West Roxbury

By - 4/24/15 - 9:45 am

Legislators from Boston and Dedham are proposing a VFW Master Plan Commission to look at ways to improve the VFW Parkway from Centre Street in West Roxbury to the Dedham line and Providence Highway in Dedham between the Boston line and the Washington Street rotary.

State Sen. Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury) and state Reps. Ed Coppinger (D-West Roxbury) and Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) want the commission... Read more

By - 4/23/15 - 9:00 pm
Trabelsi and proposed King David Hotel in West Roxbury

Trabelsi with rendering of his proposed King David Hotel.

Developer Nissim Shimon Trabelsi says he's talking to several hotel management companies - including the one that runs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem - about running the chain of hotels he hopes to start with one on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury at the Dedham line.

At a community meeting called by the BRA tonight, Trabelsi told both the local union construction workers and... Read more

By - 4/23/15 - 8:01 pm
Sunset over Centre Street in West Roxbury

Looking down Centre Street in West Roxbury this evening.

By - 4/22/15 - 9:56 am

The BRA holds a public meeting Thursday on a developer's plans to build a kosher hotel and restaurant on the VFW Parkway at the Dedham line.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the District E-5 community room.

The proposed 69-room King David Hotel would go where the McDonald's on the southbound side used to be, until it burned down in 2013.... Read more

By - 4/18/15 - 10:06 am

While sauntering along Centre Street in West Roxbury the other day I noticed that the Data Doctors franchise had closed up shop. I peered in the windows and the storefront has been cleaned, swept, and is bare to the walls. The sign in the windows says they had to close up unexpectedly. The franchise was located in the block fo stores next to the hardware... Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 4:10 pm
Firetrucks at 132 Mt. Vernon St. in West Roxbury

Boston firefighters responded at 3:55 p.m. to 132 Mt. Vernon St. for what quickly turned into a three-alarm fire.

The fire was reported knocked down around 3:20 p.m.... Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 9:26 am

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in a dumbwaiter shafter at the Stonehedge Convalescent Center, 5 Redlands Rd., around 9:15 a.m.

Residents were sheltered in place; none needed to be evacuated.

By - 4/15/15 - 8:13 pm
Arrows on Boston street signs

A disgusted citizen complains about the arrows on many Boston street signs, in this case on Centre Street in West Roxbury:

These overhead signs are useless. The text is so narrow that you can't read any of it. What's with the arrows taking up so much room? Is that even standard? Never seen that in any other city. These signs along Centre St are

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By - 4/15/15 - 2:20 pm
Fire in Stony Brook Reservation

Boston firefighters are in Stony Brook Reservation on the West Roxbury end battling a three-alarm brush fire. Jan watched the rising smoke from the Hancock building in the Back Bay.

Stony Brook is one of three areas in Boston particularly prone to brush fires - the other two being the marshes along the Neponset River in Dorchester and the Back Bay Fens along the... Read more

By - 4/11/15 - 10:43 am
Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker face off in West Roxbury

Mike Davis took in the Shamrock Shootout this morning on Temple Street in West Roxbury - which officially opened this year with a face off between Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker, officiated by Richie Gormley, the lord mayor of West Roxbury.

Then it was down to business for hundreds of local kids in a series of age-based street-hockey tourneys that stretched for several blocks.... Read more

By - 4/10/15 - 1:47 pm

Driver lost control around 1:30 p.m., plowed into utility pole, took down wires and now the intersection is shut until utility crews can get in and make repairs.

By - 4/8/15 - 9:32 pm
Proposed condos at Weld and Centre on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line

Residents living near the intersection of Weld and Centre streets on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line this evening applauded the developer who's bought the old Weld American gas station with the idea of replacing it with condos.

But at a meeting with new owner John Sullivan and project manager Gary Martell, residents worried whether the building, which might have either 18 or 21 one- and two-bedroom... Read more

By - 4/5/15 - 10:57 am

A sleepless Anthony Sears asked in the wee hours:

Anyone else in Westie hear that loud droning/helicopter type sound? Any idea what it could be?

Madkatmat replies:

Yes, sounds [like] it is coming from transformers on Baker st.

... Read more
By - 4/4/15 - 4:27 pm

Missing Dogs Massachusetts reports Pooh the dog, stolen along with the car he was in from West Roxbury was found safe and sound and was waiting for his owner at the city animal shelter in Roslindale today.

Also, the alleged car thief, from Dedham, was arrested in Haverhill.... Read more

By - 4/3/15 - 5:28 pm

UPDATE: Pooh, alleged car thief, both found.

Boston Police report a thief took advantage of a dog walker's decision to leave his car running in a client's driveway at 585 Baker St yesterday afternoon by stealing the car - which meant he also made off with Pooh the dog.

Pooh, a 10-year-old shih tzu/poodle mix, was spotted around 8 p.m. on Sycamore... Read more

By - 4/2/15 - 7:23 pm
Proposed King David Hotel on VFW Parkway

The BRA will consider a developer's plans to build a four-story, 69-room hotel aimed at observant Jews on VFW Parkway on the Dedham line.

King David Hotels Corp. is proposing the hotel at 1625 VFW Parkway - where an old McDonald's burned down in 2013.

The company's plans include a kosher restaurant, a synagogue and a health club featuring his and hers... Read more

By - 4/2/15 - 1:27 pm

Mayor Walsh has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to allow construction of a large natural-gas pipeline down Washington and Grove Streets and a metering station across from the West Roxbury quarry to connect it to National Grid's system.

The commission approved the $95-million project last month. Walsh says it's a threat to the community because of the station's... Read more

By - 3/31/15 - 6:01 pm

Jessica Burko reports:

Looking for a Passover shank bone in Rozzie or West Rox? Head over to Roche Bros. it's shank bone central over here.

By - 3/22/15 - 1:20 pm
Manthorne Road fire, West Roxbury

Manthorne fire scene. Photo by Robin.

A fire that spread from the second floor to the attic at 74 Manthorne Rd., quickly went to two alarms after it was reported around 1:10 p.m.

High winds around the house, at the top of a hill, did not help. The Boston Fire Department reports the wind drove the fire through the attic.

About 25 minutes after they arrived, Boston firefighters were ordered... Read more

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