West of 495

By - 7/8/14 - 11:16 am
Twisting clouds over Bolton, Mass.

Such as this twisting cloud that Rich Beaubien photographed over Bolton? Don't worry: The National Weather Service says:


By - 6/21/14 - 12:08 am

A federal appeals court yesterday upheld Worcester regulations to ban "aggressive" panhandling, saying the city was not trying to squelch anybody's free speech but rather protect the public from panhandlers getting up in the grills of motorists and pedestrians.

Boston has similar regulations against in-your-face solicitation.

By - 4/7/14 - 4:59 pm
Ronald McDonald of Worcester

You may have seen the recent Taco Bell ad in which a bunch of guys named Ronald McDonald swear their undying allegiance to some new taco/egg/hash-brown wrap thing (we haven't paid that much attention since there may only be one Taco Bell left in the whole city of Boston and, well, we've got much better taco options down here in the Parkway region).

In any case, alert viewer Stuart Goldman noticed that one of the Ronald McDonalds is from Worcester, which is all well and good except a) Where is there a farm in Worcester? And b) Where are there mountains in Worcester?

By - 3/14/14 - 10:06 pm

Specifically, the Mendon Twin Drive-In:

They are interested in the preservation of the drive-in as well as expanding new horizons in keeping with a joyous outdoor family environment.

Via Marc Hurwitz.

By - 12/1/13 - 9:33 am
Crash on 290 in Worcester

Just the tail end of the crash. Photo by Mass. State Police.

Take a look at this video of the aftermath of a multiple-vehicle crash on I-290 in Worcester around 7:00 a.m.

State Police shut the Lowell Connector entirely due to ice.

Wellesley Police are also reporting a number of crashes.

By - 11/19/13 - 10:07 pm

The MetroWest Daily News reports on today's referendum. So that leaves, what, Everett and maybe Revere for eastern Mass.?

By - 11/7/13 - 8:34 pm
Winged sunset

Richard Beaubien watched the birds go up as the sun went down over Bolton a couple days ago.

Copyright Richard Beaubien. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/29/13 - 9:34 am

Preying mantis on his leg

Roving UHub photographer Will Kilburn reports:

By - 8/7/13 - 9:05 am

The owner of a Westboro self-storage place is charged with trying to seal a Verizon worker in an underground utility vault in a fit of anger over the way the worker parked on his grass, the Worcester Telegram reports.

Police say the business owner also stole the worker's keys out of his truck.

By - 8/6/13 - 3:42 pm

State officials said they've completed their takeover of the rail line between Boston and Worcester from CSX, which means commuters on hot days will see far fewer delays due to speed restrictions that had been imposed by the freight line.

Also, sorry, troublesome trucks: With dispatching now under MBCR control, commuter-rail trains now get priority in dispatching; under CSX, if a dispatcher had to choose which train would go first, freight would always win. And:

By - 7/31/13 - 9:45 pm

Galen Moore of the Boston Business Journal uses state data and Google Fusion Tables to create a map of "every outdoor patio bar in the state of Massachusetts."

Caveat imbibor.

By - 6/10/13 - 11:09 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a Hudson man's conviction for plying his underage daughter with spiked lemonade, but said he was guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for serving the same booze to her even more underage friend, because state law gives parents the right to serve liquor to their children.

By - 6/9/13 - 1:15 pm

Devastation after the Worcester tornado

June 9, 1953 was hot and humid. The weather bureau predicted thunderstorms, some possibly severe, for central Massachusetts. It got those storms - and an F4 tornado that touched down to the northwest of Worcester, creating a trail of death and destruction that ended only at the Framingham line, after the Fayville post office was flattened. In all, 96 people died that day.

Among the photographers who rushed to chronicle the damage was, of course, Leslie Jones:

By - 3/6/13 - 10:47 am

So this guy out in the Berkshires gets his license taken away after his second OUI conviction, appeals 10 years later to get it reinstated, to which the state agrees on condition he install one of those in-dash breath-tester gizmos, which he installs, only then he takes it out and gets caught and has his license taken away.

And then, two years later, he's stopped again and charged with violating the "ignition interlock device" condition and is convicted on that charge.

By - 3/1/13 - 1:54 pm

Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders at our annual Summer Party held outside in the heart of Provincetown, MA on Saturday, July 27 from 4:00-7:00PM. Enjoy the view of the harbor, mingle with other GLAD supporters and learn more about our ground-breaking cases.

Tickets are $75 online | $85 on site | $30 student
Purchase at www.glad.org/events.

Don't miss our amazing auction and celebrity auctioneer Kate Clinton. You don't have to be present to win. Travel packages, restaurants, massages, and much more - something for everyone!

By - 1/29/13 - 7:49 am

Armando Sajous captured a trolley speeding down the turnpike near Springfield, on its way to a New York facility for an overhaul.

Bet you didn't know Green Line trolleys can do 65.

Via Boston Reddit.