What made these trees turn so much earlier than the rest of them along the Needham Line tracks? Spotted this afternoon from across the Charles in Millennium Park in West Roxbury.
Boston Strolls reports these birds on the inbound side of Washington Street just up from Woodley were showing no fear this morning:
They walked right up to me.
Of course, this not being Brookline, no blood was shed.
Wicked Local Brookline brings us up to date on the war between Brookline and the owners of Hancock Village, who want to add 184 apartments to the Brookline side of the complex, including some in a five-story building that selectmen say is completely out of character in a part of town where single-family homes and two-story townhouses are the norm.
A 5-alarm fire reported around 7:30 p.m. in the former Armstrong Pharmaceuticals complex at Lagrange and Centre streets sent thick smoke into the surrounding streets, where residents had been complaining for weeks about homeless people and teenagers seen going in and out of the buildings.
Firefighters stayed out of the series of connected buildings - which had been marked months ago as off limits in the event of a fire because of a lack of sprinklers and structural issues. The bulk of the fire was reported knocked down around 10:30 p.m., but firefighters remained on scene to watch for hot spots that might flare up.
Spectra Energy holds an information session today on its plans for a new gas pipeline that would run through Westwood, Dedham and West Roxbury and include a "metering and regulating" facility across Centre and Grove streets from the quarry.
And the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a formal hearing on the proposed 5-mile pipeline on Monday.
The session today begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Club, 1 Morrell St. The FERC hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Dedham Holiday Inn, 55 Ariadne Rd.
A skunk found dead on Stimson Street has tested positive for rabies, according to the Boston Public Health Commission, which is asking anybody who may have come in contact with the skunk to contact them at 617-534-5611.
The commission plans to post flyers in the area on Wednesday to alert residents.
Roxbury, MA â€“ It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled â€śCandid Conversationsâ€ť. During this series, the community has the opportunity to speak to candidates directly and learn how each candidate stands on issues that matter the most to them. All are welcome to attend.
A man who allegedly stole something from the Home Depot on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury around 8:45 p.m. jumped into his Passat and roared down the parkway inbound.
Cops on his tail spotted him speeding through two red lights before cops alerted to his presence down the road boxed him in by the Shell station and arrested his alleged GTA ass.
Maybe it's a generational thing, but kids these days most definitely use the word "Westie" - as both the name of the place where everybody goes to at least one dance at Holy Name and as an adjective for the sort of kids who walk down Centre in packs wearing tall Uggs with the tops folded down. You know, Westie kids.
How better to prove this than to look at the graffiti the locals spray to announce their pride? Take a look at the train bridge over Lagrange Street, near Centre Street.
Mikhaela Houston spotted a reverse space saver on Spring Street this morning.
At the train bridge over LaGrange near Centre Street.
The Globe uses the lens of an annual golf tournament (at George Wright, natch) to discuss the neighborhood bickering, buries the fact that, as of last year, the median price of a single-family home in Roslindale was $20,000 more than the median price of a single-family home in West Roxbury.
Wicked Local Needham reports the current state budget has funds to restore Saturday service on the commuter-rail line.
There is no start date set for the resumption of service, according to an MBTA spokesperson.
Seems local miscreants couldn't even wait for the official opening of the Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy Tot Lot at Billings Field in West Roxbury last week to do some damage.
The newly renamed and renovated play area opened last week with one feature already broken - a bell that's supposed to let little kids pretend they're on a firetruck, the parks department reports, adding:
Fast-moving morning showers flooded roads across the area, from small sidestreets to Rte. 9 and Storrow Drive. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Essex County.
In West Roxbury, emergency workers responded to Spring Street at the Shaw's plaza around 9:20 a.m. to rescue two motorists whose cars stalled in up to four feet of water at the neighborhood's traditional storm-flood area.
Construction cranes may be crowding some of Boston's neighborhoods, leaving areas such as Broadway, Downtown Crossing and Boylston Street in the Fenway looking like something out of a SimCity game on "cheetah" mode, but, in fact, Boston's surge of luxury housing is largely bypassing large swaths of the city. You can get an idea of what's going on by taking a look at the Zoning Board of Appeals' long Aug. 5 agenda and comparing the construction projects going before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Aug. 5 in South Boston with those in Roslindale and West Roxbury:
A truck driver from New Jersey discovered tonight that 18-wheelers like his can't fit under the train bridge that crosses the VFW Parkway by the West Roxbury Education Complex. Boston Police are on scene to help him back up his big rig - and to write him a ticket.