JP Historical Society Launches Walking Neighborhood Tour Series

Twenty-three years ago the then president of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, Rhea Becker, had an idea. Why not conduct a series of walking tours during the summer months as a way to highlight the rich history of JP for people? The JPHS has been conducting historic walking tours of Jamaica Plain tours ever since. From the four tours that debuted on the schedule in 1995, the offerings have now expanded to include seven different tours. Each tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

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SUV Rams Woodbourne Home

An SUV plowed into the front stoop of a Meyer Street home on Thursday afternoon. The incident took place about 3:40 p.m., according to Boston Police Officer Rachel McGuire. One person sustained non life-threatening injuries, McGuire said, but it wasn't clear whether that person was in the vehicle. A WHDH photo of the scene shows extensive damage to the front steps and vestibule. McGuire said the Boston Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and a building inspector came to the 36 Meyer St.

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Haitian Independence Celebrated at Tchaka Fest in Woodbourne

Sendie Dorcelly and Whitney Brice of Mattapan and Rachel St. Fleurose of Roslindale enjoy the Tchaka Festival on Memorial Day 2015. Credit: Richard Heath. A week after their grand Independence Day parade down Blue Hill Avenue, the Haitian community  gathered in the hundreds at Jamaica Plain's Pagel Playground in the Woodbourne neighborhood for the third annual Tchaka Fest on Memorial Day. Organized in part by Bel Mizik FM, the Haitian radio station out of Hyde Park (91.3 FM), family and friends flocked from Salem, Lynn, Everett, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Dorchester to hear DJs blast out the latest sounds, compete in soccer matches, sack races and even play musical chairs.

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The Jamaica Plain Post Office, 655 Centre St., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Post Office: Carriers Are Delivering to ‘100 Percent’ of Routes

As neighborhood residents continue to report going days without mail, a Post Office spokesperson said all the routes in JP are being delivered to. Melissa Lohnes of the U.S. Postal Service on Monday wrote in an email to Jamaica Plain News that, "our carriers are on the road today delivering mail to 100 percent of our routes in Jamaica Plain. Safety and service are top priorities for the Postal Service and we are very proud that our employees are making every effort to deliver the mail in very challenging conditions." Residents of Woodbourne, especially, are reporting long delays. Across the neighborhood on Perkins Street, Polly Puner reports finally getting at least some of her mail on Tuesday after four days of no mail.

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Armed Home Invaders Fire on Victims Giving Chase

Boston Police say armed robbers entered a Woodbourne home Sunday night, made the victims get on the floor at gunpoint and took watches, cash and cell phones from them. The targets chased the home invaders until the men opened fire. No one was hit. The incident took place about 8 p.m. Sunday at 280 Hyde Park Ave. Police say they broadcast descriptions of the suspects and officers found someone matching one of the descriptions.

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