Monthly Archives: June 2012

‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

June 27, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first parklets next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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2 wounded as gun violence continues

June 27, 2012
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Two men were wounded in separate shootings this week in Hyde and Jackson Squares, the latest incidents in a wave of gun violence hitting the area. A total of six people were left wounded in four shootings in the area in the month between May 26 and June 26. Police have not announced any...

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Apartment project sent back to drawing board

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will send developers back to the drawing board with a luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. After strong community opposition, the BRA will send a scoping document to Boston Residential Group, the developers of the proposed 190 to 200 units, later this month. Scoping documents...

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JP Pride

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Marchers from Jamaica Plain show their neighborhood pride as part of the Boston Pride Parade for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture and rights on June 9 in the Back Bay, South End and downtown. Local resident Randall Engelmann organized the JP-specific marchers.

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JP couple is part of landmark DOMA case

June 22, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy GLAD/Infinity Portrait Design) (from left) Jo Ann Whitehead and Bette Jo Green.

Like many of Jamaica Plain’s married couples, Bette Jo Green and Jo Ann Whitehead enjoy a backyard garden, join in neighborhood barbecues and mark milestone anniversaries together. But unlike most couples, they have been forced to battle the federal government for basic marriage benefits such as Social Security—a case that looks likely to head...

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Casey design may slim down

June 22, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— State Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials announced the possibility of an Casey Arborway design that would greatly reduce pavement but could still be easily expanded to a larger design to accommodate projected 2035 levels of traffic at a June 18 Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting. Discrepancies between two traffic analyses in the...

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Nueva escuela bilingüe a trabajar con JP

June 22, 2012
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La Margarita Muñiz Academy, la primera escuela bilingüe en el estado, viene en septiembre al edificio vacío de Agassiz, ubicado en Child Street en Jamaica Plain. La directora Dania Vázquez espera que su escuela tenga una relación sana y recíproca con la comunidad de JP. “Estamos felices de que nos den la bienvenida al...

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New bilingual school will partner with JP

June 22, 2012
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The Margarita Muñiz Academy, the state’s first public bilingual English and Spanish high school, is coming in September to the now-vacant Agassiz building, located on Child Street in Jamaica Plain. Headmaster Dania Vázquez expects her school will have a healthy, reciprocal relationship with the JP community. “We are happy that we are being welcomed...

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Good Catch

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Lauren Patrick/Boston Parks Dept.) John Hoffman (kneeling) of The Fishing Academy holds a trout caught during Family Fishing Day at Jamaica Pond Park on June 2. Joining in were (from left): anglers Talja and Furlana Bascom of Roxbury; pro fisherman Gene Ellison; anglers Mayor Thomas Menino and his grandson, Tommy Menino; and Kate Foley and Brian Vignoni of Bass Pro Shops. The event was sponsored by the Boston Parks Department along with Bass Pro Shops, The Fishing Academy and P&J Bait.

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State rep. arrested at eviction blockade

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Brandon German, City Life/Vida Urbana) State Rep. Liz Malia sits inside a police van after her arrest June 14.

EGLESTON SQ.—State Rep. Liz Malia, along with five others, was arrested on June 14 following a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on Mendell Way. Homeowner Heather Gordon was evicted after a standoff with Boston police, having already moved her belongings out of her 3 Mendell Way home. “I didn’t know what else to do,”...

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