By - 5/9/11 - 11:06 am

Smoke from turnpike truck fireSmoke from turnpike truck fire billows over West Newton. Photo by JJ Free.

AlertNewEngland reports the cab of a semi on the Massachusetts Turnpike westbound caught fire around 10:50 a.m. by exit 16. All traffic is being diverted at exit 17.... Read more

By - 5/5/11 - 3:09 pm

AlertNewEngland reports somebody was held up this afternoon at the Chestnut Hill stop on the Green Line by a black male wearing a ski mask and baggy red and black clothes who fled toward the Longwood Cricket Club.

By - 4/18/11 - 3:41 pm

Marathon runners

Paul Keleher watched the Boston Marathon at mile 16, where he photographed a group of front-running women, including eventually winner Caroline Kilel (at right).

Meanwhile, NECN reports a man fell four floors off a roof at 1835 Beacon St. in Brookline while watching the race. NECN... Read more

By - 4/12/11 - 8:10 am

Surprisingly, though, not on the menagerie that is the Red Line. Andrew Holleron tweets from an inbound D trolley on the Green Line this morning:

Wasps on a crowded train. Oddly enough, calm reserve, no panic. Heroic woman pockets one wasp in a napkin.

By - 3/3/11 - 7:15 pm

Residents from Brighton, Brookline and Newton are trying to organize a task force to watch over a proposed hotel and retail development that would demolish not only the vacant Cleveland Circle Cinema but the Applebee's next door, on land split by the Boston/Brookline line just down the street from Newton.

The first meeting of the Cleveland Circle Task Force is Tuesday, March 8 at... Read more

By - 2/21/11 - 9:07 am

UPDATE: Wicked Local Newton reports rescuers found the body of Beth Deare.

AlertNewEngland reports a three-alarm fire ripped through 58 Waverly Ave. around 1 a.m.

Wicked Local Newton reports a woman is missing and feared dead.... Read more

By - 2/16/11 - 6:18 pm

Ah, Newton. Wicked Local Newton reports police broke up a particularly nasty fight caused when one teen discovered the bag he'd been sold for $190 by another contained not the marijuana he expected but "crushed up cereal."

Paul Jarvis suggests a case of Weedies gone bad.... Read more

By - 2/15/11 - 2:42 pm

But if the one you're with happens to be yourself, you might want to find someplace a bit more private than the parking lot of a Newton Whole Foods.

By - 1/31/11 - 3:56 pm

[float=right]IMAGE([/float]Rick Santorum to speak to Catholic Citizenship Tuesday Feb 1, 2011 at Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove Street in Newton MA on the topic "Faith, Conservatism & Politics in the 21st Century."  The brochure promotes his talk this way:

Santorum passionately advocated and fought for the historic and true definition of marriage, becoming a constant target of

... Read more
By - 1/30/11 - 2:10 pm

A rollover on the turnpike eastbound in Newton around 1 p.m. shut the road and sent two to the emergency room, state Transportation Secretary Jeff Mullan reports.

Among those sitting with no place to go until the scene was cleared was Sean William, who tweets he was stuck for 90 minutes in the car with his fashion-impaired mother:

I wasn't sure how much

... Read more
By - 1/28/11 - 6:55 am

Dead trolley at Chestnut Hill this morning.

7:35 update: One could ask the same thing about commuter rail: As I type, there are 17 alerts about delays at the MBTA Web site.

9:00 update: Probably should have written "What is it about the T?" since switch problems at Oak Grove AND a dead train are causing agita on the Orange Line. Or as Boon Sheridan... Read more

By - 1/25/11 - 5:38 pm

Wicked Local Newton reports a Watertown teen allegedly objected to the "Newton" sweatshirts three other guys were wearing at the Arsenal Mall and pulled a knife on them before fleeing.

By - 1/10/11 - 7:25 am

The Herald reports on what happens when you rely too much on technology.

Meanwhile, the Globe reports the T itself is cracking down on actual scofflaws at its parking lots.

By - 12/3/10 - 6:40 am

Sean Roche reports that the proposed mall for the old Omni Foods site on Rte. 9 will actually make pedestrian access along Rte. 9 worse and that that's just fine with the city lawyer, who got into a "heated exchange" with an alderman on the topic, basically arguing that nobody walks along Rte. 9 and never will - which Roche refutes with photos of... Read more

By - 11/30/10 - 7:13 am

Wicked Local Newton reports on two residents caught by scams on Craigslist, one to the tune of $10,000.

By - 11/25/10 - 10:22 am

At 9:30, Bari Walsh tweeted:

Traffic just stopped on 9 west in Newton as 10 or so wild turkeys crossed the road. I swear.

By - 11/21/10 - 12:18 pm

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva, who moved from Virginia in August to lead Temple Reyim in Newton, quickly found himself faced with some major tsouris:


Via Chuck Tanowitz.... Read more

By - 11/15/10 - 3:46 pm

Wicked Local Newton reports police are looking for a man spotted sitting in a tree at the Underwood School taking care of business while watching kids at play.

By - 11/5/10 - 6:52 am

The Globe reports on the warehouse-like store in Newton.