West Roxbury

West Roxbury

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.

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.

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 out of the building as a precaution. Three firefighters were taken to Faulkner Hospital; none of their injuries are considered life threatening, the department says.

By - 3/21/15 - 9:22 am

The Globe reports the announcement.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough had originally included the school, housed in the former West Roxbury High School, in a list of schools to shut to close a budget gap.

By - 3/20/15 - 3:17 pm
Duplex ready for the 2024 Olympics?

Zippy noticed this sign on the fence in front of a duplex under construction on Centre Street, across from Holy Name in West Roxbury, this morning.

By - 3/19/15 - 12:47 pm

Wicked Local West Roxbury reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave basic approval earlier this month to a pipeline company's New England expansion plans, which include a 4-mile pipeline from Westwood into West Roxbury.

If the commission approves Spectra Energy's specific construction plans this spring, construction on the $95-million West Roxbury Lateral pipeline could begin in May.

By - 3/16/15 - 8:37 pm

The Globe reports on whistleblower lawsuits by two former employees of the Cooperative Bank, based in Roslindale, alleging malfeasance by bank officials - in particular, hiring a dentist with no banking experience as president and then, when that didn't work out, hiring a new president who used employee checking accounts for cashing large numbers of personal checks.

By - 3/2/15 - 11:15 am
West Roxbury Academy protest sign

West Roxbury Academy students plan a protest outside City Hall tomorrow over BPS plans to shut their school and send them somewhere else in the system.

A T rider forwarded photos of fliers posted on the wall on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street this morning calling for the protest between 4 and 6 p.m. outside City Hall.

By - 3/1/15 - 7:30 am
Trees at Millennium Park in the snow

Beyond some plowing in the main parking lot, the city has left the upper level of Millennium Park untouched, leading to vast expanses of white. You can see where the more intrepid few have fallen through the snow as they try to walk over the path - except for the one prepared person who shushed around on snow shoes.

By - 2/28/15 - 1:56 pm
West Roxbury Education Complex

West Roxbury Academy, in the West Roxbury Education Complex, slated for closure.

Interim Boston School Superintendent John McDonough last night released the names of the five schools he says need to be shut this year to save money: Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, Middle School Academy in South Boston, Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and West Roxbury Academy.

BPS says that with a $40 million to $50 million shortfall in the coming fiscal year's budget, these schools are too small to keep operating.

By - 2/25/15 - 10:11 am

Prescient drivers who brought long books with them had plenty of time to catch up this morning. Hyde Park Avenue into Forest Hills was, once again, a complete mess. It was joined this morning by the West Roxbury Parkway and Arborway/Jamaicaway where delays stretched way back, in turn causing a backup on Walter Street that extended all the way to Henry's, where, at least, motorists could stop for a candy bar and a lottery ticket.

By - 2/21/15 - 7:36 pm
Owl in West Roxbury

Edward Zarrow reports that the owl that likes to perch in a tree hollow at Weld and Maple streets in West Roxbury didn't even flinch today as the snow fell on him or her.

By - 2/14/15 - 11:53 am
El Recreo Coffee in West Roxbury

El Recreo Estate Coffee opened this morning at 1876 Centre St., in the space vacated by iScream:

Dedicated to bringing premium Nicaraguan coffee while practicing social and environmental stewardship.

By - 2/11/15 - 8:30 pm

Boston Police report a lieutenant in District C-11 in Dorchester has been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into a crash early this morning involving his personal pickup and a backhoe removing snow at Spring and Baker streets in West Roxbury.

According to police, around 2:35 a.m., a Nissan pickup collided with the backhoe and suffered major damage.

By - 2/10/15 - 3:26 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley says he's giving out $5 JP Licks gift certificates to kids in his district who shovel out hydrants. E-mail him before and after pictures (or tweet the photos to him or post to his Facebook page). Sorry, no parents - just kids.

By - 2/5/15 - 6:39 am
Weld Street fire

Weld Street aftermath. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 532 Weld St. did an estimated $400,000 in damages. No residents or firefighters were injured.

The department pegs the cause as a short circuit on a second-floor porch:

Specifically, an overloaded power strip with heat lamps plugged in to it.

Spokesman Steve MacDonald said four heat lamps were plugged in, but only three were on. He said consumer power strips are not designed for multiple devices drawing large amounts of power, such as heat lamps.

By - 2/4/15 - 10:18 pm
Ed Coppinger shoveling a bridge in West Roxbury

State Rep. Ed Coppinger (West Roxbury) despaired of the state ever shoveling the Park Street bridge over the Needham Line. So tonight, he and a volunteer went out with shovels and dug a path so people don't have to worry about slipping and killing themselves on it.

MassDOT ignored - We deserve better.

By - 2/4/15 - 1:52 pm

Several city councilors say new flight paths out of Logan Airport have shifted early morning flights over neighborhoods not used to being awoken at 5:15 a.m. by low-flying jets - and they want the FAA and Massport to explain what they're going to do about that.

"It's really impacting heavily the quality of life of constituents in my area, who are not as familiar with low flying airplanes as they are now," City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) said, adding he has also heard complaints from neighboring West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

By - 2/3/15 - 3:19 pm
Screech owl in West Roxbury

Roving UHub photographer Edward Zarrow reports this screech owl has been quietly observing the comings and goings of the 51 bus and its riders today at Weld and Maple streets in West Roxbury.

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