Massachusetts Avenue

By - 4/11/14 - 8:47 am

A pair of turkeys caused a rubbernecking ruckus along Mass. Ave. near Columbus this morning. The two birds proved to disbelieving bystanders that they can, in fact, fly, swooping over cars and the heads of pedestrians in a crazed flight from the roof of one building to the porch of another.

By - 2/19/14 - 10:33 am
Viktor

Transit Police report one man's apparent idea of a joke left one of their canines with an injury - and the man under arrest.

Police say Antonio Brown, 25, of Cambridge, walked up to a K-9 patrol car at the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop around 7:50 p.m. yesterday and "began to hiss, grunt and bark" at Viktor the police dog:

These actions caused

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By - 2/19/14 - 9:58 am

Transit Police report officers doing fare-evader duty at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line yesterday evening quickly became interested in the gentleman who was demanding a customer-service agent let him in for free because "he was an 'Active Duty' member of the US Armed Forces."

Police report Christopher Keefe, 28, of Braintree was not, in fact, an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces.... Read more

By - 1/11/14 - 3:05 pm

Around 3 p.m., Shaita reported:

Caution: A huge possum was just sitting in the middle of the right lane of Mass Ave in front of the Mary Baker Eddy library.

By - 1/10/14 - 11:02 pm

A pair of alleged rappers were arraigned today on charges they reacted to a complaint about the volume of their vocals at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line Thursday night by doing a little Jim Croce on their critic's head.

Boston Municipal Court Judge Robert J. McKenna released Shakera Bowden of Dorchester and Curtessa Franklin of Canton, both 19, on personal recognizance, according to... Read more

By - 10/17/13 - 7:57 pm
Traffic light

An annoyed citizen files a complaint from Mass. Ave. near Berklee:

Could this lamppost have been installed in a less convenient place? Doubtful.

The city agrees, replying:

The boston transportation department is working with the berkeley school of music contractor to relocate this traffic signal which was not approved in the field by btd.

Ed. question: What do local institutions have against... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 9:28 am

Garbage pile

A concerned citizen complains about this impromptu landfill on Mass. Ave. north of Washington:

This garbage has been piled up for 2 days. I know the City is working hard on garbage pickup in the South End, but I wanted to report this pile

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By - 6/4/13 - 9:55 pm

Around 9:45 p.m. on the outbound side of the Orange Line station.

Nakia Hill tweets:

Omg! I just witnessed some brave passengers help a [man] who fell on the train tracks as a train approached. They saved his life!

Curt Nickish also saw his rescue:

He's bleeding but being attended to.

Casey was right there:

He fell right in front of me.

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By - 5/31/13 - 5:35 pm

Happened around 5 p.m., service was halted in both directions. Cop got her kid, both got off the tracks and service resumed a few minutes later.

By - 5/29/13 - 11:57 am

Umbrella scooter

Dev photographed this umbrella-wielding scooter rider on Mass. Ave., scooting away from Boylston during the morning rush hour.... Read more

By - 5/21/13 - 3:39 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld first-degree murder convictions for two men who decided to escalate an Orange Line staredown with a rival in 2003 by shooting him, only the guy with the gun missed and instead put a bullet into a woman whose baby was only two weeks from term.

The baby was delivered alive in an emergency Caesarian section, but died shortly after.... Read more

By - 5/14/13 - 8:33 am

A nose-holding citizen reports from Roslindale:

Porter potty needed for field- athletes have no facilities and are using the tunnel that connects Fallon field to Belgrade ave to relieve themselves. It smells like urine and is unnerving for walkers.

And in the South End, a disgusted citizen posts a photo of a hole in the ground:

Homeless people have dug this foot-deep hole

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By - 5/9/13 - 2:38 pm

The view from inside 1010 Mass. Ave.The view from inside 1010 Mass. Ave.

One floor of the city office building at 1010 Massachusetts Ave. was evacuated this afternoon after a worker in the Fire Prevention office opened an envelope "containing a powder substance,"... Read more

By - 5/7/13 - 9:59 am

Mass. Ave. chalk

Last night, Jed Hresko followed a chalk line on Mass. Ave. near the Orange Line stop:

Long line

It was a very long line - with... Read more

By - 4/4/13 - 8:27 am

Transit Police report a man faces arraignment today on a charge of open and gross conduct for an incident last month in which he "directed his genitals" at a woman on the Orange Line.

According to police, around 6:20 p.m. on March 8, John McDonald, 48, dropped trou on an inbound train just before Mass. Ave. and then kept his junk pointed at the... Read more

By - 1/27/13 - 9:19 am

Gnimsh captured part of his his show in front of the old Best Buy at Mass. Ave. and Newbury.

Ed. note: It will never happen, but wouldn't it be awesome if he teamed up with Chicken Man and danced in the back of his truck?... Read more

By - 1/4/13 - 7:21 am

Shortly before 7 a.m., a driver managed to firmly wedge his box truck into the underpass eastbound at the Harvard Bridge, causing a nice little blockage just as rush hour was getting underway. He tried moving the truck back, but all he did was set of a shower of sparks from where his truck's roof scraped against the top of the underpass.

UPDATE: After working... Read more

By - 12/6/12 - 9:46 pm

Orange Line countdown clock

Jed Hresko captured a new train countdown clock at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line tonight. The T began rolling out the service on the Red Line a few months ago. He reports:

Pretty sophisticated. The sign changes from ARR to BRD right as the train

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By - 11/21/12 - 10:27 am

The Globe reports on a crash around 1:15 a.m. at Mass. Ave. and Haviland Street.

By - 11/9/12 - 3:33 pm

Brockton24_7 tweets somebody fell on the tracks at the Mass. Ave. stop shortly before 3 p.m. Service was, of course, halted to let him be scooped up.

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