Charles River

By - 5/24/10 - 10:08 am

Mike the Mad Biologist reports on a proposal to do that - back in 1907. Beacon Hill nobs, concerned about the view, put the kibosh on the idea.

By - 5/22/10 - 8:06 pm


At least near Harvard Square, the answer is "yes!" Leslee captured a group of people jumping off the Weeks Footbridge into the Charles the other day.

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By - 5/18/10 - 11:12 pm

Story updated at 8 a.m.

The Boston Fire Department and State Police report two men jumped into the Charles River from the Mass. Ave. bridge around 11 p.m. last night.

Boston firefighters and state troopers arrived at the middle of the bridge in time to spot one person in the river "barely treading water." In a statement, State Police say:

State Police Lieutenant Paul

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By - 4/23/10 - 3:15 pm

UPDATE: The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will lower the level of the Charles at the dam by three feet Sunday night to allow for inspection of the dam's catwalk and flashboards, which are showing "significant deterioration of structural components." The dam itself is fine, the state says. The extra water will be diverted into the Mother Brook in Dedham. Read more.

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By - 3/31/10 - 11:44 am

Local 718 and Boston Police report a Duck Boat lost power near the Longfellow Bridge this morning and had to be towed out of the Charles River before being consumed by Scylla.

By - 3/15/10 - 11:09 pm

Underwater table

Jo photographed what appears to be a bobbing raft but is actually a picnic table being submerged by a rising Charles River at Norumbega Park in Newton today.

William Ricker stopped to watch an impromptu fountain formed by an overflowing sewer on Coffey Street in Dorchester on Sunday:... Read more

By - 3/15/10 - 4:11 pm

Needham Line train: Passing between the Charles (foreground) and Cutler ParkNeedham Line train: Passing between the Charles (foreground) and Cutler Park this afternoon.

In the 1970s, the Corps abandoned plans for a massive series of levees and flood-control dams along the Charles... Read more

By - 3/5/10 - 1:16 am

The Crimson reports Harvard officials are going to do everything they can to keep freshmen from dumping a whole truckload of fizzies - and burning boats - into the Charles River next week:

Committee members at yesterday's monthly meeting approved plans to discourage the annual "River Run," which they characterized as an unsafe, alcohol-laden pseudo-tradition.

“We're trying to tell people they shouldn't do it,"

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By - 2/13/10 - 10:43 am

The Conservation Law Foundation yesterday formally accused the city of failing to stop high levels of bacteria, oil and dissolved metals and chemicals pour into Boston Harbor through its 201 "outfall" pipes that collect road runoff from nearly 20,000 catch basins - and from the neighboring town of Brookline.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court, the foundation accused the Boston Water and Sewer... Read more

By - 1/15/10 - 2:26 pm

Paul Marotta watched the sun go down over the Charles yesterday.

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By - 12/22/09 - 11:18 am

Starting with the next storm, the Brighton-based company says:

Under the agreement, New Balance, recognizing DCR’s commitment to outdoor enthusiasts in a challenging economy, has pledged to provide funding to support snow removal efforts along the 17-plus mile Charles River path spanning from the Museum of Science area in Cambridge to the Galen Street Bridge in Watertown. The snow removal will be performed by DCR

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By - 12/15/09 - 11:48 pm

The Boston Fire Department tweets the body of a man who jumped off the Longfellow around 6:30 p.m. was recovered on the Cambridge side of the Charles. Wicked Local Cambridge reports foul play is not suspected.

By - 11/20/09 - 12:08 pm

The Globe reports the state will use $30 million in federal stimulus funds - plus another $30 million that's been sitting in a Big Dig account for years - to erect a Colossus-size statue of Kraft bestriding Boston Harbor build long promised footbridges across and near the mouth of the Charles River, by the Zakim Bridge.

The Globe doesn't say if any of that... Read more

By - 11/15/09 - 7:48 pm
Setting sun over the Charles

Matthew I. watched the sun go down over the Charles - and a heron - along the Esplanade the other day.

Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/14/09 - 7:50 pm

Dan Tobin was facing the Citgo sign on the way home from Cambridge this evening:

... It's a landmark I invariably associate with the Red Sox and tonight I realized that, no matter how the season ended up - with us as champions or the hated Yankees taking the crown - this is the time of year when baseball is in hibernation. It won't

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By - 10/29/09 - 3:26 pm

Los Angelenos not used to 50-degree temperatures making a movie:


Chris Devers watched the moviemakers near between Watertown and Brighton today as they filmed some faux rowers for the movie about Facebook.

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By - 10/17/09 - 1:37 pm

Paul Keleher watched the Head of the Charles Regatta this morning, including these alumni of Belmont Hill. He reports: "The sun was out on Saturday morning, a nice surprise."

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By - 10/14/09 - 7:52 am

William Hurley, 24, of Quincy disappeared after last Thursday's game. Police recovered his body from the Charles near the Nashua Street jail around 2:30 a.m. today.

By - 10/12/09 - 1:25 pm

Channel 4 reports two Boston police boats searched the Charles River near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital today, looking for William Hurley, a Quincy man who disappeared after last Thursday's Bruins's game.

By - 10/11/09 - 9:35 am

Just a dad carrying a tuckered daughter after some fun along the Charles near Harvard Square yesterday, as captured by Kate Mitchell.

Copyright Kate Mitchell. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.