Newton

By - 6/28/13 - 9:09 am

Mitchell Transit Police report that when officers caught up with William Mitchell, 36, traipsing inbound along the Worcester Line tracks in West Newton shortly after noon yesterday, they asked him what the hell he thought he was doing.

"It's a free country, I can walk where I want to walk," he... Read more

By - 6/14/13 - 8:59 am

Brown sign

Bravo, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, for defying national "standards" on what makes a good highway exit sign.

Just because the entire rest of the country indicates exits with white lettering on green signs doesn't mean motorists on Hammond Pond Parkway and Rte. 9... Read more

By - 6/10/13 - 3:20 pm

Seems 126 Lincoln St. in Newton was having a yard sale over the weekend, but some jerk who thought he was there actually stole a wading pool and air conditioner from 130 Lincoln. Keep the AC, those folks say, but bring back their kids' favorite wading pool:

To the person who took the air conditioner and the wading pool from the WRONG HOUSE!! The

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By - 6/2/13 - 8:07 am

Per Kate Merrill, tranquilizers this morning didn't work against the bear, in a tree on Eddy Street, overlooking the turnpike just west of the supermarket overpass. The westbound turnpike was briefly shut.

Kimball Megan reports her outbound Worcester Line train was briefly delayed around 7:45 a.m. because the bear was on the tracks.

Two photos by WBZ of the bear before... Read more

By - 5/24/13 - 6:44 pm

Doom cloud

Gradon Tripp managed to photograph the giant cloud of doom about to crash down on 128 north around 4:30 p.m.... Read more

By - 5/17/13 - 10:05 pm

Last month, the MBTA announced a contest in which anyone could design what could be the next MBTA map.

Transit Maps has not one, but two contest submissions posted for our viewing pleasure. While no submissions have been officially heralded by the MBTA at this time, it is clear that some very talented cartographers are partaking in the festivities.

The MBTA... Read more

By - 5/5/13 - 10:06 pm

Wire problems mean bustitution between Riverside and Kenmore.

By - 4/19/13 - 9:05 am

The heart of Downtown Crossing at 9:50 a.m. Photo by Gary Waldeck.The heart of Downtown Crossing at 9:50 a.m. Photo by Gary Waldeck. Note plucky banana vendor in lower left.

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By - 4/16/13 - 6:42 pm

Yiddishkeit on foreign cars

Last November, I spotted a Lexus with an ironic Yiddish license plate. Turns out the owner, Ruth Shuman, saw the post. And she reports:

This Saturday I was in Auburndale and pulled into a parking spot. When I looked over to

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By - 3/30/13 - 12:36 am

This useful bit of information is brought to us by the Herald, which informs us a state elevator inspector was suspended after he used his ID badge to "aggressively" make a driver in Newton Corner pull over for a reason tight-lipped state officials won't disclose.... Read more

By - 3/6/13 - 2:40 pm

Newton Police report a laptop-using patron at the main Newton library who got up to use the restroom around 11:30 a.m. today returned to find some guy making off with his laptop:

The victim chased the suspect and confronted him about the missing laptop. The suspect then assaulted the victim about the head and face area. The victim was able to grab the suspect's

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By - 3/1/13 - 1:54 pm

Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders at our annual Summer Party held outside in the heart of Provincetown, MA on Saturday, July 27 from 4:00-7:00PM. Enjoy the view of the harbor, mingle with other GLAD supporters and learn more about our ground-breaking cases.

Tickets are $75 online | $85 on site | $30 student
Purchase at www.glad.org/events.

Don't miss our amazing auction... Read more

By - 2/22/13 - 10:01 am

Trash Can Man

JuanJoseOle spotted this gentleman riding down Hancock Street in Quincy Center this morning, reports:

I guess he can't afford a winter hat or is hiding from someone. There was a cut out for his face with a Saran Wrap covering it.

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By - 2/9/13 - 3:16 pm

The Newton Fire Department reports firefighters and EMTs responded to a call today for "a finger amputation by snowblower," adds:

Folks, please turn the machines off first before you clear the blockages.

The Mass. Emergency Management Agency warns even that isn't good enough:

Never, EVER, put your hand in a snowblower. Even after the snowblower is turned off, tension can be stored in

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By - 2/8/13 - 11:11 pm

Domo-kun in the snow

Katie Painter went out tonight and managed to snap this photo of a Brighton snowbank.

Geoffrey Grove tweets:

Very large coyote roaming in Chestnut Hill... People plowing/shoveling beware!

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By - 1/7/13 - 7:14 am

The Wandering Jew reports he isn't wandering all that much on the Green Line this morning:

This T driver is giving me whiplash. Impressive given how slowly we're going.

Joy. Alarms going off on the T. Driver using the emergency brake/door release to let passengers off.

Passengers on board urging the T to move with encouraging chants of "come on, come on" and "you

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By - 1/4/13 - 8:29 am

The MetroWest Daily News reports that when police in Framingham responded to a report of a house being egged last month, they quickly found the culprits: Three off-duty Newton cops, who claimed they were just pranking a superior officer. They were let go.

UPDATE: Five Newton cops disciplined.... Read more

By - 1/3/13 - 7:23 am

In rush hour at exit 21 by the service area. Mike Moura reports two lanes southbound and one northbound are shut for the investigation.

UPDATE: State Police report:

Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, an 18-year-old man, was apparently crossing the highway on foot at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he was struck by a motor vehicle on the northbound side of the highway, thrown

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By - 12/29/12 - 11:18 pm

The T is busing Riverside riders between Reservoir and Riverside because of a tree that fell on the tracks.

By - 12/19/12 - 8:16 am

Did Brookline relocate their turkeys to Newton?

Not often that I wish I had a cell phone, but I would have liked to share a photo this morning. On the way to work there was a flock of 18 or 20 turkeys crossing the road by Newton Public Library. We all waited three or four minutes for them to cross. They were as unconcerned... Read more

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