Medford

By - 2/9/16 - 8:51 am

Transit Police held an inbound train at Wellington after somebody at Oak Grove reported four well dressed "Middle Eastern" men with backpacks split up into two groups and got on separate cars there. Service was stopped for about 15 minutes.

Christian reports a police dog went through the train before it resumed service around 8:50 a.m.

By - 1/28/16 - 11:21 pm

Our own Ron Newman took lots of pictures when he visited the old Medford mall before it closes this weekend.

By - 1/4/16 - 8:07 am

Delays on the Orange Line quickly escalated to "severe" after a train pushed up daisies near Wellington.

Blue Line riders had to put up with track issues.

By - 12/14/15 - 4:51 pm

We only get one Big Dig, state declares: MassDOT and the board that now runs the T agreed today that they're not going to pay any more for the Green Line Extension than the state's already committed to, so if the project's costs can't be shrunk by a billion dollars or so, it's dead, unless "other sources" come up with the extra money, and by "other sources" they mean cities that really want the thing (both of them), landowners and developers that would benefit from being right on the proposed line.

By - 12/10/15 - 11:40 am

The state announced today it's canceling all its contracts with the major contractors on the Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford and will try to re-bid the project.

The project is not completely dead yet, however: Some construction work will continue and the emergency board that now runs the T is appointing an interim project manager to try to pick up the pieces and get the Green Line to somehow run north of Lechmere one of these years. Read more.

By - 12/9/15 - 6:21 pm

Boston Magazine reports on a meeting today of the MassDOT and MBTA fiscal control boards at which consultants urged officials to toss the current bid, which has ballooned in cost and seek new bids for a system with smaller stations, a more modest trolley-repair facility and a different track alignment.

By - 11/29/15 - 10:17 pm

InsideMedford.com reports Mayor Michael Glynn threw out that lagniappe in his final state-of-the-city address today - and that the specific location will be the Meadow Glen Mall.

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.

By - 11/11/15 - 9:26 am

State Police report arresting Gary Pimentel, 20, of Charlestown, on charges he reacted to some sort of traffic conflict on an I-93 ramp by pointing a realistic-looking toy gun at another driver around 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Read more.

By - 11/3/15 - 10:44 pm

InsideMedford.com reports on Stephanie Muccini Burke's victory.

By - 10/16/15 - 2:30 pm
Stuck truck at Medford railroad crossing

The driver of a tractor-trailer had some trouble making the turn onto High Street at the West Medford stop on the Lowell Line this morning, taking out the crossing gates and becoming an instant obstacle to rush-hour trains, as Colleen Mirabello shows us.

Ken Krause has photos of the quick work to remove the truck, the now ruined crossing gates and a light pole the truck also took out, and posted video showing some of the aftermath of having a crossing in the middle of a city with no crossing gates: Read more.

By - 10/8/15 - 7:49 am

Because they might really be three dudes who will smack you in the head with an aluminum baseball bat and steal your phone and your marijuana, InsideMedford.com reports, adding police suspect the three used meetme.com in at least two other robberies.

By - 10/4/15 - 12:12 pm
Rambo and Richard in Medford

Gordon Hallett watched Richard and Rambo whiz by on Middlesex Avenue in Medford yesterday.

By - 9/26/15 - 8:19 am

Jennifer Kerwood of Medford this week joined at least two other Massachusetts VW/Audi buyers in suing Volkswagen Group of America over the diesel fraud. Read more.

By - 9/9/15 - 8:02 am

And, yes, they're locally sourced, WBUR reports.

The news gets Lucy Fitzgerald's Rozzie up:

Fornax in Rozzie did it first. Best breakfast sammy in the area hands down.

By - 9/3/15 - 8:58 pm

A video of the old "horizontal elevator" that used to run at Wellington until the developer of the apartment/retail complex near the station finally gave up on paying to constantly repair the thing.

Via Boston Reddit, which has more on the people mover's history.

By - 7/27/15 - 11:16 am

Including a threat about how he could "put a hole right through your head" after stopping somebody making a wrong turn in a rotary, WCVB reports.

By - 7/18/15 - 8:11 pm
Stolen car and dog in Medford

UPDATE, Sunday, noon: Dog recovered safe by Lynn PD.

Clementine reports her car and her dog were stolen this morning in Medford. If you see the car, Mass. registration 395-YK1, contact police.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at www.ria.ie/library/contact, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 6/22/15 - 8:52 am
Snow at Oak Grove in February

We've had quite enough of this, thank you very much. Feb. photo by Rich.

Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.

You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.

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