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Target store could be weapon for Roslindale Square stores' battle against Amazon Prime

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:59:12 +0000

Carter Wilkie, former president of the Roslindale Village Main Street board, writes that Target is setting up one of its smaller urban stores in the now former Staples building in its own battle with Amazon for the hearts and minds - and dollars - of millennial shoppers.

But the locally owned stores of the area could be winners, as well, because the people driving down to the new Target after it opens in March could stick around the area and shop locally. He notes that as traditional malls are dying, the hot new thing are places such as Legacy Place, which try to replicate the neighborhood shopping areas of old - like, oh, Roslindale Square.

Police say Dorchester man didn't give up gun without a fight

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:47:57 +0000

Boston Police report arresting Sherome Pight, 26, on gun charges after, they say, he tried to run away from officers and, when cornered, put up "a violent struggle" before being cuffed. Read more.


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Orange you glad it isn't pouring?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:43:27 +0000

Keiko took a look at some dramatic clouds over Assembly Row in Somerville at sunset today.

State upholds punishment for Theater District club that served teen who fell to his death from a garage

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:58:26 +0000

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission yesterday upheld a five-day suspension levied against Icon on Warrenton Street for serving four underage Tufts freshmen on an April, 2016 night that ended with one of them falling to his death from the Tufts Medical Center garage.

The Boston Licensing Board had ordered the suspension last June. Icon appealed the decision to the ABCC, which ruled that the evidence showed the club let the four in with fake IDs and let them spend $1,006.20 for a reserved table at which they were served one bottle of vodka and one of champagne.

The commission also ruled that the punishment was not excessive, in part because Icon had been found to have served a minor in a separate incident in 2014. The commission did rule that the board had failed to prove the four students were overserved, despite testimony from one of them that they all left the club intoxicated.

The ABCC has yet to rule on two other suspensions - totaling more than a year - the board ordered for incidents after Alex Bhak, 18, of New York City, fell to his death.

Icon's owners, Paga, Inc., can appeal the ABCC decision in Suffolk Superior Court.

SUV driver hits T bus, taxi on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge; after carjacking in the Fenway

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:11:31 +0000

A roving UHub photographer happened upon this scene on Mass. Ave. at MIT around 5:30 p.m., reports "the driver of the RAV ran for it," bringing State, Cambridge, MIT and MBTA police to the area to look for him. Boston Police also arrived on scene - and took custody of the driver and the car after he was located nearby, because the vehicle was carjacked on Edgerly Road in the Fenway.

Dave Boudreau reports the driver, who crossed the center line, also hit a taxi.

Does this sign mean it's OK to wear polka dots now?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:24:21 +0000

Thomas B. forwards this photo from outside the Old State House and wonders what this sign is trying to tell people.


Bad news for MBTA nation, there's a dead train at South Station

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:23:43 +0000

The MBTA reports it's moved the carcass off the tracks, so the Red Line delays have dropped from "moderate" to "minor," at least.

Man stabbed in Dudley Square

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:16:20 +0000

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:08

A man was stabbed around 2:05 p.m. on Warren and Dudley streets in front of the MBTA station.

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DA: Man on Orange Line goes on anti-Muslim tirade, smacks woman with umbrella, knocks out window

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:33:31 +0000

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 22:45

A woman wearing a head scarf on the Orange Line came under attack Monday night by a man who started screaming anti-Muslim slurs at her and hit her in the back with an umbrella before using his fists and feet to knock out a window, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

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Close quarters: With downtown now a residential area, some businesses are having to adjust

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:00:08 +0000

In most parts of the city, it would be totally unremarkable: At 11:45 p.m. on May 24, a worker at a restaurant opened a rear door, went outside and tossed a garbage bag into a trash hopper.

But in the crowded neighborhood that downtown has become, it was good enough for a police detective to write out a citation that required the restaurant's owner and his lawyer and manager to appear before the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing for a hearing yesterday.

A couple years ago, Yvonne's moved into the 2 Winter Place space where Locke Ober's had served meals more than 130 years. It's a tiny dead end that used to be deserted at night, except for restaurant goers and a community of homeless people. But now, with downtown one of Boston's fastest growing neighborhoods, it's surrounded by apartments - some built right atop the restaurant, in what used to be Locke-Ober dining rooms.

Residents living in the pricey abodes have been filing complaints for a few months about late-night noise by restaurant workers in Jackson Place - the tiny alleyway that enters Winter Street next to the Starbucks: Workers were slamming bottles into the trash and yelling and cursing up a storm.

Restaurant owners took steps to soundproof their building to minimize the effect on people living there and agreed not to throw out bottles after 11 p.m.

But based on the continuing complaints, two detectives from the BPD licensing unit took a walk down Winter and onto Jackson Place around 11:45 p.m. on May 24 - and watched as a restaurant worker emerged and tossed a trash bag into a hopper.

At a hearing Tuesday before licensing head Christine Pulgini, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey acknowledged the bag did not appear to have any clank-making bottles in it. But, he said, the worker made quite the production of tossing the bag. "It was like an Olympic shot put" and the guy theatrically tossed it over his shoulder, so that it landed with "a big, softer, crash," he said.

Yvonne's co-owner Mark Malatesta acknowledged the potential conflict with neighbors and said he's fighting a never-ending battle over noise issues: In addition to warning workers to keep it quiet out back, he's spent $30,000 on gates and a locked door at the alley entrance to keep out the homeless who want to rummage for bottles at all hours - an effort that is proving somewhat fruitless because the bottle seekers keep destroying the lock and getting in.

He's also replaced a metal dumpster with plastic trash bins and worked with the city to repave the alley, so trucks don't go boom as they leave with their trash anymore.

Maltatesta said, however, that the hardest part may be constantly training his workers not to throw out bottles after 11 p.m. and not to loiter in the alleyway, because the workers who go out there to toss trash tend to be dishwashers and bar backs, who don't last long. "It's continual training," he said, adding part of that training now includes a warning that "people will be dismissed if this continues."

Pulgini now has to decide what to do about the citation for "excessive noise disrupting quality of life of residents in rear of licensed premise."