked out front - there'll be no Andromeda Strain release that day (besides, the lab hasn't yet gotten final approval to stock killer death viruses, let alone hexagonal killer death viruses from outer space).

This drill will

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By - 6/8/13 - 7:29 pm

Lot of lipstick

Kimball photographed one of the marchers in today's Pride parade.

Eeka captured participants as well:


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By - 6/6/13 - 7:24 am


A pattern-conscious citizen complains about the bricks on Lawrence Street:

Who chose these bricks? These bricks do not match the look or feel of the existing South End brick sidewalks, Please look into this ASAP AND GIVE ME A REPORT BACK thanks

South End font kvetching.... Read more

By - 5/28/13 - 10:35 am

The first Boston Bike Party kicks off at 7:30 tonight in Dewey Square, with the rolling party scheduled to wend through the Seaport, down to Castle Island and then across the rest of South Boston, into the South End and ending by the Pru.

By - 5/14/13 - 8:33 am

A nose-holding citizen reports from Roslindale:

Porter potty needed for field- athletes have no facilities and are using the tunnel that connects Fallon field to Belgrade ave to relieve themselves. It smells like urine and is unnerving for walkers.

And in the South End, a disgusted citizen posts a photo of a hole in the ground:

Homeless people have dug this foot-deep hole

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By - 5/8/13 - 10:42 am

Tortoise in the South EndSouth End strolling.

After I posted the photo of the tortoise on a leash in the Back Bay, Kate Terrado reported she'd seen - and photographed - the lady and the tortoise in the South End last week.... Read more

By - 5/7/13 - 9:59 am

Mass. Ave. chalk

Last night, Jed Hresko followed a chalk line on Mass. Ave. near the Orange Line stop:

Long line

It was a very long line - with... Read more

By - 5/6/13 - 9:44 am

Two men convicted of drug dealing who asked to be let out of prison because of problems at state drug labs will stay in prison while their cases are reconsidered, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Landers Ivey, 53, demanded to be "immediately released" while his latest conviction was reviewed, because of the scandal at state drug labs, in particular the one in Jamaica... Read more