What Bostonians need to know this week

Area quarterback celebrates landmark birthday.

Construction is done on the site of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. Interstate 90 will be reduced to two lanes of traffic each way through Boston while workers rebuild the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge overhead.

Hi there. It’s almost August. As summer continues to fly by, here’s a quick catch-up on the week’s news and activities around Boston.

What you missed over the weekend

Patriots lose a linebacker:¬†Rob Ninkovich — who played eight of his 11 NFL seasons with the Patriots, is retiring. “It‚Äôs time for me to walk away,” he told reporters Sunday.

What a finish: The Red Sox came back to win against the Royals in a wild, extra-innings finish Saturday night. Watch it, and then watch it again in slow motion.

Beacon Hill moves: Gov. Charlie Baker put his pen to work on Friday, signing into law a bill to make changes to the state’s marijuana law, a bill that allows shadow-casting buildings near parks, and a bill¬†prohibiting pregnancy-related discrimination against workers.


‚ÄúI thanked them with all my heart‚ÄĚ:¬†A number of small rallies were organized across the state Saturday to thank the trio of Republicans who voted with Democrats to block a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump is urging GOP lawmakers not to give up the effort to repeal the health care law.

Local angle:¬†The Boston Police Department is also pushing back on Trump’s comments suggesting officers should rough up offenders.¬†‚ÄúWe are committed to helping people, not harming them,” the department said in a statement.

What to know this week

Relevant to your commute:¬†The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge replacement project began late last week, closing some nearby roads and lanes on the Mass Pike. The closures are expected to significantly slow traffic in the area. Here’s what to know about how the project could affect your commute.

Will the Red Sox make any more moves?:¬†The MLB trade deadline is Monday. Having acquired third baseman Eduardo Nunez from the Giants last week, the Red Sox could stand pat — though they have been rumored to be looking for another reliever. Here’s the latest.

Texting suicide sentencing: Michelle Carter, who was convicted last month on manslaughter charges for urging her boyfriend to kill himself, is set to be sentenced Thursday. She faces up to 20 years in prison.


40 is the new [goat emoji]: Tom Brady, New England’s ageless wonder and most prominent quinoa advocate, hits a milestone few active NFL players ever see and¬†shows few signs of slowing¬†(besides for, well, you know). But for as long as he’s been around, how much do you really know about the 40-year-old quarterback.

Big news:¬†Somerville’s first Trader Joe’s opens Friday, as the cult-favorite grocery store continues to expand its Boston area presence.

What’s happening in Boston

What could go wrong:¬†Dreamland, the city’s first wax museum, opens Monday in downtown Boston. And unlike the famous¬†Madame Tussauds in New York, this wax museum will allow visitors to touch and interact with the figures — which include everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Paul Pierce.

California via Cambridge: The Harvard Museum of Natural History will stream live footage of previously unexplored areas in the deep sea off California during an event Tuesday afternoon with researchers working with the vessel E/V Nautilus.

The turtle club: The New England Aquarium is hosting a lecture Thursday night¬†on the mysterious African manatee, as well as the travails of sea turtles off the continent’s coast. Register here for the 7 p.m event in the aquarium’s IMAX theater.


A rare Craigie lunch:¬†What better way to begin the weekend than with a beer-and-burger lunch? With a locally renowned beer-and-burger lunch. Craigie on Main (which usually doesn’t open for lunch) is teaming up for such an event this Friday with the Salem-based Notch Brewing.

Concerts galore: The Greater Boston area is set to host a diverse array of big concerts this weekend: Coldplay at Gillette Stadium and J. Cole at the TD Garden on Friday, followed by Earth, Wind & Fire at the Garden Saturday.

Classic Boston alert: The Brattle Theatre is screening The Friends of Eddie Coyle through the weekend. For those unfamiliar, the film co-stars a young Peter Boyle (Frank from Everybody loves Raymond) as an Irish mobster in gritty 1970s Boston.

Chill out: Head over to the Museum of Fine Arts for their screening of four films Saturday to Sunday about the Inuit people of the Canadian Arctic and learn about a historic and fascinating culture.

Red Sox schedule this week (home games in bold)

Monday, July 31: 7:08 p.m. versus the Cleveland Indians on NESN, ESPN

Tuesday, August 1: 7:10 p.m. versus the Cleveland Indians on NESN

Wednesday, August 2: 7:08 p.m. versus the Cleveland Indians on NESN, ESPN

Thursday, August 3: 7:10 p.m. versus the Chicago White Sox on NESN

Friday, August 4: 7:10 p.m. versus the Chicago White Sox on NESN

Saturday, August 5: 7:10 p.m. versus the Chicago White Sox on NESN

Sunday, August 6: 1:35 p.m. versus the Chicago White Sox on NESN