It's wreckin' time for the old hardware store, to be torn down with all possible haste to make way for a Staples (and, yes, it's killing me to post something like that without a single "That was easy" or "Yeah, we got that" pun).
Sure, it was only a half inch of snow in Roslindale this morning, but it was a heavy half inch.
The family carriage a few minutes ago up here in the higher elevations of Roslindale Heights (um, OK, Grew Hill).
Tom Nealon at Pazzo Books relays the news that that fancy-shmancy Newbury-Streetish shoe store on Corinth Street is being replaced by a (drum roll) cell-phone store:
... Looks pretty nice, I guess, though I've long had a theory that the desirability of a neighborhood is inversely proportional to the number of cell phone joints. ...
Man, in his 20s, shot repeatedly around 1:40 this morning at the Washington Beech housing project (35 Beechland St.). Brought to Brigham and Women's Hospital, expected to live.
Tom Nealon at Pazzo Books notices an unusual phenomenon:
The last few weeks people have been paying with huge numbers of singles - 20-30 at a time. Not to read too much into it, but it seems to show a real tentativeness about the future, a lack of any firm feeling about where we are in the world.
Or, maybe, it shows a willingness to move forward - clean house and purge those one dollar bills that are cluttering up our lives. ...
On Poplar Street this afternoon, I saw four teen-aged guys all dressed in black pants and black jackets with black hoods over their heads.
This comes about ten days after people up by the Longfellow School collared an alleged mugger dressed head to toe in black.
So what's the deal with all the Ninjas?
Boston Police report that when a woman started yelling at a guy trying to take her bag yesterday evening at Fairview and Roberts streets, nearby residents and workers came running. When police arrived, they found a guy, dressed head to toe in black, surrounded by "numerous people" at Fallon Field. Police charged the 15-year-old local kid with unarmed robbery while masked.
Unlike last year, the weather for the Roslindale Day Parade today was just wonderful. The woman above was part of a Bolivian dancing troupe. One cool thing: Boston firefighters, marching behind a "Thank you for your support" banner, got loud applause.
Could that be what's happening to the soon-to-shut Jax? Tom Nealon over at Pazzo Books hears it from somebody who heard it from somebody, so yeah, it could be as likely as his idea of turning Jax into a bowling alley, but still, would sure save us from ever having to step anywhere near the Atrium ever again (although would it also signal the end of the locally owned Square we all know and love, what with the Staples moving into the old Ashmont and all?).
Boston Police report that an EMT sprang into action around 12:30 a.m. Monday, when he spotted some guy allegedly pushing a woman passenger out of a car while her companion stopped at a Comm. Ave. store:
At that time he activated his emergency lights on the ambulance and approached the suspect telling the suspect to sit on the curb and stay there. The suspect sat on the curb for a short time and then started to run up Brookline Avenue.
... Add that to the list of empty storefronts in our little village. It's almost a joke with people now. Some neighbors say things like; 'What would the village look like with actual stores in those empty spaces? Oh well, we will never know. Will we?'...
NuVo, which started out as Gusto back when Roslindale was a culinary wasteland (you know, like 1999), has closed. Could this be where Roslindale's rumored Ethiopian restaurant goes in? In the meantime, the Birch Street Bistro, Sophia's Grotto and Geoffrey's will continue to hold up the bistro fort.
Down in Hyde Park, the top-hat tuxedo place on River Street is now for rent:
With Jax closing, speculation mounts as to just what could go into the large space. Around the corner at Pazzo Books, Tom Nealon reports he talked to somebody at the building's management company (not the guy from JP with the empty storefronts):
The fellow I talked to (who was quite pleasant) mentioned that because of the make-up of the space, sub-dividing would make it look like a bowling alley; which begs the question, why not a bowling alley? How great would that be? Throw a couple pool tables in there ... I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about it.
Boston Daily Blog has the scoop: The Globe has hired Improper Bostonian editor Veronica Chao to run its City Weekly section.
Boston Police report a trio of thugs apparently called for some takeout, to be delivered to 37 Mendelssohn St., and when the delivery guy showed up shortly after 10 p.m., they stole his money and his car. Police add the three didn't go very far: They found the car on Blue Ledge Drive, basically, just across Washington Street from the crime scene.
Also click on the link to read about a couple of stings - one in which three men were arrested on drug charges on the Common, one in which an alleged bicycle thief was nabbed in Roxbury.
According to the Roslindale Transcript, the Lower Metropolitan Hill Neighborhood Association was scheduled last night to discuss 26 Kittridge St.:
Irresponsible property owner and tenants, frequent noise problems, parties, domestic violence and reports of death threats by the residents on each other; possible illegal property tax exemption on property.
Mattapan's hell house.
Car, money stolen.
Car recovered a couple blocks away.
37 Mendelsson St.
Soon all those cheap suitcases chained together that nobody ever seemed to buy will only be a memory: Jax on Corinth Street is closing up shop, which will leave the Square with only one discount shop and which gets Tom Nealon to thinking the joint might make a good new place for his Pazzo Books:
... It's huge and pretty busted up, but a nice location and plenty of room. ...