West Roxbury

By - 7/15/13 - 5:40 pm

Shortly before 2 p.m., the heat apparently caused tanks of flame-suppressing chemicals at the old Mobil station at 1200 VFW Parkway to explode, showering the entire place in white foam.

Because the substance is considered a hazardous substance, workers at the station, on the inbound side, just past the train crossing, had to await the arrival of a crew trained in hazardous-material removal, rather... Read more

By - 7/14/13 - 9:56 am

Seeems not.

Lyette Mercier adds:

Anecdotal survey of my neighbors/friends says 'no.' Everyone had their windows open that night too. Awful.

By - 7/13/13 - 11:44 pm

With a gun at one of the stations on Spring Street near Baker Street, around 10:45 p.m.

By - 7/8/13 - 8:48 am

From West Roxbury to East Boston, Nstar cables and transformers failed last night, plunging residents into steamy darkness.

"Faulty equipment" sparked an outage in the Centre Street corridor from West Roxbury into Jamaica Plain last night.

On Prescott Street in East Boston, Kathy Bui reports power went out around midnight, finally came back around 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, people are beginning to... Read more

By - 6/27/13 - 7:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans for a liquor store on a busy stretch of the VFW Parkway, despite complaints from nearby residents the store on a highway would mean more noise and young people making packie runs on foot down from their hill and that West Roxbury just has enough liquor stores already.

The vote means Dimpleben Patel can begin work on... Read more

By - 6/26/13 - 1:11 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to OK a liquor-store owner's request to open a new store on the northbound side of the VFW Parkway across from Prime Motors and just up from a Firestone garage, where the road is a four-lane divided highway.

Residents at the hearing opposed Dimpleben Patel's request to buy a license from Brothers Wine and Spirits on Warren Street... Read more

By - 6/19/13 - 12:05 am

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request from the owners of Brothers Wine and Spirits on Warren Street to close and sell their liquor license to somebody who wants to open a new liquor store in West Roxbury, just past the Dedham line.

Dimpleben Patel is proposing a 5,000-square-foot store called Town Line Liquors at 1524 VFW Parkway (northbound, just past the... Read more

By - 6/12/13 - 8:07 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Luis Valerio of West Roxbury, who is running against incumbent Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) not out of any animus toward O'Malley but because he couldn't get his kids into any of the public schools in West Roxbury. In addition to renting out English to local universities, he would build an indoor sports center at Millennium Park.... Read more

By - 6/10/13 - 9:06 am

A hot-dog-loving citizen humblecomplains from Heldun Street in West Roxbury:

Our dachshund stuck her head under a plant near the sidewalk, found a rat and killed it!! Can inspectional services come by to make sure there isn't a bigger problem?

No need to click on the link, unless you want to see a picture of a dead rat (in surprisingly good condition, given ... Read more

By - 6/7/13 - 11:06 pm

Along the VFW Parkway from the Dedham line to Bertuccis and from the area around South and Walter streets through Washington and Metropolitan down to the Mattapan line along American Legion, as well as the area along Washington to Forest Hills.

UPDATE: Power, at least in Roslindale, started coming back on around midnight.... Read more

By - 5/23/13 - 9:48 pm

Our go-to guy for Rochie's news, Matt O'Malley (yes, yes, that Matt O'Malley), issued an alert tonight after a trip to the West Roxbury Roche Bros:

BULLETIN: @Roche_Bros moved the location of the eggs, made room for more yogurt.

We haven't seen a shakeup like this at that market since they moved the ice cream.... Read more

By - 5/16/13 - 8:28 pm

Some people try to visit all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Others vow to eat at every single burger place in Boston. Googiebaba has decided to try to meet all 24 people running for mayor of Boston. She starts with DA Dan Conley, whom she met one rainy Saturday while she and her two kids were on the side of the West... Read more

By - 5/10/13 - 8:24 pm

A pissed-off citizen reports from Stratford Street in West Roxbury:

Dirty Tap and Toilet water due to Water and Sewer work in WR. Someone could have warned us?

Complete with a photo of a toilet with the lid up so you can fully appreciate what discolored toilet water looks like.... Read more

By - 4/23/13 - 2:14 pm

Gourmet frozen desserts

West Napoli Cafe, at Centre and Bellevue streets, wants to branch out from pizza and subs to ice cream, pastries and coffee. Its owners go before the West Roxbury Neighborhood Council tonight seeking its blessings for plans to turn the old Absi Jewelers next... Read more

By - 4/19/13 - 2:33 pm

The sun is shining, the Dunk's are open and people are not staying inside.

Around 2 p.m., A. Griffin tweeted:

Well, West Roxbury seems to be business as usual, afternoon traffic, people walking and jogging.

Wicked Sharp on Centre Street adds:

Just heard an ice cream truck rolling through neighborhoods.

Jessica tweets:

Same in Dorchester. Nearly everything is open and ppl

... Read more
By - 4/4/13 - 6:19 am

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday found Michael Coker, 50, guilty of second-degree murder for the strangulation death of Janet Phinney in the Grove on March 18, 1988, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The verdict means a life sentence, but with the possibility of parole in as little as 15 years.

Prosecutors proved that a spurned Coker strangled Phinney, then left her body... Read more

By - 3/28/13 - 12:14 pm

A grand jury has added evidence tampering and new larceny and fraud charges to the list of formal allegations against Steven and Lori Pallidino, who allegedly defrauded investors from their offices atop the Centre Street ice-cream shop they co-own.

The Pallidinos were indicted earlier this month on charges of loan sharking, larceny and making false entries in corporate books in connection with an alleged... Read more

By - 3/20/13 - 9:59 am

Jury selection started yesterday for a former Hyde Park man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend outside her West Roxbury home in 1988.

Michael Coker, now 50, is charged with first-degree murder for the strangulation death of Janet Phinney, then 20. Prosecutors charge Coker killed her in a rage after she broke off their relationship, then buried her body under leaves in woods behind her parents'... Read more

By - 3/18/13 - 10:22 am

Two West Roxbury residents ran an investment company that used money from new customers to pay off old ones - and to finance gambling forays, vacations in the Bahamas and rent for the husband's mistress, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges.

A Suffolk County grand jury last week returned indictments against Steven and Lori Palladino for loan sharking, larceny and making false entries in... Read more

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