Forest Hills

Forest Hills

By - 9/3/11 - 10:19 am

On Sept. 13, an advisory group working on the Casey Overpass replacement project is scheduled to reveal three possible alternatives: Two involving bridges and one involving the complete demolition of the current hulk and replacing it with a ground-level intersection.

Pete Stidman of the Boston Cyclists Union is looking for a volunteer to work on a video explaining why ground level would be better:

By - 7/21/11 - 12:04 am

Stripped car

A roving UHub photographer captured the scene around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Zipcar spaces next to the liquor store across from the Forest Hills T stop, where two Honda Insights had had their wheels stolen.

By - 7/5/11 - 2:59 pm

MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man on indecent assault and battery charges for an alleged attack at the Forest Hills busway on Saturday.

By - 6/24/11 - 12:45 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports an unexpected federal grant could provide enough money to start work on the $200-million rehab of the "temporary" facility - which the T recently said it couldn't do at all.

By - 5/11/11 - 1:40 pm

MBTA Transit Police report arresting two teens at the upper busway at the Forest Hills T stop yesterday morning on charges they attacked a police officer trying to stop them from smacking around a woman who objected to one of them lighting up a cigarette.

By - 5/11/11 - 1:07 pm

The Forest Hills Educational Trust announced today the annual Lantern Festival will go on after all this summer. In December, the trust announced the suspension of all programs in 2011 following the departure of three staffers, including the executive director. But in an e-mail today, the trust said:

By - 4/18/11 - 12:54 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the Cambridge-based co-op market will open a new outlet as part of a retail project planed for MBTA-owned land near the Forest Hills T stop.

By - 4/15/11 - 2:26 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on a proposal for the Flanagan & Seaton property on Washington Street.

By - 4/6/11 - 6:07 pm

State officials didn't add a $200-million rehab of what was supposed to be a temporary facility to their capital budget, the Jamaica Plain Gazette reports.

By - 4/6/11 - 4:32 pm


Java Jo's across from the Forest Hills T stop is being transmogrified into an outlet for the Needham-based Fazenda Coffee Roasters, which promises "small batch-roasted coffee with a sandwich and pastry menu."

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.

Ed. lame note: If they called it Tazenda, they could attract fans of Azimov's Foundation series, although that might not be a large enough market on which to base a business.

By - 3/21/11 - 1:50 pm

Acting on complaints from neighboring residents about unregistered cars on their streets, city inspectors and Boston Police last week swarmed Boston Best Auto, 3575 Washington St., Capt.

By - 3/18/11 - 12:25 am
Vending machine at Forest Hills

The machine this morning with new wood bars: Yeah, somebody finally tried to rob it.


MBTA Transit Police report a Dorchester man smashed the glass front of the Best Buy vending machine at the Forest Hills T stop around 11:10 p.m. last night, put some goodies in a bag he had, then got arrested after he apparently returned for more.

Police say that on his second visit to the machine, officers were already in the station, investigating the smash-and-grab and that one began to chase Jamal Smith, 23.

According to a police report, Smith ran out of the station towards the overpass - and right into the path of an oncoming bus. Fortunately for both him and the officer following him, the alert driver managed to slow and not hit either, the report says.

According to the report, Smith made it to South Street and St. Mark Street on the other side of the overpass when a wooden stockade fence he tried to scale collapsed, dropping him to the ground and making enough noise for the pursuing officer to zero in on his location. The report says Smith surrendered only after the officer drew his gun, and that the officer recovered a pink folding knife from the vacant lot where Smith was arrested.

According to the report, on booking, officers found a shard of glass in Smith's rear pocket that matched the tint and width of the Best Buy glass.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/26/11 - 4:39 pm

Jamaica Plain Patch reports the 39 driver passed the test but was taken off his route pending an MBTA investigation.

By - 1/17/11 - 6:02 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man who allegedly broke into four cars along Tower Street by smashing their windows early this morning.

By - 12/30/10 - 7:15 pm

The Forest Hills Educational Trust has sent e-mail to supporters announcing the departure of its executive director and its two other paid staff members and that:

The Forest Hills Educational Trust will take a break from its busy calendar of public programs to focus on strategic planning in 2011. The Members of our Board invite the Trust's supporters to make a valuable contribution to our efforts; please share your ideas during this time of transition as we develop the Trust's future direction.

By - 11/24/10 - 11:44 am


People arriving at Forest Hills station today were puzzled by the sudden appearance of a vending machine selling digital cameras, iPods, GPSes, Bose headphones and video games (and, of course, portable devices to play them on). Knots of people kept congregating around the new "Best Buy Express" machine to gawk.

And then the questions started. "What's that doing at Forest Hills?" one guy exclaimed as he walked by. A girl went up to one of the T cops hanging around by the old information booth to ask how they'd keep people from getting jumped after they'd just bought, say, a $300 digital camera.

The guy who installed the thing this morning actually gave me and the kidlet a brief tour of its security features - from the special anti-smash-and-grab plastic film he'd put on the front to the way it uses a robot arm to grab your selection, located relatively far away from the front. He added there's now a similar machine at Alewife. And then we impressed, OK, bored, the kidlet with tales of our youth, when all you could get from vending machines were bottles of Coke and cigarettes.

iPods await

By - 11/19/10 - 3:48 pm

A 16-year-old was stabbed and another teen attacked during an altercation at the Forest Hills MBTA station around 3 p.m., T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said. Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment; both are expected to survive.

He said a third teen was arrested in connection with one of the attacks. Transit Police are continuing to investigate.

By - 10/27/10 - 8:08 pm

New bus yardThe view from high above the Arborway.

The MBTA and a neighborhood planning group showed off plans for a $200-million reconstruction of the 18-acre Jamaica Plain facility that could mean a new park along with new housing and stores on what is now basically a giant field of asphalt.