West Roxbury

By - 4/2/17 - 5:44 pm
Fire in Stony Brook Reservation

Jake ran across this bucolic scene inside Stony Brook Reservation this afternoon. No, this probably won't cause any brush fires today, given how wet the ground is from yesterday's snow/sleet/rain, but it might show one of the reasons why, pretty much every spring, Boston firefighters have to haul hoses deep into the woods because they erupt in flames. Read more.

By - 3/30/17 - 10:20 pm
Moss in a vernal pool in Stony Brook Reservation

Stony Brook Reservation is still painted largely in palettes of gray and brown. But the vernal pools there - some still with a coating of ice - have some brilliant emerald-green swatches.

By - 3/28/17 - 10:47 am

The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved a proposal to replace a single-family home on Baker Street just north of VFW Parkway with a set of five townhouses. Read more.

By - 3/24/17 - 4:03 pm

The Globe reported yesterday that Newton's New England Mobile Book Fair is looking for smaller quarters and that it's already scouted out several possible locations, including West Roxbury. Read more.

By - 3/22/17 - 3:59 pm

The Spring Street Cafe on, well, Spring Street, is no more, Boston Restaurant Talk reports. The cafe sold its Boston beer-and-wine license last month.

By - 3/21/17 - 10:22 pm

DCR Commissioner Leo Roy tonight unveiled a proposal to set aside all of Stony Brook Reservation west of Enneking Parkway - 140 acres of the 475-acre forest - for a dog park that would feature about a three-acre area of fenced-in play space and several miles of trails through the woods where owners could let their dogs roam free. Read more.

By - 3/19/17 - 1:47 pm
Asbestos applicator job posting from 1963

Brad Nailer was doing some work on a house in West Roxbury and came across some copies of the Globe and Herald from 1963.

Back then, help-wanted ads were segregated into two main categories: Male and Female: Read more.

By - 3/18/17 - 6:05 pm
Archtect's rendering, 5205 Washington St.

Architect's rendering

A developer has filed plans for a 17-unit apartment building on Washington Street near Grove Street in West Roxbury.

Antonio Ferrara, who lives a half mile from the site, says the four-story building, which would replace the current Lee Myles Transmission shop at 5205 Washington St., would add "energy and vitality" to the intersection, now dominated by small restaurants and stores, hugging one side of the extinct volcano formed 400 million years or so ago, as well as several auto-related businesses. Read more.

By - 3/7/17 - 7:28 pm

Wicked Local West Roxbury reports on plans for a bagel place in the same Centre Street block as Porter Cafe for a bagelry that would truck bagels "90%" prepared in New York, then cooked locally.

The as yet unnamed bagel place would join Bruegger's Bagels and Bagelville on VFW Parkway. Exodus Bagels is now churning out bagels just off Belgrade Avenue on the Roslindale line, where it plans a full-scale deli, and, of course, the Dunkin' Donuts on Spring Street and VFW Parkway sell bagel-like round breadstuffs.

By - 3/1/17 - 11:45 pm
Residents against the proposed Roxbury Prep school

Residents raise their hands in opposition to the proposed school.

Officials at Roxbury Prep managed to provide a presentation on their proposal for an 800-student high school on Belgrade Avenue at a meeting tonight at which they were accused of getting ready to ruin the neighborhood, by people who said they don't understand why the school can't put its building someplace else, someplace more "central" to students from Dorchester, Roxbury and Hyde Park than the Roslindale/West Roxbury line. Read more.

By - 3/1/17 - 12:19 pm

The city Office of Neighborhood Services holds a meeting on Roxbury Prep's proposal to replace the Clay auto facility at 361 Belgrade Ave. with a 750-student high school.

The session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at District E-5 on Centre Street in West Roxbury.

By - 2/13/17 - 5:46 pm
Arlington tree that came down

Photo by Arlington PD.

Arlington Police report a woman out for a walk with her young son was hit in the head by a falling tree limb at Bellevue and Morton roads shortly after 3 p.m.

The woman, 29, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police say, adding her son, 3, was not injured. The tree also took down a transformer and power lines. Read more.

By - 2/12/17 - 11:56 pm
Giant icicles on the West Roxbury/Brookline line

A roving UHub photographer was kind of astounded, and a bit alarmed, at the size of the icicles hanging off on building in Hancock Village on the West Roxbury/Brookline line.

By - 2/12/17 - 5:32 pm
Hawk watching the snow in West Roxbury

Dan the roving UHub photographer spotted this guy perched on a street light on Westover Street in West Roxbury this afternoon.

By - 2/1/17 - 12:21 pm

Martin Ray Moser posted photos of the damage done to some of the field at the West Roxbury park by somebody who thought it would be fun to do doughnuts in a car there.

By - 1/28/17 - 3:32 pm
Curvey water standpipes on Bellevue Hill in West Roxbury

The top of Bellevue Hill - at 338 feet, the highest natural point in Boston - is home to two water standpipes used to maintain water pressure in West Roxbury, Roslindale and some suburbs to the south. One, built in 1915, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and one is more modern and featureless - you can probably tell which is which.

By - 1/27/17 - 9:43 pm

The Bulletin reports the Massachusetts-based Beacon Compassion Center and the Miami-base Massachusetts Patient Foundation recently made their pitches to the West Roxbury Neighborhood Council. Both would want to open up in Cohen Plaza, 1524 VFW Parkway, just before Spring Street.

By - 1/26/17 - 10:01 pm
Trump wine for sale

Chris the roving UHub reporter spotted these forlorn bottles at Gary's Liquors in West Roxbury tonight.

By - 1/26/17 - 2:44 pm
Hawk at Millennium Park

This hawk warily eyed a photographer from a perch way above the canoe-launch parking lot at Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning.

By - 1/24/17 - 1:27 pm

A Boston Police officer interrupted two guys breaking into a car on Charles Park Road around 12:30 p.m. today. One was quickly captured, the other ran down to Rivermoor Street and, on seeing a cop still chasing him, ran into the marshy woodlands along the Charles across from the Prime car-repair facility.

Police brought in a tracking dog and asked the Fire Department to bring in a thermal-imaging camera to try to track him down, but by 1:20 p.m., police called off the search for him, after a search that extended from Rivermoor to the area behind the skating rink.