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By Sasha Patkin - 1/4/24 - 2:27 pm
Detail of In Harmony #86

Detail of In Harmony #86.

It's often said that photography is one of the hardest art forms by which to create anything original. Nature photography has always felt to me as particularly hard hit by this phenomenon. There's so much beauty inherent in nature that it seems especially difficult for a photographer to avoid trite, overseen tropes, lend a unique perspective, or tell a story that hasn't already been told. As anyone who has ever tried to photograph a landscape can attest to, attempting to convey the vastness and wonder of nature into a flattened, limited frame, stripped away from all other sensation, almost invariably leads to disappointment. Read more.

By Neal - 4/22/22 - 8:43 pm

No, not that Big Dig, an earlier one one. This one, described by some as The Incredible Ditch was completed a long, long time ago. Of course you don't remember it, no one today does, so Burlington Retro's Rob Fahey fills us in on the history of the Middlesex Canal.

By adamg - 2/25/22 - 4:36 pm

A federal jury today convicted Elijah Majak Buoi, 40, on four counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to a financial institution, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 9/21/15 - 3:00 pm

Michael Purpura, 36, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Thursday on charges he forced a Queensberry Street resident into her apartment, then raped her last week, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Meanwhile, Winchester Police announced they have charged Purpura with attempted kidnapping for an incident Saturday afternoon involving a 10-year-old girl in a tunnel at Skillings Field - and that additional charges may follow: Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/14 - 8:59 am
Downed light pole on Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester.

Lori Magno had no choice but to stop on Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester Center due to a wind-driven pole this morning.

By adamg - 3/20/14 - 5:02 pm
Image by Winchester PD.

Winchester Police report they have confirmation that a paw print found in the snow last month, ten days after a resident spotted what seemed to be a mountain lion, have been confirmed as those of a mountain lion:

A photograph of a second paw print located at this sighting was sent to several independent mountain lion organizations in the United States. Experts from those organizations have conclusively stated that the paw print belongs to a mountain lion. The Winchester Police Department is reminding residents to be mindful that a mountain lion may still be in town.

UPDATE: Boston Magazine reports state wildlife officials remain unconvinced and say that, no, nobody in Winchester taw a giant puddy tat.

By BostonUrbEx - 7/15/13 - 9:46 am

More than a year after local real estate agents tried to pressure Winchester into taking action against freight trains, residents clamored for action at community meetings. It was claimed that noise during freight operations violated a local noise ordinance and Massachusetts law. Nearly a month ago, the town's zoning board ruled in favor of the residents and a cease and desist was handed to Pan Am Railways.

In response, Pan Am filed with the Surface Transportation Board, stating that they are subject only to federal law in this case. Shortly after, on July 12, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railways, Housatonic Railroad, and the Massachusetts Railroad Association (which represents nine railroads within Massachusetts collectively) made a motion to participate in the STB filing.

By adamg - 8/18/11 - 8:30 am

The Herald reports conductors on a post-Mac Miller commmuter-rail train pleaded with cops in Winchester for help with the punch-throwing rebels without a cause, but none would board the train in the 45 minutes until Transit Police could arrive, demanding to know why the train crew hadn't asked for help in Somerville or Medford.

By adamg - 9/29/08 - 3:43 pm

Lori Magno got to Wedgemere station this morning to see a sign (taped to a trash can) telling riders that track work meant they need to board the inbound train on the outbound track.

Guess which track the train came on?

... When the conductor stepped off I asked him what he knew about the sign and he just shook his head (trying not to chuckle) and suggested I speak to customer service at North Station. Feeling up for a challenge, I did stop by customer service and spoke to a nice young woman who asked me to forward the photograph so she could send it to her supervisor. I left my business card too in case they want to respond.

By adamg - 2/29/08 - 9:56 am

Figures. Those disintegrating, cracked Northeast Corridor ties will affect some MBTA commuters out of South Station. The Globe reports the rail lines between Back Bay and Readville will be shut June 14 through 17 to allow for replacement of the ties there. That means buses for commuters on the Attleboro/Providence, Franklin, Needham and Stoughton lines (dear Globe: What about the Fairmount Line?).

Commute-a-holic, meanwhile, points us to this fun story about the Winchester commuter-rail stop:

Signs warning pedestrians away from the in-bound entrance to the commuter rail station along Waterfield Road in Winchester are still in place, more than two weeks after hundreds of pounds of concrete fell from the ceiling. ...

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