As promised, Patch began to lay off 40% of its staff today. Gone locally, that we know of: Sara Jacobi, editor of the South End and Fenway/Kenmore Patch sites, Becca Manning, at the Charlestown and North End sites, Jake O'Donnell at Back Bay and Beacon Hill and Chris Caesar at Malden.
O'Donnell reports that he and Jacobi, at least, were told their... Read more
Boston Police report they are investigating an outbreak of car break-ins in the two neighborhoods on Monday and Tuesday.
In total, police say, 12 cars were broken into on Beram and Kittredge streets and Chisholm Road in Roslindale and Willow and Stratford streets and Manthorne Road in West Roxbury. Three of the break-ins were on Willow, police say.
Police urge residents to empty their... Read more
At a candidates' forum sponsored by two West Roxbury community groups last night, 10 of the people who would be mayor all called for greater attention to schools and public safety. Some also pondered what to do about the way the middle class is being squeezed out of Boston, potentially leaving us a city occupied only by the very rich and the very poor.
Summaries... Read more
At a candidates' forum in West Roxbury tonight, pretty much all the candidates for mayor and city council named public safety as one of their top priorities.
Ramon Soto, running for an at-large seat on the City Council, had a rather immediate reason to do so: He was... Read more
Around 8:40 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts at 5305 Washington St., the one next to the Hess station near the Dedham line.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley says he's put together a community meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the Aug. 2 incident at 127 Weld St..
West Roxbury Patch reports a Dorchester man was arrested allegedly terrorizing occupants of the home with a gun, head butting one of them and forcing another into his Cadillac for a ride around the area.
The meeting starts at... Read more
Boston Police report a 15-year-old is back in Boston and a Seekonk man under arrest as a pimp after an investigation into human trafficking that began last year.
Police say the girl was from police District E-5, which covers West Roxbury and Roslindale.
Investigators found her working at Cheaters in Providence.
Troy... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board next week hears a request from the owners of the former franchise of the former pizza chain at 1727 Centre St. to sell the place - and its liquor license - to James Loftus, owner of the neighboring Porter Cafe. who proposes to re-open it as Parlor Pizza.
Loftus will seek board permission to extend the eatery's closing time from 11... Read more
Rox Diner owner John Fortin is vowing an all nighter tonight to fix the problems that led ISD to shut the Centre Street eatery on Wednesday.
A city inspector ordered the shutdown after finding a variety of potential health issues, some of them that could lead to a risk of "Critical Foodborne Illness," including two cartons of eggs that had been stored in 80-degree temperatures... Read more
Shortly before 2 p.m., the heat apparently caused tanks of flame-suppressing chemicals at the old Mobil station at 1200 VFW Parkway to explode, showering the entire place in white foam.
Because the substance is considered a hazardous substance, workers at the station, on the inbound side, just past the train crossing, had to await the arrival of a crew trained in hazardous-material removal, rather... Read more
With a gun at one of the stations on Spring Street near Baker Street, around 10:45 p.m.
From West Roxbury to East Boston, Nstar cables and transformers failed last night, plunging residents into steamy darkness.
"Faulty equipment" sparked an outage in the Centre Street corridor from West Roxbury into Jamaica Plain last night.
On Prescott Street in East Boston, Kathy Bui reports power went out around midnight, finally came back around 5:30 p.m.
The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans for a liquor store on a busy stretch of the VFW Parkway, despite complaints from nearby residents the store on a highway would mean more noise and young people making packie runs on foot down from their hill and that West Roxbury just has enough liquor stores already.
The vote means Dimpleben Patel can begin work on... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to OK a liquor-store owner's request to open a new store on the northbound side of the VFW Parkway across from Prime Motors and just up from a Firestone garage, where the road is a four-lane divided highway.
Residents at the hearing opposed Dimpleben Patel's request to buy a license from Brothers Wine and Spirits on Warren Street... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request from the owners of Brothers Wine and Spirits on Warren Street to close and sell their liquor license to somebody who wants to open a new liquor store in West Roxbury, just past the Dedham line.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Luis Valerio of West Roxbury, who is running against incumbent Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) not out of any animus toward O'Malley but because he couldn't get his kids into any of the public schools in West Roxbury. In addition to renting out English to local universities, he would build an indoor sports center at Millennium Park.... Read more
A hot-dog-loving citizen humblecomplains from Heldun Street in West Roxbury:
Our dachshund stuck her head under a plant near the sidewalk, found a rat and killed it!! Can inspectional services come by to make sure there isn't a bigger problem?
No need to click on the link, unless you want to see a picture of a dead rat (in surprisingly good condition, given ... Read more