West Roxbury

By - 11/20/14 - 9:38 pm
Fire on Caledonian Avenue in West Roxbury

Updated Friday morning.

A two-alarm fire Thursday night did an estimated $300,000 in damage to a house on Caledonian Avenue, behind Sofia's Italian Steakhouse on the VFW Parkway, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Both occupants of the house got out safely after the fire erupted shortly before 9:20 p.m. at 81 Caledonian Ave.

State and Boston Police shut the VFW Parkway in both directions... Read more

By - 11/19/14 - 10:17 pm
Proposeed 425 Lagrange Street project in West Roxbury

Architect's rendering. Existing Eastern Bank on Centre Street on the right.

Developer Michael Argiros today showed revised plans for the old Armstrong plant on Lagrange Street near Centre that would include 48 apartments and 81 parking spaces - compared to the 62 apartments and 52 parking spaces he first proposed in what he now admits was a debacle of a neighborhood meeting several months ago.

Residents of Lagrange and nearby side streets, gathered at the... Read more

By - 11/16/14 - 4:14 pm
Gelato coming to West Roxbury

Looks like the West Napoli Cafe is getting close to finally opening its Ria gelato place, on Bellevue Street in West Roxbury, just off Centre across from the library. While they're at it, they're also giving the pizza place a serious upgrade as well.

By - 11/16/14 - 4:08 pm
Sneakers hanging from a wire in West Roxbury

Who else would be so bold as to string some sneakers on a wire at Belgrade Avenue and West Roxbury, right around the corner from the E-5 station? Surely, this signals the return of gangs to the leafy neighborhood, no?

By - 11/12/14 - 8:00 am

Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation was completely still in the fog this morning. From the dock on the parkway side of the pond, you could barely make out the dock on the other side; the trees there cast a dark gray reflection on the water.

Meanwhile, Adam Shutes walked onto the dock at the Jamaica Pond boathouse this morning:

By - 11/12/14 - 7:42 am
Wally at the West Roxbury VA Hospital

Photo by Michael Ivins, Boston Red Sox.

Wally, Sam Horn and three World Series trophies visited the VA Hospital in West Roxbury yesterday.

By - 11/3/14 - 7:55 am

Lawrence Harmon ponders Councilor Charles Yancey's pursuit of a new high school in Mattapan and says the idea could work - if the city converts the current West Roxbury Education Complex into a K-8 school.

Yancey and Mattapan would get a state-of-the-art high school (open to students from across the city), even as secondary enrollment across the city drops, while West Roxbury parents would... Read more

By - 10/17/14 - 9:49 am

Lagrange Street north just past Centre is currently blocked thanks to the latest big rig storrowed at the Needham Line bridge, Cottonmanifesto reports.

By - 10/16/14 - 9:27 pm
Gas prices below $3 a gallon in West Roxbury

On Spring Street at Baker tonight. Any other stations below $3? The two stations on Centre Street were both above $3.

By - 10/16/14 - 7:51 am

Charles River Realty's Michael Argiros is making the rounds of West Roxbury civic groups with his latest proposal for the decrepit old Armstrong Pharmaceuticals plant on Lagrange Street: Replace it with a complex of 48 apartments and 75 parking spaces.

Argiros's original plan - 62 apartments with 52 parking spaces - brought howls of protest from neighbors at an April meeting. At the time,... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 7:37 am

The Globe reports on neighborhood meeting at which residents blasted S.M. Lorusso & Sons' plans to turn the quarry into a receptacle for construction dirt from across the region. At issue: The traffic from all those trucks hauling the fill into the site and possible chemicals in the dirt.

By - 9/30/14 - 5:21 pm

A skunk found dead on Cottage Road on Sunday has tested positive for rabies, the Boston Public Health Commission reports.

Cottage Road is on the opposite side of the Grove from Stimson Street, where another dead rabid skunk was found last month.

If you think you encountered the skunk, call the commission at 617-534-5611.

"Preventative treatments are needed for anyone who suspects they've

... Read more
By - 9/25/14 - 11:02 pm
Fall leaves along the Needham Line train tracks

What made these trees turn so much earlier than the rest of them along the Needham Line tracks? Spotted this afternoon from across the Charles in Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

By - 9/24/14 - 9:08 am
Turkeys in West Roxbury

Boston Strolls reports these birds on the inbound side of Washington Street just up from Woodley were showing no fear this morning:

They walked right up to me.

Of course, this not being Brookline, no blood was shed.

By - 9/17/14 - 10:33 am

Wicked Local Brookline brings us up to date on the war between Brookline and the owners of Hancock Village, who want to add 184 apartments to the Brookline side of the complex, including some in a five-story building that selectmen say is completely out of character in a part of town where single-family homes and two-story townhouses are the norm.... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 9:39 am

The cause of a nine-alarm fire on Harvard Terrace in Allston and a five-alarm fire on Lagrange Street in West Roxbury remain "under active investigation," a Boston Fire Department spokesman said this morning.

By - 9/10/14 - 7:52 pm
West Roxbury fire scene

At Lagrange and Centre. Photo by sbBob589. See it larger.

A 5-alarm fire reported around 7:30 p.m. in the former Armstrong Pharmaceuticals complex at Lagrange and Centre streets sent thick smoke into the surrounding streets, where residents had been complaining for weeks about homeless people and teenagers seen going in and out of the buildings.

Firefighters stayed out of the series of connected buildings - which had been marked months ago as off limits in... Read more

By - 9/3/14 - 1:58 pm
Proposed gas-line route

Spectra Energy holds an information session today on its plans for a new gas pipeline that would run through Westwood, Dedham and West Roxbury and include a "metering and regulating" facility across Centre and Grove streets from the quarry.

And the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a formal hearing on the proposed 5-mile pipeline on Monday.

The session today begins at 5:30 p.m.... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 5:34 pm

A skunk found dead on Stimson Street has tested positive for rabies, according to the Boston Public Health Commission, which is asking anybody who may have come in contact with the skunk to contact them at 617-534-5611.

The commission plans to post flyers in the area on Wednesday to alert residents.

BPHC fact sheet on rabies.... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 3:49 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series,... Read more

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