A visit this morning confirmed that the weekend blizzard did little to dislodge the sailboat blown onto Carson Beach during Hurricane Sandy.
Lauren Sommer reports:
Umm, if someone lost their sailboat, I found it on Carson Beach looking a little lost and lonely.
Boston and State Police swarmed the South Boston beaches this afternoon - both on shore and in the water - looking for a man reported to be possibly struggling as he swam about 400 yards offshore.
The search was called off when nobody was found. Even in February, members of the L Street Bathhouse (you know, the people who run into the bay every New Year's Day) will don wet suits and go for swims. It is not known, however, if the spotted man was from L Street.
“They're perfectly suited to do a lot of important jobs in policing," [Commissioner Ed] Davis said of State Police. "They’re not as well suited to doing community policing in the neighborhoods in Boston."
However, Davis doesn't want authority over the Esplanade, also under state control. And the VFW and West Roxbury parkways weren't even mentioned in the article, even though they are lined with houses - and Davis cited domestic disputes along Day Boulevard that BPD gets called on but then can't do anything about as one reason to seek legislative approval for the shift.
WBUR follows up on Monday's whatever-it-was, talks to kids who used Facebook to get their friends to show up at the beach just to hang out, and Boston Police, who said there was no indication of a "gang issue" Monday.
State Police told the station that at least some of the fights were a result of gang rivalries, but even they acknowledged that the vast majority of the people there had nothing to do with gangs.
The Globe reports Mayor Menino's gotten involved, asking State Police to "act more like Boston police" in dealing with disturbances.
State Police said today unruly teens at Carson Beach were not their only problem over Memorial Day weekend. Around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, State Police say in a statement:
Troopers responded to Marina Bay, Squantum Point Park and Wollaston Beach and helped move out more than 300 vehicles from DCR property after bar closures at Marina Bay. Troopers assisted Quincy Police with multiple fights and assaults. Troopers removed several large groups from Wollaston Beach.
In the same statement, State Police recounted three days of problems at Carson Beach and vowed increased patrols there starting right this second:
Anne Allred at Channel 7 tweeted this morning:
1,000 teens show up on Carson Beach to watch rival gangs fight. I just can't get over that.
Really? Word got out on the street a major showdown was on and everybody dropped what they were doing and rushed right over to Carson Beach?
I don't buy it. There is no Cyrus of Boston gangs Pied Pipering everybody to a war council.
So why would 1,000 teens show up at Carson Beach? Because it was hot. And a holiday. And you can get there by subway.
Were there troublemakers getting into fights? Yes. Did a lot of the kids stand around and watch? You bet. Does Boston have a gang problem? Yes.
But when some moron runs onto the field at Fenway, we don't accuse all 35,000 people in the stands of being complicit, even though a lot of them are cheering him on. We shouldn't demonize every last person on that beach yesterday. Where is the outrage about the two young men who were shot to death and the four others who survived getting shot over the weekend?
Channel 4 reports as many as 1,000 people showed up for a gang fight, and that this was the third day in a row of gang trouble at the beach.
J.J. Leslie tweets:
I was down there just before that, swimming. Big groups by the bath house. Not regulars. Left just before things went down.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports investigators have been unable to identify the woman, whose body was discovered by a jogger yesterday morning, and are asking for help from the public:
The deceased is a white female estimated to be between 55 and 65 years of age, weighing about 140 lbs and about 5'2" tall. She had brown eyes and short blondish-gray hair. At the time of her death, she was wearing gold half-loop earrings and a gray crewneck sweatshirt. The sweatshirt had the words "Boston You're My Home" and the insignia of the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox embroidered across the chest. She was also wearing black pants, black socks, and black shoes.
If that sounds familiar, contact the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.
I've been collecting pebbles from Carson Beach since last summer. Twice a week after I had my morning run I walked on the wet sand the same trail I ran earlier. Along the edge of water I searched for the smoothest and odddest shape of pebbles. When I got home I cleaned them and dropped them into various sizes of glass container of pathos plants. ...