West Roxbury

By - 3/8/18 - 1:31 pm

There is a hanging wire a few houses away from me.

After googling, it appeared that there is a specific NationalGrid 800# for this, but....

I called them and they wouldn't or couldn't enter a report for a downed/hanging wire without also entering an account #... I dug up my account# and gave it to them but then they couldn't find it - transferred me twice w/out and further success or help.

After getting transferred twice and 20 minutes I gave up and tried going through the cities http://mayors24.boston.gov/ report submission site.
Does anyone know or have an opinion on what is the appropriate/official way to report downed wires so that they are actually taken care of?

By - 3/6/18 - 12:46 pm
270 Baker St. architect's rendering

Architect's rendering.

The Board of Appeals today unanimously approved Richard Olstein's plans to put up 60 apartments in two buildings on his land diagonally behind Savers on VFW Parkway- with access through an existing curb cut on the parkway. Read more.

By - 2/28/18 - 12:32 pm

The Boston City Council voted unanimously today to formally not oppose a medical-marijuana dispensary on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, just up the road from the Dedham line.

Beacon Compassion Center now goes to the state Department of Public Health and the Boston Board of Appeals for approval of its planned dispensary at 1524 VFW Parkway.

By - 2/27/18 - 11:17 pm
Willett Street proposal

In an era when developers seem to be competing to see how many apartments and condos they can cram into Boston, one developer has proposed converting nearly 8 acres of scrubland between Washington Street and Thrush Street in West Roxbury into a series of stand-alone houses. Read more.

By - 2/22/18 - 5:37 pm

The Boston City Council next week will likely consider an application for a medical-marijuana dispensary on VFW Parkway, just past the Dedham line. Read more.

By - 2/19/18 - 8:37 am

On neighborhood Facebook groups, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Hyde Park and Jamaica Plain residents report being startled awake either shortly before or after 5 a.m. by at least two loud booms. On Twitter, Pete Cannon reports: Read more.

By - 2/17/18 - 6:13 pm
Larry memorial

Somebody created a small memorial at VFW Parkway and Baker Street for Larry the Turkey, killed yesterday when he refused to yield to a car. Read more.

By - 2/16/18 - 8:59 pm

Johanna Griffiths reports Larry the Turkey died tonight as he lived: Challenging a vehicle at the intersection of VFW Parkway and Baker Street. Read more.

By - 2/16/18 - 6:08 pm
Larry the Turkey

"OK, who's next?!?" Larry gobbled angrily at Maribeth Scott this afternoon.

Two DCR employees with nets learned not to tangle with Larry the Turkey today - he beaked off their attempts to capture him and get him away from his haunts in the middle of the intersection of Baker Street and VFW Parkway this afternoon, according to a discussion on the Chronicles of West Roxbury II Facebook group. Read more.

By - 2/15/18 - 5:41 pm

Larry, the formerly peaceful turkey turned fire-spitting hellspawn by a misguided, if well meaning motorist, is upping his game - and his attacks on cars at VFW Parkway and Baker Street in West Roxbury. Read more.

By - 2/13/18 - 6:08 pm

Boston Police report officers on patrol early this morning collared a guy they say they'd spotted trying to break into Marino's Market & Deli, 1906 Centre St. Read more.

By - 2/10/18 - 6:05 pm

Just north of Washington Street, shortly after 4:30 p.m. Peter Amstutz reports one person was taken away in an ambulance, another appeared to walk away.

By - 2/9/18 - 12:22 pm
Star Market signs
Roche Bros. sign

Both Roche Bros. and Star Market have spent the last several months remodeling their stores - Roche Bros. to be more like Wegmans and Star Market to be more like Roche Bros. They both use local street names along with numbers to identify their aisles. Read more.

By - 2/6/18 - 11:19 am

Alderfish reports that Larry the Baker Street turkey, who has spent the past couple of months dodging cars on VFW Parkway at Baker Street, has turned angry and is now attacking cars, which is probably not good for his long-term health:

After becoming offended last night by a well meaning driver shooing him out of the way, Larry has decided to regain his dominance by fighting off advancing cars.

By - 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.

By - 1/15/18 - 10:19 am
Theodore Parker in 1856

Theodore Parker lecturing in 1856.

Martin Luther King's connections to Boston are well known: He got his PhD in religion at Boston University while living on Mass. Ave. in the South End, met his wife here, later returned for a march from Roxbury to downtown.

But King's connections go further, back into Boston's history as a center of the abolition movement before the Civil War. Read more.

By - 1/6/18 - 11:19 am
Skater on the Charles River

Mary Ellen spotted this skater on the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury a couple days ago.

Authorities, of course, recommend not skating on the Charles.

By - 1/4/18 - 10:47 am

Because we just heard two claps of thundersnow here in our mountain pass along the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier. Also heard from West Roxbury to Jamaica Plain.

Ed. note: Cantore is actually in Rockport.

By - 12/29/17 - 9:56 pm
Katie Forde

Ed. note: Forde's neighborhood corrected.

Katie Forde today announced her campaign for Suffolk County Register of Deeds in the 2018 elections.

Read more.

By - 12/28/17 - 9:03 am
Only 5 degrees in West Roxbury

At 8:35 a.m., the Blue Hills Bank thermometer on Centre Street in West Roxbury alerted passing motorists it was frickin' cold. Read more.