West Roxbury

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.

By - 1/22/15 - 10:12 am
Kennedy

Parkway in Motion has set up a scholarship in honor of Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy, who died last year along with Lt. Ed Walsh while battling a 9-alarm fire in the Back Bay.

Kennedy, a Roslindale native, was an active member of the group.

The $5,000 scholarship will go to a Roslindale or West Roxbury student in grades 6-8, who goes to a school that charges tuition. Applicants have to submit:

By - 1/13/15 - 4:51 pm

The old asthma-inhaler factory on Lagrange Street that caught fire in September had a water pipe burst today, sending a flood of water onto Lagrange Street, most of which went into a fortuitously placed storm drain but some of which just froze on the street and sidewalk.

As of 4:30 p.m., police still had Lagrange northbound shut as a city DPW crew worked to shut off the main feeding the factory.

By - 1/13/15 - 8:03 am
Crazy traffic lights on Spring Street in West Roxbury

A concerned citizen senses something amiss with the traffic lights on Spring Street at the Shaw's, and hopes the city can fix it before there's some sort of clash:

Street light facing wrong direction. Should I stay or should I go?

By - 1/10/15 - 11:04 pm

OK, this is titled "Boston Directions," but anybody from West Roxbury (or Roslindale) will not only instantly know exactly which Dunkin' Donuts he's talking about, but know that the Dunkin' Donuts that nobody knows about is where the Krispy Kreme used to be.

Via Massachusetts Memes.

By - 1/10/15 - 7:19 pm

Around 5:30 p.m., we were heading home from the supermarket (yeah, after kickoff). We were in the right lane inbound on Washington Street, coming up on West Roxbury Parkway. There, in the left lane, just standing there, looking down the road - but not at us - was a coyote.

I slowed, flashed my brights and it ambled off across the road and up into the woods on Bellevue Hill.

By - 1/8/15 - 8:10 am
The dueling thermometers on Centre Street in West Roxbury

The dueling thermometers of Centre Street kept up their battle for temperature supremacy in this morning's cold - but they were closer than they usually are.

By - 1/2/15 - 5:31 pm
Cheesey burger and fries at BurgerFi in West Roxbury

Rich cheesey goodness at BurgerFi.

The BurgerFi recently opened on Spring Street, a couple doors down from Panera. Old timers could be forgiven for walking in and going "What's this doing in West Roxbury?"

By - 12/23/14 - 5:58 pm
West Roxbury kid loves Boston Police

About 150 West Roxbury residents rallied on Centre Street this afternoon to support Boston Police.

Kids held signs along the street at the small plaza in front of the Starbucks at the Roche Bros. plaza. Some posed for photos with one of the small number of officers assigned to look over the demonstration:

Cop with kids in West Roxbury

Ralliers occasionally chanted "BPD! BPD! BPD!"

By - 12/22/14 - 2:34 pm

Following a demonstration outside the Waltham offices of Spectra Energy Thursday afternoon (12/18/14), West Roxbury residents and environmental group representatives met Friday with Boston staff for Senators Markey and Warren.

By - 12/18/14 - 11:00 am
145 Cottage Rd. in West Roxbury after fire

145 Cottage. Photo by BFD.

A short circuit in wiring between the first and second floors of 145 Cottage Rd. in West Roxbury sparked a fire yesterday that did an estimated $150,000 in damage, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Nobody was injured in the fire, reported at 12:10 p.m., the department says.

By - 12/16/14 - 6:41 pm
Gingerbread house, but for Jews

Spotted at the West Roxbury Roche Bros. tonight.

By - 12/16/14 - 5:42 am

The West Roxbury Committee To Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline Cites The Danger In Placing the Large Vulnerable Gas Pipeline Adjacent To Their Homes & An Active Quarry.

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