Jamaica Plain

By - 2/20/16 - 7:58 pm
Sunset over English High School in Jamaica Plain

Clay Harper watched the sun go down over English High in Jamaica Plain today.

More photos of the evening's sky activity: Read more.

By - 2/19/16 - 3:09 pm

UPDATE, 3:27 p.m. National Grid arrived and shut off the gas.

Firefighters and police are on Amory Street between Boylston and School streets for a natural-gas leak inside 192 Amory St. that started around 2:50 p.m.

Police have blocked Amory and are evacuating neighboring buildings as they await somebody from National Grid to try to shut the gas off. At least 14 neighboring residents are now being sheltered on Marbury Terrace.

Police had to ask pilots of news helicopters to back off because of the risk the building could explode.

By - 2/17/16 - 10:00 am
Foam portrait at Forest Hills

Melissa Jean is loving the foam portraits springing up all over Jamaica Plain, in this case in Forest Hills.

Kris Aubuchon reports seeing a few in Roxbury as well.

By - 2/12/16 - 8:35 am
Restoring Black Lives matter sign at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain

Katie Ernst watched kids putting up new fliers over the vandalized part of a Black Lives Matter sign at Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain yesterday.

By - 2/11/16 - 2:16 pm
Hope Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain with vandalized sign

Marg Zamos-Monteith shows us Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue, where a Black Lives Matter sign was defaced the night after a JP Black Lives Matter vigil and four months after a similar banner in front of First Baptist Church on Centre Street was torn down (then replaced).

By - 2/10/16 - 6:09 pm
Buses at Forest Hills station, upper busway

Ben Quahog reports that the upper busway at Forest Hills briefly became Boston's longest bus parking lot around 5:20 p.m. when a bus died pretty much at the exit, keeping about a dozen other buses from moving.

By - 2/10/16 - 7:54 am
Jamaica Plain kid with a snow shovel

A concerned citizen complains about conditions at the Mendell School on School Street in Egleston Square:

The Mendell not only does not have a gymnasium, but our parents have to buy the shovels AND clear the snow in the outside play area ourselves if we want our kids to have space to play in the winter.

Ed. note: 311 devotees should notice a flood of school-related complaints today as parents use 311 to protest proposed school budget cuts by pointing out problems at BPS schools.

By - 2/7/16 - 9:27 pm

Around 9:10 p.m. on Hyde Park Avenue in front of the lower level of the T station by two black teens, one in a red hoodie, one in a gray hoodie.

By - 2/3/16 - 3:11 pm

A Brighton Municipal Court judge today sentenced Nikolas Papadopoulos, 20, to a one-year sentence in a county jail for a Sept. 6, 2013 crash that permanently injured one of his passengers and the driver of the pickup he smashed into head on. Read more.

By - 2/2/16 - 7:43 am

Jamaica Plain News reports the shuttered market at 18 Hyde Park Ave., across from the T stop, would become Forest Hills Fine Wines under a proposal that goes before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council tonight.

By - 1/30/16 - 12:20 pm
Architect's rendering of proposed 35 South Huntington Ave. building

Architect's rendering of what building would look like with no trolley tracks in front.

A developer wants to replace a couple of parking lots and a derelict old building with a six-story residential complex on South Huntington Avenue, next to the Wok N Talk near the intersection with Huntington Avenue. Read more.

By - 1/29/16 - 10:23 pm
Wood duck at Leverett Pond in Jamaica Plain

Mary Ellen says it looked like she caught a wood duck in mid-sneeze the other day on the Jamaica Plain side of Leverett Pond.

By - 1/29/16 - 10:19 pm

Michael David Scott, 51, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty this week to one count of wire fraud for a real-estate scam he pulled while waiting trial for a condo-flipping scheme that ultimately landed him a prison sentence of more than 11 years. Read more.

By - 1/28/16 - 8:46 am

Boston Police report arresting a 17-year-old they say got into English High around noon with an unloaded gun. Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 8:34 am
Space saver on Glen Street in Jamaica Plain

J shows us a space saver on Glen Road in Jamaica Plain.

Meanwhile, over in Dorchester, an outraged citizen filed a 311 complaint last night: Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 9:20 am
Anxious ad on the MBTA Orange Line

Only when wondering if the Orange Line will get me to work on time ...

Forest Hills became the end of the line in more ways than one for one Orange Line train. Also, a Mattapan trolley exhaled its last at Ashmont. The T reports both lines are now moving again.

By - 1/21/16 - 8:15 pm
Dangerous sidewalk across from Forest Hills MBTA station

UPDATE, Friday morning: Kate Hutchinson reports a crew from Barletta, the company doing the Arborway project, cleared the ice.

With both the Arborway and the T stop undergoing major construction work, pedestrians heading towards South Street from Forest Hills are supposed to cross Washington and continue north.

But apparently the city, MassDOT and DCR can't decide who's supposed to shovel the walk, so nobody has. Read more.

By - 1/15/16 - 9:03 am
Car on fire on Green Street in Jamaica Plain

Kate Latak had a ringside seat for a car fire on Green Street near the Orange Line station around 8:40 this morning.

Emily Waggoner also saw the fire: Read more.

By - 1/13/16 - 6:05 pm

Mitchell Diatz is in search of JP's best Buffalo wings.

By - 1/13/16 - 9:48 am
Bad Arborway crash

Crash aftermath. Photo by AlertNewEngland.

Jury selection began this week for the trial of Nikolas Papadopoulos, 20, who is charged with causing a Sept. 6, 2013 crash on the Arborway by flipping his car while doing 80 m.p.h. on the way to the Jamaicaway.

Opening statements could come today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.