Waltham

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.

By - 3/27/16 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Johnson gets the scoop: On Friday, Pizzi Farm will open its ice cream season with a one-day special: Cones made out of donuts, filled with ice cream.

By - 3/17/16 - 12:22 pm
Brian Hurley

Waltham Police report they are looking for Brian Hurley, 34, of Somerville, for the armed robbery of Kev's Kwik Mart, 909 Main St., on Monday; he used a butcher knife.

Police say Hurley, 5'10" and 160 lbs., could be on foot or maybe public transportation somewhere in Waltham, Belmont or Somerville. They add: Read more.

By - 3/12/16 - 8:23 pm

State Police report two cars were hit when the rear wheels fell off a dump truck going south near exit 26 in Waltham around 11:10 a.m. Read more.

By - 2/28/16 - 12:13 pm

Boston Dynamics is not winning fans with the way it manhandled poor Atlas the robot.

Also see:

Boston Dynamics robot is a typical Masshole (NSFW): Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 8:56 am

Boston Dynamics posted this video to show off the abilities of its newest robot, but if you watch the whole thing, you'll see the poor automaton get tormented by some jerk with a hockey stick who winds up kicking it to the ground. A robot dog fares no better.

By - 1/25/16 - 8:26 pm
Usen Castle at Brandeis University

Brandeis University says it's time to tear down the bulk of a historic building that is the only one left from its 1948 founding.

In fact, Usen Castle predates Brandeis and was originally part of the campus for a failed medical school that Brandeis's organizers bought for the Jewish-sponsored but secular college. Read more.

By - 12/28/15 - 11:50 am

A travelogue of sorts from 1970, narrated by Edwin Land himself, that concludes with him walking us around the plans for a new Polaroid factory in Norwood. Around 12:00, he discusses the future of photography, including cameras that would fit in a pocket, "something like a telephone, that you would use all day long. ... a camera that you would use as often as a pencil, or your eyeglasses" (but still one that spits out everything on film).

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 12/23/15 - 8:57 am
Spindrift Soda

Spindrift Beverage Co., which makes high-end sodas and seltzers in Waltham, is suing an Oregon wine company with a line of wines called Spindrift Cellars for the right to keep using the name. Read more.

By - 12/22/15 - 10:25 pm

Boston Dynamics, the company that gave us robot horses that fling cinder blocks, wishes you all a merry and non-nightmarish Christmas.

By - 12/15/15 - 3:44 pm

The insurance company for a Waltham condo trust has sued car dealer Herb Chambers, charging a sloppy service job on a BMW led to a garage fire that damaged two condos. Read more.

By - 10/30/15 - 2:35 pm

Just north of Trapelo Road, the state advises.

By - 10/17/15 - 5:08 am

State Police report a woman who sped off with her severely dehydrated infant son in Wilkes-Barre, PA, was found and arrested at Boston Children's Hospital, where she had brought her son.

Her infant son is receiving emergency medical treatment at a Boston hospital.

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 - 2/15/15 - 6:05 pm

A chain-reaction collision in the middle of white-out conditions left several people injured around 2:30 p.m. on 128 south just past exit 27 in Waltham, State Police report:

State Police report the injuries were minor.

There is a report that a snow squall in the area may have contributed to this crash.

By - 12/16/14 - 5:42 am

The West Roxbury Committee To Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline Cites The Danger In Placing the Large Vulnerable Gas Pipeline Adjacent To Their Homes & An Active Quarry.

By - 11/29/14 - 6:54 pm
Arthur Demoulas at the Waltham Market Basket

Artie T. himself welcomed hundreds of people to the the newest Market Basket, on Main Street in Waltham, just off 128, as our own Dvdoff shows us.

By - 11/13/14 - 11:12 am

UPDATE: Kickstarter campaign now live.

The 128 Business Council thinks it has a way to get more city people out to jobs along Rte. 128: Build an online system to match people who've gone as far as they can on the T with a squadron of mostly private shuttle buses that already flit along the highway.

By - 10/27/14 - 8:52 am

The dreaded slippery rail struck again this morning.

By - 9/20/14 - 7:20 pm

We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.

The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were not included in the original bill because they were not popular when the law was passed in 1982.

We need your vote on November 4 to update the Bottle Bill.