As production moves forward with "Wichita," the upcoming spy flick starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz set to film in Boston this September, the latest rumor is that pre-production crews are currently hashing out an elaborate water-based chase scene slotted to... Read more
Kathy reports there's a gaggle of geese under the BU bridge. By itself, no big deal, except the goslings are now big enough to notice that while some are obviously the spawn of the white adult geese that watch over them, some have the black legs of Canada geese:
... So it looks like maybe some Canada gooselings imprinted on domesticated parents. So what... Read more
Penny Cherubino reports the Boston Landmark Commission has voted to designate the stretch along the Charles as a landmark. It's now up to Mayor Menino and the city council as to whether the Esplanade becomes a landmark, which, among other things, could make it harder for the state to dig it up or pave it over as it rebuilds the Storrow Drive tunnel.... Read more
It's not that the swimmers are afraid of getting wet, but that all the rain has meant lots of yucky runoff flowing into the river, and that means the Charles River Swimming Club has had to cancel the annual swim, scheduled for tomorrow, June 21. Race Director Ulla Hester says:
It was an unfortunate reminder of the fact that the river is not... Read more
Seems Brady was kayaking in the Charles and he fell in and this woman helped fish him out, thus saving the entire 2009 Patriots' season.
Hey, remember when Nomar Garciaparra dived into Boston Harbor to save some woman who'd fallen in?
The Boston Landmarks Commission tonight considers officially designating the Esplanade a landmark, at a hearing that starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Sarah Kelly, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance, explains why it should.
John Halamka sings the praises of his daily after-work six-mile kayak trip through the Lakes District section of the Charles:
... The early evening on the Charles is a perfect time to view widelife - Great Blue Herons, Trumpeter Swans, American River Otters, Snapping Turtles, and enormous Carp. The river is different every time I kayak with variable weather, changing wildlife, and new people.... Read more
State officials consider unleashing the hounds to scare geese away from the Esplanade. They'll love that across the river when all the geese resettle along Mem. Drive.
This was originally a link to a cool photo of a pedestrian ramp on the Mass. Ave. bridge, but the photographer took the photo down. Oh, well, but it was cool.
The turnpike authority is canning the lights to save money - and is considering shutting off every fourth light in the Big Dig tunnels - the Globe reports, adding, however, the authority will continue to splurge on those red lights that keep planes from crashing into the bridge.
Richard Beaubien was ready when the tower lights on the Zakim were turned off for Earth Hour last night.
Copyright Richard Beaubien.