Boldly Going Past Old Boundaries, Someone Put a Space Saver in a City Lot

@universalhub @02130News Space saver in a municipal parking that's a new one.

— hillary (@_hillary) February 4, 2015

JP's Hillary Corbett saw something she'd never seen before (and I've never seen before) — a space saver in a city-owned lot spot. The deck chair was laying claim to a spot in the city's 490-498 Centre St. lot across the street from the Curley School. It's one of the lots the city (theoretically) makes available during snow emergencies.

A space saver on Paul Gore Street in February 2014.

Countdown is on For Space Savers

The rule for space savers, established by former Mayor Tom Menino, is they can be used for up to 48 hours after the end of a snow emergency. Since the most recent snow emergency lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, that means space savers need to be gone from your street by 6 p.m. Thursday. We've installed a nifty little countdown clock on the right sidebar of this website as a reminder. Of course, there are streets in JP where space savers seem to stay in use year round (my old street, Weld Hill, was among them.)

Some neighborhoods have banned the Boston tradition. For instance, a civic group in the South End is trying to kibosh this piece of local culture.


Parking Ban to be Lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday

Major arteries where parking is banned until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 2015. Credit: City of Boston

As the city enjoys a day of sun and no additional snow, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the parking ban would be lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The parking ban applies to major arteries to keep them clear for emergency vehicles. JP is home to several of these stretches.


Forest Hills Snowscape

Braved the outdoors for some Dunks. #jamaicaplain #Bosnow #snowday4 #igersboston #bostonweather #bostondotcom #workfromhome #foresthills #mbta A photo posted by Becca Stocker (@becs_stocks) on Feb 2, 2015 at 8:18am PST

Becca Stocker braved the elements during the storm Monday and was rewarded with this nicely-framed Forest Hills snowscape. Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

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Students from the Curley board their bus on Feb. 13, 2014.

Boston Public Schools Closed — Again — on Tuesday

Students in the Boston Public Schools will get their fifth snow day of the last two weeks on Tuesday. The city announced the news late Monday afternoon. If you're a parent or guardian who needs help with childcare while you work, Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. However children must be at least 7 to be left at BCYF community centers, of which there are two in JP: Curtis Hall (20 South St.) and the Hennigan (200 Heath St.)

A Sunday-into-Monday storm that has already dumped a foot of snow on the city was continuing as of Monday afternoon. For all your JP storm news in one place, check Jamaica Plain Storm Center.


City Offers Real-Time Snow Removal Data

On Monday the city debuted a new Web service that lets you see how much of your neighborhood has been plowed, which phase of the snow removal process the city is in and even the names of the plow drivers on duty in your area. The Web page,, allows you to enter your address and learn various aspects of the city's progress in your neighborhood. For instance, around 4 p.m. on Monday, there were two plow drivers working the area around Weld Hill Street. The page doesn't indicate exactly what borders it means. Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement that the new data tool was a collaboration of many parts of city government.


What’s Open, Closed in JP

In contrast to last week's blizzard, a lot more is staying open during Monday's storm. For instance, the T is trying to run a regular schedule. Here's our ongoing list of what's open and closed. If you'd like to announce your business or organization's plans, please leave a comment on this story or email Open

MBTA is on a regular schedule

Boston Centers for Youth and Families are open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (In JP, that's Curtis Hall at 20 South St.


Snow Emergency Begins at 6 a.m. Monday

Major arteries where parking is banned as of 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2 2015. Credit: City of Boston

With the second major winter storm in a week set to hit the city, Mayor Marty Walsh has declared a snow emergency starting at 6 a.m. Monday. This means you can't park on major arteries to keep them clear for emergency vehicles. JP is home to several of these stretches.


Boston Public Schools Closed Monday

As another storm bears down on Jamaica Plain, Boston Public Schools announced they'll be closed on Monday. The storm could bring up to a foot of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday. This will be the fourth snow day in the last 10 days. For all your JP snow news in one place, check Jamaica Plain Storm Center.


‘Linus’ Could Blanket Us With Snow

So the Weather Channel has started naming winter storms. The one set to hit Boston Sunday night into Monday they're calling "Linus." The more reserved National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning starting at 9 p.m. Sunday and effective through 1 a.m. Tuesday. The Weather Service expects accumulations of about a foot. For all your JP snow news in one place, check Jamaica Plain Storm Center.