West Roxbury

West Roxbury

By - 9/18/12 - 7:54 am

Among the press types who rushed to West Roxbury yesterday on word of a possibly bad crash involving a police cruiser was Alex Jones, a freelancer who specializes in "spot news" (i.e., things like car crashes). He tweets:

Had a @BostonPolice officer threaten to take my cameras for photographing in a public space today w/o his permission.

By - 9/17/12 - 10:35 am

Crashed cruiser. Photo by Christian O'Brien.Crashed cruiser. Photo by Christian O'Brien.

An alleged gun assault on an off-duty police officer on the VFW Parkway across from the West Roxbury Education Complex entrance this morning led to a massive police response followed a few minutes later by a crash at VFW Parkway and LaGrange Street.

Around 10:15 a.m., an off-duty officer called for help. Responding officers quickly responded, found the two teens who might have pointed a gun at him and detained them. A few minutes after the initial call, a cruiser collided with another vehicle in the intersection.

Police then shut the parkway to divert traffic around the crash scene. In addition to the officer, at least one other person was injured in the crash.

SUV the cruiser collided with in the background. Photo by Christian O'Brien.SUV the cruiser collided with in the background. Photo by Christian O'Brien.

By - 9/10/12 - 11:46 am

Fauxyote Fauxyote

We were headed south on the VFW Parkway the other day when, whoa, was that a coyote hanging out by the VA Hospital? We did a quick uey, pulled into the parking lot and discovered that, no, it was not a real coyote, just a plastic replica of one. Hokay.

By - 9/6/12 - 2:31 pm

Only since there aren't any overpasses there, the tractor-trailer took out a couple of telephone poles and wires near the Beethoven School around 2:15 p.m. Police blocked southbound traffic at West Boundary Road and northbound traffic at Grove Street until the situation could be cleared.

In Hyde Park, trucks get jammed between buildings, not under bridges.

By - 9/3/12 - 6:53 pm

Penske trucks in West Roxbury.

It's at the Home Depot in West Roxbury.

By - 8/28/12 - 1:51 pm

New BPD cruiser in West Roxbury

Chris Casey spotted this sparkly new District A-1 Boston Police cruiser today on Centre Street in West Roxbury, wonders why BPD couldn't find a dealer closer than New York to buy them from.

By - 8/22/12 - 9:07 pm

The Globe reports that City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) is going to hold jogging treks that double as office hours - lace up and put your questions to him as you jog around one of the neighborhoods. He says he's willing to consider "brisk walks" as well.

By - 8/4/12 - 10:13 pm

West Roxbury Patch reports police had to be called after a man annoyed with his neighbor's retaining wall on Grove Street began digging a trench along the wall - on his neighbor's property.

By - 7/24/12 - 11:44 pm

Jenna Cramer, the assistant principal at the Joyce Kilmer, is now the principal, replacing Jerome Doherty, who remains in some sort of administrative limbo in which he has no position after being yanked from the Kilmer for reasons that have not been made public.

By - 7/21/12 - 1:24 am

The Globe reports a teacher at the Joyce Kilmer School is under investigation by police and school and state child-protection officials for "inappropriate contact with students" and that the school's principal has been removed from his position.

By - 7/17/12 - 5:00 pm

Overheard in West Roxbury Y men's locker room among two retirement-age guys:

  • 1: You still going to Egypt?
  • 2: Yeah, sure.
  • 1: I wouldn't go, even if it was free.
  • 2: You're afraid of Egypt but you go to Dorchester?
By - 7/14/12 - 4:04 pm

Dodge ball

Teams of dodgeballers rolled into Billings Field in West Roxbury today for the annual Chuckball Tournament, in honor of Chuck "Ice" Martell of Roslindale, who died in 2009.

By - 7/12/12 - 3:42 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports a mosquito sample from West Roxbury has tested positive for West Nile Virus, a couple weeks after Roslindale won this year's honors for first infected neighborhood.

By - 7/6/12 - 1:00 pm


Looks like the old Payless Show store is going to become a convenience store (there's a Marino's on the VFW Parkway, next to Al Wadi). It'll join the 7-Eleven near the police station in serving the neighborhood's convenience needs.

By - 6/26/12 - 7:06 pm
By - 6/21/12 - 7:33 pm

Dueling thermometers

The grass is always cooler on the other side of the street in West Roxbury.

By - 6/21/12 - 6:26 am

AlertNewEngland reports utility poles caught on fire on Grove Street and over the line in Dedham last night and parts of West Roxbury went dark. As of 5 this morning, about 1,000 customers in West Roxbury and Chestnut Hill were still without power, WBZ tweeted.

By - 6/20/12 - 9:59 pm

State Police are investigation a collision at the West Roxbury/Dedham line around 7:15 p.m. that left a motorcyclist pinned under a pickup truck before he was extricated and transported to Beth Israel Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Stephen Walsh, who took this photo of the motorcycle, reports the motorcyclist has died.

By - 6/20/12 - 10:19 am

Updated following City Council vote.

The City Council will ask the legislature to relax its limits on liquor licenses in Boston so that the Irish Social Club in Boston can regularly serve alcohol to guests again.

By - 6/9/12 - 12:34 pm

Oh, deer

Sweetz reports a deer was foraging this morning in a yard on Woodley Avenue near Stony Brook Reservation - where deer have been spotted before.

Thought it was fake at first until it moved.