Tuesday, May 18, 2010

All Quiet on the Waverley Avenue Front

I took a long bike ride Sunday. Out along the Charles River to Watertown Square, then over to Waverley Square, down Pleasant Street to Belmont Center and Arlington Center, then back to Cambridge.

That route took me down Waverley Avenue in Watertown, where the terror money link arrests took place at dawn last Thursday. I had my camera, and took a few pictures.

As you leave Watertown Square going down Main Street, you pass the town hall. They are flying the U.S. Flag and the Massachusetts. (I don't really approve of flying the black flag this way, but they do know how to properly fly the U.S. Flag in Watertown.)

A plaque out in front of the town hall is dedicated to Watertown's heroes in World War II.

In a park beside the town hall, they are flying the flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

The town has a sign up for hazardous waste disposal day on the schedule for this past Saturday, just two days after the arrests. That must have produced some interesting conversations. What have you got in that container there?

After a few more blocks you come to the intersection of Main Street and Waverley Avenue. But good luck, as someone in town has taken the Waverley Avenue off the sign, no doubt trying to keep out gawkers like me.

At the corner is the Asiana Fusion restaurant. They have Stump! Trivia every Thursday night at 8pm. I would have liked to have been a fly on that wall last Thursday.

I bike past the house, which corners onto a side street. Across the side street is an elderly housing building. This picture was taken from the front of a school.

The Watertown Middle school is directly across from the elderly housing, and catty-corner to the house where the arrests were made.

The school has just completed a fund drive raising $24,277.51.

The entrance to the old Junior High is on the side street. It looks a bit like my Junior High.

Across the side street from the school is a park and playground. A couple of guys are setting up the batting cage, two other guts shoot hoops while a girl watches, a tennis game is in progress, and a couple kids play on the jungle gym.

Back to the corner is the house at 39 Waverley Avenue where the arrests took place. The lawn could use a mowing and the hedge a clipping. Like my lawn and hedge.

Here is the front door. What is that next to the door? A mailbox. And what is in the mailbox? Mail.

We may have to revise the U.S. Post Office's unofficial creed: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor suspected terrorist abode stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

I guess the USPS rules are that if you don't have a court order to redirect the mail, you deliver it. There was no visible surveillance, and I was tempted to go look closer at what was in the box. But not enough to do it. Click the picture to enlarge it.

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