Waltham

By - 10/10/17 - 12:53 pm

Waltham is alerting residents that two black bears have been spotted on the north side of the city - and that they should note that bears love bird feeders and easily accessible trash bins.

H/t Ian Lamont.

By - 10/9/17 - 11:52 am

A man determined to torment a former roommate in Watertown used skills gained as a computer-science major and a professional software writer - along with some basic human engineering - to repeatedly target the woman, her family, her friends and her colleagues with sexually explicit messages, bomb threats to institutions in Waltham and Chelmsford made in their names, for some 18 months until his arrest last week, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the case. Read more.

By - 10/6/17 - 9:38 am

A Newton man faces federal cyberstalking charges after his arrest last night by federal and local authorities investigating months of threats and harassment against a former roommate and her family and friends. Read more.

By - 9/15/17 - 3:01 pm

NBC Boston reports Bentley has emptied several buildings due to e-mail threats it received today.

Brandeis and the public library have also gotten bomb threats in recent weeks.

By - 8/24/17 - 12:24 pm

The Waltham Channel reports that in addition to Brandeis University and the Waltham Public Library, a tenant of a Waltham landlord also got a bomb threat this week.

By - 8/23/17 - 12:14 pm

UPDATED, 7 p.m.

An e-mailed bomb threat forced Brandeis University to evacuate the campus today, on the eve of most students returning to campus. Read more.

By - 8/16/17 - 11:43 pm

Dezeen reports that NanoLab, which develops products based on carbon nanotubes, has developed a paint that could be one of the blackest paints ever produced.

All interesting as it goes, but NanoLab says it will sell its pigment to anybody, unlike rival NanoSystems, which granted exclusive rights to its blackest-black paint to a British artist - which sparked one of his rivals to come out with a pink paint that he would sell to anybody who signed a contract agreeing they were not that guy and would not give him any of that paint.

By - 8/10/17 - 2:42 pm

NBC Boston reports fire officials today labeled a July 23 fire that did an estimated $110 million in damage to a nearly completed apartment complex as arson. The developer is offering a $100,000 reward for information.

By - 7/23/17 - 9:30 am

NBC Boston reports five buildings under construction at Cooper and Elm streets went up in flames around 4 a.m. [Photos].

This is the third major fire to erupt in large wood-frame buildings under construction in the Boston area over the past couple of months. Read more.

By - 7/10/17 - 1:01 pm

KENNEDY-ERA NEWS CAPSULE: 4/11/61 (WMEX-RADIO; BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS)

The current owner of WMEX, one of Boston's oldest call signs, reports to the FCC that it wants to put the 1510 AM station back on the air after its June 30 shutdown. In an FCC filing, Daily XXL Communications of Wilmington, NC reports: Read more.

By - 5/22/17 - 11:55 pm
Missing man

State Police report they are looking for a man who walked out of the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in the South End.

Matthew Cooperstein, 37, has connections to Waltham and may be headed there.

If you see him, contact DMH Police at 617-626-8888 or State Police at 617-740-7710.

By - 5/6/17 - 9:30 pm
Rainbow over Waltham

Melissa looked up around 7:50 this evening.

By - 4/19/17 - 9:40 am

Watertown News reports an Everett guy who led police on a car chase, jumped out of his car and into the Charles River last night, but proved unable to elude state troopers, local police, a helicopter and search dog. He's scheduled for arraignment this morning in Waltham District Court.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By - 12/14/16 - 9:59 pm

Brandeis Now posts the list, although looks like they need to do some more research: They list Gates "Dr. Crusher" McFadden but not her classmate, Louise "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" Lasser (nor the Lasser-inspired mention of Brandeis in "Annie Hall"). And where's movie producer and writer (and, OK, convicted felon) Jack Abramoff?

H/t fellow Brandeis alum Martin Leiberman.

By - 11/4/16 - 9:03 am

State Police report somebody walking in one of the southbound lanes of Rte. 128 in Waltham died after being hit by several vehicles shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday. State Police say they are trying to determine, among other things, why the person was walking on the highway.

By - 9/22/16 - 5:12 pm

WBZ reports Eversource is blaming a squirrel that "came into contact" with some of its equipment for a power outage this morning. The power, if not the squirrel, came back in about an hour.

By - 7/21/16 - 10:27 am
Smoky MBTA bus

This was Dani B's 70 bus just after it pulled into Central Square in Waltham around 8:30 a.m. Discretion proved the better part of valor for riders.

By - 7/15/16 - 10:48 pm

State Police report they've arrested a Waltham man on charges he exposed himself to women along the Charles River in Waltham - and that they're now investigating his possible link to similar instances along the River Walk, which runs along the river from Brighton to Watertown. Read more.

By - 4/10/16 - 2:24 pm
Old train semaphores in Waltham

Back in the old days, railroads used to use semaphores to signal train engineers whether they could go forward and how fast. You can still see one of these semaphores where the old Boston & Maine (now MBTA, natch) line to Fitchburg crosses Elm Street in downtown Waltham - mounted on a switching tower that sits next to a switch for what used to be a line to Watertown.

The signals were, of course, not very useful at night, so there were also bulbs to signal engineers: Read more.