Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.
The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process,... Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeals holds a hearing on Aug. 9 on plans by TD Bank to tear down the Zoots dry cleaners at 1833 Centre St. and turn it into a bank with drive-thru ATMs. It will be right next to a Bank of America branch and across the street from a Sovereign.
Inexplicably, Zoots managed to replace a bank at that location on... Read more
Liz Dolin recounts her time at the JP Licks in West Roxbury last night with the 3-year-old kid of some woman she'd never met. She reports both had a grand time.
It would have been all too easy for J's mom to admonish her child to not bother the solitary woman eating her ice cream that evening. Instead, she encouraged her child to interact... Read more
The Boston Public Health Commission reports the latest sampling of mosquitoes shows West Nile Virus in one sample taken in Dorchester and three in West Roxbury - following the detection of the virus in other West Roxbury locations a few days earlier.
To date, nobody has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus, which typically does not seriously affect otherwise healthy individuals, the commission says.... Read more
West Roxbury Patch reports a Joyce Kilmer Road homeowner found what could be a human skull today while renovating his basement.
The Boston Public Health Commission reports the year's first detection of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, in West Roxbury. No human cases have yet been diagnosed.
The disease generally poses little threat to people with healthy immune systems, but officials say people should take the usual steps - use insect repellent outdoors, especially dusk to dawn, and wear pants and tops with long sleeves. Also,... Read more
Can we thrive in JP through delivery from West Roxbury?
Boston Police report arresting a West Roxbury man on charges he took so much exception to a food delivery guy driving on his block he got in his car, chased the guy, then threatened him with a gun.
Police in turn took exception to that sort of alleged behavior and arrested Robert M. MacCormack, 32, and seized his gun, his license to carry and... Read more
A former Hyde Park man was ordered held without bail on murder charges today after prosecutors said DNA evidence linked him to the strangulation death of a woman in the Grove section of West Roxbury 23 years ago.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says Michael Coker, 48, killed Janet Phinney, then 20, in a rage after she broke off their relationship, then buried her... Read more
We finally got a chance last night to try Seven Star Street Bistro, Roslindale's newest Chinese takeout place (is there some zoning code we don't know about that prohibits sit-down Chinese restaurants in Rozzie?).
The Hunan Sesame Chicken was wonderful. So was the Steamed Black Forbidden Rice (is the "forbidden" stuff crack? Because I didn't want to stop eating it). I feel my... Read more
Boston residents can drop off hazardous and toxic stuff on June 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DPW garage in West Roxbury (behind the Home Depot by Millennium Park). Proof of residency required. See what you can bring.
State Police are investigating a collision that killed a 17-year-old West Roxbury resident as he crossed the VFW Parkway with five friends last night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Francis McInerney was hit around 10 p.m. near Gardner Street by a black Acura. He was transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 1 a.m., the DA's office says,... Read more
West Roxbury Patch puts up a photo set from today's annual Corrib Classic 5K.
West Roxbury Patch reports on a white guy threatening to blow a Hispanic guy's head off as they drove in the area of Washington and Grove streets. Only he didn't use the word "Hispanic."
The other day, Bostonography figured out the density of cemeteries in Boston (no Boston resident is more than 1.77 miles from a cemetery; ironically, the point most distant from a cemetery is the BU theology library). Interesting, but, of course, what any true Bostonian (specifically, Danielle Dreillinger) would really want to know: How far to the nearest Dunkin' Donuts?
The folks at... Read more
West Roxbury Patch reports on a one-alarm fire early this morning at the Dunkin' Donuts at 1630 VFW Parkway (the one near where Savers used to be, not the one by Spring Street).
The mayor's office today announced the impending renovations, which will include new water and sewer lines, road repaving and electrical upgrades at the Boston Trailer Park off the VFW Parkway.
The park, built in 1947, has 104 units, many of whose residents spent years fighting plans by the Clair family - which owned the trailer park - to bulldoze the place and expand its... Read more