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September 2009 Blog Posts (32)

BPD Neighborhood Watch here to support you!

I wanted to let you know that we are an additional resource for your safety and security efforts in Jamaica Plain. We work closely with the E-13 community service office and our mission is to develop and maintain Neighborhood Watch groups in every neighborhood in the city of Boston. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary skills and tools to act as an organized, empowered unit that works with the police to deter crime and reduce fear. Call the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345 for… Continue

Added by Carolyn MacNeil on September 30, 2009 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

Lovely JP Office Space to Share!

Office Space to Share in Jamaica Plain

We are 2 independent practitioners sharing a lovely 1-room bodywork therapy office, seeking a third person for our peaceful space. 400 square feet, carpeted, with high ceilings and I tall window, and closet. Comfortably furnished with sofa, upholstered chairs, bodywork table, lamps, bookcase, file cabinets, artwork. The room is on the first floor, handicapped accessible, with 2 bathrooms, and a waiting area in a restored Victorian just off… Continue

Added by Su Cousineau on September 29, 2009 at 4:57pm — No Comments

What are real estate closing costs? I get this question so much I thought I would elaborate...

A lot of my clients ask me, "What are closing costs?"

Dont break the bank.

Real property in most jurisdictions is conveyed from the seller to the buyer through a real estate contract. The point in time at which the contract is actually executed and the title to the property is conveyed to the buyer is known as the "closing". It is common for a variety of costs associated with the transaction (above and beyond the price of the… Continue

Added by on September 29, 2009 at 12:01pm — 2 Comments

Robbery at 8 Mark Street on 9/26/2009


At about 12:55pm, on Saturday, September 26, 2009, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for an Assault & Battery in progress at 8 Mark Street in Jamaica Plain. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking home when an individual (described as a black Hispanic, about 5’5” in height, short black hair, slim… Continue

Added by Captain John Greland on September 28, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Parkton Road Holds Block Party

Over 50 residents of Parkton Road enjoyed a block on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Over 50 residents got to meet new neighbors and catch up with old ones. The potluck event was organized by several of the residents as a way to get to know the people who call this area of JP their home. Several new events were planned at the party to build upon this fun event. "Movie Night" will take place in the parking lot of one resident whose back wall will serve as the movie screen. "We need another… Continue

Added by Patti McKenna on September 28, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Jamaica Plain Forum: Saving the Appalachian Mountains - Talk by Mike Roselle

Sunday October 4, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU

6 Eliot Street (Across from the Monument)

If your house is on the electric grid, chances are at least some of your power comes from coal companies that use mountaintop removal in their mining practices. Mountaintop removal is destroying the landscape and threatening communities in Appalachia. Activist and author Mike Roselle has spent decades fighting the coal industry over these issues. Join him for a… Continue

Added by Liz W. on September 28, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Update from Police Commissioner Ed. Davis

Listen to the podcast on WBZ.

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 25, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Flyer your building, street, t and bus stop today!

Hey Neighbors,

Today we are continuing our SafeWalk efforts by flyering our buildings, streets, T-stops, bus stops, and local businesses.

If we all pitch in, we can flyer the entire neighborhood very quickly!

Please join the SafeWalk group now and reply to the discussions with how… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 25, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

Easy and effective safety tips

As requested...


• Introduce yourself to your neighbors

• Lock ALL doors and windows – use window stops

• Don’t buzz in anyone you don’t know

• Turn your front and rear porch lights on and leave them on all night long.

• If you are going away have a neighbor remove newspapers from your doorway

• Leave the radio on a talk show when you’re out and put the light on timers, set timers for lights


• Remove GPS… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 25, 2009 at 7:31am — No Comments

Bike Ride on Saturday 9/26

Road Ride- 50 -60 mile loop, meet at ULA Cafe on Amory Street Brewery complex at 1:45 pm. Moderate paceline riding. Average speed 15-16 mph. See you then!

Added by Jeremy McHugh on September 24, 2009 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

Please report street lights that are out and turn your porch lights on!


