Possible good news for fans of old trolleys: The Dorchester Reporter reports MassDOT has included $9 million in a five-year capital plan for rehabbing the Mattapan High-Speed Line's PCC trolleys, rather than replacing them with buses or something.
The Bulletin reports on efforts by Hyde Park officials to clean up the neighborhood. At a meeting earlier this week, officials said that no matter what they do, the neighborhood is at a disadvantage because it's surrounded by suburbanites who use the city as their dumping ground - including a Milton pre-school that was dumping all its trash in the neighborhood.
This is not a new complaint.
People who cross the Neponset River between Dorchester and Milton on Granite Avenue traverse a bridge that looks like, and is, a relic of the days when the Neponset River was a working river.
The nation's first railroad, built in 1826, ferried granite blocks from a Quincy quarry to a wharf on the banks on Gulliver's Brook, which is just upstream of the bridge, and from which the builders of the Bunker Hill Monument got their granite blocks.
Schooner being loaded with blocks from the Quincy railway (the three-wheeled thing is one of the "cars"- from the BPL's photo collection):
State Police say the driver tried to swerve into the median to avoid the woman. The driver stayed at the scene, State Police say, adding that while no charges have been brought, the crash remains under investigation.
WHDH reports state Sen. Brian Joyce, facing an FBI probe, won't run again.
Stanley Staco reports authorities found the body around 1:30 a.m. under the Milton side of the Blue Hill Avenue bridge over the Neponset.
WFXT reports the Norfolk County District Attorney's office does not consider the fire a criminal act at this point.
On Nov. 28, Boston firefighters found a body inside a burning car in Mattapan.
FAA officials spent 3 1/2 hours listening to residents and elected officials rip into the way planes now fly over a host of communities, at a Milton meeting on Thursday that they agreed to attend only after US Rep. Stephen Lynch threatened to cut the agency's budget for community outreach by $25 million.
The meeting brought out several hundred people from Belmont to Hull, to complain that a new GPS-based flight-path system may be great for airline profits and schedules, but means unlucky residents are now subjected to endless waves of planes, often starting at 5 a.m., for days on end, because of the way it slots planes into very narrow air corridors. Residents also said planes are flying lower than they used to, further contributing to the noise. Read more.
Tim the roving UHub photographer took a walk this morning on the only part of the Southwest Expressway that actually got built - a short stretch north of that weird, semi-cloverleaf where 95 joins 128 - from which it was supposed to head north through Hyde Park (with an interchange replacing Paul's Bridge), Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury before joining with the Inner Belt roughly where the Ruggles T stop is now.
US Rep. Stephen Lynch says he's holding a forum in Milton next month on complaints about flight paths south of Logan Airport and the growing number of complaints by residents from the South End to Milton. Read more.
WBUR reports the state will issue hunting permits for four specific days - on which other visitors will be urged to stay out of the affected parts of the reservation as hunters reduce a deer population the state says is just too large.
Daniel J. Flynn, III, 52, of Milton, who ran a real-estate firm at 161 Granite Ave. in Dorchester, was arrested on federal wire-fraud charges this week. Read more.
Robert Jubinville of Milton, one of the state's eight elected governor's councilors, says it's time to stop throwing heroin addicts into prison. Read more.
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.
Thomas Baker, 62, had been missing since last week. The Patriot Ledger reports a state trooper and a search dog found his body, and that there is no evidence of foul play.
Milton, Boston and State police continued searching along the Neponset River for Thomas Baker, 62, but began searching the woods of the nearby Blue Hills Reservation as well. Read more.
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