Monthly Archives: August 2011

Redistricting plans call for new U.S. reps.

August 12, 2011
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Proposals from advocacy groups for redrawing federal legislative district—put forward last month as the state legislature finished a series of 13 public hearings on the topic—would have a significant impact on who represents Jamaica Plain in Congress. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano said in an email that he supports the advocates’ goal of increasing minority...

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No bidders on MBTA parcel

August 12, 2011
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The MBTA came up empty for the second time in its efforts to unload a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue when a July 20 bid deadline came and went with no takers. It is was one of a handful of large parcels that the T has...

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Editorial: Investigating Main Streets

August 12, 2011
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Amid the financial scandal at Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), every Main Street organization should be reviewing its accounting practices and reassuring the public. But there also should be a review of the entire Boston Main Streets program and its blurry combination of private nonprofits with a city department. Mayor Thomas Menino established the...

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Mozart St. gang members sentenced

August 12, 2011
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Two men involved with Jamaica Plain’s Mozart Street gang were sentenced to prison Aug. 3 for shooting high-powered firearms at a Salisbury shooting range, in violation their probation. Jeffrey Medina and Sherwin Garcia both had previous firearms charges and were on probation last December when they traveled to Salisbury for target practice. They both...

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Eyeglass shop eyes Sept. opening

August 12, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—Optical Designs, an eyeglasses company with locations in Needham and Wellesley, is planning to open at 753 Centre St. within the next few weeks. Optical Designs announced through its Twitter page on June 7 its decision to set up shop in Jamaica Plain. Ronnie Friedman, a manager at the Needham Optical Designs, told...

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PATRICK’S DAY

August 12, 2011
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PATRICK’S DAY

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Editorial: Not a landing zone

August 12, 2011
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The landing of a helicopter on the Agassiz School roof on July 28 was a military exercise—an exercise in poor judgment, that is. Use of the empty school for unarmed commando training is fine, if surprising, and JP should be proud of its contribution to readying our nation’s outstanding special forces. But the secret...

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Top Cop

August 12, 2011
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Top Cop

Burglary Prevention Tips   Burglary can happen to you, anywhere in JP, and summer is favorite time for criminals because of open windows. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips for preventing housebreaks:   Keep all doors and windows locked when no one is at home. Secure air conditioners to window...

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The Pastor and the Bridge

August 12, 2011
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How the Casey Overpass Got Its Name FOREST HILLS—If Monsignor William J. Casey were alive today, he surely would be serving on the “working advisory group” overseeing plans to replace the overpass that bears his name. Casey, who lived from 1872 to 1949, was a fixture of Forest Hills. He was the founding pastor...

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Editorial: Fund the Arborway Yard

August 12, 2011
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The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) bus facility grant program is not likely to see a more worthy applicant than the Arborway Yard. The proposed bus facility at Washington Street and the Arborway would be a state-of-the-art home for some of the busiest bus lines in a public transit-dependent major city. The plan also would...

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