Lighting is one of the best deterants of crime. Please turn you porch lights on and leave them on all night. If you notice a neighbors light is not on, please go over, tell them what's been happening and request they them turn on their lights!

Please report any city street lights that are out by calling the Mayor's 24 Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.

If you give them your email address they will send you a confirmation and tracking number - very cool. I… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 24, 2009 at 1:20pm — 2 Comments

Please help me welcome new members!


With so many new people joining the network this week, I can't keep up with welcoming folks and doing all the other stuff I need to be working on - like prepping for our Board Meeting tonight and coordinating to make sure all the flyers we are printing are getting where they need to be.

Would you be willing to leave greetings for new people who join an offer and offer to help them get acquainted?

If so, please reply to the… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 24, 2009 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Crime and Safety Alert Next Steps!


Thanks for the awesome response to my email and blog post yesterday! Since the rash incidents, no one else has been robbed - let's keep this up!

Here are our next steps:

1) Let's do the Safe Walk program again. SafeWalk entails passing out information to our neighbors on our streets, at local businesses, and at our T-stops and bus stops to warn them about what's happening. To sign up to flyer your street and local businesses or your T-stop or bus stop… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 24, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Call 911 to report suspicious behavior

Everyone must call 911 when they see suspicious activity/behavior and or witness a crime - and even if you get away from an attempted crime. The thieves will be waiting for the next person to come along.

Calling 911 provides the Boston Police Department with data to make decisions on about when and where to deploy patrols. It also helps them identify trends.

So what is suspicious activity/behavior and when should you call 911?

Below are some examples. Please… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 24, 2009 at 1:11am — No Comments

Safety and Crime Alert

Dear Neighbors,

Over the last seven days there has been a big increase in crime in Jamaica Plain. We need to do some organizing!

Specially, last night there were 5 incidents on and near Boylston Street.

At 6:10 and 6:36 pm on Boylston and Amory and then on Center and Forbes street two our neighbors were robbed. The suspects were described as two slim White Hispanic males in their late teen, one was wearing a red hat and grey hoody and the other had curly hair… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on September 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

It's all about Pie! At Community Servings' Farmers Market

Technically, 'pie season' as those in the know call it, doesn't actually begin until October 1st -- but I loved the pecan pie hat and decided a preview was in order. So, tomorrow I'll be wearing the pie hat at the Community Servings Farmers' Market. To give you an idea of what a pie hat actually looks like, I've posted the attached photo.

'Pie' at Community Servings is about feeding those who can't feed themselves. It's about people who are… Continue

Added by Edith Murnane on September 19, 2009 at 11:35am — No Comments

1st Time Home Buying Seminar - Take Advantage of the $8000 Tax Credit

Who is going to join us next Tues 9/22 @ 6pm at the Coldwell Banker office on 713 Centre St JP for a FREE 1st Time Home Buying seminar?
Please take advantage of this opportunity. And please feel free to ask Ellen and I any questions.
Janis Lippman and Ellen Grubert

Added by Janis Lippman on September 18, 2009 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Dukkah Queen featured in The MetroWest

Do you dukkah? A tasty blend of nuts and spices, on bread with a dab of oil? You may convert quick! The 1st to offer dukkah in these parts is our own Queen of the Pantry (hails from Natick!). She was featured today in The MetroWest. Read up and if you want to try it, stop on by for your own dukkah!…


Added by City Feed and Supply on September 15, 2009 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Mature gay man, artist, seeks roommate situation


I'm posting for a friend--he's great! If you know of something, I'll fwd the info to him. Thanks.


Added by Aria Littlhous on September 15, 2009 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Robbery in JP

Hi everyone,

For those of you who do not know, my wife and I were robbed recently. We are missing 11 pieces of jewelry that have considerable monetary and sentimental value. Needless to say, we are very upset.

The most disturbing thing is that there was no break-in, no forced entry. The person who robbed us had a copy of our key! We have a good idea who it is and we are actively looking for him. I am reluctant to mention his name in case he is innocent. However, all signs… Continue

Added by Kelly & Chris -Webster's Ma & Pa on September 15, 2009 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

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