The Globe reports on efforts to stem drug sales in and around the Common, in particular, the short stretch of Boylston between Tremont and Washington where that pilot was arrested the other day.
Boston Police report Officer Clifton Singletary was helping the driver of a wayward 18-wheeler stuck near the top of Beacon Hill navigate off the hill yesterday when somebody in the truck yelled the brakes had failed:
As the truck began to slowly roll out of control down Walnut Street, Singletary sensing danger ahead, immediately sped ahead to the intersection of Walnut and Beacon Streets... Read more
In what will go down in the record books as one of the most Boston of truck crashes ever, a driver from Georgia who reports getting discombobulated by a GPS that put him on Storrow Drive somehow wound up near the top of Beacon Hill from which he rolled down Walnut Street and then was unable to stop as his 18-wheeler plowed across... Read more
UPDATE: Rachel Paiste reports:
Anne Frank tree isn't dead. It's being revived at a greenhouse in Franklin Park (as per parks and rec dept.)
A couple of bare spots in the grass today are all that remains of what was supposed to turn into a leafy memorial to Anne Frank on Boston Common.
A Parks Department employee will be getting, at a minimum, a stern talking to after responding to a citizen complaint about the cleanliness of the Common and the Public Garden by telling the person to talk to the slobs who are making the mess rather than complain about the "hard working" park workers.
A huffy citizen complains how messy Boston Common and Public Garden pathways are these days and demands the city assign at least two workers full time to keep it clean, and, hey, maybe buy one of those mini street-sweepers while you're at it. Oh, and make sure the mayor sees this complaint.
Somebody at the Parks Department huffs right back (spelling mistakes fixed):
Common... Read more
With great fanfare a year ago, local and Dutch leaders gathered on the Common and dedicated a sapling from the chestnut tree that grew outside Anne Frank's attic.
Although the sapling stayed green through the summer and later developed buds, today it appears completely barren.
The note at the bottom of the photo says "Happy Birthday, Anne" and was penned to the location with... Read more
Arturo Gossage spent some time on the Common at the annual Memorial Day flag display - 37,000 flags representing fallen Massachusetts service members since the Revolution.
The Globe reports on a group of about 20 people that went on a violent spree from the Common to Arch Street Wednesday evening. Four people were arrested; three victims were transported to Mass. General.
Today's the anniversary of the 1926 arrest of H.L. Mencken on the Common for selling a magazine considered obscene by the local group that banned things in Boston. The charges were dismissed the next day and Mencken won a lawsuit against the Watch and Ward Society. The group's influence continued through 1982, when the position of city censor was eliminated.... Read more
Darrell Daniel offers another sign of impending spring: The annual melting of the ice on Frog Pond.
Bettlebrox photographed some of the 30 new solar-powered trash receptacles about to be unwrapped on the Common.
Stevil photographed a pom-pom tree on the Common today:
There were some scattered on the ground and the pom poms in the tree didn't seem to have snow on them - so I'm wondering if these were put up this morning. Has anyone seen these before?
Italian in Boston came across this snow creature on the Common last night.
Fortunately, this girl and her mom were able to fill that need early this afternoon.