Rob Bellinger was in JP yesterday when supporters of Danilo Medina Sanchez arrived to show their support for his bid to become president - of the Dominican Republic (one Dominican candidate has a campaign office on River Street in Hyde Park).
Copyright Rob Bellinger. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
For the first time in several years, crime rates are increasing in the police districts that cover West Roxbury, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain, led mainly be dramatic increases in the numbers of burglaries and larcenies, according to statistics released yesterday by Boston Police.
Although districts E-5 (West Roxbury and Roslindale) and E-13 (Jamaica Plain) remain among the safest in the city, the increases for the period between Jan. 1 and April 17 when compared to last year are striking. In E-5, the total number of burglaries and attempted burglaries jumped from 26 to 64; the number of larcenies from 96 to 129. In E-13, burglaries and attempted burglaries increased from 46 to 57 and the number of larcenies from 170 to 210. Also in E-13, the number of robberies is up, from 29 to 38 (in E-5, they increased from 14 to 17).
District C-6 (South Boston and Columbia Point) also saw a dramatic jump in burglaries and attempted burglaries, from 43 to 65, but a decrease in larcenies (319 to 254).
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury) ran the Marathon today - and turned on the video on his phone for the last 200 yards.
Compare to then Mayor Ray Flynn in the 1984 Marathon.
DJ Knife reports on getting mugged by kids outside the Stony Brook T stop Monday night:
BAM! The first tween barrels into my lower back and sends me to the sidewalk. "YO WHAT THE FUCK!!!???" The next one comes at me and takes a swing, misses (I think) and suddenly I’m on my feet.
I look up to see a gauntlet of 3 more tweens coming at me, and I run to the sidelines like I'm in the NFL. They miss me and I keep running. Then the last tween at the end of this adolescent thug-line charges at me with a stick. Another swing and a miss.
Gretchen van Ness forwards this photo of an homage to 1912 serenely sailing through Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain.
Moments later, of course, it hit some ice and disappeared into a storm drain.
Liam considers the future of the area around the Forest Hills T stop after the Casey Overhulk comes down:
There's a great illogic to having so much space dedicated to people driving to public transit rather than developing that space around the public transit options. Imagine the little villages that could be built near Boston at Riverside Station in Newton, Route 128 Station in Westwood, or the Anderson Regional Transportation Center in Woburn. More relevant to Forest Hills is the sea of parking that dominates both sides of Washington St./Hyde Park Avenue near the T station. These parking lots and the Arborway bus yard, already slated for redevelopment, could be turned into a beautiful transit-oriented village where people live, shop, and eat.
MQ took this photo around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Centre Street and South Huntington Avenue, reports:
I think rider got doored, bus stopped in time thankfully.
Judy Spreckels says tow-truck drivers eager for extra revenue always prowl her neighborhood at the start of street-cleaning season to hook trucks parked on the wrong streets. She reports this morning, however, that fights broke out on Atherton Street when drivers from competing companies showed up:
Just witnessed 8 tow truck drivers from 3 different towing companies loudly fighting directly outside my home. For 20 minutes. Happens every week with street cleaning. Trucks parked on sidewalks, engines running, and now fighting.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports.
No, don't worry, the Casey Overpass still stands. Late yesterday, Christian Scott forwarded this report about the old Tollgate bridge:
In the early hours of this morning the MBTA or AMTRAK or somebody removed the pedestrian bridge you posted about last month. I saw it being craned onto a flatbed this morning inside the lumber yard.
The phantom Tollgate.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports opponents of the state's plan to replace the Casey Overpass with a new system of surface roads may try to delay and block the project until the light dawns over MassDOT and the state decides to replace the overpass with a new overpass, preferably one that is "Olmsted inspired."
JP Patch reports the Whole Foods in Jamaica Plain will be seeking a license to let people eat its food on the premises, both inside and outside.
Boston Police report a man walking his dog around 4 p.m. on Heath Street near South Huntington was robbed by a guy on a mountain bike.
Police say the victim began to chase the bike rider - until he took out and flashed a knife, escaping down Day Street.
Police described the robber as black, heavy set, 6' to 6'2" and weighing 220 to 240 lbs. He was between 35 and 45 and wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans as he pedaled away on his black or dark-blue bike.
It takes skill to block a bus stop, a bike lane AND a hydrant simultaneously. Well, that, and an 18-wheeler. JP Biker was on hand to chronicle this achievement, on Centre at Seaverns.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette has the latest on plans to replace the overpass with enlarged and reconfigured surface roads and park land.
On Saturday, Melissa Gibson spotted this dude at Jackson Square on the Orange Line with rapper Rick Ross's visage shaved into his hair. She reports "Phill da Barber" in Roslindale did the honors.
Anybody know where in Roslindale Phill strops his razor?
Copyright Melissa Gibson. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
But fans of the 18th-century revolutionary need not despair: Boston Restaurant Talk adds that John Jacobs, who already runs one Napper Tandy's in Norwood, is still planning to apply the name to the pub he plans to open in Roslindale, where Robyn's used to be.
NOTE: This post originally said Stonybrook Wine and Spirits had been robbed again on March 17, two months after it was robbed by a guy with a prominent facial scar.
Firefighters are at 28 Paul Gore St. in Jamaica Plain, where a fire has erupted on the second floor.
MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Mattapan man Tuesday morning on charges he sold pot to teenagers at the Forest Hills T stop.
Police say Enrico Joseph, 23, would prepare his daily inventory of pot in plastic bags while sitting in his wheelchair on the 6:15 a.m. 30 bus between the Sunoco station on Cummins Highway in Mattapan and the Forest Hills busway. Two plainclothes officers boarded the bus at a stop before his on Tuesday after T police received a number of anonymous complaints from annoyed passengers and at least one bus driver: