Thursday, April 26, 2012
Riders responded to a woman's call, "They stole my phone!" and held down a suspect until police could arrest the man.
MBTA passengers in Jamaica Plain rallied to a woman's call of "they stole my phone!" and wrestled a suspect to the floor at Stony Brook T station. The incident took place on Friday at 12:24 a.m. Just as an Orange Line train opened its doors, someone allegedly grabbed a cell phone from a passenger and fled with two other men. All three had been sitting near the victim: one to her left and two across from her. The woman's cry for help didn't go unheeded, according to a Transit Police report. A witness, who had reached the top of the escalator, heard the call and wrapped the main suspect in a bear hug to bring him down. One of the suspects' associates allegedly hit the witness twice, briefly freeing the main suspect. But that didn't last long…
Sunday, February 5, 2012
We're hours away from kickoff. Where will you be tonight?
Will you be hitting the bars (check out some places to watch the game here in Somerville)? Or do you have your bacon-wrapped spinach-and-artichoke seven-layer jalapeno potato skin poppers recipe ready for your family's arrival? Do you anticipate reviewing the advertisements and Madonna's halftime show on a couch packed with friends, or are you planning to be anywhere that the Super Bowl isn't?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
We got a dusting last night, but compare that to last year. How does the contrast make you feel?
It finally happened: The first snow of the winter. Sort of. A light dusting, really. A year ago this week, Somerville was buried under snow, having suffered the third major storm of the season. Mountains of snow covered sidewalks; tree limbs fell over; residents shoveled and shoveled and shoveled. This year, on the other hand, temperatures reached 60 degrees on Saturday—nearly a record warm—and last night's dusting was the closest thing we've had to real winter. To refresh your memory about the storm that hit Somerville a year ago this week, and to compare those scenes to this year, check out the photos. We wouldn't be New Englanders if we didn't have an opinion about the weather. So, what do you think of this year's winter so far? Are you…
Friday, October 28, 2011
Almanac predicts biggest storms at end of January, and mid-February.
The Farmer’s Almanac has weighed in on what’s in store for us this winter. With temperatures near or above normal, it is predicting many snow and rain mixes. But what do they know? Your guess may be as good as theirs. So tell us: Do you think this winter will bring as much snow as last year?
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Sometimes the most irritating thing about the T is the other passengers. What's your bad-behavior pet peeve?
It's no secret to any Bostonian: Riding the T can be frustrating. Not uncommonly, the train or bus shrieks into the station (late), packed and smelling bad. But sometimes that's not the worst of it. Aside from the Job-like patience it takes to cope with the T's systemic challenges, other riders can fray the most saintly nerves. You know who I'm talking about. The people who hijack your mental space with a loud retelling of their visit to the doctor; the phone screamers; the spitters; the litterers; the stinky-food eaters. Aware of the high numbers of decency-challenged riders, this week the MBTA rolled out its new Onion-like courtesy campaign, designed to encourage a little common consideration. The T's ads remind riders to give up their …