Boston Police report that four wanna-be toughs from Boston's quiet neighborhood learned a valuable lesson shortly before midnight: Boston Common on New Year's Eve is not the best place to go around attacking people at random:
So is it true that the Super Stop & Shop in Dedham will soon be moving into that new building next door, where the Levitz used to be? Like, in two months?
Looks like the building's big enough for, oh, a supermarket and a Barnes & Noble (in which case, how long before a Borders goes up)? And if so, is this one of those tectonic shifts where we'll gradually see the supermarket move northward up the former Rte. 1 (next up, it subsumes the Toys R Us, then that Gold's Gym building and then, it leapfrogs over the existing West Roxbury Stop & Shop until finally it lands on the grounds of the former Hebrew Center for Aged).
The Globe yesterday had an interesting story about a spurt in housing development in Boston - accompanied by the above map. Attention Globe graphics department: Despite the name, West Roxbury isn't really next to Roxbury; it's next to Roslindale. Maybe you should have a Boston resident proof your maps?
After a spate of articles this past spring about the Fruits and Veggies Gang (good Westie lads who decided to have a bit of fun by beating up kids they didn't like after their jobs in the local produce departments), things seemed to quiet down. But the past few weeks, the police-blotter in the Roslindale and West Roxbury Transcript always seems to have had at least one item about somebody getting threatened or beaten up by a bunch of young men.
Tomorrow, in West Roxbury, Gibran Rivera is holding a community meeting on property taxes. Gibran is running to represent West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain (District 6) in the Boston city council. To be discussed are the estimated doubling of residential property taxes over the next five years, and why a minority of properties (47%) bear all of the city's property tax responsibility.
When: Thursday, November 3, 7:00PM
Where: Theodore Parker Unitarian Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury
For the past week, the kids at the Joyce Kilmer Elementary School in West Roxbury have been all atwitter about the bones on top of the trailer next to the school, the ones you can only see if you're atop the slide or standing on the wall in front of the school. What died up there? And why does it have a knitting needle stuck in it?
... I am not saying this because I am jealous, but the other day I took Matthew for a walk and I swear I passed 7 from my house to (Catholic Memorial). Is this necessary? Who is saying "I would love to open a hair salon and I have the perfect place. Right in between Salon Sassoon and Snippy Snips and across the street from Sexual Scissors." ...
Apparently, the 12-space municipal parking lot off Centre Street in West Roxbury has become a major thoroughfare despite the lack of any outlet at the end opposite the entrance.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the neighborhood, a protest march for Tibetan independence on Washington Street near the Dedham line (complete with a couple of red-robed monks) this afternoon left us with a single question: "Huh?" If you're trying to gain attention for your cause, that spot is about the least likely place to hope for success - unless you really want to attract the people vacuuming their cars at the car wash.
Eileen discusses the Fruits and Vegetables gang (members allegedly worked in Produce at local supermarkets) that is charged with beating up people in West Roxbury:
You can still see the Esplanade fireworks. Turn onto Beech from Washington (right if you're coming from the south; left from the north), then pull into the Bates School parking lot on your left. You'll miss most of the sound and the big booms will reach you a half-second or so late, but you'll get a perfectly clear view of all the fireworks. And if you're lucky, among the 50 or so people watching with you will be this guy with a really loud voice who manages to make the fireworks sound just like sex:
Oh, yeah! Ahh! Ahh! Oh, yeah, THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT!
David Ertischeck files for the West Roxbury Transcript:
Civic association talks private ways
By David Ertischek/ Staff Writer
Thursday, June 23, 2005
No longer having to endure hot-as-Hades heat, at least for now, the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association held its meeting in the ant-infested St. Stephen's Church basement.
At Spring Blossom, a Chinese restaurant on the VFW Parkway.
Earlier: No subs!
For the second week in a row, the West Roxbury Transcript leads with the shocking story of the local gangbangers:
It's not a gang
Mom defends Fruits and Veggies son
The sun sets over Millennium Park in West Roxbury on Wednesday.
The Roslindale Bulletin reports that police in normally bucolic West Roxbury are on the lookout for a group of former produce guys from the West Roxbury Roche Bros. and Shaw's who are beating people up at Billings Field. They call themselves the Fruits and Vegetables Gang.
Anybody who's driven in West Roxbury over, oh, the past five or six years knows that the neighborhood's worst, bumpiest thoroughfare is LaGrange Street between Centre and Washington streets. The city's *finally* started repaving the road.
Carol and Steve and Steve's videocam go shopping at the West Roxbury Roche Bros. - despite Carol's initial hesitancy at bringing the camera along:
Like a supermarket, like they always see?
Looking south from Millennium Park in West Roxbury around 11:30 this morning.
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