Hail falling behind Saugus Town Hall.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Saugus could charge a developer a special fee to connect to its sewer system.
At issue was whether the required payment was a fee, which towns can charge, or a tax, which they cannot, at least not without permission from the legislature.
A lower-court judge ruled the payment was a tax because the money went to help the town... Read more
A State Police captain will likely be suspended today over a Saturday incident in which he allegedly refused to stop for Saugus Police investigating an activated residential burglar alarm, State Police say, adding he may have been drunk at the time.
Thomas McCarthy, 47, had his cruiser and gun seized pending a hearing today on his duty status, State Police say in a statement. McCarthy... Read more
The Globe reports on the not-Kowloon place, the old Weylu.
DrinkBoston informs us about the stupidest cocktail ever, concocted by some bar in Saugus in honor of Tiger Woods.
... Ryan had him two years ago as a Lacross Ast. Coach. He had lots of passion for the kids and the sport. He treated them fairly and if you wern't so good at it he took the time to show you the... Read more
Channel 4 reports on the Saugus crash early this morning.
Terry Klein alerts us to Giuffrida vs. High Country Investor, a case in which a court will eventually decide whether the family of the founder of the Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus gets to eat there for free for their rest of their lives.
Seems that when Frank Giuffrida sold the landmark eatery in 1988, the purchase-and-sale agreement set a high standard for treatment... Read more
Tyrannosaugus Rex looks none the worse for wear after his recent encounter with a dino-tipper.
True, 10-foot long inflatable rats fit right in on Rte. 1 in Saugus, but they are still resulting in gawkablawkkas, since drivers have yet to get used to them, as opposed to orange dinosaurs or fiberglass cows or a leaning tower of pizza.
I am devastated to learn that someone managed to tip or pull over the giant orange dinosaur that sits in the mini-golf course on Rte 1 South. Full story in the Herald is here.
The owner says that he will rise again, just like Jesus (seeing as the event took place on Easter Sunday, I'm glad she has a sense of humor about... Read more
On Boston's Hidden Restaurants(!), Marc describes a recent dinner at the world's largest Chinese restaurant:
... I ordered the flaming ambrosia, which is made as follows: Hollow out a pineapple; put a bunch of chicken fingers inside; fill the pineapple to the top with duck sauce; insert pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries; pour alcohol over the whole thing; set it all on fire. ...... Read more
Kowloon has a series of delightfully cheesy cable-TV commercials. My favorites are the kid who wants to have his bah mitzvah there, the guy in the lobster suit and Ribs II (Ribs I is just, well, boring). When you click on one, wait a minute or so for it to download; otherwise,... Read more
Dave Copeland braves Kowloon - you know, the mega-gigantic Chinese restaurant on Rte. 1 in Saugus (of course). He went for the comedy, stayed for the food:
... The menu is expansive, full of lead-laden dishes from a variety of different countries and culinary styles, with PuPu platters that drop to the bottom of your stomach like a brick and sushi that is, at... Read more
Jay Fitzgerald compares today's palatial McMansion kitchen designs with the Saugus landmark and comes squarely down on the side of the pizza place.
Karl reminds us why Kowloon is on Rte. 1 in Saugus - it just wouldn't fit anywhere else:
... Despite the fact that very few menu items at Kowloon cost more than $9.99, the thing to do for this rare breed is to dress to the nines for their big night out. No, I'm not talking Armani. I'm talking sequined tube tops (mostly silver... Read more
On underthesink.net, Berto reports on a rollover he witnessed yesterday on the Revere/Saugus line (which town it was in mattered because it determined which town would send police and EMTs when he called 911 on his cell phone):
... Now we're all just waiting for the cops and ambulance. The guys seem fine to the naked eye, so people start looking more closely at... Read more