Electrical wires, a strip-mail building and at least two cars all managed to catch fire in the same incident at 244 Needham St. today that resulted in a two-alarm response from the Newton, Needham and Boston fire departments. The Newton Fire Department reports that because of the presence of live wires, it couldn't do anything about the flaming autos until after NStar had shut off the electricity.
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.
Bravo, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, for defying national "standards" on what makes a good highway exit sign.
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 yard sale items were at 126 Lincoln NOT 130 Lincoln!!
Please, please return my children's pool! They are absolutely crushed.
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.
Gradon Tripp managed to photograph the giant cloud of doom about to crash down on 128 north around 4:30 p.m.
Last month, the MBTA announced a contest in which anyone could design what could be the next MBTA map.
Wire problems mean bustitution between Riverside and Kenmore.
The MBTA is closed. Boston residents get emergency robo-calls from police warning them to stay inside. People in Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge also told to "shelter in place." Courts in Cambridge, Brighton, Newton and Waltham are closed. Businesses are urged to not open. Amtrak stopped service to and from Boston.
Also shut this morning: The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth: "UMass Dartmouth has learned that a person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing has been identified as a student registered at UMass Dartmouth."
Logan Airport, however, remains open. Also on the job: Cambridge garbage men. Also, their counterparts in Boston. Around 10 a.m., Boston Police let taxis resume service. Dunkin' Donuts, of course, remained open, even in Watertown, because we do have our limits.
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 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.
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 jacket, and refused to let go until the suspect gave back his laptop.
The suspect eventually let go of the laptop, (which was damged in the struggle) and fled the area on foot.
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JuanJoseOle spotted this gentleman riding down Hancock Street in Quincy Center this morning, reports:
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 the rotor blades.
Katie Painter went out tonight and managed to snap this photo of a Brighton snowbank.
Geoffrey Grove tweets:
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 can do it..."
I am not chanting encouragements. I'm muttering curses.
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:
The T is busing Riverside riders between Reservoir and Riverside because of a tree that fell on the tracks.