Jamaica Plain

By - 4/24/15 - 10:37 am

State officials say next week is when workers take the first real bite out of the Casey Overpass - they're scheduled to remove a piece of the abutment on the rotary side of the hulking, crumbling bridge.

Along with that comes the first overpass-removal detours: Traffic heading from the rotary into Jamaica Plan will be diverted onto the temporary road that's been built alongside the...Read more

By - 4/22/15 - 8:45 pm

Kate Lockwood reports:

It's not every day you see someone get on the T carrying a live 6-foot snake. So that happened.

She says the woman had the snake around her neck and that the pair got off at Green Street. She adds the snake:

Was a kind of light brown with black spots I think. I was trying not to stare!

Has ...Read more

By - 4/22/15 - 3:55 pm

Boston Police report detectives rushed to a Franklin Park playground off Walnut Avenue yesterday morning when somebody playing with several young children noticed a gun just lying at the base of a tree.

The Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum revolver ... was fully loaded and the hammer was cocked. The firearm was rendered safe and recovered by detectives.

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By - 4/19/15 - 6:55 pm
Turtles at Jamaica Pond

"A nice day for turtles" at Jamaica Pond, DR reports.Read more

By - 4/18/15 - 10:46 pm
Parakeet in a tree in Jamaica Plain

The Real Lenny reports spotting a parakeet in his backyard near Faulkner Hospital this afternoon.

Tillie Jupiter reports he proved a friendly guy, so they were able to capture him and take him inside while they called Boston animal control - which now has him at its Roslindale shelter. If you're missing a parakeet, with a tag that reads something like HC355,...Read more

By - 4/18/15 - 12:32 am

Jamaica Plain News reports on the demise of Ghazal on Centre Street.

UPDATE: Headline changed because, as Chris Helms at Jamaica Plain News reminded me, there's now Tikki Masala in Forest Hills.Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 12:59 pm

Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old from Everett early this morning on charges he swiped a phone right out of the hands of a woman sitting on an inbound Orange Line train next to a door open after the train pulled into Stony Brook.

The kid, too young to have his name released, didn't get far, police say: Other passengers chased him and a...Read more

By - 4/15/15 - 2:10 pm
Pineapple resistance

Clay Harper wonders what group plastered this pineapple finial resistance message on the Casey Overpass yesterday - and what they want.Read more

By - 4/13/15 - 6:27 pm
Flavio Leo of Massport discusses jet noise

Massport's Flavio Leo discusses runways and planes.

A City Council hearing today on resident complaints about low-flying jets from Roxbury to Hyde Park and Milton was sort of moot, because the Massport officials who did attend stressed they have nothing to do with deciding which planes fly where or how.

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy, who lives on Fairmount Hill in Hyde Park had a simple answer: "From this point forward think...Read more

By - 4/12/15 - 12:10 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week hears a request from the owner of the failed Tonic bar in Forest Hills to sell his all-alcohol license to the owners of the Envoy Hotel, scheduled to open this summer across from the Barking Crab and the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston.

The hotel is planning two bars: A ground-level watering hole called the Outlook and a rooftop...Read more

By - 4/8/15 - 3:51 pm

The City Council today agreed to let Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) hold a series of hearings at which state and city officials can explain how replacing the Casey Overpass with a series of surface roads won't give residents cancer or block ambulances from getting heart-attack and stroke victims to the medical area - but not demand the work be stopped altogether.

Or, at least, that's...Read more

By - 4/7/15 - 8:13 am

City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) wonders if the project to replace the Casey Overpass with surface roads will cause problems for people heading to lifesaving medical treatment in the Longwood Medical Area or to soul-saving worship services at area churches, so he's seeking "a series of hearings" on the demolition plans - three years after state officials announced the plans.

The City Council...Read more

By - 4/5/15 - 11:26 pm

The Ward 19 Democratic Committee will meet at 7:00 PM, Monday April 5, 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 to see if you live in Ward 19 here.

The Farnsworth House is located at...Read more

By - 4/5/15 - 1:17 pm
Fried Amtrak electrical equipment at Forest Hills

Fried Amtrak electrical equipment coated with fire-suppressing foam. Photo by Keolis.

Mother Nature just doesn't like trains, it seems. Keolis reports that yesterday's two-alarm fire in an Amtrak signaling vault at Forest Hills was caused by lightning.

And since Amtrak and commuter rail share the Northeastern Corridor, that meant problems for both rail systems - and will likely cause problems during tomorrow morning's inbound commute:

Inbound passengers on the Franklin and Providence/Stoughton lines should...Read more

By - 4/5/15 - 10:43 am

A concerned citizen reports on the constant squeaking on Chestnut Avenue in Jamaica Plain:

The neighbors have an extremely loud weather vane on top of their house. It squeaks all day and night. I'm not sure where to put this request as I've talked to some tenants and they can't go up on the roof and get it down. This is a weird request

...Read more
By - 4/4/15 - 9:08 am
Fire at Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that erupted in an electrical vault by the side of the Northeast Corridor tracks in Forest Hills around 6:44 a.m. went to two alarms as firefighters poured bottle after bottle of dry chemical extinguisher on it.

The fire halted commuter rail and Amtrak service along the nation's busiest passenger rail corridor. Orange Line service, briefly halted, has...Read more

By - 4/3/15 - 11:05 pm
ice on Jamaica Pond

From the road, Jamaica Pond still looks very much like a giant field of ice. But get out of the car and walk around and you'll see water around the edges - along with ducks, geese and even the odd fisherman enjoying the new liquid.

On the north side of the pond, a drainage pipe pouring into the pond has created a sort of river...Read more

By - 4/3/15 - 4:46 pm

Today we learn why it's not a good idea to go up to somebody in a convenience store at 2:20 a.m., tell him you're an undercover cop and demand to know why he blew your cover if you're not really an undercover cop.

A guy who did that inside the Tedeschi store at 684 Centre St., early this morning found himself confronted with a newly...Read more

By - 4/2/15 - 9:43 am
Dion Stickter

Transit Police report that an MBTA worker who tried to wake a sleeping Orange Line passenger after the train arrived at Forest Hills last night found herself under attack.

Police say Dion Stickter, 45, "struck the female employee with a closed fist multiple times about her torso area" during the attack around 9:40 p.m.

Responding officers found him no easier to deal with, police...Read more

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