Steven Palladino, federal prosecutors charge, wasn't about to let an SEC lawsuit or state criminal charges for running a massive Ponzi scheme stop him from enjoying meals at fancy restaurants, tooling around town in one of three luxury vehicles or picking up new clothes at Barney's and some coins at a collectibles shop.
Ted Folkman photographed players lining up to march in today's Parkway Little League parade to open the season at the Baker Street fields.
Looks like the former Parlour Pizza is getting divided into two separate places: A new pizza place called Mangia Neopolitan Pizza and a froyo place called Yogoteria.
The Boston Licensing Board considers a food-serving license for both at 1727 Centre St. at a hearing next week. If approved, West Roxburyans with a yen for froyo won't have to make the trek to the new froyo place opening in Roslindale Square.
Both Mangia and Yogoteria would be open until midnight if the board grants its OK.
A developer who wants to tear down the old Armstrong pharmaceutical factory and replace it with apartments agreed tonight to try to reduce the number of units, maybe make them condos instead of apartments and add more parking - after listening to angry residents tear into the project for more than an hour.
Michael Argiros from Charles River Realty promised to come back before residents with a smaller proposal before seeking formal approval from the West Roxbury Neighborhood Council, the BRA and the zoning board.
Michael Loconto reports some homes in the area of Cowing and LaGrange streets were broken into this morning, all entered via basement windows after their residents had gone off to work.
LM photographed the scene at the Holy Name rotary in West Roxbury as firefighters saluted Mike Kennedy, for whom a mass was held at Holy Name Church.
Kevin Cullen reports on Kristen Walsh's one request to firefighters after learning her husband Ed had died in the 298 Beacon St. fire.
Sometime last week, a Suffolk County prosecutor says, Mark Regan died in his bed at 105 Perham St. when his son, also named Mark Regan, fired several shots into him.
The younger Regan, 33, was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment in West Roxbury District Court.
Assistant District Attorney David Fredette said the younger Regan was seen at his father's house Wednesday, two days before police found the body - after somebody asked them to check on the elder Regan's well being.
Mark Regan, 33, was arrested overnight on charges of murdering his adoptive father, also named Mark Regan, in his 105 Perham St. home, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Police discovered the elder Regan's body yesterday after somebody called them to ask for a well being check on him.
The younger Regan is scheduled for arraignment on Monday in West Roxbury District Court.
For our Jewish friends: The Bruegger's on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury has green plain bagels.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Mangia Neopolitan Pizza is looking to move into the space recently vacated by Parlour Pizza, which slightly less recently replaced the Upper Crust franchise on Centre Street.
What could make Mangia different from its predecessors in the space is that, in addition to pizza, it also serves frozen yogurt.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Parlour on Centre Street is now an ex-pizza place.
A concerned citizen complains about the parking habits seen on Centre Street in West Roxbury at lunchtime today:
Left car in traffic - in front of a fire hydrant, walked down to post office. 7292 MR Lexus.
So, that would be: Parking in front of a hydrant, parking too far from the curb and obstructing traffic. It's the West Roxbury trifecta!
The Boston Bibliophile reports Seek Books on Centre Street is shutting down:
I've just about fallen in love with Asimov, the beautiful white bookstore cat, and Jeff and I have made afternoons of visiting West Roxbury- lunch, stops at other shops along Centre Street, a cupcake at Sugar Bakery- every now and then. We found a lot of treasures at Seek, which specializes in classic SF and collectibles and has always had an impressive selection for the small size of the store. We bought some things yesterday and we are going to try to stop by before it closes for good. If you're in the Boston area, do him a solid and help take some inventory off his hands before he departs for New Mexico.
Pazzo Books, at the other end of Centre, announced in January it was shutting down as well, which will leave West Roxbury with only the book section at the Hallmark store.
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.
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.
A concerned citizen reports from Manthorne Road in West Roxbury this afternoon:
Unnecessary "space savers"
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.