Jamaica Plain

By - 4/20/14 - 10:59 am

UPDATE: Per Jennifer M., all clear sounded around 11:15 a.m. - it was an empty suitcase.

Police have blocked off the area around Brookside Avenue and Ophir Street to await the arrival of the bomb squad, which will examine an suitcase just sitting there.

H/t Jennifer M.... Read more

By - 4/18/14 - 6:52 pm

Jamaica Plain News reports on the robbery, Wednesday night in the Forest Hills Liquors parking lot.

By - 4/17/14 - 12:52 pm

The Green Street Market, 186 Green St., was robbed shortly after noon by a man who took some money and then punched the owner.

He's described as black, in his 20s, wearing an army shirt, a hat and bluejeans. He was listening to an iPod during the attack and had a large, light blue backpack.

By - 4/16/14 - 9:05 am
Trash at the Arnold Arboretum

Last week, Erica Fletcher posted a photo of some of the remains of a killer party at the top of the Arboretum's Hemlock Hill, and asked City Councilor Matt O'Malley for some city help in cleaning it up.

O'Malley and Fletcher report the mess got cleaned up alright - by the culprits themselves. Of course, they didn't do it out of the... Read more

By - 4/14/14 - 2:50 pm

The Curley School in Jamaica Plain was evacuated around 10 a.m. when a trash wheeled trash receptacle being stored in a stairway erupted in flames, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Students were evacuated without incident by the one-alarm fire, BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald said, adding they were allowed back in once the fire was out and the smoke evacuated. He said the cause is under... Read more

By - 4/14/14 - 2:09 pm

Sparks from a sander caused a fire that forced the evacuation of 381 Centre St., home of the Miami Restaurant, around 11 a.m., the Boston Fire Department reports.

The fire was called in by two off-duty firefighters who noticed smoke coming out of the building while driving by, a spokesman says.

When on-duty firefighters arrived, they found the workers trying to put out the fire... Read more

By - 4/10/14 - 8:19 am

Charles Sammon, 37, of West Pittston, PA., was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison yesterday for a scheme in which he collected fees at closings for triple-decker units in Dorchester, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain involving buyers who then promptly defaulted, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

According to the feds, in 2006, Sammon recruited unqualified buyers for condo units - and in... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 12:08 pm

The city Parks and Recreation Department says it's installed a WiFi hotspot in the area of the boat house and bandstand.

By - 4/8/14 - 11:27 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a wiretapped statement by an H-Block associate charged with murdering a young teen in a feud with the rival Heath Street gang can be used against him because H-Block is involved with the sort of "organized crime" for which state law allows wiretaps.

Timothy Hearns faces trial for a double shooting on May 8, 2010 that left... Read more

By - 4/7/14 - 11:00 am

State historic-preservation officials on Friday acknowledged there's no feasible alternative to replacing the apparently historic Shea Circle when the Casey Overpass comes tumbling down, Clayton Harper reports.

Harper attended a Friday meeting between the Mass. Historical Commission and the state highway officials anxious to replace the crumbling overpass with a series of surface roads before the thing tumbles to the ground of its own... Read more

By - 4/3/14 - 8:42 am

The Ward 19 Democratic Committee will meet Monday, April 7, at 7:00 PM at the Farnsworth House in JP. The Committee welcomes any voters registered as Democrats in Ward 19 who are interested in participating in Committee events, and contributing to our mission, to attend our meetings. Check here to see if you live in Ward 19.
The Farnsworth House is located... Read more

By - 3/28/14 - 10:31 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette notes the death of Stavros Frantzis, 72.

Twenty years ago, he and former partner Mordechai Levin rehabbed a notorious Hyde Square nightclub and cut a bargain deal to make it the home of Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge. The project revitalized the neighborhood, and Bella Luna/Milky Way is now a JP institution. (Its controversial rent-dispute move to The

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By - 3/25/14 - 8:57 am
Window bear in Jamaica Plain

Michele Connors spotted a fuzzy thing at a dangerous angle in a car in Jamaica Plain the other day.

By - 3/24/14 - 10:02 pm
Tearing down the Home for Little Wanderers

DR captured the demolition action at the old Home for Little Wanderers on South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain today. It's being replaced with luxury housing.

By - 3/23/14 - 9:58 am

Parent Imperfect explains why he doesn't think much of the "third way" proposal by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Russell Holmes to lift the cap on charter schools.

If charter schools are a safety valve, then they make for an expensive and leaky valve at a time when urban districts like the BPS are under tremendous budget pressure. Rather than divert

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By - 3/21/14 - 4:44 pm

Around 4:05 p.m., a man was stabbed in the park at Centre and Mozart streets, possibly b y one of three men seen chasing him out of Rizzo's Pizza on Centre.

The victim managed to get himself to the VA Hospital on South Huntington.

By - 3/19/14 - 3:47 pm

He's wanted for smashing a window on St. Mark Street in Forest Hills this afternoon - with a rock. He might still be riding around Forest Hills.

By - 3/19/14 - 2:11 pm

Before he left the train, hipster dude went up to a woman and told her to lose weight. Alison, who saw the victim burst into tears after vaguely Macklemorish dude swaggered off, pens an angry Missed Connection that you shouldn't read if you're prone to vapors:

I asked her what you said---and in between sobs she goes, "he said 'Have some respect for

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By - 3/16/14 - 5:31 pm
Geese on the Jamaicaway

Paul Schlichtman was among those who stopped to let the Jamaicaway procession finish today.

By - 3/14/14 - 10:54 am

Jamaica Plain News reports on a possible tenant for the former Ban Chiang, which recently closed.

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