Allston-Brighton celebrates its 200th birthday

first_imgMore than 300 guests attended a gala event on Nov. 17 at the new WGBH offices on Guest Street in Brighton in honor of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Brighton and Allston communities.The celebration was the culmination of a year of events to commemorate the historic bicentennial, which included the opening of the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum, a street fair in Allston, and a river festival in Herter Park along the banks of the Charles River.Attendees were treated to hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the impressive Yawkey Atrium at the WGBH headquarters with its sky-high ceilings, formidable walls of concrete and steel, and a Plexiglas catwalk. In the corner of the room stood a large two-tier cake covered in red, white, and blue icing with the celebration’s logo of a steer to honor the community’s history as a stockyard. The night included the sounds of the seven-piece Boston Soul Revue band and Herb Reed and the Platters.Also in attendance was Harvard President Drew Faust, fresh from a two-hour trip back from New Haven, Conn., where she watched the Crimson beat Yale to capture the Ivy League title.“She represents history, this event represents history, and I am so glad that she came,” said celebration committee member and longtime Allston resident Joan Pasquale. “It was a perfect addition.”“The mere fact that she would make such an effort to get here,” said the celebration’s co-chair Theresa Hynes, “says a lot about how she feels about the neighborhood.”In a brief address to the audience, Faust, herself a historian, remarked on the significance of the occasion and Harvard’s commitment to future collaboration with the community.The 124-year tradition of the Harvard/Yale football game, she said, “pales in comparison to the age of your community and what you’re celebrating and the traditions that inspire all of you who have gathered here tonight.“We at Harvard are very excited to be sharing some of this history with you and to be thinking about making history with you in the future, and so we look forward to this collaboration and to intersecting our destinies and our paths and our futures in new ways that benefit all of us.”Harvard’s donation to the bicentennial was in large part what made planning the yearlong celebration possible, said Hynes.“We are deeply, deeply grateful.”John Bruno, a member of the Harvard Allston Task Force, said he is looking forward to future cooperation between Harvard and the community.“The neighborhood welcomes something like this because there are so many plusses that could come out of [it] … because of what Harvard is and what this community is,” he said. “It’s very exciting.”last_img read more

After Getting $100 Tip for Returning $187,000, Cabbie Gets Huge Rewards From Others

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a Boston taxi driver made headlines for returning a huge bag of cash to a formerly homeless man, many people thought his reward of one hundred dollars was not enough.Royal Caribbean cruise lines contacted  Raymond MacCausland to offer him and his longtime girlfriend a seven-day Caribbean cruise, including airfare to the port of departure in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There are other rewards in the works, according to the Boston Globe.Meanwhile, a friend of MacCausland set up an online fundraiser to help the man who is in his 70s and lives on social security benefits, and what money he can earn driving for a cab company.It has raised more than two thousand of its $5000 goal.SHARE Some Good News Today… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Police release video of suspect wanted for Florida resort killings

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(LONGBOAT KEY, Fla.) — Authorities on Friday released surveillance footage of a suspect wanted in the killings of two employees at a beach resort in Florida.The suspect was caught on surveillance camera entering the lobby of the Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key early Friday morning. The individual appears to be wearing a mask and holding a gun. Minutes later, the same individual is seen leaving the lobby holding what appears to be a gun in one hand and a cash drawer in the other.The double homicide occurred around 2:41 a.m. ET, in between the time the suspect is seen entering and leaving the beachside hotel, according to Longboat Key Police Department Chief Peter Cumming.The suspect shot and killed 51-year-old security guard Kevin Carter, of Bradenton, and 59-year-old night manager Timothy Hurley, of Sarasota. The suspect then took off with a small amount of money in the cash drawer from the register, according to Cumming.Less than an hour later, a guest who was leaving the resort to go to the airport discovered the bodies of the two men and alerted authorities.Cumming said the victims’ next of kin have been notified. Zota Beach Resort, which is set along the Gulf of Mexico, remains closed while authorities investigate the double homicide.The police chief said investigators from agencies across Sarasota and Manatee counties spent about 12 hours at the crime scene Friday collecting and processing evidence, including fingerprints, bullet shells and surveillance footage. They have not ruled out the possibility of a second suspect due to evidence, Cumming said.The Longboat Key Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, which are jointly investigating the killings, released the clip of the suspect from surveillance video on Friday in hopes it will help identify the suspect and eventually lead to an arrest.“We’re working hard to make that happen,” Cumming told ABC News in a telephone interview Saturday.Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Longboat Key Police Department, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more