By - 11/13/15 - 6:27 am

The 208-year-old Andover Newton Theological School plans to sell its current campus and either set up shop as a smaller school or become part of the Yale Divinity School:

Today, Andover Newton must move in a bold new direction to ensure our work and mission continue to thrive. In part, this is necessitated by seismic changes that are taking place in the church and, by extension, in theological education. Like most independent theological schools, enrollment at Andover Newton has been in steady decline for more than 10 years due to a contracting applicant pool. As much as we cherish it, the large campus we occupy today was built to meet the needs of another era. It is clear that Andover Newton’s current mode of being - even with modifications - is not financially sustainable.

Not only is the institution struggling financially, but those for whom it exists are, too: student debt is soaring to the point where leaders at Andover Newton worry that graduates will be unable to enter ministry due to their financial obligations.

By - 11/11/15 - 10:27 am

Former sports anchor Bob Lobel, who now walks with crutches due to a series of injuries and surgeries, this week sued the Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.

By - 11/3/15 - 8:10 am

The family of a man killed by a Hezbollah rocket in northern Israel in 2006 says Iran and several Iranian banks owe it $300 million in damages for his death.

In a suit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the family of David Lelchook say Hezbollah could never have undertaken a large rocket barrage against Israel that year without Iranian backing. Read more.

By - 10/30/15 - 7:41 am

WBUR interviews the person behind the Newton Haunted House - a Northeastern psychology professor who studies emotions.

By - 10/22/15 - 10:43 pm
Boeing-Vertol image

From the flier.

In the early 1970s, the MBTA launched an ambitious effort to upgrade the Riverside Line that included reconstructing the tracks and the purchase of 150 new trolleys from Boeing Vertol. Jed Hresko found a flier from those halcyon days that included a description of the new cars:

Features of the Light Rail Vehicles include: Improved riding comfort with air-conditioning in Summer and reliable heat in Winter, fluorescent lighting, and tinted windows; greater speeds; smooth starting and stopping; a public address system and two-way radios, and reduced noise and vibration.

By - 10/9/15 - 7:52 am

The Newton Fire Department reports two workers at the Franklin Elementary School were transported to Mass. General around 7 a.m. when a boiler malfunctioned.

The school is closed for the day as authorities investigate what happened.

By - 10/1/15 - 8:23 am

Village 14 reports on the incident last week.

By - 8/19/15 - 7:49 am

Outbound riders on the Riverside Line had to board buses for the ride between Reservoir and Riverside this morning due to your basic generic "power" problems. The T says it's fixed now.

By - 8/7/15 - 5:56 pm

UPDATE: Dog found.


Please contact me immediately at 919-225-0654 if Poet is is spotted - He escaped during the storm Tuesday and was running around between Brighton Ctr. and Oak Square. He has not been spotted since - We think he may be hiding out near Oak Square. If you live in the area, PLEASE CHECK AROUND YOUR HOUSE (e.g. bushes, garage, under porches, any hiding place). Thank you - I am desperate to find him. Read more.

By - 8/6/15 - 12:59 pm
Tree crashes into wires along Riverside Line on the MBTA in Newton

Photo by MBTA

After dealing with a downed limb on power lines in Brookline, MBTA crews are now off to Newton Highlands, where another tree has come down on power lines along the Riverside Line.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 7/6/15 - 11:08 am

Simon is renaming the Mall at Chestnut Hill as the Shops at Chestnut Hill as part of an overall revamp that also includes making the exterior look more like the assemblage of objets d'acquisition it really is, rather than a Soviet-style concrete bunker, the Globe reports.

By - 7/2/15 - 11:09 am

Jabari Asim, a professor at Emerson College, is contesting a traffic ticket he got despite receipts and statements he has showing he was on the Emerson campus while allegedly violating the law in Newton.

By - 6/23/15 - 7:55 am

An inbound trolley on the Riverside Line crossed the River Styx this morning, leaving riders in the lurch. Nobody Would Care reported at 7:45:

Train died at chestnut hill. Second train just came and is pushing the dead train. It's been 30 min so far.

Update: Read more.

By - 5/29/15 - 5:40 pm
Removing the tree that fell on Green Line wires

Workers remove tree that fell on overhead wires. Photo by MBTA.

From Reservoir to Riverside, the Green Line is a non-entity. Buses are stacking up at Reservoir.

By - 5/25/15 - 8:53 am
Giant Party Bagel in Newton

Photo by Greta Gaffin.

This photo, taped by the cash registers at Rosenfeld's in Newton Centre, never fails to crack us up.

Is Giant Party Bagel missing, the victim of some horrible bagelnapping? Or is it just boasting: Look at this, look at it! Giant Party Bagel doesn't mess around, it takes no prisoners and it's large and in charge. But imagine the tub of lox spread that goes with it.

By - 5/18/15 - 7:46 am

WBUR introduces us to the history of MiniLuxe, which hopes to become the Starbucks of nail salons - and which treats workers better than those places in New York and got started when a partner at a Boston investment firm was driving through Revere and noticed all the nail salons there.

By - 5/12/15 - 3:16 pm

The Dig posts a first-person account by somebody who was on that New York-to-Boston bus that didn't quite make it to Boston yesterday:

The Rosie Perez circa-1988-sounding driver tried to tell everyone that an alarm was going off, and that a mechanic was going to have to check the bus out. We were told it could take anywhere from five minutes to a half hour. This was around 1:40 pm.

By - 5/11/15 - 5:11 pm
Bolt bus on fire

Tyler captured the flaming, exploding Bolt bus on the eastbound turnpike in West Newton. State Police report two lanes are shut - and that no one was injured. Read more.