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.
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.
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.
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.
Jarrod "Rizz" Simmons, 21, yesterday pleaded guilty to distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing facility. Read more.
Looks like the T will have to put another zero up on those [X] Days Since Last Orange Line Fire in JP" signs again: There was a track fire between Jackson Square and Stony Brook - well less than 24 hours after the last track fire on that stretch of the Orange Line. The fire is out, the firefighters are gone and service has resumed, but with residual delays of 10 to 15 minutes the T advises.
Jamaica Plain News interviews Nika Elugardo, an aide to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, who is running against incumbent state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez in the 15th Suffolk and Norfolk district (Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Brookline and Roslindale).
Margaret Pimentel is all set to open her Achilitos Taqueria, in the new building at 38 Hyde Park Ave., where YMAA used to be, but both the mayor's office and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council asked the Boston Licensing Board today to defer action on her request for a food-serving license until after she can meet with the council to discuss her proposal. Read more.
Jamaica Plain News reports the impending arrival of a new store on Centre Street that will specialize in chocolate and freshly roasted nuts. Cacao will open in the space between the Same Old Place and Chilicates.
Something went wrong this evening and all the parkways in Jamaica Plain ground to a complete halt, as Fred discovered. Read more.