MassDOT said today it will be a temporary bridge next to the North Washington Street bridge next year so that people can continue to get between the North End and Charlestown until the old bridge is permanently replaced by 2023. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports a North End/Waterfront Residents Association meeting on the proposed modern building on Cross Street where a Starbucks was originally planned grew so heated an association member called on the sergeant at arms to restore calm. What, your neighborhood association doesn't have a sergeant at arms?
A disgusted citizen files a 311 complaint about the lazy rat sauntering down Lewis Street in the middle of the day like nobody's business:
Big fat RAT strolling about on Lewis St in broad daylight! Situation in North End is obviously out of control. Rats are not running anymore!
NorthEndWaterfront.com alerts us that Boston Harbor Now, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the Wharf District Council are sponsoring fireworks, starting at 8:30 p.m. to mark the end of summer.
The East Boston Community Development Corp. and Affirmative Investments, Inc. have filed plans with the BPDA to convert the Knights of Columbus Hall at 41 North Margin St. into 23 affordable apartments for senior citizens and to build a small addition that the Knights of Columbus would continue to use. Read more.
UPDATE: The Sail Loft cleared inspection Aug. 11 and was allowed to re-open.
A small fire this morning at the Sail Loft, 80 Atlantic Ave. left the restaurant filled with smoke and water. ISD ordered the restaurant to remain shut until it can clean up all the smoke-laden surfaces, remove the water and fix a wall in the kitchen that was damaged by the fire. The restaurant will also need to pass building and electrical inspections.
The bartender at a Salem Street restaurant was fired and could yet face criminal charges for putting his phone in a potted plant in the unisex restroom and then setting it to take video just as a woman patron was entering one night earlier this year. Read more.
Roving UHub photographer Gary Chase spotted these two Bird rental scooters in the North End on Saturday. Riders are supposed to stay out of Boston, at least for now.
Meanwhile, Cambridge told the company to get its scooters out of that city, at least until officials can come up with some regulations, the Boston Business Journal reports.
EastieStrong, who just wants to get home, reports both lanes into the Callahan are way backed up due to a tractor-trailer with a driver with good enough reflexes to avoid having his vehicle peeled back like a can of sardines - so chalk this up as a near storrowing.
Matthew Gregoire surveys the scene at North Marginal and Cooper streets.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a community meeting last night on the proposed Cross Street building that would include a Starbucks (and posts video of the entire meeting, should you enjoy nearly three hours of tenseness and anger).
The Venice Convenience Store, 38 Cooper St., was held up shortly after 10:20 p.m. by a man who brandished a handgun at the clerk. Read more.