A young boy (and his mother) made an incredible one-minute video highlighting all of his favorite things about Jamaica Plain -- the restaurants, train stations, barber shop, libraries, bicycles, karate classes -- and more! Holding a toy train to start, Santiago Arroyo begins in front of the Egleston Square mural across from the T and makes his way to the Egleston Community Garden, and then moves on to restaurants by highlighting the original Chilacates, JP Licks (what kid doesn't like ice cream?), Pikalo, and Exodus Bagels. He shouts out all the bicycles to ride, neighborhood libraries and playgrounds, mentions he takes karate classes with his mother and grandmother(!), and talks up the firefighters of Engine 28. Then he really gets into the action -- by getting a trim at Flaco's Barber Shop, and a teeth cleaning at the Brookside Community Health Center. He ends by showcasing JP's T stops.
While a new fire station is built on Columbus Avenue to replace an old one, there will be temporary fire house sited on Amory Street starting by June. The plan is still being worked on, but the hope is to have the firefighters of companies Engine 42 Rescue 2 and District 9 out of the old house at 1870 Columbus Ave., Roxbury, by June, said Brian Alkins, Public Information Officer for the Boston Fire Department, to Jamaica Plain News. Once out of the current firehouse, there will be a two-month bidding process for the new building to be sited at the current location. The construction process is expected to last from 16 to 18 months. The cost of the overall project is expected to be $23.5 million.
The Boston Fire Department safely evacuated all residents and two dogs from a house fire on Boylston Street on Thursday afternoon. As of 5 pm, Boston Fire Department personnel were battling the blaze, but had knocked down the heavy fire, according to a BFD tweet. Upon arrival, firefighters saw that the 2.5-story house was engulfed in flames.
A dog named Maggie needed to be rescued by a Boston Firefighter from Jamaica Pond after falling through the ice on Feb. 23rd. Here is a video of the daring rescue by Boston Firefighter Mike Ronayne, which shows how he crawled out on the ice while wearing a suit designed to combat frigid water temperatures. At one point the firefighter also fell through the ice. But without much delay he was able to rescue the dog, pulling it out from the water, and Maggie the dog happily walked away and joined her owner on land.
JP is responding to help the nine residents displaced by Saturday's fire on Creighton Street. The fire caused an estimated $700,000 damage to a six-unit house at 12-14 Creighton. One person was taken to a hospital after slipping and falling, Boston EMS reported. Resident Shamus Moynihan has set up a "Go Fund Me" campaign to aid the victims. At the time of posting this article, the campaign had raised $6,015. For more on the blaze, please see our initial story.