Mayor Menino’s ample investment in a modern, urban vision is evident across West Roxbury. Most notably, Millennium Park turned the Gardner Street Landfill into a vast, green community space home to trails, playgrounds, ball fields and festivals.
When the Mayor added Draper Pool and renovated Hynes and Billings Fields, he increased constructive recreation options for local youth. Through the active work of West Roxbury Community Centers and in partnership with the Roche family, residents of all ages now enjoy first-class facilities at the Roche Ice Rink and Roche Community Center.
The active Main Streets program in West Roxbury supports a growing number of new businesses and restaurants along Centre and Spring Streets. Alongside storefront efforts, the Mayor wisely paired that progress with road and crosswalk reconstruction as well as street light upgrades.
West Roxbury is also home to Boston’s only mobile home park, which provides a unique source of affordable housing to the community. Mayor Menino defended park residents when a previous owner threatened them with closure and displacement. As a result of his stance, many tenants were able to retain their homes and enjoy city-funded upgrades and improvements.
The Mayor understands the value of investing in our children’s educational future. Through his Pathway for Excellence program, the Lyndon, Kilmer, and Beethoven/Ohrenberger schools were expanded to become K-8 schools, with strong support from local parents..
On Saturday, last year’s Parkway National Little League All-Stars joined the proud tradition of Boston sports teams who have taken to the streets in a Duck Boat to celebrate their latest victory.
Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 2008 State Little League champs, nor any other of the Parkway youth baseball teams who walked in the annual Little League parade from Fallon Field in Roslindale to the Guy Cammarata Complex’s Praught Field in West Roxbury.
It was a celebration not only of accomplishments past, but a kickoff for what coaches and players expect to be another great season for the Parkway athletes.
“We have a lot of new kids, but I think we’re going to go all the way,” said Dylan Chalmers, 11, of Roslindale, who plays for the Dodgers.
“Very confident,” laughed Dodgers co-coach Walter Murray.
Christopher Estes of Roslindale, in his first year with the Dodgers, said that he was “just looking forward to playing.” But his teammates had higher praise, referring to him as “Speedy” and “Roadrunner.”
“If he hits it deep, it might be a home run,” said Dylan Hanifin of Jamaica Plain.
More than a dozen teams gathered at Fallon Field late Saturday...
Young faces perked to attention as the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums marched into the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Courts on Friday as the band’s fanfare marked the beginning of the 11th annual “Law Day.”
The event was a time for students, teachers and politicians to reflect on the freedoms granted to our country by the U.S. Constitution. Students from Dorchester, Roslindale, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain filled the courtroom to hear from local politicians and a local sports hero about what it means to make good decisions in life.
Fifth- and sixth-graders from the following schools were present on Law Day: the Richard J. Murphy School from Dorchester; the Henry L Higginson School from Roxbury; Our Lady of Lourdes from Jamaica Plain; the Mozart School from Roslindale; and the Charles Sumner School from Roslindale. These schools participated in the “Straight Ahead” program that is designed to teach students to deal with peer pressure and anger management.
Students listened attentively as First Justice Kathleen E. Coffey discussed the important of making good choices.
“All of you and all of us, even as grownups, are faced with different challenges and...