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By adamg - 9/27/23 - 9:10 am

The MBTA announced today that the Fairmount Line will be free between Oct. 14 and 29, at least to people with CharlieCards - as a possible replacement for the Mattapan Line and Ashmont service on the Red Line, which will be shut then for track repairs. The T will also be running shuttle buses along the Mattapan and Ashmont lines then.

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 11:26 pm

The Globe reports on new wicked slooooow zones on the Green Line Extension, in particular in spots where the rails have gotten slightly closer to each other, an issue that left at least one expert with 40 years of experience scratching his head because rails in use generally widen in distance, not narrow.

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 9:14 pm

WBUR reports that Eastie Farm has gotten a $1-million grant from the National Science Foundation tohelp local teens get into "urban farming, coastal restoration and social science-driven community involvement to create a vibrant green economy with improved resilience to climate change."

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 9:06 pm

Watertown News reports on what turned out to be an apparently bogus call today.

By Sasha Patkin - 9/26/23 - 4:12 pm
 Loaded Latkes with smoked salmon and dill sour cream

Loaded Latkes with smoked salmon and dill sour cream. Photo by Sasha Patkin.

“Knish Happens," "Love you a latke," "Almost Kosher," and "Got Matzo Balls?"

Zaftigs in Brookline knows its brand, and its tongue-in-cheek T‑shirts are as iconic as the fresh takes on Jewish cuisine that it serves. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 2:38 pm

Update: Board rules restaurant not at fault.

A dispute over a shove inside El Jefe's Taqueria, 269 Huntington Ave. in the Fenway, early one May morning ended with a woman beaten to the ground and a man whipping out a gun and shooting up a car that had nothing to do with either the victim or any of her attackers, police and the restaurant's owner told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 1:56 pm

Two men arrested by Boston Police on child-sex charges in June - and still held in a Suffolk County jail - were arrested again this week on federal charges related to the same incidents involving 14-year-old girls in an apartment in a Dorchester three decker. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 11:31 am
Proposed new billboard and landscaping

Proposed new billboard and landscaping.

A billboard company that has a deal with the Sons of Divine Providence to replace its current old-fashioned billboards outside the Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine on Rte. 1A in East Boston with a single, larger electronic signboard yesterday sued the Zoning Board of Appeals, which twice rejected the proposal earlier this year. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 9:55 pm

A Charlestown man was arrested Sunday night on gun charges by officers who recognized his freshly repaired Audi as the one that had gotten shot up a couple weeks earlier on McNulty Court near Walford Way in Charlestown's Bunker Hill development, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 8:57 pm
Car that hit the trolley

Photo by Transit Police.

Transit Police report two people suffered minor injuries when a drive heading towards Cleveland Circle turned left against a red light and hit an outbound C Line trolley that had the right of way at Beacon and St. Paul streets around 6:50 p.m.

The driver was cited for running a red light, police say.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 3:11 pm

Bus/bike lanes on Huntington Avenue between Brigham Circle and Gainborough Street will be made permanent by the end of the year with the addition of red paint, after the MBTA and BTD said today that 39 and CT-2 riders are saving up to two minutes per trip during the morning and evening commutes when compared to the same period in 2019. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 2:58 pm
Car on Green Line tracks

Transit Police report on a crash at Brigham Circle around 8 p.m. on Saturday: Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 1:29 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by a new teacher in Hanover who claimed her First Amendment rights to disparage transgender people, immigrants and Blacks were violated after school officials fired her after learning of her thoughts - in memes she posted after she won election to another town's school committee in an uncontested race. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 11:57 am
Block in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 11:26 am

GBH reports on an elevator that has now been out of service for nine days at the Ruth Lillian Barkley Apartments on Washington Street.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 11:08 am
Listening for bats

Listening for bats. Photo by Greg Cook.

Greg Cook reports going on a bat-listening tour at Mount Auburn Cemetery the other day. Christopher Richardson, a bat biologist at Boston University, led a group of would-be bat listeners at dusk - as part of a long-term project to study both the bats and the role of cemeteries as urban bat sanctuaries.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 11:03 am

Milford Police report arresting a man they say was running an unlicensed dental clinic in the back of a local convenience store. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 10:01 am

The MBTA had to shut Red Line service inbound from Harvard Square after paper in rubbish barrels along the tracks underneath Quincy Street caught fire around 9:30 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 9:25 am

And wouldn't that be something? LSD-ladled robo-taxis suddenly careening all over Storrow Drive at rush hour. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 8:57 am

Debbie Adamidis, owner of Capt. Nemo's, 367 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, reports she'll be closing on Oct. 1: Read more.