Screen grab from video by Heather Goldin of the 2015 State of Our Neighborhood, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Jamaica Plain For Whom?

Did you miss Thursday's "State Of Our Neighborhood" forum? Here's the first of two videos to give you a flavor of the fifth annual event. Emcee Malia Lazu framed it this way: "This year the State of Our Neighborhood is asking a question: Jamaica Plain for whom? Is it us? And are we ready to fight for it?"

Capt. Alfredo Andres speaks to residents at the Pond on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

Video: Police Captain Describes Pond Muggings

In this short video, Capt. Alfredo Andres, commander of the police district that includes Jamaica Plain, describes two armed robberies that took place at Jamaica Pond on Wednesday, Sept. 24. Andres was addressing a crowd of more than 50 that gathered Friday for an emergency community meeting about the muggings. Previous coverage on Jamaica Plain News:

Police Vow to Keep Up Extra Patrols Until Pond Muggers Caught

Armed Robberies at Pond Spark Emergency Community Meeting
Victim Tied to Tree at Pond as Armed Robbers Strike Twice
Bicyclist Robbed of Laptop, Phone and Cash at Jamaica Pond

City Councilor Tito Jackson speaks at Egleston Square rally on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

‘It’s Okay to Make Money. What Is Not Okay is Exploitation.’

City Councilor Tito Jackson attacked landlord City Realty Group during a rally at one of their Egleston Square properties, saying their tactics hurt small business owners. Housing activists organized a rally to support seven Latino-owned businesses that are in danger of being evicted or priced out of properties City Realty recently purchased at auction. The rally was held at one of those properties, 3160 Washington St. "We will not support organizations that try to come in and bust up our neighborhoods and communities," said Jackson. While the businesses and City Realty have been negotiating with the tenants, the company has started eviction proceedings on several of them.

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

Police Continue Search for Woman Seen Going Into Pond

[UPDATE: Sunday, 4:20 p.m. — Police called off the search about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.]

The search for a woman last seen going into Jamaica Pond naked transformed the boathouse to a staging zone for the fire trucks and police cruisers that responded. While emergency vehicles circled the pond training their lights on the shore and woods, a Boston Fire Department boat searched the dark water. Boston Police, Fire and EMS spent Saturday night at Jamaica Pond searching for a woman who, according to scanner traffic, was naked when she went into water. A special unit from Quincy joined the search late Saturday night. A Boston police spokesperson said the department "had a report of a female in Jamaica Pond.


Video: A Little Slice of “Convite Banilejo”

Each weekday we post a random image, usually a photo, from around the neighborhood. Here's a snippet of video from this year's "Convite Banilejo" festival at Stony Brook. Instagram user __yis__bliss gave permission to include this video. Thanks! Many people of Dominican heritage who live in JP trace their roots to the city of Baní.