West Roxbury

By - 7/10/14 - 7:41 pm

Burgerfi, which sells things such as free-range meat patties covered in American cheese, bacon, hash browns and maple syrup, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to open up in the Shaw's plaza on Spring Street, where LeanWorks closed up months ago.

The chain, which already has an outlet on Comm. Ave. near BU, is also seeking permission to buy the beer and wine license of Beijing Kyoto in Chinatown, in what would be a rare example of an outer neighborhood grabbing an alcohol license from a downtown or waterfront eatery.

By - 6/23/14 - 5:09 pm

But Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) is throwing his weight behind Chase Busch, the Democratic candidate in House District 20 in west central Arkansas. And part of the reason is the guy Busch is running against, incumbent Republican Nate Bell - the bozo who wondered after the Marathon bombings if Bostonians were cowering behind their doors, wishing they had an assault rifle. O'Malley says:

By - 6/23/14 - 4:44 pm
Chicken shawarma at Fairouz in West Roxbury

Chicken shawarma plate.

The other night, we checked out Fairouz, which recently took over from Cristelle's at 5268 Washington St. in West Roxbury.

To start, this is not a competitor to Al Wadi on VFW Parkway. It's nowhere near as fancy and the menu is far less extensive. Although owner Fadi Metri has upgraded the interior a bit, you can still see its sub-shop origins in the counter where you used to place your order (but they do have a waitress now).

By - 6/20/14 - 1:41 pm
Blue Hill Radio Co. fire in West Roxbury

A fire that erupted shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the basement under the Blue Hill Radio Co. on Centre Street went to two alarms before being brought under control.

The appliance store is in a block that also includes Sticky Rice, Mr. Sweeper, Wicked Sharp and the now vacant former home of Pazzo Books.

The Boston Fire Department reports no injuries.

By - 6/8/14 - 1:29 pm

June 16 at the Curley School
40 Pershing Road in Jamaica Plain
Meet the Candidates at 5:45
Forum begins at 6:30
Moderated by David Bernstein
Questions Welcome!

Parking is available on street and at the municipal lot across Centre Street from the Curley School. The school is also accessible via buses 39 and 41, and is a 15 minute walk from Stony Brook Station.

Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Latino Caucus, the Ward 19 Democratic Committee, and the Ward 11 Democratic Committee.

By - 6/6/14 - 12:49 pm
Billings Field in West Roxbury

Roving UHub photographer Genevieve McCulloch paused last night to look for some corn stalks at Billings Field in West Roxbury.

By - 6/4/14 - 9:23 pm
Fire on LaGrange Street in West Roxbury

LaGrange fire. Photo by Luisa.

A fire that started in the basement of 34 LaGrange St. around 9:10 p.m. quickly spread up the house to the roof and went to three alarms before being knocked down.

The Boston Fire Department reports eight people were displaced.

One resident suffered chest pains after being evacuated. Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital, one for smoke inhalation, one for a leg injury, the depatrment reports.

The department estimates damage at $500,000.

By - 6/1/14 - 10:16 pm
At Billings Field in West Roxbury

Tim Sullivan reports the city DPW placed these altered cardboard boxes all over Billings Field in West Roxbury for the Corrib 5K race today. Surely, somebody at the DPW didn't spend time spray painting out "Thomas M. Menino, Mayor" on lots of cardboard trash receptacles, right?

By - 6/1/14 - 5:21 pm
Corrib race in West Roxbury

Daniel Guzman was at the start of the Corrib 5K in West Roxbury today.

By - 6/1/14 - 11:44 am
Then and now: Engine 30 on Centre Street in West Roxbury

In October, 1921, Leslie Jones traveled down to West Roxbury to witness the end of an era: The replacement of the horses that had long pulled Engine 30's fire apparatus with one of those newfangled motorized vehicles.

Nine decades later, the firehouse is still in use and is still home to Engine 30 (along with Ladder 25).

Photo from the BPL Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Common license.

By - 5/30/14 - 7:17 am
Ambulances lined up outside Spaulding in West Roxbury

Ambulances lined up on the parkway outside Spaulding.

A roving UHub photographer reports ambulances and MBTA buses were lined up outside the Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center on Centre Street - across from the Hebrew Rehab Center - to evacuate patients after a basement pipe burst around 1:30 a.m.

Some patients were taken down the street to Faulkner Hospital; the better off were allowed to sit in the MBTA buses. The flooding forced the shutdown of the nursing home's electrical system, which meant elevators were inoperable during the evacuation - which ended around 5 a.m. when the leak was fixed.

By - 5/23/14 - 12:51 pm
Car into VA hospital

The sign does say "24 Hour Entrance." Photo by BFD.

Updated.

The Boston Fire Department reports an elderly man drove his car into a mechanical room at the VA hospital on VFW Parkway around 12:25 p.m. The man was taken out and brought to the hospital emergency room, where doctors found no serious injuries.

The car did not structural damage to the building, the department says.

By - 5/21/14 - 2:57 pm
Los Antojitos

Centre Street near the Roche Center gets all the attention as a restaurant row, but the past couple of years have seen the rise of an interesting cluster of take-out restaurants along Washington Street between Grove and Birchwood streets.

By - 5/17/14 - 11:07 am
Pu-Pu windows broken

Alex Jones surveyed the damage at the Pu-Pu Restaurant on Centre Street at Landseer this morning.

By - 5/16/14 - 5:23 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears a request by the owner of Cristelle's, 5268 Washington St., to sell the restaurant and its beer and wine license to Fadi Metri for a Middle Eastern restaurant called Fairouz.

Along with the sale, Metri will seek permission to expand the alcohol license to include liqueurs.

Al Wadi, which offers Lebanese fare, opened on VFW Parkway in 2010. Cristelle's sold pizza and subs, along with a few Greek specialties.

By - 5/15/14 - 7:45 pm

A fed-up citizen complains:

Millennium Park is NOT a dog park! I am sick and tired of being chased and nearly attacked by off-leash dogs. My son was just chased and knocked to the ground by an off-leash dog.

By - 5/8/14 - 7:48 am
Incorrect hopskotch board

This is just wrong.

A concerned citizen counts to ten before complaining about the two incorrect hopscotch boards at Draper Park, off Washington Street in West Roxbury. With a photo of a correct hopscotch setup at the Kilmer School.

By - 5/5/14 - 6:12 pm
Squirrel at Bellevue stop

Daniel Guzman reports this squirrel has taken up residence at the Bellevue commuter-rail stop on the West Roxbury/Roslindale line.

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