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By adamg - 3/19/24 - 9:33 am

Banker & Tradesman reports that Watertown and Needham could end up exceeding state requirements for their rezoning efforts, and that Watertown has actually brought in urban-planning consultants to figure out the best ways to increase density in Watertown Square.

By adamg - 2/22/24 - 8:54 am

Uncommon Grounds, with four coffeehouses in the greater Albany, NY area, yesterday sued Uncommon Grounds, which has a coffeehouse on Mount Auburn Street in Watertown, for trademark infringement. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/24 - 5:30 pm
Sunset over Boston Common and Charles River

Tony Ursillo watched the sun go down over the Common and the Charles River this evening.

Further upstream, in the ever aptly named Watertown, Pat Miguel Tomaino watched a nice sunset over the Charles as well: Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/23 - 11:47 am

Watertown News reports on a man who walked into a local marijuana shop, ordered up $36 worth of "pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes," then pulled out what appeared to be a gun and announced he'd be paying for them "the old fashioned way" and walked out with the product.

By Sasha Patkin - 11/12/23 - 1:16 pm
Dried bean curd salad

Dried bean curd salad. Photo by Sasha Patkin.

When we think of comfort food - food that warms our hearts and bodies and makes the world OK again - we think of noodles. Ramen, pho, macaroni and cheese. There's nothing like coming inside from a brisk fall day and sitting down to food that's clearly been prepared with care and delighting in the comforting textures and sensations of a warm noodle dish.

That's exactly what we found at Home Taste. Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/23 - 2:03 pm
Seized domain notice on Boston-area Web site

No sale: Visitors to brothel Web site today were greeted by seizure statement.

Federal officials today announced the arrest of two Korean nationals and a Korean-American on charges they ran a series of brothels in newer high-end apartments both here and in northern Virginia, following an investigation that began in 2020 that involved stake-outs, phone surveillance, rooting through trash and interviews with customers. Read more.

By adamg - 10/26/23 - 3:28 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a man whose gun-possession conviction it overturned earlier this year, ruling that while it is true the Supreme Court's latest Second Amendment ruling would have nullified his conviction, he was tried before that ruling was announced, so it goofed in overturning his conviction. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 9:06 pm

Watertown News reports on what turned out to be an apparently bogus call today.

By adamg - 8/4/23 - 12:15 pm

Watertown News reports on the proposed boat service.

The tahget mahket: Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/23 - 9:09 am

The Boston Transportation Department has decided this is the year of the 39 and 57 buses - and has launched studies to see how to improve their routes to get people to and fro faster - and let them "wait comfortably at their bus stops and board the bus safely." Read more.

By adamg - 5/25/23 - 3:01 pm
Wanted for spa robberies

Surveillance photos of suspect via Cambridge PD.

Cambridge Police report they and their counterparts in Watertown are looking for a guy they say has robbed two spas at knifepoint - in North Cambridge around 5:50 p.m. on May 14 and Watertown around 4:50 p.m. on May 16. Read more.

By adamg - 5/13/23 - 10:08 am

Watertown News reports a three-alarm house fire on Thursday stated when some mulch in a barrel was ignited - by sunlight.

By adamg - 5/7/23 - 12:47 pm

Watertown News reports (scroll down a few pages) police descended en masse on a local house shortly after midnight on April 26 after getting a call from a man who claimed he had just shot and killed his girlfriend there. In fact, he hadn't, and he wasn't in Watertown and a woman in the house was in the middle of a live performance on Twitch at the time.

By adamg - 4/13/23 - 11:57 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a Supreme Court decision last year that lets people pack guns for protection outside the home means it has no choice but to overturn a Boston man's conviction for the gun and bullets Boston and Watertown police found in his glove box - but the court upheld his 2 1/2 to 3-year sentence for one of the magazines they also found. Read more.

By adamg - 11/10/22 - 12:19 pm

A Watertown man who once coached youth soccer in Brighton faces a federal wire-fraud charge following his arrest today for allegedly convincing several people, including a relative and a former college acquaintance, to keep giving him money for "guaranteed" but, in fact, non-existent, high-return investments in African soccer clubs. Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/22 - 3:43 pm

Watertown News reports Watertown Police, a local Toyota dealer and a sign painter have teamed up on a free program to spray paint "Property of Watertown Police" on the catalytic converters of older Priuses - which are particularly popular with thieves - in the hopes that will make the expensive devices harder for thieves to resell.

By adamg - 11/6/22 - 4:20 pm
Viking rowers on the Charles River

Teddy Kokoros spotted some Vikings rowing up the Charles near the Arsenal Street Bridge on the Brighton/Watertown line this afternoon - perhaps on their way to reclaim their ancient lands along the Charles in Weston. Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/22 - 3:48 pm
Hail in Cambridge

Rachel Anne Miller watched the hail come down near Porter Square in Cambridge as the storm moved through around 2:45 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/22 - 9:42 am

Greg Reibman at the Charles River Regional Chamber reports that Gannett will stop printing the Newton Tab, Needham Times and Watertown Tab & Press in May. It shut its paper serving some Boston neighborhoods in December.

By adamg - 2/22/22 - 10:31 am

The Charles River Watershed Association makes the case for removing dams along the river, starting with the one in Watertown, which long ago ceased to fulfill its original function of powering a grist mill and which now is in bad shape , a fish-species destroyer and a general menace in the event of a major storm.

Watertown Dam Removal Feasibility Study.

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