Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) An area where trees were cleared in Forest Hills Cemetery along Walk Hill Street.

FOREST HILLS—Some residents are complaining about tree removal taking place at the historic Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. “He’s a butcher,” Jamaica Plain resident Richard Heath said about Milley’s decision to remove trees....

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GOP opens JP campaign office

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The state Republican Party campaign office at 370A Centre St.

The state Republican Party has entered the lion’s den of traditionally liberal, Democratic Jamaica Plain by opening a campaign office in Hyde Square. “We’re opening offices in corners of the state we never have before,” said Massachusetts Republican Party spokesperson Tim Buckley in a Gazette interview, adding that the GOP is growing rapidly throughout...

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JP Observer: Schools must teach financial literacy

September 28, 2012
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Financial illiteracy—to rephrase the old saying about New England weather—is something lots of people complain about, but public schools do very little to remedy. A bill before the Massachusetts Legislature co-sponsored by Jamaica Plain’s Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz would change that, making training in managing personal finances a required part of Massachusetts public education, K-12....

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JP has loved Obama, loathed Romney

September 28, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has a history of strong reactions to current major-party presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, generally loving the Democrat and loathing the Republican. A review of Gazette archives found that during his 2003-2007 stint as Massachusetts governor, Romney drew fire from JP residents and officials, especially for his attempts to thwart...

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Congressional candidates spar

September 28, 2012
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The two candidates for the U.S. Congressional 8th District seat are painting different pictures of themselves heading into the Nov. 6 election. Incumbent Stephen Lynch said he is moderate Democrat who tries to work across the aisle, but also is willing to fight Republicans who want to cut social programs for the poor and...

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JPNDC isn’t thrilled about church plan, either

September 28, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has been under fire for its plan to deal away the remaining Blessed Sacrament campus buildings for expensive housing. But critics can count the JPNDC itself as among those unhappy with the plan. “Would it be anybody’s first choice the NDC? No,” said JPNDC...

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Church owners sorry for lack of input

September 28, 2012
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HYDE SQ.–The owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church complex apologized for their secrecy in planning high-end housing on the site, and pledged to hear out any alternative ideas, at a Sept. 19 meeting to address community controversy. But they also indicated that the plans basically remain the same unless someone comes up with millions...

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Remembrance Rider

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) JP resident Joe D’Entremont stands next to his motorcycle, which is painted with tributes to U.S. military personnel who are missing in action or prisoners of war, including 39 Massachusetts residents still missing, on Myrtle Street on Sept. 20. D’Entremont is the president of the JP-based state chapter of Rolling Thunder, a POW/MIA support organization. For more info, see rollingthunderma1.org.

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Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 28, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino on Sept. 24 vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote on Sept. 19 a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan by City Councilor Bill Linehan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District...

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T police target bus stop parkers

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A delivery truck serving Harvest Co-Op Market parks illegally in a bus stop at South Street and Carolina Avenue on Sept. 21.

MBTA Transit Police say they will crack down on illegal parking in bus stops after an informal Gazette review found the problem to be widespread in the neighborhood. “We’re going to hit it. We’re going to hit it hard,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury. The big culprits appear to be delivery truck drivers...

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