Daily Archives: September 2, 2010

Patch Expands Hyperlocal News In West Roxbury

Published September 2, 2010

Patch’s latest hyperlocal newsroom covers not Boston, not Roxbury, but West Roxbury. The website just launched as part of Patch’s ambitious expansion into upper middle class communities. (Plum TV has the market on the upper class, such as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.)

West Roxbury Patch logoBefore moving to Boston, I covered city politics and legal affairs for San Diego member station KPBS. When I arrived here, I was surprised to find such little “local” news.

Boston is a world city, where the most important things in health care and academia are happening. The mainstream media here, including WBUR, seem to avoid the stories they deem “parochial” — the school board meetings, the disputes over this new building or that giant pothole. (Indeed, WBUR’s audience consistently tell us they want less “local.”)

Patch aims to, um, patch these holes — reporting news of real importance to people in the community (and of little importance elsewhere). Consider this sampling of headlines from the West Roxbury Patch home page today:

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Thursday Morning: Earl Approaches, Pizza Delivery Man Slain

Published September 2, 2010

What’s news in Boston on a hot Thursday morning:

Hurricane, Tropical Storm Watches Issued For Mass.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch on Wednesday for the area from Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. (AP)

Gloucester Restricts Swimmers After Man Dies In Surf, Riptide

Day two of an urgent beach advisory, following the drowning of a Belmont fisherman Tuesday, brought another presence to Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches: waiting ambulances, roaming police vehicles, and lifeguards who spent a hot, busy day shepherding bathers into closely guarded waters. (Globe)

Patrick Won’t Commit To Mass. Sales Tax Rollback

Gov. Deval Patrick won’t commit to implementing a proposal to reduce the state’s sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent even if voters approve it through a ballot question this fall. (Telegram & Gazette)

Boston Police Seek Suspects In Pizza Deliveryman Slaying

Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said the victim was attacked as he was making a pizza delivery to 742 Hyde Park Ave. shortly after midnight. (Globe)

Rider Stabbed On Bus As T Crime Spikes

A Roxbury teen will be arraigned today on charges that he viciously stabbed a 47-year-old Hub man aboard an outbound MBTA bus, the latest in a rising tide of violent crimes on the T, according to Transit Police. (Herald)

What stories are you interested in?