If you wander around Roslindale Square (say, while waiting for your chicken-teriyaki takeout at Village Sushi), you might run into these fine ladies - Gala (on the left) and Martha. But don't say hello unless you have a few minutes for a chat - they're very sociable.
I've long wanted to try that tiny breakfast joint next to the Village Bookshop on South Street (one guess from the photo what its street number is) - if for no other reason than I could say I've eaten in every single one of Roslindale's breakfast places (yeah, all five of them, not including the McDonald's on American Legion or the Burger King on Washington). But it was always closed. Finally, sometime over the past, oh, two or three months, it re-opened under new ownership.
Derna's is about about as no frills an eatery as you'll find anywhere. No fancy disco brunch here - not even any whole-wheat toast here. The food is basically exactly what you'd make at home if you weren't too tired (while I was there, a woman sidled up to the counter and when the owner asked if she wanted coffee, she sighed: "Yes, PLEASE!"). You get white toast and you like it (well, or French); you get your choice of eggs and breakfast meats and that's about it. Oh, and home fries. This is not food that will make you ooh and ah, but again, if you've had a long night, well, it's food.
You sit on stools around a U-shaped counter straight out of the 1960s (right down to the boomerangs imprinted on the Formica) - there are no tables. The short-order cook is also the short-order server and short-order cashier, but he cooks things up quickly. Plus, regulars know they can refill their coffee themselves at the Bunn-o-matic - and go behind the counter for an old Herald to read (while I was there, everybody who came in was by themselves, myself included).
It's open every day at 5 a.m. So next time you head over to the Blue Star and it's full and you're just looking for the basics, walk over to Derna's.
Jessica Smith reports she can't hear you (or anybody else) now on Bellevue Hill and on Maple Street, both in West Roxbury, and wonders if there are any other Verizon dead zones up in the higher elevations (all fine on prestigious Grew Hill, I can report).
Boston Police report:
Around 11:14 last night, a South Boston man reported he was shot in the wrist at 444 W. 4th St.
Around 8:40 last night, police say two black guys, one with a shotgun, held up the Nextel store at 4254 Washington St. in Roslindale. Police arrived to find one woman bleeding from the nose; she said she was grabbed and pushed to the ground; two other people in the store were ordered to the back as the robbers rifled the cash register.
The things you miss by going to bed at a decent hour: The Roslindale Transcript reports that drag racers from as far away as Brockton and Chelsea have been racing down Washington Street. Police ordered the Emporium (yes, Roslindale has a gas station/general store called the Emporium), where they'd been staging the races, to shut down at midnight.
Tim White analyzes two years' worth of Roslindale housing-sales data and concludes that while inventory is up a bit and houses are staying on the market a bit longer, the state of the neighborhood housing market is still decent from a broker's persepctive:
... Opportunities on the buy side remain strong, but sellers who are realistic with pricing should have no problem selling their property â€“ it just may take a bit longer to do so. ...
BPDNews today is filled with the sort of stupid carnage you normally associate with really hot days:
A man allegedly tired of people parking in front of his house on Cygnet Street in Brighton took decisive action yesterday evening - When yet another person parked in front of his house, he started throwing bricks at his car. Police report arresting Wei Chin, 25, "after a brief struggle."
Boston Police report a shooting at 50 Archdale Rd. around 2:30 this morning that left one man dead.
Pronounced dead at the scene
50 Archdale Rd.
Who's clogging up the Taft Hill municipal parking lot? Rachele Rosi-Kessel says at least seven Boston Medical Center employees park there and then take the shuttle bus that runs between the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center (which, you may recall, helped contribute to the square's parking issues by building part of its new facility on what used to be a municipal parking lot) and BMC. Solution? The city needs to enforce the two-hour parking limit in the lot, she writes.
Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders today sentenced David Nicanor Diaz Perez to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting Quirico Romero Jr., 19, on March 23, 2003, outside the Amvets hall on Belgrade Avenue.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:
Witnesses told jurors that Perez pulled a chrome .380-caliber semiautomatic during an altercation outside the hall, which erupted after the baby shower had wound down for the night. Romero was running away from the shooting toward a friend's car when he was struck in the back by one of the rounds.
By suspect wearing winter jacket.
4640 Washington St.
Teen holds up woman getting out of her car; makes off with $20.
106 Fawndale Rd.
She was just about to deposit three days' worth of gas-station receipts at the Co-operative Bank when a black man dressed in black and wearing a black scarf held her up, the Roslindale Transcript reports.
Henry's, the South Street convenience store, no longer has a sign threatening to have non-customers towed away if they dare to park along the curb in front of the store. Whoa. Universal Hub gets results?
Pazzo ponders that as he tallies up all the vacant storefronts and buildings in the square and things such as the decision of Pet Cabaret to move from the square to Washington and Metropolitan:
... In time this should sort itself out in Roslindale, but you have to wonder what interesting shops have passed us by while we're waiting for Adam Smith's invisible hand to fix this up for us. ...
Yeah, Rozzie's got that - or soon will. The old Ashmont hardware store on Washington Street will likely be torn down for a new Staples, so residents will soon no longer have to drive all the way down to Dedham to pick up reams of glossy paper, ink cartridges and Easy buttons.
Another Roslindale resident whispered the news: Things, bad things, happen to people who park on South Street in front of Henry's Market. Never mind that it's a public street and it's not like there's ever a tremendous shortage of parking at this somnolent crossroads.
Roslindale Rambler grumbles: