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By adamg - 5/28/24 - 12:22 pm

At 11:20 a.m., the MBTA reported delays of up to 15 minutes on the Riverside Line as workers "assisted a turtle from the tracks" at Chestnut Hill.

Green Line stopped due to baby ducks.

By adamg - 5/23/24 - 11:38 pm

Newton Police report charging a Boston man with driving around the city "in a white SUV in order to harass and intimidate Jewish community members walking in the area" on April 30 and pulling down blue ribbons on trees outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston on Nahanton Street on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/24 - 7:29 pm
D Line train heading into Boston tonight

Mbcrowley snapped an inbound D Line trolley just past Waban around 7 tonight:

No One is using the T … yes some will board but they have a ton of work to do to get people back and spending $$$ on consultants to figure out how to save money is not going to get riders

By adamg - 5/8/24 - 2:56 pm

The MBTA was forced to rustle up some buses to get Riverside Line riders between Fenway and Reservoir due to an issue with the overhead wires near Brookline Hills.

By adamg - 4/20/24 - 10:29 pm

Newton Police report arresting a Providence man they say led them on two chases around the Riverside MBTA station this evening - first in his car and then, after he realizing the police were blocking the parking-lot exit, by getting out and running down the trolley right of way. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/24 - 9:36 am
White people can create balloon tunnels; Black people get blocked by cops on bikes

From the complaint: White people can create balloon tunnels; Black people get blocked by bike cops.

A group of Black women who tried to cheer on Black Marathon runners yesterday sued Newton and the BAA to demand they not be physically separated from runners like they say they were during last year's Boston Marathon. Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/24 - 12:45 pm

Boston will get its annual pre-Marathon background nuclear radiation check Thursday through Monday, s o that's why you'll see (and hear) a blue and white copter flying loud and low over downtown and the Marathon route and downtown Boston - like 150 feet up at 80 m.p.h.

By adamg - 4/9/24 - 8:35 am

The Newton Beacon reports the boiler had sat, unused, behind several locked doors, for decades with "a 3-inch raised-iron swastika" on it until Mayor Ruthanne Fuller heard about it last week and ordered the symbol ground off.

By adamg - 4/4/24 - 9:48 am
Wind knocked over traffic lights at JFK/UMass

Teddy Kokoros recorded the aftermath of a mighty wind at the JFK/UMass T stop this morning.

Damien Drella reports that high winds caused the partial collapse of a four-story section of an apartment building in Saugus. Read more.

By adamg - 2/21/24 - 2:44 pm

The Newton Beacon reports that a group of Newton parents who tried to get in on the city's suit against the teachers union had their request denied by the judge in the case yesterday because the strike's been settled, so their case is moot, but, of course, Newton parents know what "moot" really means, so yesterday they filed their own independent class-action suit against the union, claiming at least $25 million in damages. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/24 - 10:14 am

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish on Washington Street in Nonantum had been providing emergency shelter for up to 30 migrant families since November, but only went public with the news yesterday, after rumors began spreading about violence at its campus - rumors the parish says are completely wrong. Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/24 - 10:50 am

The Newton Beacon reports Newton has hired a graphic designer - himself Native American - to come up with a city seal that does not show John Eliot proselytizing the locals. You may recall that a state task force spent three years trying to develop a new state seal before just giving up.

Ed. note: Yes, the name in the byline will sound familiar. Kidlet's got some writing chops.

By adamg - 2/2/24 - 9:35 pm

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller announced the School Committee and the Newton Teachers Association reached a tentative deal tonight and that schools will re-open on Monday.

By adamg - 1/31/24 - 10:56 pm

Word just went out. The Newton Beacon reports that with the teacher strike about to enter its tenth school day, some Garden City non-profits and businesses are offering programming for students.

By adamg - 1/28/24 - 9:07 pm

The Newton Teachers Association and the Newton School Committee failed to reach agreement again this weekend, so the teachers will remain off the job. That will mean another $50,000 added to the $375,000 in fines Middlesex Superior Court Judge Christopher Barry-Smith has already levied against the union.

More detailed coverage: Fig City News | Newton Beacon

By adamg - 1/25/24 - 1:51 pm

At 1:45 p.m., the MBTA reported it was rolling out buses to take the place of Riverside trolleys between Reservoir and Kenmore due to a train that kicked the bucket at Brookline Village.

By adamg - 1/22/24 - 9:55 pm

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Christopher Barry-Smith today ordered the striking Newton Teachers Association to pay $25,000 for not returning to work today after declaring the union in civil contempt for disobeying his order to return to work today and calling for increasingly steeper fines over the next few days: Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/24 - 4:06 pm

Muerl reports the Teamsters sent a semi loaded with speakers drive around Newton school headquarters today blasting "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister.

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