Hyde Park

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.

By - 1/22/09 - 9:17 am

While Worcester desperately tries to eradicate one beetle species, a group in eastern Massachusetts is looking for volunteers to help raise another species.

The Neponset River Watershed Association is looking for volunteers to help nurture Galerucella beetles, which eat purple loosestrife, to help control the pretty-yet-destructive invasive weed now choking off marshes across the state:

By - 1/3/09 - 10:04 pm
Lonely, oh so lonely

Has to be Readville station at night in the middle of winter, when passing Amtrak trains kick up clouds of snow and even the commuter-rail trains speed through without stopping.

By - 12/26/08 - 2:22 pm

The Bulletin reports a growing number of coyote sightings - including at least one of a pack apparently feasting on a small deer in somebody's back yard. No reports of exploded rockets or 16-ton weights at the bottom of the hill, however.

By - 12/25/08 - 11:09 pm

Channel 4: Amtrak train kills one in Hyde Park.

When Cleary Squared heard the call on a scannner summoning a couple of fire companies down to the Hyde Park commuter-rail station, he headed down to see what was up:

... The Boston Police that were there spotted us from the Track 3 ramp and ordered us to move away. A few minutes later an officer taped up both the stairs and the ramps to both sides of Hyde Park Station to get rid of "gawkers". When he returned from his duty, the officer told the three of us, "Say a prayer." ...

By - 12/6/08 - 6:40 pm
Great Blue Hill

OK, it's manmade snow, but still. Sure looks like they're ready for skiers at the Great Blue Hill.

You can get a really good view of the ski run from Meadow Road in Readville, off the Neponset Valley Parkway (it's the road that goes to what used to be the giant Stop & Shop warehouse) - even if you don't have a zoom lens.

By - 11/27/08 - 12:11 pm

Thanksgiving done right: Hyde Park Avenue near West Street in Hyde Park today.