Jamaica Plain

By - 8/1/14 - 9:39 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports a developer now has to decide whether to seek city approval of a plan to tear down a two-family house used as an office on South Street and replace it with four units after the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's zoning committee narrowly voted to oppose the plan. Under zoning, he could put up a three-unit building; he had spent... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 8:54 am
Lines at Forest Hills on the Orange Line

Sebastian Zapata shows us the long lines at Forest Hills this morning as Orange Line riders try to add a month of value to their CharlieCards. It's not just that so many people do that as the fact that, as Kyle Geiste explains:

Weirdness on the MBTA machines at Forest Hills. Can't process credit cards. Long lines, employees tapping people through.

Naturally, this... Read more

By - 7/31/14 - 5:03 pm

Boston Police report arresting Robert Christopher Baker, 28, of Livermore, CA, for last night's attack on the Southwest Corridor near English High School, in which he allegedly knocked an elderly woman off her bike and stole hner iPhone.

On arrival officers observed a male matching the description of the suspect running behind English High School. Following a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was

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By - 7/30/14 - 10:02 pm

UPDATE: California man charged.

A woman riding her bicycle in the Southwest Corridor near English High School was knocked off by a guy who managed to make off with her iPhone 3G after failing to get her bike. She suffered a busted lip and a black eye in the attack.

Police started looking for a white man with tattoos and quickly found a possible... Read more

By - 7/30/14 - 2:16 pm
Emerald Ash Borer

State officials confirmed today a dread Emerald Ash Borer was found in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum earlier this month and that they are now working on a quarantine zone that would be similar to, if somewhat less strict, than the one recently lifted for Asian Longhorned Beetles.

The insect, named because of its bright green color and the way it bores into ash... Read more

By - 7/29/14 - 8:08 pm

Oliver Young reports he called 911 when he spotted a "package blinking and making noise in the bushes" around 7:50 p.m. on Sigourney Street near Robeson.

Police shut the street, the bomb squad arrived, looked around and determined it was "just a bag of alarms," he says. "Shoplifting. A bunch of them. Five or six in there."... Read more

By - 7/29/14 - 3:09 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports some mosquitoes found in Jamaica Plain tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

No human cases this summer have yet been reported of the virus, which, in otherwise healthy people, normally only causes a mild flu-like infection. Still, the commission says now's the time for residents to do their part to reduce mosquito bites and breeding:

These steps

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By - 7/25/14 - 7:14 pm

Boston Police report officers on the way to Bromley Heath around 1:15 a.m. to investigate reports of four shots happened upon three teens ambling about on the Mission Hill side of Heath Street. One of the three promptly turned and began walking away from them, police say:

As officers attempted to speak with the individual, who was sweating profusely and appeared to be nervous,

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By - 7/24/14 - 11:20 pm
Car turns over in Jamaica Plain

Car turns turtle. Photo by Elizabeth.

Shortly after 11:10 p.m. on South Street near St. Rose. The driver managed to escape OK. Traffic is, of course, a mess.

By - 7/24/14 - 11:01 am

A. Jamaica Plain News reports a local boutique is moving in.

By - 7/21/14 - 10:20 pm

But even with extra police on the streets and at the Stony Brook T stop, that didn't stop a couple of determined guys possibly associated with whoever shot a man on School Street on July 12 - police told residents tonight they showed up at a neighboring School Street house this past weekend.

Police met with some 100 residents in the Stony Brook/Egleston Square... Read more

By - 7/19/14 - 6:35 pm

Jamaica Plain News has the photos from today's concerts.

By - 7/19/14 - 9:51 am
Scene of exploded water heater, Jamaica Plain

Three workers installing insulation at 109 Carolina Ave. in Jamaica Plain were injured when a fire erupted around 9:25 a.m. in a basement crawlspace. Initial reports were that a water heater exploded.

The Boston Fire Department reports two of the workers were burned. A firefighter responding to the scene was taken to the hospital with chest pains.

The department estimates damage at $100,000.... Read more

By - 7/18/14 - 11:29 am

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy who took advantage of a busy clerk to sneak behind the counter of a Centre Street shop and steal money on July 13.

Police say the man, who was at least clean shaven, then walked out of Smoke Shop Variety, 666 Centre St., and got on a blue bicycle and rode away.

If he looks... Read more

By - 7/18/14 - 9:25 am
Hollingsworth, wanted for Jamaica Plain shooting

Transit Police report they are looking for Justin Hollingsworth, 22, on charges he tried gunning another man down in front of the Stony Brook Orange Line station on July 7.

When caught, Hollingsworth will face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and various gun-related charges.

If you know where he is, you can call detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 8:31 pm
What happens when the fire extinguisher goes off at a gas station

Vera photographed a seeming impossibility this evening: Snow in July - at the Centre Street Gibbs station.

Marc W reports the overhead fire extinguishers went off for some reason at the station (Boston Police report it was just baking soda). He also took a photo:

By - 7/15/14 - 8:07 pm
Stupid grate in Jamaica Plain

An injured citizen complains about this metal cover on School Street in Jamaica Plain:

I was walking to work this morning and fell into this grate. I went to the emergency room and got some stitches. The grate was covered but not bolted so when I walked on top of it, I fell in. I did not place the top back on because I

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By - 7/15/14 - 2:33 pm

The Centre Street boite plans to start talking to neighbors about extending its current 10 p.m. legal closing time, after it got caught by police serving dinner at 11:15 p.m.

At a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board today, the restaurant's lawyer and general manager said the sophisticated-palate JPers who savor the restaurants offering are more of a late-night crowd , especially on warm... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 2:13 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley and BPD District E-13 Capt. Alfredo Andres are planning a community meeting this Monday to discuss three recent shootings - one fatal - in the area.

The session starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St.

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