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By adamg - 9/17/21 - 9:16 pm
Bank robbery suspect

At least Affleck wore a nun mask. Boston Police are looking for an unmasked bearded guy with a plastic CVS bag for this morning's holdups of two Hanover Street bank branches - 11 years to the day after the release of "The Town," which focused on an armored-car robbery on Salem Street. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/21 - 9:49 am
Century Bank after robbery

In North End, life goes on as police, news crews set up. Photo by Adam Castiglioni.

The Century Bank branch at 275 Hanover St. and the Citizens Bank branch at 315 Hanover St. were both held up shortly after 9 a.m.

By adamg - 9/7/21 - 12:03 pm
Buddy Spagnuolo

Family and friends of Robert "Buddy" Spagnuolo gathered at St Leonard's Church on Hanover Street this morning for a funeral mass to celebrate the life of the 90-year-old North End resident, who died on Aug. 30. And then, before they left for his burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, they further celebrated his life with an unusual daytime fireworks display above the North End: Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 8:56 am
Flooded bocce courts in the North End

North End bocce courts turned into reflecting pools. Photo by Nathaniel Stinnett.

The Boston area remains under a flood warning until 1 p.m. as Ida moves out. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/21 - 11:04 pm

Tonight we learned, via the city's answers to separate 311 complaints, that it might be best to wait until dog waste left by inconsiderate dog owners has turned kind of solid before contacting 311. Read more.

By adamg - 8/28/21 - 1:26 pm

Massimo Tiberi, owner of Arya Trattoria on Hanover Street, posts Instagram photos of celebrities posing with him. So when Kim Janey walked in last night, he had a pic snapped and posted it - and then fairly quickly took it down because neither of them had a mask on, which proved a tad embarrassing given that Boston's indoor mask mandate, which Janey herself announced, went into effect Friday morning. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/21 - 11:47 am
Detritus from late-night slobs

A disgusted citizen files a 311 report about the morning conditions at the new playground at Langone Park: Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 11:51 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) made it official today: If, as expected, Joe Boncore leaves the state Senate to become head of a life-sciences trade group, she will run for his seat. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/21 - 8:46 pm
Sumner storrowing

Kevin the roving UHub photographer was forced to stop roving due to an 18-wheeler that ground to a halt after entering the Sumner Tunnel this evening. State Police reported one lane was shut around 6:30 p.m., but that the truck was removed and the lane re-opened shortly before 9 p.m.

By adamg - 8/10/21 - 8:50 am

The spite house of Hull Street in the North End can be yours for $1.2 million.

H/t Cara.

By adamg - 8/3/21 - 11:38 am

A North End resident who had been regular at Lucca, 226 Hanover St., will have to find some place else to get a late-night drink after repeatedly uttering racial epithets at two Black men who were also at the bar on June 11, the restaurant's lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/21 - 6:44 pm
People celebrate Italy UEFA win on Hanover Street

One look at Hanover Street will tell you. Adam Castligioni shows us the scene on Hanover and Prince streets. He reports Hanover is now a pedestrian plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/21 - 1:20 pm
Locks open at Charles River Dam

DCR was ready when you are, Gridley, and opened the locks at the Charles River Dam at low tide to let the water piling up in the Basin flow into the Harbor yesterday, as Ari Ofsevit shows us.

By adamg - 7/9/21 - 11:39 am
Menacing gopher

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about a havoc-wreaking gopher at DeFilippo Park in the North End: Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/21 - 11:35 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that the state can decide whether to force the owners of condos at Commercial Wharf to abandon the wharf space they now use for parking, because they never received a formal state license to use the waterfront land for stowing cars. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/21 - 6:40 pm

Adam Castiglioni watched Victor Brogna of the North End honor members of the service who gave their lives with a rendition of Taps on the Prado today: Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 4:11 pm
Partially collapsed North End wall

The Boston Fire Department reports the outer chimney wall of a four-story residential building at 8 Baldwin Pl. in the North End collapsed this afternoon. No injuries reported, but four people were displaced.

North End residents have not had the best of luck with chimneys.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 12:17 pm

The Beacon Hill Times reports on the historic site's re-opening after 13 months of being closed due to Covid-19.

By adamg - 4/8/21 - 9:08 am

J. L. Bell has a series of articles up on Owen Richards, one of His Majesty's customs agents, who was tarred and feathered on May 18, 1770 for seizing a schooner for smuggling - and then paraded around town for four hours:

A court filing in January 1771 stated he “lost his Cloaths, Money, and Papers to the Amount of near £20 st[erling]. And in order to satiate their abandoned Brutality, they set fire to the Feathers as they stuck in the Tar, upon his naked back.”

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