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.
A Zamboni operator was smoothing out the ice on the Frog Pond skating rink this morning. Yes, the ice.
A big frog led a parade around the Frog Pond today during the city's Halloween pumpkin festival, which featured floating pumpkins, giant bubbles, kettle corn and a chance to go down a slide while dressed as a princess.
And Tom Menino was there, making his last Halloween appearance on the Common as mayor. He moved slowly through a dense knot of people as parents brought... Read more
David Geller filed this report on some excitement on the Common yesterday:
Landed right next to our Sunday morning football game at the softball field. Was swooping for a squirrel but missed him.
This just in from City Hall:
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announced today that a 2013 Park Permit has been granted to the MassCann/NORML Boston Freedom Rally to hold an event/concert on Boston Common on September 14. The permit gives the group permission to hold the event from 12pm-6pm on September 14.
UPDATE: A spokeswoman for the Parks and Recreation Department says tonight: "The application for a two day event is still under review by the City of Boston."
In a phone call with Bill Downing, treasurer of MassCann, Alex Oâ€™Connell, Esq. of the... Read more
Bill Linehan, whose district is at the heart of the city's heroin epidemic, is seeking an ordinance that would raise the cost of a marijuana citation from $100 to $300, at least for people caught smoking in public parks, Boston Magazine reports.
The council considers Linehan's proposal at its regular meeting tomorrow at City Hall. His proposed order reads, in part:
The public consumption... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports on potential impending upgrades to Boston Common between Park Street and the visitor center, most notably narrowing the sidewalk from 48 to 20 feet, which will let the Friends of the Public Garden planting new grass and install new benches.