Police were stumped this afternoon by a large piece of tree trunk that wound up at the intersection of Washington Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue. Rick watched a mighty woodsman dispatch the errant wood.
Chestnut Hill Avenue
A cat cafe that was supposed to open on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton last month now looks set to never open at all.
In a post today, Purr Cat Cafe owner Diane Kelly writes: Read more.
The Board of Appeal yesterday approved plans by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to replace a condemned house at 132 Chestnut Hill Ave. with 61 affordable apartments for the elderly - with 7 set aside for people who have been homeless for a long time. Read more.
Longtime Brighton residents are starting to forget a time when the front steps of Brighton Municipal Court didn't look like the aftermath of a meteor strike.
State officials keep promising to fix the steps, but don't because they keep finding more things wrong with the courthouse that also need fixing and keep throwing those things onto an ever expanding project list. Read more.
NBC Boston reports a trolley derailed at the Cleveland Circle yard and Beacon Street around 7:20 a.m. No injuries, no effect on service.
The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday gave unanimous approval to filling a long vacant, once fire ravaged block on Chestnut Hill Avenue with a place where people can spend an hour petting cats and then fill up on gyro and souvlaki. Read more.
A local catrepreneur is hoping to wrangle support for a place on Chestnut Hill Avenue where people looking for some fuzzy affection could pet kitties for $15 an hour between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Read more.
John Rogaris, 45, got a suspended jail sentence yesterday after acknowledging he actively tried to keep police from learning how he had workers take a man who'd fallen down the stairs in his Chestnut Hill Avenue bar and dump him outside, where he lay, unconscious and near death, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
UPDATE, Thursday: The licensing board decided to pass over this issue for now, deferring action until a later date.
The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to allow a Wine Gallery wine and spirits store at Chestnut Hill Avenue and Embassy Road, in the new building that replaces a block destroyed by fire in 2012. Read more.
Pizza-making brothers from the Fall River suburb of Somerset have an agreement to buy the long closed Roggie's on Chestnut Hill Avenue and remake it as their second pizza place. Read more.
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly this week submitted a formal proposal to the BRA to build a 61 apartments for the elderly and some developmentally disabled adults at 132 Chestnut Hill Ave., next to the fire station.
The proposed six-story building would be connected by a second-story pedestrian bridge to the existing JCHE campus behind the property.
In December, the BRA tentatively designated the non-profit group as the developer of the land.
The first floor of the proposed building would include space for retail stores. JCHE is proposing 21 new parking spaces, 6 for those stores.
John Rogaris was released on personal recognizance today at his arraignment on charges of witness tampering and interfering with a police investigation into how a man wound up lying behind his Roggie's Bar and Grille on Chestnut Hill Avenue early on May 23.
Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney David Bradley said Rogaris's four-count indictment stems from an incident at closing that day, when a worker going downstairs to use the restroom found an underage man unconscious on the stairs - and from Rogaris's alleged efforts that night and in the two weeks following to keep police from finding out what happened:
Julio Salado reports that when his car hit a pothole on Chestnut Hill Avenue between Applebee's and the circle this morning, the jolt was enough to trigger his car's airbags to deploy and send him to St. Elizabeth's with a bruised arm. In addition, the force of the airbag's expansion ripped his jacket.
UPDATE: Lyons was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail in Brighton District Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Police charge an Everett man who had trouble keeping his pants up had no problems wresting control of an 86 bus and trying to crash it - but was foiled by a fast-thinking rookie driver who managed to apply the emergency brake.
MBTA Transit Police say Donald Lyons, 52, reached across the 24-year-old driver - on the job for just 2 1/2 months - around 7:30 last night and grabbed the bus's steering wheel as it approached Commonwealth Avenue on Chestnut Hill Avenue: