Home 'n' hearth

By - 10/5/12 - 8:50 am

Jennifer Forman Orth, our go-to expert for invasive species, reports that with falling temperatures, more residents can expect their homes to be invaded by these brown bugs that, when startled, smell up the joint.

In most cases, she writes, they're actually western conifer seed bugs, which showed up here in the 1990s and which, fortunately, are not messing with local ecosystems:

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By - 8/10/12 - 8:28 am

A disgusted citizen - no doubt hoping the city doesn't forget Allston in its newfound zeal to go after the rat warrens of the Fenway - posts a photo of a very dead, very flat rat in the middle of Park Vale Avenue, and adds:

A growing regular scene in the neighborhood - large dead rats on the street.

The city promptly... Read more

By - 7/23/12 - 6:36 am

“Farmers To You” Announces Roslindale Service Starting August 1

For Immediate Release

Calais, Vermont. July 23, 2012

Farmers To You, a partnership between Boston area families and Vermont farmers, is pleased to announce the addition of Roslindale to their served communities starting August 1.

The Roslindale Congregational Church will be the pick up site. Located on Cummins Highway just a few... Read more

By - 7/15/12 - 12:57 pm

Steve asks:

Anyone know a garden center near Dorchester that sells ladybugs insect control? Want to try natural b4 resorting to chems.

By - 7/13/12 - 12:13 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com chronicles some of them.

By - 6/27/12 - 9:09 am

Trapped birdBird is the word.

Update, 10:09 a.m.: Animal Rescue League on its way.

At 8:42 a.m., butterh urgently tweeted from his Dorchester apartment:

Bird in my apt. Live adult, injured, ARL not open - What do I do?! We're freaking each other out. Need help.

Cyn Donnelly ... Read more

By - 6/24/12 - 12:27 pm

Purple glass isn't the only reminder Beacon Hill homes have been around awhile, as Mike the Mad Biologist shows us.

By - 6/11/12 - 7:56 am

Southie planters

Across the city now, people are complaining about homeowners gone wild with beautification. In South Boston, a concerned citizen complains:

These things make it impossible to use sidewalks and force pedestrians, many with small children, to walk in this narrow street. This can't be allowed, in fact

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By - 6/5/12 - 10:00 pm

Baby giant baby heads

Our own Stevil brings us this photo of the replicas of the MFA giant baby heads now on sale at Circle Furniture in the Back Bay. Just imagine these on your coffee table, staring at you. It'd be like that Twilight Zone episode with ... Read more

By - 5/21/12 - 3:49 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports the Heritage Elderly Housing building, 30 S. Bremen St., was evacuated this afternoon after a worker dislodged the building's gas meter, causing a gas leak that spread inside the building.

Nobody was injured; MBTA buses were brought in for residents while National Grid repaired the leak.... Read more

By - 5/10/12 - 9:42 am

Spring Seedling Sale May 19th and 20th 9am-3pm
Wake up the Farm Pancake Breakfast May 19th 9am-11am

Join us to celebrate the start of the 2012 season. Enjoy delicious pancakes with friends and stock up on seedlings for your home garden.

There will be a variety of vegetable, herb and flower plants available for purchase, all grown on the farm using organic practices. We... Read more

By - 5/9/12 - 8:17 am

A resident of the West End apartment complex has filed what she hopes will become a class-action lawsuit against her landlord over a $500 "amenity fee" that supposedly helps pay for a fitness center, concierge and freight elevator, but which she says violates a Massachusetts tenant-rights law.

In her lawsuit against Equity Residential Management, Cheryl Miller says the company's tenants are owed more than $5... Read more

By - 5/2/12 - 7:34 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a four-story brick wall came down on Thacher Court Sunday/Monday.

By - 5/1/12 - 7:04 pm

Erica Petersen is looking for a good mover in Boston or Cambridge.

By - 4/1/12 - 10:28 am

Local venture capitalist Bijan Sabet reports he and his family are very happy with the technology they chose for their new custom-built home, except for the sad state of residential phone offerings - from both Verizon and competing home-PBX systems, all of which seem stuck in the 1980s:

The state of residential phone systems is a joke. reminds me of how mobile phones used

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By - 3/26/12 - 11:51 am

Over the weekend, the mayor announced a grant and loan program for people who either already own one of the iconic buildings or who want to buy one. Participants in the 3D program can also get discounts at local hardware stores and sign up for classes on maintaining the buildings.... Read more

By - 2/22/12 - 9:00 am

The Daily Free Press gives us a taste of life in some of Allston's lowlier student apartments, of the sort that gives one reason to describe Allston as a student ghetto. Illustrated with a photo you probably don't want to look at while eating lunch.

By - 2/17/12 - 8:45 am

The mayor's office reports inspectors swarmed the areas around Ashford and Linden streets this week and found 40 serious code violations in 25 buildings.

City officials launched the inspection blitz in reaction to last month's Linden Street fire that left one BU student in critical condition with head injuries after he jumped out of a window to escape the flames.

Among the violations... Read more

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