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If Allston Christmas were a beer, what would it taste like?

Allston Village Main Streets alerts us to this IPA from Harpoon.

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Man roams Boston, Cambridge in search of signs made by one California company

Atlas Obscura follows Dave Hebb, a "commercial archaeologist," on a quest to find local small-business signs made by a single manufacturer, signs you've probably never paid any attention to but the style of which you'll instantly recognize.

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Weather forecasters aren't always just about the doom and gloom

The National Weather Service in Boston issued this bulletin this morning:

Just a reminder, today will be awesome.

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Bloody 12 hours around Franklin Field and Harambee Park: Four separate shootings, one in a shootout in front of police, one dead

Post updated with info about shooting around 8:30 a.m.

Boston Police report a man was fatally shot around 3:40 a.m. at 91 Westview St. in Franklin Field. Read more.

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 03:40
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Man shot in Franklin Field development in Dorchester

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 23:10

In the leg, around 11:10 p.m. between Stratton and Ames streets. Injuries not considered life threatening. Read more.

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Hyde Park convenience store robbed at gunpoint, possibly by same man robbing stores in neighboring towns

The Pit Stop convenience store, 695 Truman Parkway, at Fairmount Avenue, was held up at gunpoint around 10:30 p.m. Read more.

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 22:32
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Doug is back

Vonstradamus reports from District 5 (Roslindale, Mattapan and Hyde Park), where several candidates are hoping to replace retiring Councilor Tim McCarthy:

Here's a new one - a robocall from Doug Bennett on behalf of Jean-Claude Sanon.

Cant wait to see some green and white hand-painted Sanon signs out there this fall!

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Orange Line tracks catch on fire - right under an Orange Line train

You can guess how these Orange Line riders at Community College are feeling while waiting for a shuttle bus. Photo by Spiffs Queer Adventures.

The MBTA has to reset its "It's been __ days since last T disaster" signs now that a track fire erupted under a train at the Malden/Medford line shortly after 3 p.m., forcing its passengers to evacuate on the tracks and shutting down the entire line from Community College to Oak Grove just as rush hour was about to start.

Kim Vanderbeck has videos and a running description of her sudden status as an Orange Line refugee:

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been on the @MBTA when it caught on fire and had to walk the tracks in Malden and climb through a hole they cut in the fence.

Liz Double-U reports overhearing an urgent message from an MBTA bus dispatcher while riding a 93 bus in Charlestown:

Heard call for all operators pulling out to please advise and redirect for emergency shuttle service...

The T is tweeting that shuttle buses are on the way but at 4:05 p.m., FrettyDavis reported:

Not one shuttle bus at Sullivan Station. But lots of angry people.

Three minutes later, Spiffs Queer Adventures reported from Community College:

Community College
Community College

Easily over 100 people and have only seen one shuttle bus in about a half hour. So glad we’re paying so much for this garbage service.

Kyle is also among the hordes at Community College:

Community College

There is not a single MBTA employee at community college. We are getting directions from a homeless man to where the shuttles are

The fire also halted service on the neighboring Haverhill Line.

Trisha F. watched the evacuees coming off the tracks:

Orange Line evacuees

She reports:

It's called Jerry's Gate in Medford off Medford Street. It's behind a mini mall. It' where the train stopped and the passengers evacuated.

Corey, one of the people caught waiting for a shuttle bus, sighs:

The salt in the wound is I brought home some killer potato salad from work that’s gonna get gross in this heat. @MBTA you bastards owe me some potato salad, dammit!

Snoe replies:

I have a backpack full of over ripe bananas from the office that I am taking home to make muffins. I'm sure everyone on this shuttle bus is real happy with the smell...

Mister Jon joins the food mopers:

I have 4 pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream...

Civil_War_MBTA sums it up:

Mother,

It has gone from bad to worse. I believe this is the last time I will write to you. The track fires on the #orangeline has left all of us trapped in the city. There is no escape. There is no hope. I will send you my monthly pass as there are no refunds.

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Tom Brady may be terrific, but government says there's only one 'Tom Terrific,' and he's not it

Associated Press reports that "Tom Terrific" is so closely tied to former Mets pitcher Tom Seaver that it could not possibly let Tom Brady trademark the phrase.

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Seth Moulton drops out

He may have just been another one of the mansplaining middle-aged white guys but goshdarnit, he's our mansplaining middle-aged white guy, so now the voters of the Sixth District can send him back to Congress, should they so choose.

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