... 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? ...
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Bloomingdale's at the Chestnut Hill Mall has just opened a restaurant called 40 Carrots.
Analysts, tabloid reporters shocked, confounded that Oak Hill Middle School not scene of panic, pandemonium after student diagnosed with flu.
The Heights reports students handing out condoms on a Newton sidewalk just outside the college were shooed away by a BC cop.
Fresh City on Needham Street early Monday, Wicked Local Newton reports.
And wind up on the Brighton/Newton line, charging at cars and pecking any that dare stop.
Wicked Local Newton reports the state is refusing to give Newton a one-day extension on an upcoming MCAS exam even though it's the day after the first night of Passover. Newton could give the test in the afternoon so that Jewish students can recover from the exhaustion of finding the afikomen the night before, but the city says students don't do as well on tests after lunch.
Because a lot of them don't like shoveling their sidewalks, either.
Michael Burstein, president of the Society for the Preservation of Pluto as a Planet, reports on his confrontation at the Newton Free Library with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of New York's Hayden Planetarium and the guy who basically got the ball rolling for reclassifying their beloved sphere as a "dwarf planet."
Well, OK, maybe "confrontation" is a bit harsh, but Tyson did try to ward them off with the sign of the cross (Ed. lame-o question: Would that work on Jewish vampires?).
Margalit reports how the Panera Bread where her daughter works requires workers to come in even if they are sick with an airborne, communicable virus, if they can't find somebody to cover their shifts.
Jessica Lipnack decides she wants a sandwich board to use while walking in crosswalks to tell Massholes to get off their damn phones and pay more attention to the intersection. She says she got the idea after an encounter with a phone-using Masshole in an SUV in a Newtonville crosswalk.