Coming April 3: Fresh News For the Neighborhood You Love

Chris Helms, now publisher of the JP News, working an accident scene in JP while he was editor of JP Patch.

Stephen Walsh

Chris Helms, now publisher of the JP News, working an accident scene in JP while he was editor of JP Patch.

Hello, neighbors. This is Chris Helms, publisher of the site you’re reading, the Jamaica Plain News.

If that name rings a bell, it may be because you knew me as the founding editor of Jamaica Plain Patch. Or maybe you were a dog walking buddy when I lived in Forest Hills.

My wife Jane and I are starting this online news and community site for the neighborhood we all love.

Our new local business is in the “soft launch” phase. We’ll be “officially” launching on Thursday, April 3. Please stop by our launch party during First Thursday. The party is at the Centre/South Main Streets “pop up” space at 668 Centre St. from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.

If you have questions, add them in the comment section, email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews.com or give me a call at 978-816-8125.

The name “Jamaica Plain News” comes from the neighborhood’s first newspaper. It was published from 1872 to 1932 by the Jamaica Printing Co., according to the JP Historical Society. The JP Branch Library has it on microfilm. Here’s a photo of the masthead as it looked in 1901.

The masthead of the Jamaica Plain News, which was published by the Jamaica Printing Co. from 1872 to 1932.

Chris Helms

The masthead of the Jamaica Plain News, which was published by the Jamaica Printing Co. from 1872 to 1932.

Again, if you’d like an email from us when we launch, please add your email to this Google form.

We’re thrilled to be back in JP. See you soon around the neighborhood!

[Editor’s note: Post updated Friday, March 7 with information on the launch party.]

  • Sue Carman

    Good luck, Chris! It was great to work with you in the early days of JP Patch, and I wish you the best in your new venture.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Thanks, Sue! I enjoyed working with you, too. Those were wild times. What a roller-coaster!

      • Sue Carman

        That’s an understatement! For me, it was great learning curve of how to take old-fashioned community news reporting into the digital age.

  • Logan K

    Welcome back!

  • mijohn

    Excellent! Welcome back? Looking for interns?

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Thanks, Michelle! And the answer is yes. I emailed you separately with details.

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