Beverly commuters are organizing to fight any closing of the Prides Crossing and Beverly Farms stops.
Stuart Goldman reports:
I was trying to browse the North Shore with my iPod touch last night, and the shoreline wasn't making sense. The Google Maps app for the iPhone seems to have inundated shorelines. Was wondering if it was just me, but I confirmed it with a friend with an iPhone. Web version of Google Maps is OK.
New shoreline on the North Shore:
Maybe it's just as well we let Maine go in 1821. Joey C. wonders what sort of idiots they breed Down East who put celery, tarragon or lettuce in their lobster rolls. He shows how to do a lobster roll right (complete with photos).
Nearly $200,000 in statewide grants help families cope with the economic crisis
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a police officer whose cruiser slammed into a woman's car, killing her, will get a second chance to prove his contention that he is innocent because he suffered a seizure moments before the crash.
Stuart Merry was convicted of negligent vehicular homicide in the 2007 crash. The state's highest court ruled a new trial is warranted because the Essex County District Attorney's office unintentionally withheld evidence from the Suffolk County prosecutor brought in to try the case that could have bolstered Merry's case: That an expert believed his cruiser's windshield was cracked by the force of the collision and not by his head. Emergency crews responding to the accident had found Merry lying on the front seat and at least one witness testified he did not see anybody behind the wheel as the vehicle sped toward the woman's car.
However, the court rejected Merry's argument it should direct a finding of "not guilty" and bar a second trial under the double-jeopardy clause, because contradictory evidence by itself is not sufficient reason to find somebody innocent and because, the court said, prosecutors still had enough evidence with which to make a case to the jury even with the expert witness's opinion taken into account.
Cody Pomeray forwarded this fine example of Massholishness on the Lynnway this morning, adding:
The part you can't see is that this guy is also on the phone while driving the abominable snowmobile. Perhaps he was calling a friend to borrow a brush?
We're looking for a few good (or even rusty and out of condition) concert band musicians who would be willing to travel to the North Shore for rehearsals. Our group is open to everyone regardless of age and without audition. Anyone who can play the parts is welcome.
Information on the band is available at:
At sunset today, the sky was suffused with orange. At the Lynn end of the Nahant Causeway, it was enough to give you a sense of what it would be like to be on Mars, if Mars were a bit warmer and had oceans and people and a causeway.
Sean Sullivan captured the orange sky near North Station.
Channel 4 reports on the Saugus crash early this morning.
An established community concert band, founded in 1932, is looking for additional players. If you're a current player, come sit in. If you're a musician who played a concert band instrument,and would like to be playing on a regular basis, please give us a look.
Our pages are located at:
Non-profit to shut doors next month - unless some generous type gives it a bunch of money to keep open.
I saw an amazing sight while driving down 95 South, near Burlington. Coming down 95 North was a Blue Line subway car! It took me a minute to realize that it was being hauled by a truck. Who knew that the blue line cars would ever appear on route 95?
Wicked Local Swampscott reports a Jewish education and outreach group has suspended operations and fired all its workers because it invested all its money with Bernard Madoff, whose assets the feds seized yesterday after charging him with running a $50-billion Ponzi scheme (named after Boston's own Charles Ponzi).
Ouch! That's loud and early! Central Square (in Lynn, not Cambridge) is not happy this morning and the MBTA is going to hear about it.
With Thanksgiving around the corner and the holiday season fast approaching, many people are in the market for holiday greeting cards for family and friends.
Project Bread, The Walk for Hunger is offering a wide variety of holiday cards for the 2008 season with unique images and heart-warming messages that will appeal to all. “Through the sale of holiday cards we help hungry families in need during the winter months,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “It’s a program that does a lot of good.”
Two leafy, affluent North Shore towns, Hamilton and Wenham, are studying the idea of merging. They already share a railroad station, a high school, and a library.
If they decide this is a good idea, what other similar pairs of towns should follow suit? Medford and Malden? Swampscott and Marblehead? Weston and Lincoln? Arlington and Belmont? (Or Watertown and Belmont?)
The 76-year-old ... drove about 100 yards into a train-only tunnel [at Salem Station] before a northbound commuter rail train hit the car...
A train operator saw the headlights of the car, sounded the horn, and began to brake...
After the crash, the driver got out of the vehicle on his own...
"He was conscious and alert, talking with emergency responders on the scene,"... "There were no visible signs of injury..."