The Boston Public Library's posted this ad for the Providence and Boston train station that once sat where Columbus Avenue today enters Park Square - and which replaced an even older station. Note on this map that its tracks crossed the line of the Boston and Albany just before the station.
Here's a photo from sometime after its construction in 1872 - note the Lincoln statue, which remains in the square, although not in the same prominent location:
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what to do about an incident at a Park Square bar Jan. 1 that left a Flyers fan in the ICU and his son under arrest.
Brian Leonardo and his wife Margaret told the board this morning that bouncers at MJ O'Connor's, 27 Columbus Ave., choked him into unconsciousness after a rowdy but good natured verbal battle between Flyers and Bruins fans the night before the two teams met on the ice at Fenway Park. Bar workers said Leonardo attacked bar workers, was in the process of overpowering a bar worker on the ground and that his son ripped his shirt off outside in the winter chill and threatened to shoot somebody. Whatever reason Leonardo collapsed, they said, it wasn't anything they did.
Abdel Abla, a waiter at Maggiano's Little Italy, 4 Columbus Ave., yesterday filed suit against its parent company, alleging it charges gratuities to private parties that aren't turned over to food servers.
The suit, filed in US District Court in Boston against Brinker Restaurant Corp. said this violates the Massachusetts tip law and the state's minimum-wage law, because restaurants are only allowed to pay workers less than the minimum wage if they turn tips over to them. Although only Abla is named in the suit, it was filed with the hopes of becoming a class-action suit against Brinker, which runs Maggiano's Little Italy restaurants across the country.
Boston Police report on an incident on Lubec Street in East Boston Sunday morning: A woman rolled up her window at 72 Lubec St. and started screaming at a landscaper that he was making too much noise for a Sunday. Then a man at 85 Lubec St joined the chorus - using a black object to make his point. The landscaper, fearing he was about to get shot, called police. In basic blotterspeak, police report:
Officers conducted a protective sweep inside the apartment and observed a black television remote controller, but no weapon.
Also click the first link to read about a Charlestown woman in a black and silver dress picked up for putting a knife to the throat of another woman in a Roxbury fight Sunday afternoon (no word what the fight was about); a man who, when he saw his car was being towed in Hyde Park, jumped into the car and managed to drive off; and an armed robbery yesterday at 20 Park Plaza.