Workshop for Washington Street Plan, AKA JPRox, Set for Sept. 30

The BRA sponsored study of the Washington Street corridor, Plan JPRox, had a rousing kick off on July 28 as previously reported by the Jamaica Plain News. Now it's time to get down to work. The first workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the English High School cafeteria, 6-8 p.m.

BRA Jamaica Plain planner Marie Mercurio  told the Jamaica Plain news "we have met with many of you to introduce PlanJPROX, a new planning study that encompasses an area along Washington Street and Columbus Avenue between the Forest Hills and Jackson Square T stops. [We invite everyone to] come to our next workshop to get an update and work with us to discuss recurring themes and help craft a vision for the future."

William Morales (far right) looks at photos of the late Father Jack Roussin

Egleston Square Gathers to Remember ‘Father Jack’

Members of the Egleston Square community gathered for a special Wednesday night Mass in remembrance of local community leader Father Jack Roussin. Known to his parishioners as "Father Jack," the late pastor began his tenure at the historic St. Mary's of the Angels in Egleston in the mid 1970's, where he worked until moving to a shantytown outside Lima, Peru in the early 1990s. From the outset, Roussin was a force within the community, working to help unify a neighborhood that was gripped by drugs and violence. "He walked as our brother, he walked as our father, he walked as our Shepherd," said the Rev. Wayne Belschner, who was mentored by Roussin.

Location where suspect shot and killed, police officer shot on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Cop in Critical Condition After Being Shot Near JP; Suspect Killed

UPDATE, Monday, 6:30 a.m. — The officer, John Moynihan, is in stable condition after hours of surgery to remove a bullet from his neck, according to Universal Hub. Police identified the man killed as Angelo West, 41, of Hyde Park. ~~~~~

A Boston Police officer was shot in the face and a suspect shot and killed in the H-block section of Roxbury on Friday, according to multiple reports. The incident took place at Humboldt Avenue and Ruthven Street, an area just blocks beyond Jamaica Plain. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the officer is fighting for his life, according to a Herald report of a press conference at Boston Medical Center.


Apple Arts Day Held at Nearby Historical Gem You’ve Never Heard Of

The Shirley Eustis House in Roxbury held its annual Apple Arts events in the carriage house on Sunday. The historic home — the only original Royal governor's mansion still standing in the country — is outside JP in Roxbury but worth the short trip. Using apples - including the Roxbury Russett - from the orchard on the grounds, Director Patty Violett and volunteers made apple sauce, baked apples and breads on an open fire. Part of the Roxbury Open Studios Day, this event attracted next door neighbors as well as visitors, many of whom had never been to the Shirley Mansion before. The mansion was built in 1747 by the King's governor William Shirley.