Holidays

By - 11/28/14 - 12:08 am
First in line at the Walpole Walmart

This guy was first in line at the Walpole Walmart tonight. He says he got there at 1 p.m. to make sure he could get some video games and a TV stand for his mom. What about Thanksgiving dinner? He said his dad cooked dinner early so he could eat with him and still have time to get to the Walmart.

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By - 11/27/14 - 8:38 pm

We just gobbled up a story by Vermont Public Radio on 19th-century turkey drives in which turkeys were herded and marched from the Green Mountain State to Boston in time for Thanksgiving.

"We're talking about thousands [of turkeys] in each trip ... Up to 10,000," Peter Gilbert, chair of the Vermont Humanities Council, tells Vermont Edition. "One of the largest drives in the fall

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By - 11/27/14 - 10:47 am
Winslow Homer Thanksgiving print

Also notice that even back in the day, there was a kids' table. By Boston's own Winslow Homer for Harper's, 1858.

From the BPL's Homer collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 11/26/14 - 9:27 am
Christmas tree in Neponset Circle, Dorchester

A concerned citizen wonders how somebody in a wheelchair is supposed to cross Neponset Circle until the new year:

Neponset Circle is hostile enough to pedestrians without putting trees in the middle of crosswalks. How is this ADA compliant? Can't the tree go on the other side of the clock where it won't block the handicap ramps?

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By - 11/26/14 - 8:14 am

Our own Suldog discusses the War on Thanksgiving in the pages of the Los Angeles Times.

By - 11/21/14 - 6:21 pm
Too early for Christmas lights in Boston

A concerned citizen wants the city to do something about residents who put up their Christmas decorations too early, such as on West Newton Street in the South End.

Enormous Christmas decorations illuminating the street. It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Can't we wait a tiny bit longer?

By - 11/12/14 - 7:42 am
Wally at the West Roxbury VA Hospital

Photo by Michael Ivins, Boston Red Sox.

Wally, Sam Horn and three World Series trophies visited the VA Hospital in West Roxbury yesterday.

By - 11/11/14 - 5:41 pm
Sav-More says no to Christmas carols

Our own Swirlygrrl snapped the Sav-Mor on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford today.

By - 11/11/14 - 12:23 pm
John Parker

On this Veterans Day, Heather Parker remembers her ancestor, John Parker, commander of the Minute Men on that fateful morning on Lexington Green.

The coat of arms of all the Reserves today is the Minute Man, the statue of my relative Captain John Parker which faces the Lexington Common who played a prominent role in the first battle of the War for Independence opening

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By - 11/6/14 - 2:18 pm
Big Christmas tree heading into Boston

Ian spotted this giant tree lumbering through downtown today. On its way to Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

By - 10/31/14 - 12:38 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Boston and Transit police are hoping to head off general mayhem tonight.

Boston Police themselves report:

The Boston Police and the MBTA Transit Police have noted a recent uptick in incidents involving school-aged individuals committing acts of vandalism and other criminal activity throughout the City of Boston and on the MBTA. It is believed that these individuals have been

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By - 10/30/14 - 8:31 am
Creepy dummy with parking ticket in the South End

Annabelle Blake spotted this fine specimen this morning on Tremont Street between W. Concord and Worcester:

Lovely Ritah Meetah Maid... Buuuuuuuurp.

By - 10/19/14 - 5:36 pm
Eggnog in October at Somerville Whole Foods

And we're still drawing down our pumpkin-spice supplies. R.S.Y. Buchanan reports seeing this Christmas drink today at the Somerville Whole Foods. Or as he puts it:

Dammit, tryptophan induced coma comes first!

By - 9/11/14 - 3:21 pm
Santa mailbox at South Station in Boston on Sept. 10

UPDATE: Seems the box was part of an effort to send letters to the troops.

Conor Yunits was more than nonplussed to see this at South Station yesterday, which, he reminds us, was Sept. 10. Sept. 10, people.

By - 9/1/14 - 3:22 pm
Bowen Street in South Boston

Take, for example, Bowen Street in South Boston, where a concerned citizen complained about the state of the sidewalk at 1:21 p.m. At 2:28 p.m., a DPW supervisor marked the complaint "closed" (and attached photographic proof) because "rash and furniture removed from sidewalk and put back in driveway till trash day." It's unclear whether the DPW moved the stuff or the tenant.

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By - 9/1/14 - 1:57 pm
Labor Day parade in Boston's Park Square.

Leslie Jones photographed the Labor Day parade through Park Square in 1920, back when "Labor Day Parades were common."

Photo from the BPL's Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 8/30/14 - 2:37 pm
Quint Avenue in Allston

A concerned citizen reported this situation on Quint Avenue around 2:25 p.m.

By - 8/30/14 - 2:02 pm
Moving day in Boston's North End

Jesse Haley shows us a moving scene during the St. Anthony's Feast in the North End today. Looks like nobody had yet started the ceremonial stuffing of the couch cushions with dollar bills.

By - 8/29/14 - 6:39 pm
Truck crash on South Huntington Avenue

Gordon Hallett came upon the aftermath of a rental truck rear-ending a car on South Huntington around 6:20 p.m. today.

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