Monthly Archives: August 2012

New charter school opens, others swap spaces

August 31, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A new public charter school, KIPP Boston Middle School, has just opened at 215 Forest Hill St., sharing a building with the Match Charter Public Middle School. The Match Charter Public Middle School has just relocated to 215 Forest Hills St. from 86 Wachusett St., in a building swap with NAtch’s elementary school, which...

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Local nursing homes highly rated

August 31, 2012
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With the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center closing, there are three remaining nursing homes in Jamaica Plain. The three nursing homes rank mostly higher than the state average, according to state Executive Office of Health and Human Services website. The Goddard House at 201 S. Huntington Ave., which recently announced it will...

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New plan, same criticism for 161 S. Huntington

August 31, 2012
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Opposition to the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project remains high despite changes made by the developer, Boston Residential Group, after an initial round of public comment on the project. Most of the about 40 attendees who spoke during a community meeting at the Back of the Hill Apartments on Aug. 15 voiced much...

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Good Sportsmanship

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Sam Steeves (right) of the Boston Astros youth baseball league meets legendary sportswriter Peter Gammon (left) as teammates look on at Fenway Park on Aug. 22. Sponsored by the Foundation to Be Named Later, the event featured Los Angeles Angels star Torii Hunter talking about the challenges he overcame as a young man. The Astros then were guests for the Red Sox-Angels game that night.

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Local councilors differ on redistricting plan

August 31, 2012
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The City Council approved a controversial redistricting plan by a 7-6 vote on Aug. 22, with local councilors splitting on the issue. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, voted in favor of the plan, saying it creates a “fair map.” At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, a JP resident, said...

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Murder attempt suspect arrested at T station

August 31, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A man cited for smoking at the Forest Hills T Station on Aug. 16 turned out to be wanted on a charge of assault with intent to murder, according to MBTA Transit Police. Ronaldo Taylor, 39, of Roxbury had an open warrant issued in Chelsea, according to Transit Police. He was approached by...

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School renovation rushes to meet deadline

August 31, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) Project director Bob Smith (left) walks past a worker upgrading a stair rail inside the former Agassiz School building on Aug. 23.

The roughly $4 million renovation of the old Agassiz building at 20 Child St. is nearing completion with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) opening day of Sept. 6 rapidly approaching. The renovated building will contain the Mission Hill K-8 School, which will retain its name despite moving to Jamaica Plain, and the new Margarita...

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JP woman charged in heroin bust

August 31, 2012
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A Jamaica Plain woman already wanted for alleged drug trafficking was caught in Andover in a minivan containing hidden heroin on Aug. 18, according to State Police spokesperson David Procopio. Xiomara Ortiz, 48, was arrested after the driver, Luis Sanchez-Moreta, allegedly told a state trooper that he did not know who she was and...

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Needles found in Forest Hills Cemetery

August 31, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch, Gazette Staff FOREST HILLS—Three hypodermic needles, apparently used for drugs, have been found at Forest Hills Cemetery in the past month, according to local resident Kosta Demos, who pricked his finger on one while trying to throw it away. Forest Hills Cemetery installed new streetlights last month to...

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Farm Dinner

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) JP resident Simca Horwitz chops mint leaves fresh from the garden at Brookwood Community Farm in Milton for its annual Field-to-Table fundraiser dinner on Aug. 9, where a gourmet meal was served alongside the fields where ingredients were grown. Horwitz is a board member at the farm, which aims to increase the consumption of locally grown food, especially in underserved communities.

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