Mark McDonald reports that an apparently lonely swan in Mill Pond - the part of the Mother Brook that River Street crosses in Hyde Park - seemed to be a bit happier today now that its partner has rejoined it after several weeks of absence.
OK, so Olympic Pizza is the only place to eat in Readville for anybody, never mind Olympic athletes (unless you count the Dunkin' Donuts across the street), but now we know where Simone Biles would eat if she made a wrong turn getting off 128 and got horribly lost, thanks to the billboard on the Hyde Park Avenue side of the place (or maybe she really loves their curly fries).
A city parks manager said yesterday that Boston is looking at how to put a dog park in every neighborhood - potentially good news for residents in the city's southern half, who currently have none and who have been repeatedly rebuffed by state officials on the large expanses of state parkland in the area. Read more.
Veteran bank robber Angel Robles didn't have much time to live it up with the $383.97 he made off with from a Concord bank last November because investigators were able to lift at least one of his fingerprints from the wipe he held during the robbery and then dropped before he ran out of the bank and back to the stolen U-Haul he had parked outside, according to an FBI agent on the case. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports a chain called Crab du Jour plans to open a restaurant in the America's Food Basket mall on Hyde Park Avenue.
It will be the third Cajun boiled seafood place in the area, joining the Cajun Crab Shack, where Flaming Buffet used to be on American Legion Highway in Roslindale, and Shaking Seafood in Roslindale Square.
A national marijuana chain that wants to open a shop and cannabis-products manufacturing facility in Hyde Park tried last night to convince a skeptical president of the local neighborhood association that its place wouldn't mean the quick end to a smaller cannabis outlet proposed a few doors down by three local entrepreneurs. Read more.
A man who agreed to go with a new pal to meet some women in Hyde Park was instead robbed by his not-really-a-friend's accomplices when he got out of the car at 175 Clare Ave. around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, E-18 Officer Paul Broderick told the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association tonight. Read more.
The Boston Cannabis Board this week reversed its earlier denial of plans by an out-of-state chain to turn a former pasta factory on Hyde Park Avenue into a marijuana shop just a block up the street from another shop that would be run by three local entrepreneurs. Read more.
Bolivar del Jesus Soto Jr., 20, was a sneakerhead, somebody for whom sneakers were far more than just something to wear on trips outside. Tonight, a fellow member of the Boston sneakerhead community donated a pair of the sort of chunky sneakers he really liked so he could be buried in them. Read more.