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By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:32 am
Encore Casino lit up like a heart in the rain

Amy captured the heart windows lit up at Encore Casino in the rain last night. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:28 am
Plastic sheeting at local market

A roving UHub photographer couldn't help but notice the DIY shielding now in place at Mama Supermarket at Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street in Mattapan.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:22 am

Richard Auffrey looks into claims that the chop-suey sandwich was invented in Massachusetts, possibly at Salem Willows and declares the claim unlikely after finding ads for places across the country serving the sandwich around the same time.

By Ron Newman - 3/30/20 - 5:28 am

The content will not surprise anyone, yet the headline is still painful to read on the Town of Lexington's website:

Patriots' Day 2020 Has Been Cancelled

That means no Paul Revere's ride, no battle re-enactments, no pancake breakfasts, no parades, no fifes and drums, no vigils, no Dawn Salute at the rude bridge in Concord -- none of it.

List of canceled events

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 10:53 pm

Just not enough social distancing going on, so the city "encouraged" Kelly's and other eateries along Revere Beach Boulevard to stop doing takeout and all agreed, the city reports.

Also, Mayor Brian Arrigo slowly drove along the beach with a bullhorn, yelling at people to keep their distance. The city reported 83 Covid-19 cases as of today, up from just 8 at the beginning of the week.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 8:59 pm
Before and after: What the company used to make and what it makes now

Before and after: What the company used to make and what it's making now.

In the Before Times, Dark Monk of Charlestown made equipment for certain types of performers - everything from juggling pins to flaming ropes and swords. But the company is now using its manufacturing know how to turn out some of the polycarbonate face shields that are in such high demand by medical professionals these days. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 8:23 pm

The Cambridge Public Health Department reported tonight that a man in his 80s who had been hospitalized with Covid-19 died from complications of the infection. A total of 70 Cambridge residents have tested positive for the virus.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 6:33 pm

The Rev. Laura Everett was giving a Zoom sermon this morning for the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain on lessons from the death of Lazarus in the age of coronavirus when some racist and homophobic Zoombombers showed up. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 2:43 pm

Daniela Klaz and Deborah Karson have started #frontstepsproject to chronicle life on the steps of Jamaica Plain these days.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 12:36 pm

Boston tomorrow re-opens the long shuttered Kindred Hospital at 1515 Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton to house homeless people in need of isolation who don't need more intensive hospital care - and will use a Suffolk University dorm for housing the homeless, Mayor Walsh said today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 12:20 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that after seeing reports on 311 about people continuing to play sports in city parks, workers have begun applying zip ties to basketball hoops in an attempt to dissuade players. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 11:59 am
Denuded saplings and possible porcupine lair

Denuded saplings and possible lair of the devilbeasts.

A horrified citizen has spent a couple days cataloging the damage being done to saplings in Franklin Park by what he says are porcupines on the munch - and is disputing the official city response that the damage is actually the work of "invasive rabbits," which, when you think of it, might be worse. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 10:45 pm

Boston Police report arresting two teens on charges they shot a man on Westville Street in Dorchester around 2 p.m., after possibly first shooting at but failing to hit somebody else in the Franklin Hill development about eight minutes earlier. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 9:23 pm

WBZ reports on a Covid-19 outbreak at Charlwell House in Norwood. WHDH reports Hebrew SeniorLife has been ordered to quarantine its entire Jack Satter House apartment building in Revere after seven residents were diagnosed, including one who died.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 4:53 pm

The Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square says it will close tomorrow with the hopes of re-opening May 2, "though this is subject to change."

At least six other Boston hotels have closed due to a Covid-19 health issues and the related collapse of the travel business.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 1:48 pm
Stuck truck at entrance to Callahan Tunnel

You think MassDOT should put signs up warning truck drivers to ensure proper social distancing between the tops of their vehicles and river-road bridges and tunnel entrances? Kathleen Ferry captured the scene at the entrance to the Callahan Tunnel early this afternoon:

Truck blocking right lane entering Callahan tunnel. Didn’t hit it but can’t go forward. Might want to avoid for a bit

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 12:07 pm

Even as US Rep. Ayanna Pressley was reporting negative results on a Covid-19 test, former Roxbury councilor Tito Jackson was reporting he tested positive. And he has some advice: Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 11:55 am

Boston Police report arresting two 15-year-olds for trying to hold up two men walking down Minden Street, near Schiller Street, in Jamaica Plain Friday evening. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 10:44 am
Basketball at Peters Park in the South End

From a complaint about Peters Park yesterday.

Mayor Walsh may be hesitating to call out the parks around Boston where people are still un-social-distancing for basketball, street hockey, doggie butt sniffing and boozie parties, but concerned citizens with the 311 app on their phone are not. Even as Walsh was merely threatening to taunt basketball-playing would-be contagion spreaders mercilessly at a press conference yesterday, the city's 311 database was filling up with pleas to do something.

Some examples:...

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