West of 495

By - 12/19/11 - 9:36 am

A Worcester Line train died this morning in Natick; commuters on that train and the one behind it, which wound up pushing it into town, were, of course, seriously late.

Some trains into North Station were delayed by the ever popular switch problems. At least one Greenbush train was also late because, well, who knows?

By - 12/17/11 - 12:33 pm

Envisn, a company that makes software for managing Cognos "business intelligence" systems, yesterday sued its former support manager, charging she spent a couple of hours downloading all of the company's software and customer records and then quit.

By - 12/8/11 - 7:10 am

Channel 7 reports a firefighter pulled from the wreckage of a collapsed triple decker has died. Two other firefighters were also injured. Channel 5 has video of the fire.

The fire comes just a few days after the anniversary of the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that claimed the lives of six firefighters.

By - 11/24/11 - 12:00 am

Channel 4 reports a turkey flew into a Bellingham man's living-room window. It died, but he buried it instead of saving it for Thanksgiving.

By - 11/11/11 - 8:20 am

Franklin Matters reports the Franklin Federated Church was trying to collect all those boxes for a program at Boston Medical Center for little kids who need extra nutritional help.

By - 11/3/11 - 11:01 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today rejected former state Rep. Marie Parente's bid to have her pension increased based on the estimated value of her state-provided parking space on Beacon Hill and her per-diem payments for traveling to and from her home in Milford.

Parente claimed the $1,560 annual value of her parking space and the $7,200 a year she got for travel expenses were part of her "regular compensation" on which the value of her pension should be based - just like William Bulger's housing allowance was used to figure his pension after retiring as president of the University of Massachusetts.

By - 10/30/11 - 6:05 pm

The MBTA reports that commuters on the Worcester, Fitchburg and Haverhill lines should expect delays tomorrow morning due to storm damage.

By - 10/29/11 - 6:28 pm

First snow

Richard Beaubien captured the beginnings of the storm in Bolton this afternoon.

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

By - 10/27/11 - 6:05 pm

Channel 5 reporter Cheryl Fiandaca just made the first on-air snowball of the season, out in Ashburnham - after, of course, kneeling to pick up some snow. OK, it looked more like an iceball than a snowball, which is probably why she didn't throw it at the cameraman.

By - 10/27/11 - 8:43 am

Steve Berry reports his Verizon 4G wireless works as advertised when he's in a 4G coverage area, but that the problem is that his commute takes him into 3G territory and that's a problem:

By - 10/15/11 - 7:25 am

Cambridge, Mass. — Tickets are on sale now for George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Stickball Productions’ world premiere stage adaptation of the quintessential Boston crime novel. The production runs Dec. 8–Jan. 15 at Oberon in Harvard Square, for tickets, visit www.thefriendsofeddiecoyle.com

It is the winter of ‘69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting to stay alive and out of jail among his “friends” – cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddie’s making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.

George V. Higgins’ classic novel has been called the “best crime novel ever written” by Elmore Leonard, and literary scholars have compared his unforgiving and realistic depiction of Boston’s underworld with the works of Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Balzac. Through dialogue quintessentially Bostonian, and the most poignant homage to Bobby Orr and the ’69-’70 Boston Bruins in literature, The Friends of Eddie Coyle has set the bar for Boston crime stories for nearly 40 years.

By - 9/11/11 - 8:24 pm

She's just not ready to answer her kids' inevitable questions about sodomy:

I can't even go to normal places without having to sit silently and tolerate immorality. We all know what would happen if I asked two men or two women to stop displaying, right in front of me and my children, that they live in sodomy.

By - 8/28/11 - 11:59 pm

Although some may have some delays, the T says.

Updated Monday morning

By - 8/25/11 - 8:58 am

The Worcester Tornadoes are supposed to be playing their final homestand this weekend.

By - 7/28/11 - 10:52 am

The MetroWest Daily News reports an East Boston man who allegedly posted a Craigslist ad looking for women with troubled pasts for a documentary he claimed to be making is charged with raping a woman who answered the ad, in a Motel 6 on Rte. 9.

Unclear from the story is how or why the woman first reported the crime by flagging down a police officer in Roslindale.

By - 7/21/11 - 11:38 am

Apparently, there's not a lot to do in July in Northborough, the MetroWest Daily News reports:

As officers responded to the report, police received a call about a motorcycle that had crashed into a pole on Crestwood Drive, Sgt. James Scesny said. But instead of a motorcycle, officers arrived to find a snowmobile by the side of the road and Sikora lying in the road.

By - 7/20/11 - 1:42 pm

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.

By - 7/19/11 - 5:09 pm

State Police report a woman out for a walk with her four grandchildren got lost in Purgatory Chasm in Sutton today. Fortunately, she was able to avoid eternal damnation by using her cell phone to call 911:

By - 6/30/11 - 1:00 pm

Representative John Binienda:

“The idea of the badge by lobbyists to me, I kind of find that revolting,” [...] “Hitler during the concentration camps tattooed all of the Jewish people so he would know who was Jew and who wasn’t, and that’s something that I just don’t go along with.”

For those who don't know: Godwin's law.

By - 6/7/11 - 3:31 pm

Jeremy Reiner (WHDH) tweeted this link an hour ago:

Summary after the break.

(Image available at source)

This Landsat image shows the 39-mile (63-kilometer) track of destruction left by an EF3 tornado that struck southwestern and south-central Massachusetts on June 1, 2011. Notice that the track widened as the tornado made its way through the state. At its widest point, the tornado track is roughly 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) across.