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By adamg - 9/7/20 - 9:36 pm

Drew Starr asks:

Does anyone in Boston or within delivery distance of Back Bay make a patty melt on par with Friendly's?

By adamg - 9/7/20 - 3:00 pm

Update: The Globe reports the victim was WCVB reporter Ted Wayman, while working on a story.

Boston Police report arresting a local man on charges he used a pair of scissors to stab another man in the forearm in an attack that ended when the victim managed to shut the door of his van, at Boylston and Dartmouth streets around 9:05 p.m. on Sunday. Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/20 - 12:01 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Pour House's landlord is looking to buy out the other partners in the Boylston Street place and possibly re-open it within a month, even as he works on plans to connect the buildings housing that restaurant with the neighboring and equally closed Lir and build above them.

By adamg - 9/3/20 - 5:08 pm

Lir announced today it's shutting down - less than a day after the neighboring Pour House announced its closure: Read more.

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By adamg - 9/2/20 - 10:06 pm

The Pour House on Boylston Street in the Back Bay announced tonight it's shutting down for good. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/20 - 11:30 am

A federal judge today ordered John Boampang held without bail at least until the end of his trial on charges he opened fire on police as rioting was winding down following a May 31 protest march and vigil on the Common. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/20 - 11:28 am
New water in Public Garden Lagoon

Damaskin snapped the refreshed Public Garden Lagoon, filled with fresh water after it was drained and its bottom scraped because it had turned into a duck-killing toxic pool, without the microbe-killing oxygen from Covid-19-halted Swan Boat paddling. No ducks so far, he reports.

By adamg - 8/28/20 - 3:24 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the chain saw no pandemic point in re-opening a restaurant with no patio space and with the collapse of business from nearby hotels and a lease running out in a few months in a building whose owner wants to redevelop the space.

By adamg - 8/26/20 - 12:51 pm

The Boston Public Library announced yesterday it's partially re-opening the computer room at the Copley Square central library, where people can now sign up for two-hour slots to use socially-distanced computers. Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/20 - 10:00 am

And promptly gets his truck wedged under the Silber Footbridge. MassDOT reported the driver at least had the grace to storrow himself on the inbound side at 5:30 a.m., rather than at the height of the morning rush hour.

By adamg - 8/23/20 - 1:32 pm
Scraping the bottom of the Public Garden Lagoon

Damaskin watched workers remove the gunk at the bottom of the drained Public Garden Lagoon today. When done, they'll refill the small pond with clean water that will hopefully end the threat of mass duck die-offs caused by botulism toxin in the water that had been caused, indirectly, by Covid-19 - by forcing the cancellation of the Swan Boats and their paddles, which normally would oxygenate the water, which inhibits the bacteria.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 10:21 pm

Boston firefighters responded to Back Bay station shortly before 10:15 p.m. on reports of smoke coming from the vicinity of a commuter-rail train on Track 7 - which was quickly evacuated. Read more.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 9:32 am
Public Garden drained due to botulism

Update: The city reports draining is now finished and muck removal begun, with the goal of having the Lagoon filled up with fresh water by next weekend.

Damaskin didn't get super close this morning to the Public Garden Lagoon, which the city is draining because of a toxic buildup of botulism-causing bacteria that has been paralyzing and killing ducks. Once all the water runs out, crews will scoop out the muck and then refill the lagoon with fresh water.

By adamg - 8/18/20 - 10:19 pm

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department reports it started draining the Public Garden Lagoon today to try to rid it of toxic grossness that has spawned several 311 complaints about dead ducks. Read more.

By adamg - 8/14/20 - 11:19 am

National Development of Newton says it will soon file formal plans to replace the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave., with a ten-story, 325-unit "apartment community." Read more.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 12:22 pm

Fisher College has filed plans with the BPDA to rent two floors in the Loews Boston Hotel on Berkeley Street because of the way it's reduced its on-campus dorm beds from 300 to 200 due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 8/7/20 - 9:26 am

Boston Police report arresting two teens from coastal Connecticut early this morning on charges they smashed their way into Bottega Venetta, 310 Boylston St., then tried to make off with 19 pairs of sunglasses and two purses with a retail value of more than $14,000. Read more.

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