Cold Emergency Declared Thru Sunday: Key Safety Tips and Resources for You

With wind chills expected to be in negative double digit temperatures on Friday and Saturday, Mayor Michelle Wu declared a cold emergency in the city for Friday through Sunday. Boston Public Schools cancelled school for Friday. and BCYF locations will be activated as warming centers on Friday and Saturday, but are not substitutes for childcare. A full list of locations and their hours can be found here. “Boston is moving quickly to ensure that everyone is protected from the intense cold weather that will start Friday and last through the weekend. I want to thank the many city teams who have already begun preparations and will be responding to this weekend’s brutal cold weather,” said Wu.

Sidewalk shoveling, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Volunteers Wanted: Councilor Lara Creates D6 Snow Program to Help Neighbors Shovel

Many of us are able to shovel our walks, driveways, sidewalks, and so forth. There are also many people who need help. District 6 City Councilor Kendra Lara has created a program to offer shoveling help to those in need. "Our D6 Snow Collaborative Program, created in solidarity with our neighbors and in support of our Public Works Department, connects people in District 6 in need of shoveling assistance with neighbors who have volunteered their time," wrote Lara in an email blast. "We'll also reach out to our elderly neighbors to check on any support they might need during the storm."


Photos: Magical Ice Formations at Jamaica Pond

Local photographer and JP resident Shaheen Pooladvand was recently walking around Jamaica Pond and noticed these magical ice formations at the edge of the water. All photos courtesy of Shaheen Pooladvand. You can see more of Pooladvand's work on her Instagram.  

Flooding in the Dominican Republic, November 2016

Donations to Help DR Flood Victims Accepted in Jackson Square, Online

Devastating floods have hit the Dominican Republic. JP, home to a high number of Dominican families and businesses, is a collection point for donations to aid the recovery. Physical donations of canned food, diapers and shoes are being accepted at 225 Centre St., at the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, through 2 p.m. Sunday. You may also donate online via UnidosConRD. Here's how.


Photos: Storm Knocks Down Trees, Shutting Down Roads, Destroying Property

A quick thunderstorm rolled through the Greater Boston area Monday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m., leaving quite a bit of destruction in its wake in Jamaica Plain. Here are just some of the photos that folks on Twitter shared of storm damage, indicating fallen tree limbs and downed wires around the neighborhood. And the city was quick to get on removing downed trees.  


A Towering Tree Topples on Tower Street

A large tree splintered and fell Tuesday morning across the street from Forest Hills station in Jamaica Plain. John Godfrey posted the above photo on Twitter Tuesday morning. "My girlfriend heard a huge crack when it fell," Godfrey told Jamaica Plain News. "Somehow, no cars got hit, even the street is always busy." Godfrey believes a nearby home may have suffered minor damage, "but nothing terrible.


White Stuff on Green Street

The snow is coming down hard in Jamaica Plain as of 6 p.m., but the MBTA is running, and a T worker is doing his part to keep the sidewalk clear around the Green Street station. Forecasters say that Boston could get 2 to 4 inches in this storm.

Sidewalk shoveling, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Wintry Mix on Sidewalks Will Turn to Ice

Many residents might have counted on this afternoon's rain to wash away the snow. But with freezing rain having already begun and expected to last until at least midnight, unshoveled sidewalks are going to be treacherous. The National Weather Service has issued a series of weather advisories for JP, including a freezing rain advisory. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate by dawn. The city requires property owners to keep the sidewalks in front of their personal or commercial properties clear of snow and ice.