Casey Arborway, Dec. 11, 2016

Casey Arborway Milestone: Shea Square Stoplights to Go Live Thursday

Jamaica Plain's "Little Dig" -- AKA the Casey Aborway -- is scheduled to pass a key benchmark this week. Shea Circle, the part of the Arborway where Franklin Park meets the main entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery, will take a giant step toward becoming Shea Square. The stop lights in the new configuration are to be turned on for the first time on Thursday. Transportation planners say a signalized intersection will be more efficient than the large circle it is replacing. Here's what the finished product should look like:

Here are the details on which traffic movements will be affected the next two weeks, as outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation:

On or about December 15th the traffic signal will control Shea Square for the first time.

Did You Know? Home For Aged Couples Has Plot at Forest Hills Cemetery

One of the joys of living in JP is taking walks in Forest Hills Cemetery and discovering something new. While many residents visit the graves of the famous — perhaps most notably poet e.e. cummings — the cemetery also honors the forgotten. For instance, there's a plot for the Home for Aged Couples. It was founded in  1884 to care and provide housing for poor married couples. The campus, now operated by Rogerson Homes, still stands at Columbus and Walnut avenues.

Firefighter Kennedy Not Forgotten Amid Historic Snow

Fireman's Lot, Forest Hills, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Credit: Richard Heath

Forest Hills Cemetery, where the snow stays white and there are no arguments over space savers, remains a refuge during this historic winter. Someone even cleared a path to the Fireman's Lot, where most recently Firefighter Michael Kennedy was laid to rest. If you’d like to visit to pay your respects, the Fireman’s Lot is on a bee-line between the Walk Hill Street gate and Lake Hibiscus. It’s marked by the letter “Q” on this map ( PDF.)