The Lonely Wizard enjoyed meeting a pair of DCR rangers and their steeds at Smith Field in Hyde Park this morning.
Stony Brook Reservation
Boston firefighters are in Stony Brook Reservation, battling three separate brush fires, near the Washington Street side, roughly across from Heron Street.
UPDATE: Fire went to second alarm around 3:50 p.m. as BFD brought in more firefighters to connect distant hydrants to the crews in the woods. Firefighters were also warned to be careful due to a large bee colony discovered near one engine and to watch for trees that might fall.
Larry Johnson spent some time recently at the Thompson Center, which some residents want to turn into a multi-use dog park, but which state Rep. Angelo Scaccia is fighting to keep it just the way it is.
Artists have complete freedom of expression here in billboard size pieces and are not fettered by the limitations put upon them by "community standards" or neighborhood associations who govern what can be put on public walls, or commercial concerns, or "acceptable" material teenagers can create on a mural project under adult supervision. This outdoor gallery is a unique museum of these creations, ever changing and challenging convention.
Jake ran across this bucolic scene inside Stony Brook Reservation this afternoon. No, this probably won't cause any brush fires today, given how wet the ground is from yesterday's snow/sleet/rain, but it might show one of the reasons why, pretty much every spring, Boston firefighters have to haul hoses deep into the woods because they erupt in flames. Read more.
Stony Brook Reservation is still painted largely in palettes of gray and brown. But the vernal pools there - some still with a coating of ice - have some brilliant emerald-green swatches.
DCR Commissioner Leo Roy tonight unveiled a proposal to set aside all of Stony Brook Reservation west of Enneking Parkway - 140 acres of the 475-acre forest - for a dog park that would feature about a three-acre area of fenced-in play space and several miles of trails through the woods where owners could let their dogs roam free. Read more.
Backers of a plan to turn a needle-infested, abandoned recreation complex in Stony Brook Reservation into a dog park get a chance to convince DCR to let them go forward at a meeting in Hyde Park on Tuesday. Read more.
TC reports seeing a rooster, live and kickin', at the four-way stop in the middle of Stony Brook Reservation around 6:30 p.m.
On Feb. 2, 1875, James Gatley quietly died in Grew's Woods, a vast expanse of woods and hills on what was then the Hyde Park/West Roxbury town line, where he'd lived in a 10x12 hut for nearly three decades, studying and stuffing the local birds and reptiles. Read more.
For 40 minutes, puzzled newcomers at a meeting of the Dog Park Association of Southwest Boston tonight couldn't figure why DCR had abruptly abandoned work with the group to turn the decaying nine-acre Thompson Center in Stony Brook Reservation into Hyde Park's first dog park - to the point of refusing to even let group members see the consultant's plans the group had partially paid for. Read more.
State Police are investigating a fatal crash on Enneking Parkway near Gordon Avenue around 7:30 p.m. yesterday in which one driver apparently swerved onto the wrong side of the road.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office: Read more.
Mark Smith and friends checked out Stony Brook Reservation's Turtle Pond today.
Deep in Stony Brook Reservation is a lost valley where it always snows on Christmas Eve, or, at least, it did yesterday.
The Bulletin reports on the efforts of the Dog Park Association of Southwest Boston to convince the state to turn the long shuttered Thompson Center in Hyde Park into a dog park. In addition to general state inertia, the group also has to contend with advocates for children - who say the center should be restored to its original use as a park for kids with disabilities - and senior citizens.
A contractor is scheduled to begin work this month on a two-year project to build a new water main through Stony Brook Reservation to serve several southern suburbs. Read more.
Boston firefighters are back in Stony Brook Reservation this morning because the brush fire they thought they'd taken care of yesterday has re-ignited in two spots near Turtle Pond.
Boston firefighters are in Stony Brook Reservation for what has turned into a three-alarm brush fire, along the George Wright Golf Course, not too far from the parking lot across from the baseball field.
BFD has requested water-tank brush-fire trucks from DCR because both of Boston's trucks are involved with the Marathon.
WCVB reports on closure for both the woman's family and the Boston Police detectives who had been trying to identify the remains of a woman found murdered and buried in the reservation.
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