Person Shot at 891 Centre St.

Shots fired in #jamaicaplain cops everywhere— Benjamin Spear (@benjaminspear) February 11, 2015

UPDATE: One man is dead, two people are in custody and an officer was shot at but not hit. Here's our updated story. ~~~~~

Boston Police confirm a person has been shot at 891 Centre St., near Murray Circle. We'll have more soon.


Proposal: Make Murray Circle Into Two Roundabouts

Proposal for changes to Murray Circle. Credit: Toole Design Group
A historic overhaul of the Arborway could be in the works, with the aim of improving pedestrian and bike safety. This week the Department of Conservation and Recreation held two public meetings at the Arboretum where a design firm put out a "starter idea" that's sure to get Jamaica Plain talking: Take the big rotary where Centre meets the Arborway and turn it into two roundabouts. That's just one of the big ideas floated this week. Resident Clay Harper attended both meetings and published an informative summary at his "Arborway Matters" blog.


Cops Issue Community Alert After Woman’s Butt Slapped at Pond

A man on a bicycle slapped the rear of a woman running near the Boat House at Jamaica Pond on Monday. Boston Police issued a community alert and are asking the public for help. Police report that the woman was jogging about 9:30 a.m. on Monday when the man slapped her. She screamed, according to the report, and the man fled. The victim described the suspect as a black or Hispanic man in his 20s, 6-0 with a medium build.


Pond Benches to ∞

At this point I'm beyond cold... #JamaicaPlain #JPpond #Coolin A photo posted by Seth C (@sethlyte) on Dec 12, 2014 at 5:30pm PST

The graceful curves of the benches at the Pond are the subject of Tuesday's Photo of the Day. Seth C. braved the cold to bring back this nicely-composed shot. 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":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

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

Tag a picture on Instagram with #02130News


When the Ice Business Was King at Jamaica Pond

Cutting ice on Jamaica Pond. Credit: Boston Public Library via the JP Historical Society

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP, often from the online archives of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. This photo is a reminder of when ice used to be big business in Boston and Jamaica Pond was a primary place to harvest it. The Historical Society is sponsoring a talk on this vanished industry in January. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are three ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews
Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News
Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr


Dog Playing in Water Enrages Branch-Wielding Man

A woman walking her dog at Willow Pond Meadow told police a man threatened to beat her pooch with a tree branch. The incident took place about 3:31 p.m. on Wednesday. The woman told police she was walking her dog on the path by the Muddy River. She let the dog get a drink and splash in the water. That's when she was approached by a bearded white man with partially braided hair, who was wearing a gray shirt, blue pants and gray shoes.


Head-on Collision Claims Two Lives on Jamaicaway

UPDATE: State Police have released the names of the people who died. ~~~~~

Two women are dead and another passenger is in critical condition after a BMW crossed the center line at Perkins and Jamaicaway, slamming head-on into a Camry. The wreck took place just before 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a report from State Police. The investigation so far indicates the driver of a 2007 BMW 530xi, Jennifer Guzman of Hyde Park, crossed the center line and struck a 2002 Toyota Camry. Two women in the BMW died.


Photo Gallery: Lanterns Light the Night

Adelaide, 6, receives a lantern she picked out at the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade on Oct. 18, 2014. Credit: Esther Ro

Thousands thronged the Pond Saturday for the 31st edition of the Lantern Parade. Photojournalist Esther Ro was there and brings you a gallery of images from this signature neighborhood event. The Lantern Parade's second night begins Sunday at 6 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations and Friends of Jamaica Pond.

District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) Headquarters, Boston Police

Police Update Descriptions of Pond Armed Robbery Duo

On Thursday police released a little more detail on the descriptions of two young men, one brandishing a gun, the other holding a knife, who held up people at least twice last week around Jamaica Pond. Police say both robbers were black or black and Hispanic. One stood 5-0 or 5-4 while the other was between 5-5 and 6-0. Their ages are estimated to be between 14 and 21. "We are looking for any additional information from any victims/witnesses," wrote Police Officer Carlos Lara.

File photo: Emergency crews search Jamaica Pond for a woman seen going into the water, but not leaving it, on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Victim Tied to Tree at Pond as Armed Robbers Strike Twice

Police confirmed that an armed robbery victim at the Pond was tied to a tree by his assailants. Further, a second armed robbery took place the same night. In a community alert issued Tuesday, police said they are seeking the public's help to ID two people described only as black Hispanic men in their 20s believed to be behind two armed robberies that took place Wednesday night. In the first, a man walking his bike on the footpath by the boathouse at Jamaica Pond about 11 p.m. was accosted by two young men. One had a black hand gun and told him to come into the bushes.