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By adamg - 7/7/21 - 9:40 pm

DCR announced today that people can swim outside roped off areas at Walden Pond again starting Friday.

Of course, there are limits: Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/21 - 9:18 am

WBUR reports on growing outrage among the Boston area's open-water swimming community (yes, there is one) over the state's ban on swimming outside the lines at Walden Pond.

Webster, 70, says the Walden ban effectively restricts swimming entirely, since the small areas roped off for swimming and monitored by lifeguards are crowded with people splashing and bathing.

By adamg - 7/2/21 - 11:00 am

Effective right this second, DCR is banning all swimming outside designated areas at Walden Pond. And don't even think of sneaking in an open-water swim after the lifeguards leave at 6 p.m., the state says.

By adamg - 1/30/21 - 9:57 pm
Man in Walden Pond on purpose

Paul Friedmann explains:

I saw a guy IN Walden Pond this afternoon. They had chopped a hole in the ice and he went for a dip. The roundish thing is his head. Then he popped out, dried off and had some coffee.

By adamg - 1/14/21 - 8:30 pm

Veteran bank robber Angel Robles didn't have much time to live it up with the $383.97 he made off with from a Concord bank last November because investigators were able to lift at least one of his fingerprints from the wipe he held during the robbery and then dropped before he ran out of the bank and back to the stolen U-Haul he had parked outside, according to an FBI agent on the case. Read more.

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By bostonpads - 11/9/20 - 1:30 pm

The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 4:11 pm

Walden Pond State Reservation reports the water is once again safe for bathing, after some bad test results a couple days ago.

The bath house is open until 7 p.m., so remember not to urinate while on your swim.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 3:24 pm

Walden Pond State Reservation announced today it'd be best to stay out of the water at the historic pond for the time being: Read more.

By Ron Newman - 3/30/20 - 5:28 am

The page content will not surprise anyone, yet the headline is still painful to read on the Town of Lexington's website:

Patriots' Day 2020 Has Been Cancelled

That means no Paul Revere's ride, no battle re-enactments, no pancake breakfasts, no parades, no fifes and drums, no vigils, no Dawn Salute at the rude bridge in Concord -- none of it.

List of canceled events

By adamg - 1/31/20 - 9:04 am

An 18-year-old was fatally hit just west of the the Conant Street crossing around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to Transit Police, who say foul play is not suspected.

By adamg - 11/23/18 - 6:13 pm
By adamg - 7/16/18 - 12:06 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today there was nothing unconstitutional about a judge ordering a woman charged with stealing from a dog-walking client to pay for her heroin addiction to undergo drug tests as a condition of letting her go without any jail time - and then ordering her into in-patient treatment when she tested positive. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/18 - 8:56 pm

Wicked Local Concord reports a woman walked into the town police station with four yellow pills she'd found at a local park:

Each pill had a small picture of Marge Simpson on them. Police checked online and reported the pills were a limited edition Tic-Tac.

H/t Geoff Edgers.

By adamg - 4/5/18 - 12:26 pm

Yeah, you. A study of nearly two millennia of microscopic growth at the bottom of the pond helps confirm an earlier report that "more than half of the summer phosphorus budget of the lake may now be attributable to urine released by swimmers." Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/17 - 8:05 am

Transit Police report a man on the Fitchburg Line tracks near Nashoba Road was killed around 10:30 p.m. by a train. Foul play is not suspected, police say.

By adamg - 6/21/17 - 12:01 am

WBZ has the latest on the black bear that has been ambling around Concord of late - and includes this advice should you find yourself mano-a-paw with the bear:

They are advised to talk to it calmly while backing away.

Talk to it calmly? Unfortunately, WBZ fails us and doesn't specify just what we're supposed to say as we calmly talk to the bear. Whisper sweet nothings? "Hey, how 'bout that Gronk!" What?

By adamg - 5/13/17 - 10:52 am

A Massachusetts man who says his Florida partner walked away from the idea of selling mugs carved out of the hollowed out barrels of baseball bats is now suing him because the guy got back into the baseball-bat-mug business. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/17 - 8:20 am

Transit Police report arresting a pair of Concord teens on charges they concocted a pair of flash-fire devices, one of which went off near the Sudbury Road crossing on Fitchburg Line yesterday afternoon, starting a brush fire that halted commuter-rail service. Read more.

By szapata617 - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By adamg - 8/22/16 - 9:05 am
Tree down in Concord

Concord Police posted this photo of a blocked street at 4:27 a.m.

UPDATED, 11:55 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports a tornado briefly touched down in Concord early this morning: Read more.

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