West Roxbury

West Roxbury

By - 2/12/14 - 11:56 am

Ghassan Samaha, owner of Al Wadi on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, explained to the Boston Licensing Board today why he wants to begin offering hard liquor along with the beer and wine he's already licensed to offer: His restaurant has a lot of Italian, Irish and Russian patrons, and when they hear the hardest stuff they can get is wine, they'd rather drink water.

He added Al Wadi is the only full-service restaurant along the parkway, from West Roxbury to Legacy Place, that doesn't have a full-service liquor license.

The board decides tomorrow whether to extend Al Wadi's license.

By - 2/9/14 - 2:18 pm

A concerned citizen in West Roxbury complains that the Quincy guy who plastered the neighborhood with fliers advertising gutter cleaning this past summer has returned and plastered the neighborhood with fliers advertising ice-dam removal. Guess he doesn't know about cost-effective Globe Direct advertising.

By - 2/3/14 - 6:56 pm
Space savers in West Roxbury

A concerned citizen reports from Manthorne Road in West Roxbury this afternoon:

Unnecessary "space savers"

By - 1/29/14 - 11:58 am
Curley mural in West Roxbury

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Diarmuid O'Neill buy the West Roxbury Pub on Centre Street and turn it into a new restaurant and pub called Eat with Jack O'Neill.

At a hearing today, the proposed $250,000 purchase got the approval of city officials and West Roxbury neighborhood and business groups. O'Neill, who owns the Squealing Pig in Brigham Circle, said he plans to add a small bakery and wants to start offering Sunday brunch.

By - 1/27/14 - 5:13 pm
Sunset over Allston

Amanda Gaughan marveled at the sky as evening came:

Tonight's sunset makes even Allston look attractive.

Tim Sullivan drove into the sunset on Spring Street in West Roxbury:

West Roxbury sunset

By - 1/24/14 - 2:08 pm
Bad parking in West Roxbury

A concerned citizen complains about this example of sidewalk parking on Johnson Street in suburban West Roxbury:

Car consistently parked on sidewalk even blocking entrances to house. Isn't this a fire hazard? Also people can't walk on the sidewalk & have to cross or walk in street.

The city transportation sprang into action, rushing out to ticket that bad boy.

By - 1/23/14 - 9:33 pm

The West Roxbury Bulletin reports the owner of the West Roxbury Pub has sold the place to Diarmuid O'Neill, who plans to remake it into Eat with Jack O'Neill.

The Boston Licensing Board considers the sale at a hearing next Wednesday.

No word on the fate of the James Michael Curley murals that line the four walls of the pub's dining room.

By - 1/21/14 - 6:05 pm
Steven, Lori and Gregory Palladino


The Palladinos - Steven, Lori and Gregory - all pleaded guilty today to running a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme from atop their Centre Street ice-cream shop.

By - 1/14/14 - 1:14 pm

Members of the Albanian Cultural Sports Association of West Roxbury pleaded with the Boston Licensing Board today to forgive it for a fight that left the floor of its new clubhouse covered in blood and littered with smashed glassware and bottles.

A club member told the board the man most severely injured in the Sept. 22 incident has forgiven his attackers - and succeeded in having criminal complaints against his attackers withdrawn.

By - 1/13/14 - 4:39 pm

Tom Nealon reports he's shutting Pazzo Books on Centre Street in late March:

While the rare books side of the business has thrived (and will continue online, at fairs, and by appointment), the rest of the business has continued to be challenging. When it came time to renew my lease, I just couldn’t pull the trigger and after much deliberation, decided that shuttering the shop was the best thing to do. ...

By - 12/16/13 - 6:07 pm

There's a rumor going around West Roxbury that if you show up at the Millennium Park DPW salt shed with a bucket and proof of Boston residency, they'll fill up your bucket with salt.

"No, absolutely not true," the mayor's office says.

By - 11/30/13 - 1:02 am
Matt O'Malley

"Who is Number 1?" Matt O'Malley demanded.

"You are Number 6," the mysterious man replied.

"I am not a number, I am a city councilor!" O'Malley retorted.

The man in the chair began to laugh.

By - 11/27/13 - 3:10 pm

Boston Police report the Blue Hills Bank, 1920 Centre St., was held up around 1:30 p.m. by a 50-something white man, with white hair and mustaches, in a blue and white football-style jacket. About an hour later, the suspect and an accomplice were arrested on Liszt Street in Roslindale.

By - 11/26/13 - 11:37 pm

Around 11:25 p.m. at 32 Shaw St., off LaGrange. Nobody was hit and police took two people into custody. The initial confrontation involved an outside law-enforcement agency.

This was about an hour after two people were held up at gunpoint at the other end of LaGrange.

By - 11/25/13 - 8:01 pm
Coming soon: Bagels

One of the Boston area's rare failed Dunkin' Donuts is getting turned into a bagel shop - on VFW Parkway northbound just past the Dedham line.

The Bagelville outlet is being outfitted by the owners of the bagel stand at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - who promise fresh bagels baked daily, along with bagel-based sandwiches and smoothies.

The parkway is already home to a Bruegger's. The Spring Street Panera also sells bagel-like breadstuffs. In contrast, Roslindale has an awning over Bob's Pita Bakery that promises "Bagel."

By - 11/20/13 - 2:27 pm

No more housing, Brookline says in suit against both the developer and the state agency that approved it, Wicked Local reports.

The apartment complex is split between South Brookline and West Roxbury; all of the new units would be on the Brookline side.

By - 11/8/13 - 12:54 pm

Nancy Rabinowitz, reporter for Wicked Local Roslindale and the West Roxbury Transcript, wrote a terrific analysis about all the political action that took place at Holy Name Parish on Tuesday November 5, 2013. Holy Name Parish, the home of four precincts (Ward 20, Precinct 6, 7, 19, and 20) had over three thousand voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

To read, click here.

By - 11/6/13 - 7:11 pm

Friends of Mark Delamere are organizing a Hypnotist Night fundraiser Saturday night to help his family with the costs of recuperating from the spinal-cord injuries he suffered in a September crash on the Arborway that put one driver into a coma, sent four other people to the hospital and led to criminal charges against the driver of the SUV Delamere was in.

By - 11/5/13 - 8:16 am
Foliage on West Roxbury Parkway

There are some amazing trees in West Roxbury today.

Also see Brad Kelly's photo of Mt. Auburn Cemetery.