It's not every day, or year, that a new elementary school is created in Jamaica Plain. Public, private, charter, Montessori, Catholic -- the birth of a new learning institution is quite an ordeal. Come this fall, the Croft School will be opening its doors in Forest Hills. The Croft School is co-founded by Scott Given, who previously founded and was the CEO of the UP Education Network, and Jamaica Plain resident Cristina Smith, who moved to the area in 2017 after working at elementary schools in California. The Croft School is opening at 3815 Washington St., which was previously home to the Harvest Co-op.
The deadline to apply for one of the 50 affordable units in the new apartment building still under construction in Forest Hills is February 3. Applications are available from Jan. 16 to Jan. 27 and you can request a lottery application by clicking here. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by no later than Feb.
There's no way the Francis Parkman Playground looked like this back in 1924 when it first opened. The city recently finished a $1.7 million renovation of the playground on Wachusett Street, and it's got some pretty darn cool features like a splash pad with a runnel, an adult size basketball court and a mini-basketball hoop for the little ones (please bigger kids, don't hang on the rim), and an embankment slide. The new playground has an inclusive play structure and springers for children ages 2 to 5, and a large inclusive climbing structure for ages 5 to 12. There's also a shaded and covered picnic shelter, a water fountain with a drinking bottle refiller, an exercise station, as well new seats and benches, LED lighting, trees, plantings, and a dish swing. The city will be celebrating the reopening of the playground on Aug.
A level 3 sex offender who allegedly exposed himself in the Forest Hills area on July 18, and had earlier tried to rape and kidnap a different victim earlier that day, was arraigned in two district courts on Tuesday for multiple charges. Kennedy Colson, 29, who provided the address of a Boston homeless shelter during booking, was arraigned on Tuesday at Roxbury Municipal Court and the West Roxbury Municipal Court for alleged crimes that all occurred on July 18, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. He was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to rape, kidnapping, open and gross lewdness, assault and battery, and trespassing. He allegedly assaulted a victim shortly before 1 pm at a Northeastern University building. He was held without bail pending a July 26 dangerousness hearing under Chapter 276, Section 58A, of the Massachusetts General Laws.
Is it only a matter of time before a pedestrian, bicyclist, driver or passenger dies in an accident in the Forest Hills area that could've been avoided? After a Boston Police officer was hit while working a detail on Monday, residents, city councilors and the MBTA are pushing hard to make the area safer. Thankfully, it appears the officer did not suffer life threatening injuries after a dump truck collided with a van, which then hit the vehicle the officer was in at Ukraine Way and Hyde Park Avenue, reported WCVB. Local resident Kyle Vining has witnessed safety issues in the Forest Hills area, and has complained to the city to improve the area since at least 2016. Vining tweeted after the accident:
"My heart is heavy and my spirit is sad today to hear that a @bostonpolice officer was struck today at the very intersection I have been complaining to @BostonBTD and @marty_walsh to fix for the last 3 years since I moved to Forest Hills."