The mayor's office released this photo of our annual gift tree from Nova Scotia safely arriving on Boston Common this morning. It'll officially be lit up on Dec. 3, come hell, high water or tree pattern baldness. Read more.
Boston is asking a federal judge to order a Lowell guy who claims a North Adams address to reimburse it for the legal costs of rebutting his "frivolous" lawsuit over comments Mayor Walsh made before white supremacists held a tiny little protest on the Common while surrounded by tens of thousands of protesters. Read more.
A North Adams man who claims he lost his job because of Marty Walsh's statements urging rightwingers not hold a rally on the Common days after other rightwingers went on a violent rampage in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 had his $100-million libel case thrown out in state court. Now he's trying again in federal court. Read more.
The Mayor's Mural Crew and the Office of New Urban Mechanics teamed up to create a series of leafy areas around the Parkman Bandstand for people to enjoy the outdoors while ensuring they're socially distant.
Transit Police report two out-of-town visitors, one 17, the other 19, who came into Boston for "a day of leisure" on Monday had a fun day with a group of strangers they met on the Common - until the group led them into the Park Street T stop. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting a man they say stole several of the flags placed around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common for Memorial Day, then lit one and tossed it atop an empty BPD prisoner transport wagon parked near the Brewer Fountain around 7:10 p.m. yesterday. Read more.
WBZ reports volunteers worked overnight to place 1,000 "socially distant" flags on Boston Common to remember Massachusetts residents who died in the service of their country. Earlier plans to place the traditional 37,000 flag were called off due to Covid-19 concerns.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Stanley Forman photographed the area around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument taped off.
Around 4:30 p.m., Suffolk University alerted the few students still living at 150 Tremont St. "Report of shots fired in the Boston Common. If you are a resident of 150 Tremont St. Please shelter in place until further notice."
New England Folklore recounts the story of the two elms that flank the Robert Gould Shaw memorial at Beacon and Park streets - planted by John Hancock himself before the Revolution. Turns out the memorial sits on a vault designed to protect the roots of the trees.
Boston Police report arresting an East Boston man after, they say, officers caught him trying to break into Wild Orchid, 40B Bromfield St. - and then chased him on foot through downtown and along the Common before finally bringing him down on the Common. Read more.