Monthly Archives: July 2012

Surprise concerts planned for JP streets

July 31, 2012
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August Noise JP, a series of nine surprise street concerts that are announced only just before they happen, is returning to Jamaica Plain this month for its second year. The first concert is slated for Weds., Aug. 1. The concerts are intended to “bring the joy of unexpected music into everyday life,” said series...

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Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies

July 23, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, the long-time owner of Same Old Place pizza parlor at 662 Centre St, died unexpectedly last night. He was 69. “He was a healthy man. It was sudden,” daughter Gina Ciampa said when asked about the cause of death. Funeral services are still begin planned, Ciampa added. “They built Jamaica Plain around...

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Church to become high-end condos

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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Candle in the Dark

July 20, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) A girl releases a Japanese paper lantern onto Forest Hills Cemetery’s Lake Hibiscus during the annual Lantern Festival on July 12. The event allows people to honor the memories of loved ones who have passed away.

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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 20, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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Goddard House nursing home to shut down

July 20, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, an enormous nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave., will close forever in September. The shutdown leaves about 100 seniors looking for new homes and puts a question mark on the future of the 2-acre site and its historic 1927 building. It’s just the latest...

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Iglesia se convertirá en condominios

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—El antiguo Blessed Sacrament Church en 361 de la Centre St. probablemente se convertirá en condominios de lujo con precios hasta 725.000 dólares, ya que el codueño de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) ha aceptado una oferta de su socio New Atlantic Development. Richard Thal, el director ejecutivo de JPNDC, dijo que...

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JP gang targeted in drug raid

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Suffolk County DA’s Office) Defendant Tomas Lugo Jr.

EGLESTON/HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s notorious Boylston Street gang, known for a murderous feud with a Mozart Street gang, was targeted by a massive drug raid on July 9 that included the arrests of two JP residents. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican...

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JPCC chair criticizes City partnership

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain Community Centers (JPCC) chair Kerry Costello is criticizing the relationship between Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) and the local councils that run the community centers, saying the City is attempting to garner more power over the partnership. The partnership is still governed by a 1974 “Plan of Operations” document. The...

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Open Street

July 20, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) People dance on Elm Street on July 15 during Circle the City’s Open Streets event, which closed the Green Street corridor to cars, allowing people to walk, bike and do other activities freely. Hundreds of people joined in the event, the first of its kind in Boston.

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