Monthly Archives: April 2012

Apartment plan draws opposition

April 13, 2012
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The high-end apartment building planned for the Home for Little Wanderers site is drawing opposition from the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) and Occupy JP. The influential BPA is against demolishing the existing buildings at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for a 196-unit modern apartment building. “JP has many fine examples of creative...

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DCR may manage completed Casey Arborway

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Shea Circle, along with the rest of the new Casey Arborway, will likely return to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) oversight and maintenance after the current project’s construction is over, the Gazette has learned. “There’s a very small, slim, minute possibility” that the new Casey Arborway will not return to DCR control,...

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Cemetery to get sign, lights

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The long, curving main drive for Forest Hills Cemetery soon will feature a cemetery sign for the first time, and Victorian-style streetlamps are coming by next year. The historic cemetery at 95 Forest Hills Ave. is also nearing completion on renovation of the public restrooms in its dramatic, Gothic-style main gate at the...

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Big Score

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The team Sake Madrid (above) was the Open Division champion in the IceBreaker charity soccer tournament held April 7 at Harvard University by the JP-based America SCORES Boston after-school soccer and literacy program. For more info, see americascoresboston.org.

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Hubway bike rentals could be coming to JP

April 13, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents might soon be able to rent bikes to cruise around the neighborhood. Hubway, the City’s bike-sharing program that began last summer, is looking to add 30 stations. Nicole Freedman, director of the Boston Bikes program, said officials “envision JP to be part of that.” She added exact locations have not been...

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JP man is mayor’s new Latino liaison

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by Luzportfolio Boston) Miguel Chávez.

JP resident Miguel Chavez has been named as the new Latino liaison in the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services by Mayor Thomas Menino. “The Latino community has spread our wings” in recent years and has even more to do, Chavez told the Gazette. He will serve as a connection between Latinos and the mayor....

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T to raise fares, trim Green Line

April 13, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase and will eliminate weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. The T also will kill the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus that serves the 125 Amory Street residence for seniors and...

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Church ponders fate of organ

April 13, 2012
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A local church is pondering what to do with a historic organ it has had dismantled in storage for six years that it is being prodded to move. The decision could mean a huge expense, or giving up the treasure. “This thing fills a semi,” said Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, pastor of First Baptist Church...

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Local bridge demolished

April 13, 2012
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WOODBOURNE—The Tollgate Bridge, a former pedestrian walkway across train tracks near Tollgate Cemetery, was demolished March 31, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson John Guilfoil. Guilfoil said the City was forced to remove the bridge because it was an aging structure it owned and Amtrak was concerned with having an unnecessary and out-of-service bridge over...

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Birth Notices

April 13, 2012
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Parents Alexandra and Benjamin Weber of Jamaica Plain and grandparents Blaise Mazzella and Phyllis Weber welcomed the birth of Hannah Dove Weber, a girl, on Oct. 27, 2011. Parents Sarah and Robert Hydon of Jamaica Plain and grandparents JoAnn and Hans Schaab and Jeanie and Charles Carroll welcomed the birth of Avery Margaret, a...

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