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In bloom

Wednesday might have been the best day of the spring to see the flowering Bradford pear trees along Boston Avenue in West Medford and the Hillside neighborhood, which also happens to be the route that I walk occasionally to the Medford/Tufts Green Line Station. The Green Line takes me directly to Northeastern, and I learned something that had escaped me before — the trolley platform is also lined with Bradford pears.

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West Medford

Medford Hillside


The view from West Medford

Around West Medford

It’s the first snowstorm of 2023-’24. I just got back from a bit of tramping around. I immediately got a question on Facebook: What is the Slave Wall? So here you go.

The Slave Wall

Lower Mystic Lake

Wooded area near the lake

Faceless encounter

Venus and Jupiter

Overhead in West Medford at 6:30 p.m. — the most striking conjunction of Venus and Jupiter that we’ll see until 2039.

Walking around the Brooks Estate

I took an easy two-and-a-half-mile walk through the Brooks Estate on Saturday, which was officially Day One of my COVID quarantine. I felt fine and kept my distance from the few people I encountered. Here is some background on the property, which, sadly, is in pretty rough shape. Click on any of the images for a larger view.

I hear that train a-comin’

Commuter train heads from Wedgemere toward West Medford on Tuesday afternoon.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year’s Day, everyone! I hope 2022 brings you good health, friendship and joy.

An unwelcome visitor

Right now in West Medford.

A Medford church’s demise and uncertain revival


Photo via Penny Postcards

The Boston Globe has published a terrific story by reporter Lisa Wangsness and photographer Dina Rudick about a Congregational church in our West Medford neighborhood.

It was right down the street from us when we lived here in the early ’80s. When we returned to a different part of West Medford in late 2015, we noticed it had become a Haitian church and that the Congregationalists had moved into a storefront in West Medford Square. The storefront is called the Sanctuary United Church of Christ.

Now I know what happened.

Christmas Eve at the Mystic Lakes




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