From our home office on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, MA., here is our list of top ten very, very local stories of the past week.
1. It was not a good week for the MBTA. Charlie Cards used on commuter rail malfunctioned on the same day the fare increases went into effect. And of course it was hot all week, meaning everyone was suffering in the sweltering tunnels. Then the agency announced it was closing its Quincy parking garage because of structural problems.
2. A Salem police lieutenant pleaded not guilty to a rape allegation.
3. Boston University bought three city streets so it can create a pedestrian mall on its campus. So much for parking....
4. The state cut off payments to Concord-Carlisle schools after discovering that the new high school is over budget. By week's end, two co-chairs of the school building committee had stepped down and the school system was vowing more changes.
5. Evening subway service on the Orange Line's northern reaches was suspended for maintenance work. Shuttle buses will run between Oak Grove Station and Sullivan Square Station from 9 p.m. until the end of service on every Sunday through Thursday.
6. Farmers markets west of Boston are going upscale. Would anyone like a $95 dinner, to go with your half dozen tomatoes? In 2007, the state had 139 farmers markets markets. Now, there are 253.
7. A Newburyport teen has mixed beekeeping and social media.
8. In Salem, a man who pretended to be a landlord to collect money from would-be renters was sentenced to prison.
9. After the rain-delayed fireworks on the Esplanade, clean up crews picked up 41 tons of garbage.
10. A survey of Mattapan residents found that many residents are concerned about a lack of jobs, low wages and substance abuse in their neighborhood.