Jamaica Pond

By - 8/12/15 - 4:25 pm

Levels of a toxic microorganism in Jamaica Pond have receded below dangerous levels, and the city today lifted its ban on any activities that might bring you or your pet into contact with pond water or pond scum. Read more.

By - 7/30/15 - 3:59 pm
Young bald eagle in Jamaica Plain?

There was this large bird sitting at the very top of one of the dead branches poking out from the little island at the north end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon. I thought it was a young bald eagle at first, but folks who actually know what they're talking about (both here and on Facebook) said no, that's an osprey.

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By - 7/29/15 - 8:39 pm

Results from Monday testing of Jamaica Pond water show cyanobacteria levels more than three times higher than the maximum considered safe for people and their pets, the Boston Public Health Commission reports. Read more.

By - 7/23/15 - 7:37 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports that water samples taken Monday from Jamaica Pond show blue-green algae counts are higher than the amount allowed for water activities by people and pets. Read more.

By - 7/21/15 - 10:13 am
Giant white fish of Jamaica Pond

As I walked around Jamaica Pond this morning, I spotted the Leviathan: The fabled giant white carp of Jamaica Pond. It moved at a stately pace along the bank (near that weird bench you can't actually sit on) before slowly turning and moving into deeper water.

By - 7/21/15 - 10:04 am
Warning sign about blue-green algae at Jamaica Pond

The city posted these signs all around Jamaica Pond yesterday after confirming a bloom of toxic blue-green algae - warning people to stay away from the water and keep their dogs far away as well.

The scum seemed particularly bad right around the boathouse and gazebo: Read more.

By - 7/20/15 - 8:50 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission today banned boating and fishing at Jamaica Pond and warned residents to stay away from the water, because of a massive bloom of blue-green algae. The commission says: Read more.

By - 7/20/15 - 8:02 am

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports on stubbornly high mercury levels in fish across the ponds and lakes of New ENgland, including Jamaica Pond:

On Boston’s Jamaica Pond one recent sunny afternoon, Shu Bao Chen of Boston tied bait to a hook as one of his two young girls dangled a fishing pole over the still water. He said he was unaware of the state’s blanket advisory that no children under 12 and no women of childbearing years should eat any fish from freshwater bodies in Massachusetts.

By - 6/25/15 - 4:58 pm

The mayor's office today announced the city is installing sunscreen dispensers at Millennium Park in West Roxbury; Jamaica Pond; Boston Common; Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and East Boston Stadium and Memorial Park.

The dispensers, first proposed by City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), make Boston "the first major city in the Northeast" to offer free sun protection to residents and visitors. The city Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change to install the dispensers.

By - 6/3/15 - 8:08 am
Great white fish of Jamaica Pond

Call him Ishmael. Michael Silverman reports the presence of a great white fish, at least two feet long, in Jamaica Pond - which, of course, was once circled by a fabled white squirrel.

By - 5/28/15 - 11:25 pm
Pink sky over Jamaica Pond

Alex Jones enjoyed the sunset over Jamaica Pond this evening.

By - 5/24/15 - 3:58 pm
Turtles at Jamaica Pond

Boston spotted turtles enjoying the sun at Jamaica Pond today.

By - 5/6/15 - 11:51 am
Charlie Baker at Jamaica Pond

Shamus Moynihan was on hand this morning as Charlie Baker made his first appearance as governor at the annual restocking of Jamaica Pond. Read more.

You'll notice that while he has appropriate footwear on, he's staying well away from the big box o' fish. You may recall that the first time Deval Patrick attended a restocking, he grabbed the biggest fish of them all and promptly got slapped around by the mini-leviathan.

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

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

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 that has split the ice from one side of the pond to the other:

Water in Jamaica Pond

A seagull hangs out on the ice, near the "river:"

By - 1/22/15 - 7:19 pm

The head-on collision, north of the boathouse around 7 p.m. was with another bicyclist on a path.

By - 1/19/15 - 7:57 pm

Boston Police report on an incident around 9:30 a.m.:

A female victim called police to report that, while running in the vicinity of the Jamaica Pond boathouse, an individual riding a bicycle approached her from behind and slapped her in the buttock region. Victim states she screamed and the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim describes the suspect as either a black or Hispanic male in his early twenties, 6'0" in height, medium build, wearing a white ball cap with red trim (possibly a Chicago Bulls cap), a dark sweatshirt, dark pants and white sneakers.

Last fall saw several armed robberies or robbery attempts around the pond.

By - 11/20/14 - 7:04 pm

Jamaica Plain News gets the scoop on the link between the patient data Brigham and Women's hospital reported missing and the man tied to a tree during one of the Jamaica Pond muggings in September.

By - 11/12/14 - 8:00 am

Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation was completely still in the fog this morning. From the dock on the parkway side of the pond, you could barely make out the dock on the other side; the trees there cast a dark gray reflection on the water.

Meanwhile, Adam Shutes walked onto the dock at the Jamaica Pond boathouse this morning:

Fogged in Jamaica Pond

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