New England Folklore recounts an incident on March 1, 1639, recorded by none other than Gov. John Winthrop, involving a "great light" floating over what is now the Boston/Brookline line that morphed into the shape of a pig before flying off in the direction of Charlestown.
Wicked Local Brookline's weekly roundup of calls to Brookline 911 still has complaints about cranky turkeys and aggressive geese, but now residents are calling 911 to complain about local ne'er-do-well scooters as well.
At 6:10 a.m. police received a report of a scooter left running unattended on the sidewalk for more than 10 minutes.
The MBTA had to run shuttle buses between Kenmore and Reservoir after a tree fell on wires that run along the tracks this morning. At 8:43 a.m., the T reported the tree had been cleared, the wires had been fixed and regular trolley service had resumed.
Brookline Police report things went pretty smoothly at the Brookline Village herbarium on its first day selling recreational marijuana:
BPD found limited disruption to area from 9 am opening, coordination went well. Schedule ahead worked, thus lines had less impact on pedestrian traffic. Mbta service not affected, heavy media presence. Overall successful 1st morning as a result of planning
Wicked Local Brookline reports three turkey-related 911 calls this week. In the first, a woman "reported that multiple turkeys were surrounding her car and she had terrible anxiety." That was followed by a report of three turkeys "blocking traffic and chasing pedestrians." But that was followed by a report about a woman driving down a local road tossing rice or seeds for turkeys to eat.
NBC Boston reports Brookline has given two companies approval to load up the town with battery-powered rental scooters starting April 1. Brookline, of course, is shaped like a paramecium surrounded by a Boston-sized amoeba, so now the question is what happens when the gizmos wind up left on streets in Boston - where they're still technically banned as city officials try to figure out how to regulate the things.
The MBTA reports delays on the Riverside Line due to an injured owl caught between the tracks at Brookline Hills, but that a worker safely removed Hooty and handed him over to the town's animal control officer.
Jargle Soto-Suazo, 33, faces charges for break-ins in Medford, Brookline, Quincy, Watertown and Arlington, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports, along with police in the five communities. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a decision by Brookline's Zoning Board of Appeals that the owners of the topmost condo in a two-family house on Searle Avenue can add a dormer to their roof, and roughly 630 square feet of living space. Read more.