Hyde Park

By - 5/11/09 - 1:46 pm
Demand a change!

Somebody is so upset that Hyde Park and Readville don't have blue oval signs reminding us Thomas M. Menino is still mayor that they printed up a bunch of post cards and left a stack at the Hyde Park post office, so you could mail all your friends to get them to join you in demanding action now.

It's just not fair: West Roxbury has one?!?

No Hyde Pride here
By - 5/4/09 - 10:12 am

Boston Police tweet the bomb squad's at 655 Metropolitan Ave., which would be Hyde Park Education Complex.

By - 5/3/09 - 10:30 am

I don't know enough about Jamaican food to judge authenticity, but I do know that the chicken curry at The African Cuisine, 1248 Hyde Park Ave., is addictive. It's probably a good thing I have a saner wife and kid, because otherwise, just writing this might make me rush over there now and I'd only be disappointed since it's Sunday morning and they're not open yet.

By - 4/14/09 - 1:04 pm

MentorA West Roxbury District Court judge today set bail at $500,000 for John Mentor, a convicted thug accused of taking a shot at police as they stopped the car he was in during a drug investigation last night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

[He] shouted "I should have killed all three of you motherfuckers" upon being taken from the car's back seat.

Mentor and three other people were in a Honda Accord pulled over at River Street and Gordon Avenue in Hyde Park around 8:15 p.m. on Monday because its registration had been revoked, according to the DA's office, which says Boston Police Drug Control Unit has stepped up patrols in the area because it "has been plagued by drug-related crime in recent weeks."

The DA's office laid out its version of what happened next:

By - 4/14/09 - 8:42 am

John Mentor, 22, of Hyde Park, who allegedly took a shot at cops in Hyde Park last night, is scheduled for arraignment in West Roxbury District Court this morning on a charge of assault with intent to murder, according to the Suffolk County DA's office.

In 2005, when he was 18, Mentor and a pal were arrested on charges they robbed and shook down younger teens on buses out of Forest Hills. He was also charged with cocaine possession.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/13/09 - 10:56 pm

The Herald reports nobody was injured when suspected drug dealers fired at officers who had just pulled them over at Gordon and River streets around 8:30 p.m. Channel 4 reports four people were arrrested and that an officer got off one round before they were subdued.

UPDATE: Suspect John Mentor no stranger to the law.

By - 4/10/09 - 5:31 pm

Boston Police report two incidents this week in Hyde Park of people getting robbed by a team of crooks masquerading as BWSC workers.

Police say one of them rings the front door, shows fake BWSC ID and asks the homeowner to take him downstairs to check the pipes. While the homeowner is doing that, a second guy walks in the door and starts stealing stuff, such as cash and jewelery.

In the most recent incident, police say, the guy showed a bogus BWSC ID with the name of "Michael Campbell." Police describe "Campbell" as a white guy, mid to late 40s, stocky build, wearing dark glasses, blue jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt and carrying a toolbox.

If such persons come to your door, contact 911 and let the Boston Police respond to the location to verify their identity.

Bogus BWSC workers show up in Roslindale.

By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

By - 3/22/09 - 8:57 pm

The African Cuisine, that place on Hyde Park Avenue across from the police station that always looks like it's closed, even though it isn't, now has a sign up that they'll soon be expanding their menu to include Jamaican and Caribbean food. Dare I hope for roti?

Ed. Don't Even Say it Note: Yes, once again, I've disappointed my legion of click-happy fans by not providing either a link (they don't have a Web site) or a photo (we were rushing back from Shaw's, what can I say?).

By - 3/21/09 - 2:13 pm

The Hyde, which is what Dottie's on Fairmount Avenue is morphing into, launches its dinner service on March 26, starting promptly at 5 p.m.

By - 3/14/09 - 3:42 pm

The Manchester Union-Leader reports on the unfolding case, which involves a Super 8 Motel in Manchester, a teen who told police Uche Ifedikwa threatened to strangle her if she didn't comply and, of course, ads on Craigslist:

By - 3/7/09 - 10:11 am

DMCBoston forwarded the above photo, showing the turkeys that have been strutting around Sunnyside in Hyde Park for the last few months (Sunnyside is near Stony Brook Reservation, which seems like the kind of place turkeys might hide out). I've asked if they're killing machines like the ones up in Brookline or more live-and-let-live types. If I don't get an answer, will assume the worst.

By - 3/1/09 - 3:48 pm

If you crouch low, you can almost forget there's a small parking lot right behind you and a road just to your left:

By - 2/11/09 - 3:29 pm

This morning I watched two scheduled trains blow past me at the Hyde Park station; one from Stoughton, and one from Providence. I re-checked the schedule - yup, they were supposed to stop. So how often does this happen? I needed to walk from Back Bay station to Beacon Hill and back to do some business, and this was the perfect day to do it.

By - 2/9/09 - 7:51 pm

And now I'm hungry.

By - 2/4/09 - 10:11 am

The Globe today has an interesting look at restaurants in Dorchester, Roxbury and Hyde Park that do more than just serve food - they serve as community gathering places.

To whichever g editor greenlighted this: Huzzah! More of this please and fewer examples of how your graphics department can draw mustaches on photos of Jennifer Anniston.

By - 2/3/09 - 8:32 am

The new Dottie's, which has a new owner who plans on actually using its beer and wine license (who knew it had one?), or C.F. Donovan's, which has been under construction for three years now.

By - 1/30/09 - 12:56 pm

Boston Police report the man was stabbed in front of 994 Hyde Park Ave. around 5:50 p.m. on Thursday.

The victim's father was present and informed officers that they were walking down the street when a Hispanic Male started fighting with his son. The father stated the suspect approached them, pulled out a knife, and punched his son in the face before stabbing him in the mid-section. The suspect also attempted to stab the victim's father when he tried to defend his son.

Carlos Gomez, 19, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

By - 1/27/09 - 9:40 pm

The Archdiocese of Boston is closing St. Anne's School in Readville at the end of this school year. Declining enrollment, they say.

The state Board of Education is closing the Uphams Corner Charter School at the end of this school year. The school is failing its students, they say. The school has 15 days to appeal the decision.