Police shut the roads around the intersection of Harvard and Brighton avenues this morning after police found two suspicious packages a block apart. One person was arrested; emergency responders began leaving shortly after 2 p.m.
Around noon, Boston Police swarmed the area of Comm. Ave. and Harvard Avenue, where a guy was allegedly threatening people with a taser outside the McDonald's. They quickly found the suspect and the taser and now he's undergoing booking.
On Brighton Avenue, near Harvard, around 3 a.m., in an apparent drive-by, Stanley Staco reports.
WalkingBostonian shows us the mostly empty Harvard Avenue in Allston this afternoon.
The smallish Tedeschi on Comm. Ave. at Harvard plans to move into the Kelly's Roast Beef space across Harvard.
The move, which will require approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals, prompted the owner of the McDonald's franchise on Harvard Avenue to seek city permission to extend his closing hour from 2 to 3 a.m., at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.
Bob King, owner of the McDonald's at Harvard and Commonwealth Avenues, has withdrawn his request to the Boston Licensing Board to operate 24 hours a day.
The McDonald's is currently licensed for operations between 5 a.m. and 2 a.m.
King also withdrew his application to extend the hours of his Western Avenue McDonald's to 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The owner of the McDonald's at Harvard and Commonwealth avenues is seeking permission to stay open around the clock.
The Boston Licensing Board considers its request to extend its hours, which now run 5 a.m. to 2 a.m., at a hearing on Wednesday.
A little over a year ago, the board agreed to let the burger place change its opening hour from 7 a.m. to 5 a.m., after owner Bob King agreed to take steps to keep his franchise from becoming a hangout for methadone patients.
A car crash at Brighton and Harvard avenues shortly after 11:30 p.m. turned into a violent melee when at least three people attacked the firefighters and EMTs who arrived to help, throwing repeated punches as firefighters kept radioing for police help.
Once police arrived, they made "multiple arrests," according to Boston EMS Incidents.
The Daily Free Press reports (fourth item) the victim made it from Tavern in the Square on Brighton Avenue to Harvard Avenue early Sunday before he was beaten up and robbed by a group of six men with whom he had verbally jousted in the bar.
Sweet Kingdom, which plans to sell only "healthy" desserts made of fruits and light sugar, won approval today to stay open until 2 a.m. at 145 Harvard Ave.
At a hearing Wednesday, Boston Licensing Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer expressed surprise that a dessert place would seek to stay open that late.
The Boston Fire Department reports a driver somehow managed to drive in reverse into the Artful Edge, 55 Harvard Ave., around 4 p.m. Arriving emergency crews found the Subaru embedded in the framing store. The driver was unhurt, but one pedestrian was cut by flying glass.
Police are investigating the incident; ISD also arrived to look at the structural state of the building.
Scott Matalon says he came home from a weekend trip to find Harvard and Brighton avenues plastered with signs banning parking on Wednesday and Thursday between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Matalon, owner of Stingray Body Art and president of Allston Village Main Streets, says the move is not just annoying, in an area miles from past championship violence - it's a business killer, because for Allston, Halloween is more like Black Thursday; it's "the biggest spending days we have."
"It kills the restaurants," he said, adding other businesses will also suffer when many of their customers can't park anywhere near them.
Airbags deployed and at least one person was taken away in an ambulance when several vehicles somehow managed to collide shortly after 7:30 a.m. at Cambridge Street and Harvard Avenue.
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The Boston Licensing Board says the presence of methadone patients who aren't breaking any laws isn't reason to keep the McDonald's at Harvard and Comm. avenues from opening at 5 a.m.
Its approval means the burger/Egg McMuffin emporium can now open 21 hours a day. It previously had opened at 7 a.m., which franchisee Bob King said meant he could not serve the crowds clamoring for McDonald's take on breakfast earlier in the morning.
The owner of McDonald's franchises at Harvard and Comm Ave. and on Western Avenue wants to start opening his outlets at 5 a.m. - and to extend the Western Ave. closing time to 3 a.m. He says he's already taken steps to deal with an increasing problem with methadone patients hanging out at the Harvard Ave. location.
At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, the Allston Civic Association opposed the hour extensions. Association President Paul Berkeley said that with some outlets seeking later hours at night and others seeking earlier hours in the morning, members are "fearful we're just going to become a 24-hour community."
Ritual Arts, 153 Harvard Ave., reports:
We were robbed this morning. 2 men and a woman. They beat up Jamie although I don't have all the details yet. It happened very early in the morning. They took a lot of silver jewelry, expensive glass pipes and I believe a large amount of sage bundles.