Thursdays on the Lawn Kicks Off with Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Music and More on June 1

It's beginning to feel like summer in Jamaica Plain -- and that means that Thursdays on the Loring Greenough House's lawn will start anew on June 1. The Hive beer garden is back again this year! Food options scheduled for June 1 includes Papi's Sopapilla, Chicken and Rice Guys, and Karen Clarke's Vegan Bakery. There will be a performance by cellist Daniel Chouinard, and a mini-market from the Boston Women's Market. And of course, there will be plenty of space for the little ones to run around and play.


Archdiocese of Boston Reaches Settlement with Reported Victim of Priest in Jamaica Plain

The Archdiocese of Boston has reached a five-figure settlement with a man, who says as a boy, he was sexually abused by a priest at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain in the 1970s.  

According to a civil lawsuit complaint, when he was between the ages of 10 to 13, William Brown was sexually abused by Father Arnold Kelley, who now lives in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Brown was a parishioner, band member and religious education student (CCD) at St. Aquinas Parish (located at 97 South St.).


Arrest Warrant Issued for Man Who Allegedly Left Dog That Died in Hot Car

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who failed to appear in court Tuesday to be arraigned on charges of animal cruelty for allegedly leaving his dog unattended in a vehicle in Jamaica Plain on Aug. 1, leading to the dog's death. Travis Gustafson, 31, did not appear for his arraignment at West Roxbury Municipal Court, according to Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. Judge Paul McManus issued a warrant for his arrest. Gustafson allegedly left his pit bull Max unattended in a Chevy pickup truck on Burroughs Street the afternoon of Aug.


Evergreen Eatery May Fill Former La Rana Rossa Space

A new dining establishment called Evergreen Eatery may move into the space at the intersection of Green and Amory streets recently vacated by pizzeria La Rana Rossa. According to the agenda for last week's Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (BAPA) meeting, Evergreen Eatery Inc., with Karen Paik listed as manager, is requesting a common victualler beer and wine license for the restaurant at 154 Green St., with opening hours from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. BAPA's Facebook page, meanwhile, mentions Phil Paik -- the owner of JP Seafood -- as the manager. Little is known about the restaurant's potential concept at this time, although Boston Hidden Retaurants says some Facebook posters suggest it may be an Amsrican-style diner. La Rana Rossa, which opened in early 2016, closed last month. Before that, the space was occupied by Bartlett Square Cafe.


See Art Projected on the Brewery Walls This Weekend

Artwork will once again take over the historic Jamaica Plain Brewery Complex this Saturday night, July 22 with Projections 2, an art exhibit on the exterior walls of the building. The Jamaica Plain Arts Council together with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation will present the one-night multimedia event, an unconventional art show that removes the gallery walls and invites guests to experience art in a relaxed, community-centered atmosphere while enjoying live music, dance, and food and drink from JP establishments. The jurors for the show are:

Rob Festa, who has always had an interest in taking photographs, especially those that capture objects and places in an abstract setting. His work has been shown in galleries in the greater Boston area and New York City. He is a Boston-area architect and has worked with several nationally recognized architectural firms. Festa is a Jamaica Plain Open Studios artist and a former Jamaica Plain Arts Council board member, co-founder of UFORGE gallery, founder and curator of JP to me, and a professional media member of American Photographic Artist.


2017 JP State of Our Neighborhood to Focus on ‘Community Climate’

The seventh annual Jamaica Plain State of Our Neighborhood (SOON) gathering will be held Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Curley K-8 School at 495 Centre St. -- and this year, organizers are planning a new format to draw in neighborhood participants. "This year’s State of Our Neighborhood seeks to engage our community in a new way. Attendees will take part in the Community Climate ribbon activity, which will transform this year’s SOON into a cultural ritual, and the event’s usual dialogue with our local elected officials will follow," according to JP SOON organizers. JP SOON's organizing committee expanded on the concept -- and the thinking behind it -- in a recent piece for the Jamaica Plain Gazette:
"Our JP community now faces a drastically changed political environment following last November’s presidential election.


Hyde Square Task Force Celebrates Newly Renovated Youth Community Development Center

The Hyde Square Task Force celebrated their newly renovated Youth Community Development Center in a grand reopening ceremony in Jamaica Plain's Latin Quarter on Jan. 31st. Hyde Square Task Force (HTSF) members were joined by donors, youth leaders, and community members who celebrated the new space with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The $2.5 million project will allow HSTF to better serve more than 1,200 youth each year through Afro-Latin arts, civic engagement and college success programs.



New Restaurant Brass Cat Cafe Proposed by Tres Gatos, Centre Street Cafe, Casa Verde Team

The restaurant team behind Jamaica Plain's Tres Gatos, Centre Street Cafe and Casa Verde is eyeing a fourth dining establishment in the neighborhood. The new proposed restaurant would be called Brass Cat Cafe and be located at 3399 Washington St., which would seem to point to the Schell Printing building near the intersection with Green Street. The proposal is scheduled to be discussed at a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Curtis Hall. According to the restaurant team, pending support from neighborhood associations related to the Washington Street corridor and the JPNC's Public Service Committee, the city's licensing board will likely decide later this month whether to approve the new restaurant's application for a wines, malt beverages and liqueurs license.

Screen shot from video of Boston Fire knocking out windows at 12-14 Creighton St. on Dec. 31, 2016.

Video: Firefighters Knock Out Windows in Fight Versus Creighton Blaze

A resident's video captured an important moment in the Saturday's 3-alarm fire on Creighton Street. The short video below shows members of the Boston Fire Department breaking windows to manage the blaze. The fire displaced nine people. A fundraising campaign is underway to help them. The below video is from a resident named Jesse.