West Roxbury

By - 4/15/15 - 2:20 pm
Fire in Stony Brook Reservation

Boston firefighters are in Stony Brook Reservation on the West Roxbury end battling a three-alarm brush fire. Jan watched the rising smoke from the Hancock building in the Back Bay.

Stony Brook is one of three areas in Boston particularly prone to brush fires - the other two being the marshes along the Neponset River in Dorchester and the Back Bay Fens along the Muddy River.

By - 4/11/15 - 10:43 am
Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker face off in West Roxbury

Mike Davis took in the Shamrock Shootout this morning on Temple Street in West Roxbury - which officially opened this year with a face off between Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker, officiated by Richie Gormley, the lord mayor of West Roxbury.

Then it was down to business for hundreds of local kids in a series of age-based street-hockey tourneys that stretched for several blocks.

Street hockey kids in West Roxbury
By - 4/10/15 - 1:47 pm

Driver lost control around 1:30 p.m., plowed into utility pole, took down wires and now the intersection is shut until utility crews can get in and make repairs.

By - 4/8/15 - 9:32 pm
Proposed condos at Weld and Centre on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line

Residents living near the intersection of Weld and Centre streets on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line this evening applauded the developer who's bought the old Weld American gas station with the idea of replacing it with condos.

By - 4/5/15 - 10:57 am

A sleepless Anthony Sears asked in the wee hours:

Anyone else in Westie hear that loud droning/helicopter type sound? Any idea what it could be?

Madkatmat replies:

Yes, sounds [like] it is coming from transformers on Baker st.

By - 4/4/15 - 4:27 pm

Missing Dogs Massachusetts reports Pooh the dog, stolen along with the car he was in from West Roxbury was found safe and sound and was waiting for his owner at the city animal shelter in Roslindale today.

Also, the alleged car thief, from Dedham, was arrested in Haverhill.

By - 4/2/15 - 7:23 pm
Proposed King David Hotel on VFW Parkway

The BRA will consider a developer's plans to build a four-story, 69-room hotel aimed at observant Jews on VFW Parkway on the Dedham line.

King David Hotels Corp. is proposing the hotel at 1625 VFW Parkway - where an old McDonald's burned down in 2013.

By - 4/2/15 - 1:27 pm

Mayor Walsh has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to allow construction of a large natural-gas pipeline down Washington and Grove Streets and a metering station across from the West Roxbury quarry to connect it to National Grid's system.

By - 3/31/15 - 6:01 pm

Jessica Burko reports:

Looking for a Passover shank bone in Rozzie or West Rox? Head over to Roche Bros. it's shank bone central over here.

By - 3/22/15 - 1:20 pm
Manthorne Road fire, West Roxbury

Manthorne fire scene. Photo by Robin.

A fire that spread from the second floor to the attic at 74 Manthorne Rd., quickly went to two alarms after it was reported around 1:10 p.m.

High winds around the house, at the top of a hill, did not help. The Boston Fire Department reports the wind drove the fire through the attic.

About 25 minutes after they arrived, Boston firefighters were ordered out of the building as a precaution. Three firefighters were taken to Faulkner Hospital; none of their injuries are considered life threatening, the department says.

By - 3/21/15 - 9:22 am

The Globe reports the announcement.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough had originally included the school, housed in the former West Roxbury High School, in a list of schools to shut to close a budget gap.

By - 3/20/15 - 3:17 pm
Duplex ready for the 2024 Olympics?

Zippy noticed this sign on the fence in front of a duplex under construction on Centre Street, across from Holy Name in West Roxbury, this morning.

By - 3/19/15 - 12:47 pm

Wicked Local West Roxbury reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave basic approval earlier this month to a pipeline company's New England expansion plans, which include a 4-mile pipeline from Westwood into West Roxbury.

If the commission approves Spectra Energy's specific construction plans this spring, construction on the $95-million West Roxbury Lateral pipeline could begin in May.

By - 3/16/15 - 8:37 pm

The Globe reports on whistleblower lawsuits by two former employees of the Cooperative Bank, based in Roslindale, alleging malfeasance by bank officials - in particular, hiring a dentist with no banking experience as president and then, when that didn't work out, hiring a new president who used employee checking accounts for cashing large numbers of personal checks.

By - 3/2/15 - 11:15 am
West Roxbury Academy protest sign

West Roxbury Academy students plan a protest outside City Hall tomorrow over BPS plans to shut their school and send them somewhere else in the system.

A T rider forwarded photos of fliers posted on the wall on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street this morning calling for the protest between 4 and 6 p.m. outside City Hall.

By - 3/1/15 - 7:30 am
Trees at Millennium Park in the snow

Beyond some plowing in the main parking lot, the city has left the upper level of Millennium Park untouched, leading to vast expanses of white. You can see where the more intrepid few have fallen through the snow as they try to walk over the path - except for the one prepared person who shushed around on snow shoes.

By - 2/28/15 - 1:56 pm
West Roxbury Education Complex

West Roxbury Academy, in the West Roxbury Education Complex, slated for closure.

Interim Boston School Superintendent John McDonough last night released the names of the five schools he says need to be shut this year to save money: Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, Middle School Academy in South Boston, Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and West Roxbury Academy.

BPS says that with a $40 million to $50 million shortfall in the coming fiscal year's budget, these schools are too small to keep operating.

By - 2/25/15 - 10:11 am

Prescient drivers who brought long books with them had plenty of time to catch up this morning. Hyde Park Avenue into Forest Hills was, once again, a complete mess. It was joined this morning by the West Roxbury Parkway and Arborway/Jamaicaway where delays stretched way back, in turn causing a backup on Walter Street that extended all the way to Henry's, where, at least, motorists could stop for a candy bar and a lottery ticket.

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.

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