Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports a local inebriate who was refused entry to the Coast Guard base around midnight tried to fight his way in. A Coast Guard guard subdued him with the help of some pepper spray; he was taken to Mass. General for some pre-booking medical attention.
Erica Mattison watched a pair of Santas wheel down the new dedicated bike lane on Commercial Street in the North End this afternoon as part of a Santa ride.
Eastie Strong was among the people jammed into Caffe dello Sport today to watch the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona (which ended in a 1-1 tie).
A concerned citizen files a complaint that somebody is going around the North End vandalizing trees, such as this one on Fulton Street, which looks like it's had its bark peeled off.
Brighton Center has long been plagued by the Brighton tree ninja, who keeps trying to kill local trees, which for some reason offend him.
Associated Press reports Harvard scientists who study fluid dynamics turned their eye to the Great Molasses Flood and, after studying how molasses flows at different temperatures, concluded that the relatively warm molasses that flowed out of that North End tank quickly cooled in the relatively chill Boston air (the disaster happened during one of our January thaws), going from liquidy to gooey and trapping people and horses.
David Wean watched the tide come in under the North Washington Street bridge today.
Adam Castiglioni reports Boston Common Coffee, 97 Salem St., will be shutting its doors for good on Monday - after first trying to drain its remaining stocks by handing out free coffee.
If you're willing to go through the security checkpoint, Boston Public Works has put some scale models of the new North Washington Street bridge up in the City Hall lobby.
Tons of photos and renderings of the current and replacement bridges.
The Boston Licensing Board today rejected requests from several restaurants in the North End, Chinatown and the South Boston waterfront to serve hard liquor, saying there's no public need in an area already full of places to get a drink. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the deucer with a heart of gold.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled the developers of a proposed hotel at Lewis Wharf can't using harbor pilings that are currently submerged at high tide, which poses a bit of a problem since much of the project was planned for those pilings.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports (with photos) on the arrival of Saint Padre Pio's heart at St. Leonard's Church yesterday.
On Wednesday, the Boston Licensing Board hears the first 14 requests it has for the five "unrestricted" liquor licenses that became available Sept. 1 and which holders can borrow against and then resell. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the small vegetable stand at Salem and Cooper streets has returned following a brief code-enforced absence after some 45 years in business.
It's fireworks to celebrate Boston Harbor or Labor Day or just our ability to shoot giant explosives into the air.