By - 9/16/09 - 12:14 pm

Boston Biker posts photos of two Brighton bike racks blocked by planters from a nearby ice-cream shop. He reports he's moved the planters when the need arose, but they then get moved back in front of the racks.

By - 9/16/09 - 8:05 am

With its wide avenues and actual, dedicated bike lanes. Mike Ball returns from a trip there and is amazed at what you can do with real streets - but also what a little enforcement might do on our non-cow paths:

... I think of the new, narrow bike lanes painted for a short distance on Columbus Avenue here. Eleven days ago, I took it both ways. In that short distance, I counted 22 motor vehicles blocking the lane, 9 one way and 13 back. Of course, there was no enforcement. Bikes had to take the single lane in either direction from cars and trucks to move instead. ...

By - 9/16/09 - 7:56 am

Michael Pahre reports.

Allstonians and Brightonites (Brightonians?) get another shot at the four candidates for the district city council seat on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Elks Lodge, 326 Washington Street. Pahre moderates that one.

By - 9/12/09 - 7:59 pm

A guy about to tuck into a five-pound cheeseburger at Eagle's Deli in Cleveland Circle. If he eats all of it - and the fries, he gets a free trip to the CCU meal.

By - 9/11/09 - 10:32 am

Imagine getting your mail and finding a large photo of an angry rat staring at you. Michael Pahre posts a copy of a palm card from Allston/Brighton City Council candidate Alex Selvig that features one rat's grim, beady visage on one side and Selvig's anti-rat plan on the other.

By - 9/10/09 - 4:23 pm

On Monday, Sept., 14, the Wards 4 and 5 (Beacon Hill and Back Bay) Democratic committees hold a mayoral-candidates forum, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury St. After the forum, Ward 5 will caucus on a possible endorsement in the race.

David Bernstein at the Phoenix describes the Menino camp's growing fixation on winning at least 51% of the vote on Sept. 22.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Brighton Allston Improvement Association sponsors a debate between the four people running for the district city council seat in Allston/Brighton:

By - 9/9/09 - 8:20 am

Mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea posts a copy of a letter that would seem to indicate Allston/Brighton City Councilor Mark Ciommo managed to convince at-large Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Sam Yoon to "scale back" a proposed hearing order on Boston College's expansion plans. Ciommo had promised to recuse himself from BC deliberations because his son got a scholarship there.

Harry Mattison posts Ciommo's reply:

... I have not contradicted any aspects of my disclosure form.

Councilor Yoon approached me to co-sponsor a late-file Order for a Hearing regarding the BRA process with Boston College's [institutional master plan]. I provided him with my feedback that I supported several components of the Order for a Hearing, but that I thought that some of the language was inaccurate. I also felt that some of the language was politically charged.

My intent was to remove politics from the discussion and focus on the BRA process. I think the end result was a more productive hearing. ...

By - 8/26/09 - 4:46 pm

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has upheld a lower court's ruling that the federal government can't use evidence collected from an alleged Ecstasy maker's apartment in Brighton because DEA agents and Boston police only applied for a search warrant after officers noticed some of the evidence.

By - 8/13/09 - 11:02 pm

Police have blocked off Washington St in Brighton Center between Market/Chestnut Hill and Cambridge St. There were fire engines out near the front of Porter Belly's or about that distance down the street.

Anyone know more?

By - 8/10/09 - 3:42 pm

Hello out there in UniversalHub land. I have determined that what the internet lacks most of all is a personal blog about some schlub's experiences in and around [insert major city here]. I have decided to rectify that problem my moving my ramblings over here.

I will be blogging about Boston politics, the T, local music, dining, bars, sports, and life from the perspective of a 21-year-old Revere native now living in an apartment in Chestnut Hill, where I will be a senior this fall at Boston College.

By - 7/28/09 - 6:11 pm

On the first floor of 200 Strathmore Rd., Boston Fireman tweets.

Tmccool posts a photo.

By - 7/26/09 - 12:12 pm

16WadeSt notices some odd goings-on at the old Circle Cinema in Cleveland Circle. Compare to the plea for help at the old Filene's in Downtown Crossing.

Copyright 16WadeSt. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/24/09 - 1:11 pm

Nathan Spencer tweets that Imperial Pizza, 329 Washington St. in Brighton Center, is up for sale after 40 years:

Someone has to buy it before it turns into another drugstore!!!

By - 7/17/09 - 4:33 pm

Donations to help the family of Freddie Zepeda pay to send his body back to Guatemala for burial can be made at any Bank of America branch, in the name of Freddie Zepeda or Adamary Sousa, the victim's sister-in-law, Channel 5 reports.

By - 7/16/09 - 1:06 pm

A Brighton District Court judge today ordered Cathy Bergin-August, 48, to surrender her driver's license at least until her trial on charges she nearly killed a father putting his infant son in a car seat on Cambridge Street, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Bergin-August was also ordered to pay $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, the DA's office says.

Bergin-August is charged with hitting the man - at Mass. General Hospital following brain surgery - around 8 a.m. yesterday, the DA's office says, adding:

Bergin-August's vehicle was transported to Boston Police headquarters with front end damage and a cracked windshield; a routine inventory of the vehicle turned up a bottle of prescription sedatives with a label warning users to use caution when operating machinery.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/15/09 - 10:52 am

Boston Police report the homicide squad has been called into the investigation of a car/pedestrian accident around 9 a.m. at Cambridge and Gordon streets. That happens when police expect the victim, in this case a 30-year-old man who suffered severe head trauma, will die.

By - 7/14/09 - 7:50 pm

Yelp Boston thinks Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roslindale are "beyond city limits!" Maybe it's time to break down and actually hire editors from the area? Nah.

Via Bostonist.

By - 7/14/09 - 9:45 am

The MBTA reports it is running bus service between Washington Street and Boston College because of a car crash at Chiswick Street that ended with a car on the tracks.

Joe Gravellese reports his train stopped around 9:30 a.m. near Chestnut Hill Avenue. He tweets:

got off the train to walk to d-line-lots of cops, ambulances about half mile past chestnut hill av inbound. Not pretty.

By - 7/12/09 - 1:01 pm

We've been living in Brighton Center for over a decade and until recently never had to worry about crime. The worst we had to put up with was drunken parties thrown by the BC students who rent on our block, and some years even that isn't a problem if the students are polite.

(A couple of years ago there were a couple of really talented guitar players renting across the street from us. They often jammed late into the night with their friends, but man, they were good, so we didn't care. Wish they'd stayed!)