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By adamg - 9/13/23 - 4:32 pm
Bus on fire

The bus on fire. Photo by Sam Martinez.

NBC Boston reports on a fire in a short BPS bus at the intersection of Enneking Parkway and Smithfield Road in Hyde Park. No students on board.

By adamg - 1/7/23 - 1:36 pm
Missing Thompson Center

With Angelo Scaccia no longer in power to block its removal, DCR has taken down what was once a state-of-the-art play area for kids with disabilities but which over the decades after its closure had turned into a bunker used mainly by local graffiti artists to highlight their skills and drug addicts to shoot up, as Jake discovered on a walk in Stony Brook Reservation today. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/22 - 10:10 am

Workers from DCR, who put down a string of boulders across one of the few remaining parking lots in Stony Brook Reservation on Friday will remove them today - and pick up the trash that led them to put them there - state Rep. Rob Consalvo (14th Suffolk) says, adding that ISD will join the trash picker uppers to see if they can identify who dumped the trash and possibly fine them. Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/22 - 10:08 pm
Sign says closed due to littering

No more woods for you! Photo by JPYuppie.

Update: State rep says the lot will be re-opened today.

DCR, which has been hauling boulders into Stony Brook Reservation for years to close off parking space, this weekend shut off access to a small parking lot on Enneking Parkway that provided access to the main paved path that circles around the reservation forest and Turtle Pond. Read more.

By adamg - 8/12/22 - 10:47 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports that Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation has high levels of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, that could kill any dogs that swim in the pond and ingest enough of the stuff, either by drinking the water or by licking themselves after a swim. Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/22 - 12:36 pm

Boston firefighters are in the woods off West Boundary Road in West Roxbury for what is now a two-alarm brush fire.

By adamg - 7/26/22 - 11:55 am

A report of somebody possibly drowning at Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation this morning brought firefighters - including ones trained in "tech rescues" rushing to the scene - only to discover nobody drowning, just people ignoring the "No Swimming" signs on a warm summer day - signs that went up last summer after somebody did drown in the pond. Read more.

By adamg - 10/18/21 - 10:13 pm
Old  New England Telephone and Telegraph manhole cover

If you walk up Washington Street along Stony Brook Reservation in West Roxbury, you might come across this ancient New England Telephone & Telegraph manhole cover in the sidewalk - along with several old Edison Electric Illuminating Co. covers: Read more.

By adamg - 8/12/21 - 10:32 am

A Dorchester man already behind bars on charges he kidnapped, raped and tried to strangle a family member this year faces arraignment today on charges he dumped another woman's body in a swampy area near Turtle Pond in the Stony Brook Reservation last year, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 7/28/21 - 8:50 am

DCR reports it closed the Olsen Swimming Pool on Turtle Pond Parkway yesterday after learning somebody associated with the pool - who had last been there yesterday - had tested positive for Covid-19.

The pool and its grounds will be "deep cleaned and sanitized," DCR said, adding it does not know when the pool will re-open.

By adamg - 6/24/21 - 5:24 pm

Update: WFXT identifies the man as Jason Peri Bonilla of Roxbury.

State Police reported shortly after 8 p.m. that divers had recovered the body of a 19-year-old Boston man from Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/21 - 10:12 am
Charlotte Golar Richie signs in the snow

A roving UHub photographer was hiking through the Roslindale side of Stony Brook Reservation with his family yesterday when they came across these seemingly fresh Charlotte Golar Richie signs just lying in the snow. She ran in 2013, so who's been sitting on these signs for eight years (both signs and tarp look pretty fresh) and suddenly decided they had to get rid of them and the best way to do that was dump them in the woods?

By adamg - 5/12/20 - 9:24 pm

Boston Police have identified the body found near Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation on Saturday as that of Alenny Matos, 38, of Dorchester.

Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/20 - 11:21 pm

Update: Victim identified as Alenny Matos missing from Dorchester since January.

State Police report a passerby found the woman's body in "a swampy wooded area adjacent to the Enneking Parkway" around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 5:05 pm

Boston firefighters are on Enneking Parkway in Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park, where, as usual this time of year, brush has caught on fire. Firefighters are using a hydrant by the baseball field. Police are blocking off the road to motorists.

By adamg - 12/2/18 - 5:55 pm

According to a 311 report filed around 10 a.m., there's a dead deer at the intersection of Blue Ledge Drive and Enneking Parkway in Stony Brook Reservation in West Roxbury, not far from where a deer and a car collided on Washington Street last night. In recent weeks, deer have been crossing Washington Street regularly to get between Bellevue Hill and the main part of the reservation.

By adamg - 8/9/18 - 9:57 am
People selling T-shirts in the forest

An annoyed citizen filed a 311 report about the people from New Hampshire who've set up shop at the four-way stop in the middle of Stony Brook Reservation to sell T-shirts:

Someone direct them back to Hampton Beach.

By adamg - 7/28/18 - 10:56 am
Proposed routes of West Roxbury Parkway in 1894

Three possible routes for a West Roxbury parkway. See it larger.

In the mid-1890s, city officials began looking at connecting the new city-owned Emerald Necklace parks with the giant Blue Hills Reservation the state Metropolitan District Commission was putting together just south of the city and the town of Hyde Park. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/18 - 8:16 am

BJ Ray reports he was walking his two dogs in Stony Brook Reservation (where West Roxbury, Hyde Park and Roslindale come together) around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday when the dogs darted after something - and promptly got attacked by about six coyotes.

3 or 4 dragged May off out of my sight. I was running through the woods at top speed and screaming. Rosie was unscathed and May was missing for a good 2 or 3 minutes. I was screaming for her (and freaking out) until finally she popped out from behind or under a rock. She had a few scrapes and a cut on her back. The coyotes didn't run away, by the way. They were half surrounding us and barking/howling. It was pretty harrowing.

By adamg - 1/26/18 - 12:15 pm

UPDATE: Nothing found, Steve Cooper at WHDH reports.

WCVB reports that State Police are combing land around Turtle Pond off Enneking Parkway for Joseph Brancato, 21, last seen several weeks ago on Mendelssohn Street in Roslindale, where he was staying with a Marine recruiter. NECN reports that among the agencies that sent investigators to the area is NCIS, which investigates possible criminal activity in the Marine Corps.

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