Jamaica Plain

By - 5/19/18 - 9:28 pm

NBC Boston reports Salem State University observed a moment of silence at its graduation in honor of Chris Joyce, who would have been the first member of his family to graduate college today, except that he was murdered on May 4. The school gave his family his diploma.

By - 5/17/18 - 5:30 pm
Hawk with squirrel at Jamaica Pond

Late yesterday afternoon, this hawk sat in a tree on the Jamaica Pond shore along Parkman Drive. Oh, look, it has some dinner. After about 30 seconds of me taking its photo, it had enough and flew off, with dinner, right in front of a runner on the path.

By - 5/15/18 - 6:05 pm
Raindrops keep falling on their heads at Forest Hills

You might think that having an enormous metal and glass structure over your head would be enough to protect you from torrential downpours, but obviously not, as BNF shows us at the lower busway at Forest Hills. But don't bother upper-busway riders with any complaints - most of them have nothing at all to stand under.

By - 5/14/18 - 2:02 pm

Wilvin Guity, 28, of Dorchester, was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment for the murder of Chris Joyce and Clayborn Blair at the Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain on May 4, as they celebrated Joyce's impending graduation from Salem State College. Read more.

By - 5/14/18 - 12:44 pm
Stock art showing palm trees and water tower for JP building

Nothing like a morning run through the Arboretum palm glen.

The Vita is a new 82-unit luxury condo building going in on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain that, based on its Web site, is aimed at the sort of hard-charging set who might feel a tad awkward at the Drinking Fountain across the street, except the Drinking Fountain closed last summer, so it's cool. Read more.

By - 5/13/18 - 7:43 pm
Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum

Paint the World took in Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum today.

By - 5/12/18 - 7:35 pm

Boston Police report arresting Wilvin Guity, 28, of Dorchester, on charges he murdered both Chris Joyce and Clayborn Blair in the rear of 277 Centre St. on May 4. Read more.

By - 5/10/18 - 10:21 am
Swans at Jamaica Pond

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy shows us a typical Jamaica Pond scene in 1910.

As Ben Evans notes:

Feeding small children to swans was outlawed in 1923.

By - 5/9/18 - 8:18 pm
Large turtle

Roving UHub photographer Elisha Meyer found herself stopped on Allandale Street on the Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury line around 4:15 p.m. today - by a monster turtle, at least until police showed up to help him across the street:

He got a BPD escort and everything. I guess it gives new meaning to the term "rubbernecking."

By - 5/9/18 - 7:53 pm
Jamaica Pond in the setting fog

Roving UHub photographer Kirsten Morgan enjoyed the foggy sunset at Jamaica Pond this evening.

By - 5/8/18 - 11:23 pm
End is here at Forest Hills

This woman moved around the upper busway at Forest Hills this afternoon, proclaiming the end was no longer nigh, it was here. She spent some time on the sidewalk and some time in the busway itself, proclaiming a warning or promise to people who mostly tuned her out. At one point, she stood at the edge of the 36/37 berth and continued to give witness even after both buses left and the berth was completely empty.

By - 5/6/18 - 8:11 pm

Boston Police have identified the second man shot to death at the Mildred Hailey Apartments on Friday night as Clayborn Blair, 58.

Read more.

By - 5/6/18 - 5:13 pm

Boston Police report arresting two teenagers on gun-possession charges yesterday at 277 Centre St., where Chris Joyce and another man were shot to death the night before. Read more.

By - 5/5/18 - 10:55 pm

Friends are identifying one of the two men fatally shot at the Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain last night as Chris Joyce, 23.

Joyce was scheduled to graduate with an accounting degree from Salem State University on May 19. Read more.

By - 5/5/18 - 2:36 pm

Now a novelist, in 1996, Alisa Valdes was a writer for the Living section of the Globe when Junot Diaz's "Drown" collection of short stories came out. When he came up to Boston, she interviewed him and they began a relationship even though he expressed disgust when she took him to a Dominican restaurant in JP rather than a fancy place downtown. Read more.

By - 5/4/18 - 9:44 pm

UPDATE: One victim identified as Chris Joyce, 23, the second as Clayborn Blair, 58.

Two men were shot, one in the head, around 9:40 p.m. behind 277 Centre St., midway between the T stop and Bickford Street. Read more.

By - 5/2/18 - 11:52 am

The T had been planning to run buses instead of Orange Line trains between Forest Hills and Jackson Square for track work this weekend, but canceled that when it learned the 40th annual Wake Up the Earth festival was scheduled for Saturday, basically spreading out from the Stony Brook T stop. So look for regular Orange Line service instead.

By - 4/27/18 - 4:49 pm
Proposed terminal area for New York and Boston Inland Railroad, along the Charles River

Imagine no Esplanade and no Storrow Drive. See it larger.

The launch of Amtrak's Acela service in 2000 brought 3 1/2-hour train travel between Boston and New York. It was a big improvement over the old 5-hour trip - but it was no faster than train service first proposed in the 1880s with steam engines. Read more.

By - 4/27/18 - 8:46 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on a meeting between state officials and residents about the future of Shattuck Hospital's grounds in Franklin Park as the hospital is shut and moved to the South End. A state agency wants to use two acres of the land for affordable housing.

By - 4/26/18 - 6:29 pm

WCVB reports a Boston firefighter is free on personal recognizance after his arraignment earlier this month on charges he tried to kiss a woman, then pulled her pants down, exposed himself and pushed her onto a couch before she fled. Read more.