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By adamg - 1/5/17 - 10:15 pm

UPDATE: Arraigned, ordered held.

Can nothing stop the blade-wielding tree hater of Brighton Center? Apparently not, because D-14 officers arrested him again last night trying to kill a tree on Peaceable Street by hacking at it with a hatchet, just like he's been doing for more than a decade in-between his arrests and trips to Bridgewater for observation. Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/16 - 11:01 am
Cafenation in Brighton Center with monstrous Gilmore Girls line

Gilmore Girls fans flooded Brighton Center this morning, as RoadTrip New England shows us for Cafenation's one-day transformation into Luke's, where people who got in got free coffee in a Luke's cup.

By adamg - 4/15/16 - 7:47 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a mixed-use building at Washington and Parsons streets that will include 54 housing units, a small Roche Bros. and 125 parking spaces.

By adamg - 3/22/16 - 12:26 pm

Police aren't saying just what it was that ticked off members of the Bromley-Heath gang, but whatever their problem, the result was a brutal attack that sent a 20-year-old man inside the Green Briar Pub to nearby St. Elizabeth's Hospital on Jan. 24. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/16 - 4:38 pm

A horde of guys from across Boston and the South Shore face assault-and-battery charges for their alleged roles in a beatdown at the Green Briar Pub on Washington Street on Jan. 24 that sent a 20-year-old man to nearby St. Elizabeth's Hospital in serious condition, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/16 - 4:56 pm

State Sen. William Brownsberger reports the state agency in charge of keeping state-owned buildings in good repair informed him today:

The project of fixing the courthouse steps is in the final stages of design, will go out to bid in a month and the work should be done this summer.

Brownsberger inquired after seeing complaints about the ongoing eyesore on a Cleveland Circle online forum.

By adamg - 2/2/16 - 8:39 pm
Proposed Parsons Crossing Building in Brighton Center

Architect's rendering.

Officials say that Roche Bros. wants to put one of its new breed of small supermarkets in the proposed Parsons Crossing mixed-use development at Washington and Parsons streets. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/16 - 1:14 pm

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports the arraignment of a white career criminal who tried to pass for black when he allegedly held up the TD Bank branch at 391 Market St. - and then tried to evade police by listening to a police radio - last November. Read more.

By adamg - 1/7/16 - 7:18 am
Car-crash scene in Brighton

Ryan White reports a car hit a jogger shortly after midnight at Chestnut Hill Avenue and Winship Street in Brighton around midnight (the taillights in the photo belong to the car). Stanley Staco reports he suffered a broken leg and facial injuries.

By adamg - 12/30/15 - 10:29 pm
Tree on Peaceable Street

A correspondent forwards this photo of a newly gouged tree on Peaceable Street. He notes that whoever hacked at the tree first had to peel back the wooden boards the homeowner had placed there after a decade of attacks by a man in black who does everything he can to make trees die in the area surrounding the BPL's Brighton Center branch. Read more.

By adamg - 11/10/15 - 12:17 pm

A crackdown on underage drinkers in Cleveland Circle has sent the fake-ID crowd outward in Brighton, forcing bars that want no part of them to step up their ID checking.

The news came too late for Porter Belly's, on Washington Street in Brighton Center, which found itself before the Boston Licensing Board this morning to explain why police snared two underage drinkers there one night in September - one of whom needed a ride down to District D-14 after he allegedly tried to evade a police detective asking to see his real ID, not the fake license in his wallet. Read more.

By adamg - 10/31/15 - 10:11 am
Dinosaur in Brighton Center

PlunkettPrime stayed well clear of the ravenous dinosaur out for a bite in Brighton Center.

By adamg - 8/19/15 - 10:53 pm
Tree limbs being cut in Brighton Center

Joseph Rizza made bail on July 31 and was released, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department reports. He is scheduled for trial on Aug. 26 in Brighton Municipal Court.

Fliers appeared on cars parked on Peaceable and Winship streets today: The tree ninja is back, and he's up to his old tricks - just a month after the city planted new trees there for the first time in years, and four months after alleged Brighton tree ninja Joseph Rizza was ordered held without bail after being arrested in a tree stakeout. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/15 - 6:42 pm
New trees on Winship Street in Brighton Center

BirdMachine reports new trees have been planted along Winship Street in Brighton Center, for the first time in a long time, because that's one of the streets the Brighton tree ninja has targeted for more than a decade with a blade with which to cut up trees so that they would die. Read more.

By adamg - 7/17/15 - 9:38 pm
Woman holds giant red ball in Brighton

A concerned citizen and her photographer point out a fire box has lost its big red ball at Washington and Parsons streets in Brighton.

Earlier
A concerned citizen and her photographer point out a fallen sign.

By adamg - 6/5/15 - 4:07 pm
Squirrel eating a slice of pizza on a traffic control box in Brighton

Captain Nemo has been following an artist's work in Brighton Center the past couple of days - specifically, at the corner of Washington and Foster. Fans of images of squirrels eating pizza would be correct in assuming they've seen this basic image before.

The Boston Art Commission pays $400 to local artists for each traffic control box they decorate.

By adamg - 4/15/15 - 4:38 pm

Boston Police report arresting Joseph Rizza, 65, this morning after detectives say they caught him in the act of killing yet another Brighton Center tree - this time with a hammer.

He was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and five counts of willful and malicious destruction of property, police say, adding they continue to investigate the deaths of trees in the neighborhood over the years.

By adamg - 4/3/15 - 1:35 pm

A Brighton Center man who has been killing neighborhood trees for more than 10 years is being charged, again, with arborcide, this time along Winship Street and Academy Hill Road.

In a police report, an officer says he responded to a Winship Street backyard on March 11 to find several large trees "severely damaged:"

The bark on the trees has been hacked off and the tree interior damaged to the extent that removal will be necessitated.

The officer then journeyed to nearby Academy Hill Road:

By adamg - 3/23/15 - 4:12 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Mandy and Joe's, which has been open for 70 years at 328 Washington St., is closing forever on March 29.

By adamg - 9/11/14 - 10:45 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the impending demise of Smoken' Joe's on Washington Street in Brighton Center.

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