One highlight was when Keith Lockhart turned the baton over to Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue.
Several people said attendance seemed to be down on the Esplanade, although it was hard to say if it was because of the increased security or the increased heat. Jeff Tamagini didn't think much of the shutdown of the Mass. Ave. bridge:
Well the fireworks from Mass. Ave. bridge were subpar and pointless. Let's hope it was a one time thing - I want my bridge back!
The hitch? The simulcast of the music. See Kaz's comments, below.
A man who called himself Peter Pan tried getting away with another man's boat in the Charles River over the weekend, only to find himself under arrest, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Around 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, the owner of a 28-foot boat watched as somebody boarded his craft at Poor Man's Landing just north of the Longfellow, start her up and make for open waters or, at least, the inner harbor.
The crack state troopers of the Marine Section quickly moved to intercept and board the vessel, the DA's office reports:
The troopers asked who the owner of the boat was.
State Police dipped into the Charles River by the Mass. Ave. Bridge this morning to pull out a man swimming the river with no clothes on, per National Emergency Alerts.
The folks at Prompt Boston looked out the windows of their 14th-floor offices in Kendall Square this afternoon to spot "one brave man swimming the Charles River."
Over the weekend, volunteers dismantled the Charlestown Bells - the colorful series of bells across the Charles River Damn that once let you ring out across the river but which had fallen into disrepair in recent years. They were taken to a studio in Groton, where, over the summer, they'll be restored to working order. J.J. Gilmartin, who took the photos in this post, explains:
After a passerby spotted the body around 9:20 this morning by the Teddy Ebersol ballfields, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Detectives have a tentative ID based on his wallet, but have yet to release his name pending notification of next of kin, the DA's office says, adding, however, that he is from the greater Boston area.
There are no immediate signs of foul play, but the exact cause and time of death remain under investigation.
Ben Heyman took this photo of a Charles River sunset a couple weeks ago, but it somehow seems fitting today.
Officials from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and New Balance gathered in Artesani Park on the shores of the Charles this morning to cut a ribbon and official open a new year-round, three-faucet bubbler that will let thirsty runners, walkers and animals rehydrate, both through individual sips and by refilling their water bottles:
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation and New Balance are holding a formal unveiling on Saturday morning - for a water bubbler in Artesani Park off Soldiers Field Road in Brighton:
UPDATE: The DA's office reports the victim was a 33-year-old Brighton man and that his death was declared "a non-homicide" after an autopsy and investigation.
State Police report recovering a man's body from the Charles River, between the Hatch Shell and the Harvard Bridge this morning.
A body of a man pulled out of the Charles River yesterday is that of a 32-year-old South End man whose apparent jump into the river on Jan. 1 sparked a massive search that came up empty at the time, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adds:
The investigation during the intervening months into that man's death has not developed any indication of foul play. Because the case is not believed to be criminal in nature, his name is not being released.
Time-lapse animation from MassDOT. With bonus new-agey guitar track that fortunately you can just turn off when it gets really annoying. And don't worry - they'll be putting the shakers back on.
WBUR reports on the impending three-year Longfellow Bridge repair project that will include a total of 25 weekends of Red Line bustitution and lane restrictions for drivers.
Penny Cherubino watches (and photographs) a guy who started walking across the Charles, then thought the better of it, or satisfied his curiosity or something. She finds the large crack in the ice he almost walked over. With bonus Leslie Jones photo of a Charles River ice rescue from back in the day.