Monthly Archives: July 2012

Live at ‘Dead’ Show

July 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The JP-based Whiskey Boys perform in the “Dead at 27” concert on June 27 at the Milky Way on Washington Street, one of several bands who helped raise more than $1,300 for the annual JP Music Festival, slated for Sept. 8.

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Project stalls after pollution found

July 20, 2012
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STONYBROOK—Over a year after it was first proposed, a mixed-use development on Washington Street has been stalled since November, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site. Stonybrook Neighborhood Association member Fred Vetterlein, who has been part of the community team advising the developers of the project since it was first proposed, told...

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Former JP coach charged with attempted child sex

July 20, 2012
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A Roslindale coach who for years ran a youth baseball league that played in Jamaica Plain was charged this week with “grooming” a child for sex. Jose Ortega, 41, was the “commissioner” of the Hyde Park-based Boston Broncos, which appears to have been active since 1999 and at times used a JP mailing address....

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Medical marijuana goes on the ballot

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will soon have an opportunity to help decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. The issue has been placed as a question on the state ballot for November. Supporters of the measure had to gather 79,000 signatures to get the question placed on the ballot. But local state Rep. Jeffrey...

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Sorry, No Drive-Thru

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Stavros Frantzis) A car remains smashed head-on into the Grass Fed burger restaurant at the corner of Centre and Pond streets after an accident around 1:30 a.m. on July 1. According to landlord Stavros Frantzis, the car almost perfectly squeezed into the doorway, doing little visible damage. Grass Fed was briefly closed for cleanup and is back in business now.

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Parklet may come to JP in September

July 20, 2012
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According to the City’s Transportation Department (BTD), a parklet, previously announced for next year, may come to JP in September for one day as part of a pilot program. The one-day test would inform a larger pilot program that would create four parklets throughout the city. JP is expected to see a two-space parklet...

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Medal of Honor sought for JP war hero

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Robert Lessard) This undated photo shows what appears to be the original Thomas Street location of American Legion Post 76, clearly named for Michael O’Connell.

FOREST HILLS—A Middleboro man is spearheading the charge to gain the American Legion Post 76’s namesake an upgrade to a Medal of Honor. U.S. Army Cpl. Michael O’Connell, who lived at 79 Carolina Ave. in Jamaica Plain, joined the military in World War I. Along with Sgt. Simeon Nickerson of Middleboro and Pvt. Thomas...

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Unsolved murders that haunt JP

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has seen its share of murders over the years, most of them followed by swift justice for the guilty. But JP remains haunted by some of the chilling cases where a killer got away with it. It is too late to convict anyone for the crime that, nearly 150 years later, remains...

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Editorial: A S. Huntington vision

July 20, 2012
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It’s time for the City to create a S. Huntington Avenue master plan, or for residents to do so if the City refuses. For a century, the S. Huntington strip north of Bynner has been home to institutions serving the poor and the ill. At a stunningly rapid pace and grand scale, it is...

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Editorial: Good riddance, gang

July 20, 2012
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Boston Police Department, the FBI and the Department of Correction deserve JP’s thanks for the investigation that appears to have gutted the brutal Boylston Street gang. The band of killers and dope-slingers has been a menace to our neighborhood for far too long. It is notable that...

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