Bianca spotted some scullers on the Charles as storm clouds moved in and the NWS issued a severe-thunderstorm watch.
Paul Matisse's Charlestown Bells, removed from the Charles River Dam in June for repairs, are slated to be put back in place on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m.
The Friends of the Charlestown Bells expect the work to take a few hours - and say people who want to help out but who don't feel mechanically inclined can bring sandwiches.
The Herald has photos from yesterday's public swim in the Charles River basin.
Among not jumping in yesterday: Bill Weld.
UPDATE: DCR reports the fountain is working fine - people just have to be patient after hitting the button:
Fountain is working perfectly - for pets and people. Has an underground pump delay (ironically to prevent freezing in winter).
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: