By - 9/24/09 - 2:24 pm

Boston Police report a man robbed the Martignetti Liquor store at 1650 Soldiers Field Rd. around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday by climbing up to the roof and then sliding down an air-conditioning vent. When he was done, he used a crowbar to pry open a rear door.

Didn't have too far to climb:

By - 9/24/09 - 1:00 pm

At 57 Nottinghill Rd., Local 718 tweets.

By - 9/24/09 - 10:40 am

A Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday indicted Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt on charges he sexually assaulted two students from the Maimonides School in Brookline when he was a teacher there in the 1970s.

By - 9/24/09 - 8:48 am
Invisible Man

Sean Haire captured the scene this morning at the Reservoir T stop.

By - 9/22/09 - 7:37 pm

Michael Pahre posts a copy of a "sample" ballot distributed by the friends of local ward boss Naakh Vysoky.

By - 9/21/09 - 2:16 pm

Boston Police report your basic "kid arrested for public drunkeness and then his bud mouths off so we hauled him away, too" arrest late Saturday on Washington Street. Police describe the denouement, which happened after the alleged mouthy kid ran, stopped and turned to face officers:

The suspect then took a body building stance and flexed his muscles at the officers. The officers were not deterred and placed the suspect into custody.

By - 9/18/09 - 9:04 am

Jenny S tweets from aboard the 503 express bus (Brighton Center to Copley Square):

Kudos to whoever is driving 503 bus #0564 right now - just asked passengers to give up a seat for the very pregnant lady.

By - 9/17/09 - 10:37 pm

But unlike Menino chief of staff Michael Kineavy, Mark Ciommo says his problem is he has too much e-mail in his inbox.

Alex Selvig, battling again with Ciommo for the Allston/Brighton district council seat (this time along with Abigail Furey and Ben Narodick) said at a candidate's forum tonight he's made a formal request to Ciommo for all e-mail he's sent to or received from Kineavy. Selvig says he's particularly interested in any communications related to the BRA.

Ciommo said he plans to treat Selvig's request like a formal public-records request and that he will hand over copies of any e-mail. But that will take some time, he said. "I have currently over 8,500 e-mails in my computer. It is an arduous task." He said he's asked his staff to find all the relevant e-mail messages, even though that will take "many hours of staff time, which unfortunately will take my staff away from constituent work."

Selvig then asked if there were any computer engineers in the audience. When a couple of people raised their hands, he asked how long it should take to search 8,500 messages for any mentions of "Kineavy." About 30 seconds, one said.

"I have dozens of folders with files in each folder that need to be reviewed accurately," Ciommo said. "I'm going to be thorough and accurate when responding to a legal question."

Selvig then asked the audience again about how long it should take to search messages in several dozen folders on "Kineavy." About 30 seconds was the reply again.

More notes from the Allston/Brighton candidates' forum.

By - 9/17/09 - 10:33 pm

Notes from a forum between the four people running for the Allston/Brighton district city-council seat in Tuesday's preliminary, held tonight at the Brighton Elks. Two of the four will advance to the final election in November. Also see Harry Mattison's livetweeting of the forum.


By - 9/16/09 - 12:14 pm

Boston Biker posts photos of two Brighton bike racks blocked by planters from a nearby ice-cream shop. He reports he's moved the planters when the need arose, but they then get moved back in front of the racks.

By - 9/16/09 - 8:05 am

With its wide avenues and actual, dedicated bike lanes. Mike Ball returns from a trip there and is amazed at what you can do with real streets - but also what a little enforcement might do on our non-cow paths:

... I think of the new, narrow bike lanes painted for a short distance on Columbus Avenue here. Eleven days ago, I took it both ways. In that short distance, I counted 22 motor vehicles blocking the lane, 9 one way and 13 back. Of course, there was no enforcement. Bikes had to take the single lane in either direction from cars and trucks to move instead. ...

By - 9/16/09 - 7:56 am

Michael Pahre reports.

Allstonians and Brightonites (Brightonians?) get another shot at the four candidates for the district city council seat on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Elks Lodge, 326 Washington Street. Pahre moderates that one.

By - 9/12/09 - 7:59 pm

A guy about to tuck into a five-pound cheeseburger at Eagle's Deli in Cleveland Circle. If he eats all of it - and the fries, he gets a free trip to the CCU meal.

By - 9/11/09 - 10:32 am

Imagine getting your mail and finding a large photo of an angry rat staring at you. Michael Pahre posts a copy of a palm card from Allston/Brighton City Council candidate Alex Selvig that features one rat's grim, beady visage on one side and Selvig's anti-rat plan on the other.

By - 9/10/09 - 4:23 pm

On Monday, Sept., 14, the Wards 4 and 5 (Beacon Hill and Back Bay) Democratic committees hold a mayoral-candidates forum, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury St. After the forum, Ward 5 will caucus on a possible endorsement in the race.

David Bernstein at the Phoenix describes the Menino camp's growing fixation on winning at least 51% of the vote on Sept. 22.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Brighton Allston Improvement Association sponsors a debate between the four people running for the district city council seat in Allston/Brighton:

By - 9/9/09 - 8:20 am

Mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea posts a copy of a letter that would seem to indicate Allston/Brighton City Councilor Mark Ciommo managed to convince at-large Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Sam Yoon to "scale back" a proposed hearing order on Boston College's expansion plans. Ciommo had promised to recuse himself from BC deliberations because his son got a scholarship there.

Harry Mattison posts Ciommo's reply:

... I have not contradicted any aspects of my disclosure form.

Councilor Yoon approached me to co-sponsor a late-file Order for a Hearing regarding the BRA process with Boston College's [institutional master plan]. I provided him with my feedback that I supported several components of the Order for a Hearing, but that I thought that some of the language was inaccurate. I also felt that some of the language was politically charged.

My intent was to remove politics from the discussion and focus on the BRA process. I think the end result was a more productive hearing. ...

By - 8/26/09 - 4:46 pm

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has upheld a lower court's ruling that the federal government can't use evidence collected from an alleged Ecstasy maker's apartment in Brighton because DEA agents and Boston police only applied for a search warrant after officers noticed some of the evidence.

By - 8/13/09 - 11:02 pm

Police have blocked off Washington St in Brighton Center between Market/Chestnut Hill and Cambridge St. There were fire engines out near the front of Porter Belly's or about that distance down the street.

Anyone know more?

By - 8/10/09 - 3:42 pm

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