Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A Jamaica Plain Patch reader submitted a photo he took during the historic Blizzard of ’78 in JP.
Friday’s predicted major snowstorm is befitting for this week. Thirty-five years ago was the historic Blizzard of ’78. Many Boston residents remember vividly the ferocious storm which dumped 27 inches of snow in Boston during a 32-hour span Feb. 6 and 7, 1978. Jamaica Plain Patch reader and resident Mark Hoffman snapped a photo of Centre Street that day, while standing on top of a pile of snow in from of Same Old Place restaurant. Hoffman recalls (via email): "It was such a remarkable first week after the Blizzard, with private citizens prohibited from driving in much of Eastern Massachusetts, and the T not running. At the time of the Blizzard of '78, the Arborway Green Line trolley was in its last few years of running down the middle of …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Eric Ciampa will take over the longstanding JP restaurant after the death of his father, Fred Ciampa.
Same Old Place will be getting a change. Pending some paperwork with the city, Eric Ciampa will take over management duties at Same Old Place, a 40-year pizza-and-sub institution in Jamaica Plain. Fred Ciampa, the restaurant’s founding owner, died last July at age 69. Eric Ciampa opened Hyde Square’s Slice O’ Pie restaurant in February 2011, but the shop closed abruptly in June 2012. Ciampa had trouble with the city over its licenses early in the year, but the JPNC affirmed Ciampa’s licenses in May 2012. The shop closed one week later, due ultimately to a “spat with the landlord,” a source says. Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council member Michael Reiskind said at a Jan. 29 meeting that a city board has to be notified of any management change…
Monday, August 13, 2012
Same Old Place’s most popular sub is a thing of legend—and legacy.
While it’s thrilling to witness the Jamaica Plain restaurant scene evolve, it’s easy to take a joint like Same Old Place for granted. The family-owned pizzeria and sub shop on Centre Street has been a neighborhood mainstay for decades, and while revered by locals for its Italian pizza and sub sandwiches, the humble hole-in-the-wall spot fails to elicit much contemporary culinary excitement, let alone the hot press buzz reserved for the neighborhood’s newer, flashier restaurants. Still, the place never ceases to pack in the patrons. An unfortunate gang-related shooting at Same Old Place put the eatery on the local news map in late 2010, and just last month, the passing of its founder and owner, Fred Ciampa, made neighborhood headlines. The…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Ciampa died suddenly on Sunday night, his family told the Gazette. His family opened their iconic pizza parlor in 1977.
Fred Ciampa, known to generations of JP residents as the gregarious proprietor of Same Old Place, died Sunday night, his family told the Gazette. He was 69. The family will receive visitors at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St. (Route 1A) in Norwood on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., according to the Boston Globe. Ciampa's funeral service will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. Dennis Church, 157 Washington St., Westwood. Ciampa's pizza parlor, founded in the 1970s, has become known one of Boston's best places for New York-style pizza. The community rallied around the pizza shop in November 2010 when a gang feud erupted into a knife and gun fight inside the restaurant. The incident left three men dead and a passerby wounded. Residents …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The arrests Monday of several reputed members of the Boylston Street gang come after years of bloody strife, much of it with their rivals, the Mozart Street gang.
Monday's big Jamaica Plain news, that police and prosecutors had arrested much of the leadership of the Boylston Street gang, may come as a relief to neighbors who have lived in fear. Over the years, the Boylston associates often had bloody conflicts with their rival Mozart Street gang. Police stress that while the names of the groups come from two JP streets, the feuding gang members no longer live there. Here is a review of violent incidents police have linked to the conflict between Boylston and Mozart: According to the Gazette, police and prosecutors link many drug-related crimes to the rival groups. [Editor's note: This post has been updated with information from the Boston Herald.]