Wicked Local Newton reports on a resident whose car "was covered in eggs, flour and salsa." No description of the bandito available.
D trolley vs. cellphone-using pedestrian at Chestnut Hill, shortly after 9 a.m.
Wicked Local Brookline reports the guy got lucky; slid under the trolley rather than becoming at one with it.
NTSB investigators said this morning that they suspect Green Line trolley driver Terese Edmonds fell asleep as she drove out of Waban station, waking too late to stop the crash that took her life - and that the T is failing to do enough to keep workers alert on the job.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators said this morning that either of two possible fixes could have kept a Green Line operator from plowing her train into another train in Newton last May - while one board member suggested the federal government find a way to withhold money from the MBTA until it fixes its "failure in the safety net for transit riders."
What's left of the front of the trolley that smashed into another train in May, 2008. Source: NTSB.
Tomorrow, the National Transportation Safety Board discusses the May, 2008 collision on the Riverside line that left one trolley driver dead and a passenger with severe injuries. If you can't wait for the press reports on the meeting, you can listen in over the Web, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Doug reports (with photos) that the 1,000-car parking lot at the Riverside Green Line stop was manned by just one worker today as Red Sox fans arrived en masse to get to today's game:
... In a minature version of the Easter 2009 turnpike toll fiasco, insufficient staffing at the Riverside Green line terminal in Newton at noon on Sunday jammed traffic all the way back onto I-95/Route 128. ...
Blogger Chuck Tanowitz issues a call to action: He's calling on folks to do a little man-in-the-street interviewing to see how Newton residents really feel about the progress at Newton North High School, following City Hall's tut-tutting over Tab and blog coverage of the work.
Chuck Tanowitz talks to the Newton mayor's flack (yes, of course, the mayor of Newton has a PR person - you can't imagine the crush of press calls the mayor of the Garden City gets) about the flap over letting the local weekly take pictures of the under-construction Newton North High School:
Wicked Local Newton photographs the oddest sidewalk you'll ever see (odder even than the marble sidewalk on Anawan Street in West Roxbury).
Sure sounds like David Cohen wants to get into the news business and decide what goes on the front page. Cohen, who isn't running for re-election in large part because of the costs associated with a new
Taj Mahal high school, defended a decision to bar a Tab photographer from a "public" viewing of the still unfinished building because Tab photos wouldn't have been "essential" to reporting on construction progress, Wicked Local Newton reports.
Karen Wise explains why her entire family is now getting rabies shots, not that she knows for a fact that the bat that was flying around in her house was rabid, since her husband let it fly out, when, as they now know, you're supposed to trap it somehow and let Animal Control test it for rabies.
Steve Garfield was at the Chestnut Hill Mall at 7:05 this morning to get his new phone. In the report below it only appears like he's in a bunker to keep frenzied hordes of iPhone wannabes from overrunning him and taking his phone - we know Apple fans are not that crude:
No big deal, unless you happen to live next door to Jason Varitek.
Nothing like a little smash action during the morning rush (in this case, on the southbound side by Rte. 9) to slow things down.
... Stand outs are the selection of herrings, smoked, dried, salted, and the salamis. I've certainly seen impressive arrays of salamis before - hanging from the rafters in salami enthusiasts basements or overhead in fancy meat markets, but here they are neatly arranged in the deli cabinet with their English names and prices easily visible (which can be a problem at other markets for those of us who learned all their Russian from watching A Fish Called Wanda). ...
We went to Echo Bridge in Newton today, and it really is amazing - you can basically whisper and hear your voice echo back from the other side of the Charles (so you can imagine what it was like when an exuberant kidlet decided to yell). Up river, near the old mill, we spotted the above large bird (so for those of you who know the distance, yes, it pays to have a zoom lens). Anybody know what it is?
John Halamka sings the praises of his daily after-work six-mile kayak trip through the Lakes District section of the Charles:
... The early evening on the Charles is a perfect time to view widelife - Great Blue Herons, Trumpeter Swans, American River Otters, Snapping Turtles, and enormous Carp. The river is different every time I kayak with variable weather, changing wildlife, and new people. Today I did a rescue of a mother and daughter from Montreal who tipped their kayak in the deepest part of Charles. ...
Krissy reports she rode commuter rail between Newton and Boston yesterday and wasn't asked for a ticket in either direction.
Wicked Local Newton posts some video showing some Newton alderman expressing his complete outrage at the mere thought that Newton is being compared to Somerville about something (specifically, Somerville's use of a computer program to track resident complaints) instead of Cambridge, Brookline or Northampton.
... This is the first time I have heard that we need to do what Somerville's doing. SOMERVILLE?!? Why not Everett? Or Chelsea? ...