Hyde Park

By - 3/4/15 - 9:57 am
Collapsed Readville building

Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a building in the Boston-Dedham Commerce Park on Sprague Street collapsed this morning, blowing out the building's walls, taking down power lines and forcing the evacuation of other buildings when workers and emergency crews began smelling natural gas.

One building in the complex, 63 Sprague St., was ordered evacuated when firefighters got a look at the snow on its roof.

The department reports no injuries.

By - 3/2/15 - 9:34 am
Fairmount Avenue bridge sidewalk in Hyde Park

Before last night's snow

The saga of Hyde Park pedestrians trying to avoid death under the wheels of a truck or something continues. As you may recall, both sidewalks on the Fairmount Avenue bridge over the train tracks and the river went unplowed after the first storm. Then two hero civilians shoveled out one side. Then we got more snow and a snow-plow operator made quite sure (and no doubt unintentionally) that nobody was going to shovel it out again.

By - 2/28/15 - 1:56 pm
West Roxbury Education Complex

West Roxbury Academy, in the West Roxbury Education Complex, slated for closure.

Interim Boston School Superintendent John McDonough last night released the names of the five schools he says need to be shut this year to save money: Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, Middle School Academy in South Boston, Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and West Roxbury Academy.

BPS says that with a $40 million to $50 million shortfall in the coming fiscal year's budget, these schools are too small to keep operating.

By - 2/26/15 - 9:02 am

Jackie Murphy reports on her commute:

Tons of snow hauled away on Gallivan and Morton last night. Huge improvement on roads! Commute yesterday Dot to JP 1.75 hrs, today 28 min.

ColdSummer checks in from Forest Hills:

Hyde Park Ave is Back to NORMAL. Hallelujah . No More Gridlocks

By - 2/18/15 - 9:48 am
Plowed in sidewalk on the Fairmount bridge in Hyde Park

Yeah, about that. Looks like a plow driver completely covered it up with snow boulders, so, as Molly Lanzarotta reports, Fairmount Line riders and people looking to get from one side of the train tracks and the Neponset to the other have to walk in the street again.

It's no better down the line at Readville station, where Boston Strolls reports sidewalks have gone unshoveled since that first January storm.

By - 2/17/15 - 11:53 am

A Hyde Park man faces charges he started firing a taser at a man he and another guy were trying to rob last week.

Meshach Sicot, 19, didn't get a chance to actually shock his victim Feb. 10 on Greenwood Avenue because several people who watched the attempted robbery unfold intervened, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

By - 2/15/15 - 1:15 pm
Truman Parkway in the snow

A little snowshoeing this afternoon on the remains of the Neponset path along Truman Parkway in Hyde Park. Photo by Molly Lanzarotta.

By - 2/11/15 - 10:14 pm

UPDATE: Fire declared knocked down at 10:20 p.m.

Boston firefighters are at 50 Westminster St. battling a fire that appears to have started on the second floor.

By - 2/7/15 - 11:57 am
Shoveling out the Fairmount Avenue bridge in Hyde Park

Meet Marcos and Tim, whom Molly Lanzarotta ran across this morning shoveling out one of the sidewalks on the Fairmount Avenue bridge over the Fairmount Line and the Neponset River this morning - just like state Rep. Ed Coppinger did the other night on the bridge named for his father over the Needham Line.

Marcos and Tim had their work cut out for them - that's a long bridge:

By - 2/4/15 - 1:52 pm

Several city councilors say new flight paths out of Logan Airport have shifted early morning flights over neighborhoods not used to being awoken at 5:15 a.m. by low-flying jets - and they want the FAA and Massport to explain what they're going to do about that.

"It's really impacting heavily the quality of life of constituents in my area, who are not as familiar with low flying airplanes as they are now," City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) said, adding he has also heard complaints from neighboring West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

By - 2/4/15 - 1:06 pm

The owner of a Hyde Park gas station is seeking permission to add beer and wine to his offerings.

Elias Akiki, owner of the eponymous gas station at 1171 Hyde Park Ave., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week seeking a beer-and-wine license to sell beer and wine out of a cooler, at least up until 10 p.m.

In addition to gas, the station already offers a one-bay self-service car wash.

By - 1/30/15 - 2:16 pm

Future Boston Alliance reports that Zaz, 1238 River St., has been awarded the beer and wine license it had long sought.

Also winning a beer and wine license: Ula Cafe in Jamaica Plain.

By - 1/24/15 - 4:40 pm
Super Liquors in Hyde Park is ready for the Super Bowl

Super Liquors is, of course, conveniently located on Truman Parkway in Hyde Park.

By - 1/15/15 - 1:14 pm

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has agreed to put up money to study how to turn the long closed Thompson Center on the Hyde Park side of Stony Brook Reservation into a dog park large enough to have separate play areas for large and small dogs and walking trails for pet owners who want to get in a bit of exercise.

At nine acres, the proposed dog park would dwarf similar facilities in the rest of the city.

By - 1/12/15 - 8:30 am

Backers of a plan to replace a condemned parcel next to the Fairmount train station with a 27-unit apartment building hold yet another public meeting to discuss the plans on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyde Park municipal building on River Street.

The Southwest Boston Community Development Corp., which proposed the apartments, has already had two public meetings on the plan. Although the plans have not changed in the year since they first became public, proponents will hold the third because ISD says the project needs two variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals, not the one the CDC originally thought.

By - 1/8/15 - 10:03 am

Zaz, 1238 River St., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to seek a license to serve beer and wine with meals.

The small restaurant tried for a similar license last February but was turned down because the board had no licenses to dole out.

By - 1/7/15 - 2:43 pm

Transit Police report they are hunting a man they say spat on a 33 bus driver in October, then threatened the driver's life two months later at the same spot on the Mattapan/Hyde Park line when the driver wouldn't let him on the bus.

According to police, the spitting happened around 2:50 p.m. on Oct. 21 on River Street at George Street. Around 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 18, the driver pulled up to a stop at the same location and opened the bus door, when he realized the guy about to board was the same guy who spit on him, police say:

By - 12/24/14 - 9:23 am

Boston Police report arresting a pair of alleged gun-toters after police stopped their car for making a U-turn on Hyde Park Avenue Monday afternoon.

According to police, the officers who watched the bad traffic move around 2 p.m. outside 750 Hyde Park Ave. stopped the car for a chat:

By - 12/20/14 - 11:03 pm
Norton Street house in Readville lit up for Christmas

When you turn onto Norton Street from either River or Readville, just follow the blue glow in the sky to 26 Norton for the Canale family's annual Christmas celebration. You'll find an entire front yard full of glowing ornaments and lights, turning on and off to festive music. A life-size video Santa waves to you from inside the house.

Ken Canale Jr. and other family members will probably be outside to greet you, hand you a candy cane and urge you to check out the backyard as well:

By - 12/16/14 - 8:18 am

A concerned citizen asks the city to post a "Deer Crossing" sign on Dana Avenue just up from the Milton line:

Deer spotted twice in location.

The state has posted deer-crossing signs in Stony Brook Reservation and on Truman Parkway inbound just past Neponset Valley Parkway.