West Roxbury

By - 7/12/16 - 10:05 pm
Two microbuses atop a school bus

David Plantz could only watch in amazement this evening as a school bus with two VW microbuses welded to the top sailed down Centre Street near LaGrange in West Roxbury.

By - 7/8/16 - 3:12 pm
Initial Verizon FiOS service areas in Boston.

Initial Verizon FiOS service areas in Boston in pink.

Verizon has filed updated plans with the city for its roll out of FiOS Internet, phone and cable service that show that West Roxbury and parts of neighboring Roslindale, most of Dorchester, the area around Dudley Square, would be the first areas in the city to get the Comcast competitor. Read more.

By - 7/3/16 - 11:51 am
Rte. 1 sign on VFW Parkway

The state recently put up this Rte. 1 sign on VFW Parkway northbound where it intersects with West Roxbury Parkway in West Roxbury.

It replaces a sign that for more than 20 years had the "1" painted over, because the state highway department rerouted Rte. 1 from the Storrow Drive/Fenway/Riverway/Jamaicaway/Arborway/Centre Street/VFW Parkway route it used to take to some weird 128/93/95 thing. Is DCR getting us ready for a change back, or was somebody in the sign shop just feeling nostalgic?

By - 6/30/16 - 10:12 am

Digging Mass Graves in West Roxbury

A couple dozen protesters briefly blocked construction again of a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline down Grove Street yesterday before being arrested. Read more.

By - 6/29/16 - 5:15 pm
Rainbow over West Roxbury High School

Around 4:40 p.m., from Millennium Park.

By - 6/18/16 - 10:42 am
Bad crash on Centre Street in West Roxbury

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Centre Street outside the little plaza with the West Roxbury Pharmacy and the Subway. A resident photographed the scene. The car involved in the crash is the one on the sidewalk.

By - 6/16/16 - 10:28 am

The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports it's looking for this guy for an attempted holdup of the Citizens Bank branch at 673 VFW Parkway on June 3.

If he looks familiar, contact the task force at 617-742-5533. There could be a reward for you in it.

By - 6/2/16 - 3:43 pm

The owner of an office building off VFW Parkway near where the Needham Line crosses under Baker Street has told the BRA it wants to build 56 residential condominiums on the land. Read more.

By - 6/1/16 - 7:10 pm
Cedar waxwing at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen reports cedar waxwings are nesting at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

By - 5/31/16 - 8:26 am

A pair of people dressed as members of the Rebel Alliance this morning locked themselves to one of the steel plates covering the West Roxbury pipeline trench on Grove Street, delaying work on the project until police and firefighters could cut them loose. Read more.

By - 5/29/16 - 12:30 pm
Big Chicken on VFW Parkway

Now it just stands in a front yard off VFW Parkway near Willowdean Street, getting larger and larger.

By - 5/27/16 - 8:28 am

No, really. BranchDesign chronicled her commute this morning on the Little Line that Couldn't: The train that finally came was so crowded 40 people were standing just in her car and the conductor couldn't check tickets. Also:

Train so late that two women had one of their husband deliver Starbucks while waiting.

By - 5/26/16 - 11:33 pm

Brian Martell of West Roxbury is transforming an old pizza place into a new chicken takeout place that will serve up the poultry cooked several different ways. Read more.

By - 5/25/16 - 12:34 pm

Rev. John Gibbons of the First Parish in Bedford - and chaplain for the town's Minutemen - under arrest.

Some 16 clergy members from across the Boston area were arrested this morning on Grove Street in West Roxbury, where they briefly blocked construction work on a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline to protest what they said was an unneeded pipe that could blow up the neighborhood.

Among those arrested in the latest protest against Spectra Energy's gas pipeline and transfer station at Grove and Centre streets were the Rev. Anne Bancroft of West Roxbury's Theodore Parker Church and the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, president of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ: Read more.

By - 5/21/16 - 3:10 pm
Trees and path in Stony Brook Reservation in Boston

Stony Brook Reservation, where Roslindale, Hyde Park and West Roxbury meet, has some 12 miles of paths through the woods. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 5:47 pm
Proposed 400 Belgrade Ave. project in West Roxbury

Architect's rendering.

The new owner of a long vacant gas station on the triangle where Belgrade Avenue, Beech Street and West Roxbury Parkway come together has filed plans with the BRA for a four-story, 20-unit residential building.

John Douros - who worked at the gas station as a teenager - had originally filed plans for a five-story building that neighbors decried as too big. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 8:20 am

Resist the Pipeline reports the arrests yesterday on both Washington and Grove streets, which are being dug up for the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline to a station to transfer the high-pressure natural gas from the pipeline into National Grid's lower-pressure distribution network at Grove and Centre.

By - 5/12/16 - 8:38 pm

The BRA today approved construction of a 20-unit development on two acres of land on Allandale Road that its developer says will be the greenest project around but which opponents say could cause problems for the woods behind it.

The project, which would have 47 parking spaces, still needs approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

By - 5/5/16 - 5:50 pm

Ed. note: I've changed the headline on this post. Although it sounds like a good bet the kids in question were BLS students - they got off the same train that BLS students take - as people have noted in the comments, there is a chance they could go to some other school.

So many Boston Latin School students who live in Roslindale and West Roxbury board the 3 p.m. Needham train at Ruggles that the train's conductor sets aside two cars just for them.

This afternoon, an Asian-American BLS student who lives in West Roxbury got off the train, as she does most days, at the Lagrange Street stop. She reports what happened as she walked down Dent Street: Read more.