Major deer spotted at the Roslindale Wetlands off Weld and Walter streets, near the Arboretum. He's also been spotted at Stony Brook (at the intersection of Washington and the parkway, no less), so don't be too startled if you see this huge woodland creature bounding through your backyard some evening.
Stony Brook Reservation
Boston firefighters are in Stony Brook Reservation on the West Roxbury end battling a three-alarm brush fire. Jan watched the rising smoke from the Hancock building in the Back Bay.
Stony Brook is one of three areas in Boston particularly prone to brush fires - the other two being the marshes along the Neponset River in Dorchester and the Back Bay Fens along the Muddy River.
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has agreed to put up money to study how to turn the long closed Thompson Center on the Hyde Park side of Stony Brook Reservation into a dog park large enough to have separate play areas for large and small dogs and walking trails for pet owners who want to get in a bit of exercise.
At nine acres, the proposed dog park would dwarf similar facilities in the rest of the city.
A man with three drunk-driving convictions under his belt wandered away from the car he'd just flipped in Stony Brook Reservation, his companion dead inside, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges.
West Roxbury District Court Judge Debra Shopteese agreed with prosecutors to set Jeffrey Mason's bail at $500,000 at his arraignment today.
According to the DA's office:
State Police report the woman who died in a rollover on Enneking Parkway in Hyde Park early Saturday was Lillian Grover, 41, of Roslindale.
Jeffrey Mason, 42, of Walpole faces a variety of charges, including motor-vehicle homicide while drunk and being arrested for drunk driving for the fourth time for the crash, around 2:30 a.m. near the intersection with Turtle Pond and Dedham parkways in Stony Brook Reservation.
A Walpole man now facing his fourth OUI charge was arrested early this morning after flipping his car on Enneking Parkway near the intersection with Turtle Pond and Dedham parkways, killing his passenger, then leaving the scene, State Police report.
Jeffrey Mason, 42, faces charges of OUI, fourth offense, motor-vehicle homicide while intoxicated, speeding, crossing marked lanes, negligent operation and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, State Police say.
Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation was completely still in the fog this morning. From the dock on the parkway side of the pond, you could barely make out the dock on the other side; the trees there cast a dark gray reflection on the water.
Meanwhile, Adam Shutes walked onto the dock at the Jamaica Pond boathouse this morning:
This afternoon, somebody called police to report a coyote was just lounging on her rear porch on the Arborway up near Centre Street in Jamaica Plain
Shortly before 7 p.m., a woman called in from one of the paths in Stony Brook Reservation near the George Wright golf course on the Roslindale/Hyde Park line: She was walking her dog when she noticed two coyotes were following them. Before police could arrive, however, two men in the area spotted her and escorted her to safety. No word if either of them was named Elmer.
UPDATE: Colandris is, allegedly, quite a piece of work. More details on his other OUI case and how State Police found him.
Gregory Colandris, 22, is scheduled for arraignment today for a crash Saturday in Stony Brook Reservation that left his passenger, a 25-year-old woman from Hingham, dead.
Colandris was allegedly behind the wheel of the woman's car around 2:25 a.m. when it hit a tree on Dedham Parkway at the Hyde Park/Dedham line, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
We live in the largest city in New England, and yet, around 10:15 a.m., I had to hit the brakes to avoid plowing into a buck bounding across the Dedham Parkway near the entrance to Georgetowne in Hyde Park. Antlers and everything.
Tom O'Gara reports he saw one on Enneking Parkway around 1 a.m.
Boston firefighters are on what is now their daily run to Stony Brook Reservation, for another brush fire off Enneking Parkway and Washington Street. Two alarms as of 9:30 a.m. State Police are shutting down the parkway.
UPDATE: All out declared around 10:55 a.m.
For the third time in three days, firefighters are in Stony Brook Reservation, combating a brush fire. Unlike the first two, which were at the Hyde Park end of the forest, this one is closer to Washington Street, between West Boundary Road and Enneking Parkway. Around 7:20 a.m., fire commanders struck a second alarm for the fire; around 7:50 a.m., a third alarm; and around 8:30, a fourth alarm.
Police shut West Boundary Road to traffic. Smoke from the fire could be smelled at Forest Hills.
Mike Moura reports Boston firefighters are in the woods where Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park come together, fighting an extensive brush fire reported shortly before 6 p.m.
Mike Ball reports from the Boston Snow Dog Run today near the Stony Brook Reservation skating rink.
Those of us with images of driven Ititarod racers fairly devouring 1,000 miles of ice and snow were obviously amused at the huskies playing with each other and sometimes pulling in different directions. It seems they are largely pets who have a great time. Getting them competitive is not always easy.
Boston firefighters are battling a brush fire in the forest, near where it runs along the George Wright Golf Course. So far, the smoke is white, not like the dark stuff from yesterday.
They're peeping away at the George Wright Golf Course and Stony Brook Reservation tonight.
Jef Taylor surveys the fungi and lichens in Boston's forest primeval, i.e., Stony Brook Reservation.