City officials gather on Long Island tomorrow morning to dedicate the addition of free-range chickens to the Serving Ourselves farm, which provides organic food - and job training - for the city's homeless. The Boston Public Health Commission, which oversees Serving Ourselves, says this is Boston's first free-range chicken farm.
The Environmental Protection Agency today sued the city of Revere, alleging its sewers often send raw human waste into storm drains that discharge into creeks leading into the harbor and Massachusetts Bay and that for more than a year, three residential sewers were illegally connected directly into a storm drain at Washburn Avenue:
Results from surface water quality samples taken from Belle Isle Inlet, Sales... Read more
WBUR interviewed an Army veteran whose job was to secretly escort Nazi scientists - including Wernher von Braun - to a classified base on Long Island after the end of World War II to see what they could teach us about Nazi technology for the coming cold war. They had to be smuggled in - many aboard ships carrying returning US troops - because... Read more
The Coast Guard reports crews rescued two of three people from a 21-foot pleasure craft that began sinking off Graves Light in the outer harbor around 6:50 p.m., but are continuing to search for the third person, a man who decided to try to swim for Graves Light rather than stay with the boat.... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports it's just signed a contract for a wicked fast new fireboat. The $4.2-million aluminum John S. Damrell (named after the fire department's chief engineer during the Great Fire of 1872) will be able to pump 12,000 gallons of water per minute - when it's not racing... Read more
The Massachusetts Oyster Project reports on the differing conditions and growths on the oyster-filled crates they are putting in the harbor to try to restore the bivalves (and help clean up the harbor):
... We have also seen cages coated with jellied masses that the dock hands refer to as sea onions. So we are learning that there is much more going on than... Read more
The Coast Guard reports a man was knocked into the harbor around 10 a.m. today by the boom on his sailboat off the Piers Park Sailing Center. The man's wife threw him a life preserver, but couldn't get him back on the boat. The crew on a passing Coast Guard boat noticed the situation, picked him up and put him back on the sailboat.... Read more
The Coast Guard reports it's conducting search operations off Castle Island following the discovery of a windsurf sail without a rider around 8:25 p.m.
"We have launched a search for a possible missing windsurfer, but we are asking the public to call if they believe they are missing a windsurf board or have any other information which could help us with the search," said... Read more
WBUR chums around with folks who are taking advantage of the clean waters.
WBUR takes a look at how different the islands are today.
Bob took some video of the large stripers in the water between Long Wharf and the Aquarium - and how they beat a frustrated duck to the hunks of bread he threw to them:
The Boston Fire Department reports divers got him up from 24 feet of water at the bottom of the harbor near Tavern on the Water shortly after 1 a.m. today. The department reports a group of friends noticed one of their friends was missing. Then somebody heard a splash. The Boston Police Department reports he was pronounced dead at 2:43 a.m. at Mass.... Read more
Eric Papetti takes a trip out to the Harbor islands and wonders what if, instead of being turned into a park, the islands had become far more developed than they ever were:
... [C]onceptually, it's interesting to imagine Boston as being an "Island City," with a heritage that overlaps with others like Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and New York City. Would we build the... Read more