Dangerousness of Algae Bloom Takes Residents By Surprise

The big neighborhood news this week has been Jamaica Pond falling into the grip of a toxic bloom of blue-green algae. Some residents, though aware the Pond is closed, say they didn't realize the seriousness of the danger. Though officials say the toxin is not known to be absorbed through the skin, the blue-green algae is potentially deadly when ingested. Signage posted in multiple languages around the pond cautions residents to refrain from contact with the contaminated water, and advises pet owners to keep dogs a safe distance from the shore. Residents should refrain from entering the pond as contact to humans can result in eye irritation, organ damage, and in extreme cases, death, according to an advisory from the Boston Public Health Commission.

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Dusk at Jamaica Pond, June 2014

Confirmed: Algae Bloom in Jamaica Pond is Toxic

Tests show that the blue-green algae bloom at Jamaica Pond is indeed toxic, according to a press release from the Boston Public Health Commission. Humans and their pets must stay out of Jamaica Pond until officials give the all-clear. That's going to be at least two weeks, since two clean weekly tests in a row are required. The state considers safe levels of this algae to be 70,000 cells per milliliter of water. Tests done Monday showed the Pond's figure at 81,576 cells/milliliter.

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Manhole Problem Sparks Outages in Pondside, Hyde Square

@janggolan @universalhub smells like straight up bbq over here pic.twitter.com/vWhyIYqk8q— Alex Carlson (@killersim00) July 21, 2015

An equipment failure beneath Moraine Street caused power outages in the surrounding area Monday night into Tuesday. Rhiannon D'Angelo of the utility Eversource said the problem took place about 9 p.m. Monday. At its peak, more than 350 customers lost power, she said. Half of those had power restored within two hours. Resident Alex Carson Tweeted, "smells like straight up bbq over here."

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Glassy Pre-dawn Pond

like glass at the pond before sunrise #morningrun #jamaicaplain http://t.co/noCMa2Prpt pic.twitter.com/6CUMBweshA— Sally Cohen (@sallymcohen) June 30, 2015

Sally Cohen captured this Pond moment on her morning run Tuesday. Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:

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A bench at Jamaica Pond will be dedicated to Noah Katz, who died on Aug. 2, 2104.

Memorial for Noah Katz, Pond Fixture, Set for Saturday

Noah Katz, well known for his gregarious presence at Jamaica Pond, will have a bench dedicated to his memory. A commemoration ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the bandstand. Katz died on Aug. 2, 2014. Here's a message from Donna Kiefer:

At long last, we have a date and time to meet and commemorate our dear friend and family member.

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Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Secret Squirrel Edition

Yes, it's the famous Albino Squirrel of Jamaica Pond. Interrobang Letterpress captured this photo of the little guy back in 2008. He (or she?) has become an iconic figure: the albino squirrel of Jamaica Pond. Interrobang Press shared this 2008 photo of the famous rodent to the Jamaica Plain News Photo Pool on Flickr. The secret squirrel has entered local logo lore as the symbol of the Jamaica Plain Music Festival.

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Troutastic Day at Jamaica Pond

#trout stocking at #jamaicapond @BostonParksDept @FranklinParkBos @NotifyBoston @02130News #emeraldnecklaceparks pic.twitter.com/Q3LoJqWrM4— EmeraldNecklaceConse (@EmNecklaceBos) May 6, 2015

Wednesday was the annual stocking of Jamaica Pond with hundreds of trout and other fishes. As is traditional, Gov. Charlie Baker and local students helped. Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:

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Scene of fatal shooting at 891 Centre St., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2105.

Texts Detail Broad Daylight Murder Plot

Prosecutors say the men behind the brazen daytime murder of a snow shoveling crew member on Centre Street organized the hit via text message. On Monday, the men charged in the Feb. 11 murder of 21-year-old Kenny Lamour both pleaded not guilty. A judge denied bail to Donte Henley, 24, of South Boston and Josiah Zachery, 18, of Hyde Park, according to the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley. During Monday's arraignment, prosecutors argued that Lamour and Henley were working on a snow shoveling detail organized by Roca Inc. despite that organization's knowledge that the two were members of rival gangs.

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Happy Earth Day, JP!

Peace, love and #jamaicaplain pic.twitter.com/twQG7Vv8Rl— Marissa Simoes (@ALittleNewsie) April 22, 2015

Marissa Simoes captured this perfect Earth Day scene at Pinebank, near the Pond. Thanks for sharing it, Marissa! Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

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A Great Day to Be a Turtle

A nice day for turtles on #jamaicapond @02130News @universalhub pic.twitter.com/nB1TJdJY79— D R (@8doug8) April 19, 2015

It seemed that everyone was enjoying the Pond on Sunday, including these two fellows photographed by Twitter user D R.

Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr

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