Monthly Archives: January 2013

Gov. picks interim U.S. senator

January 30, 2013
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Gov. Deval Patrick has tabbed William “Mo” Cowan as the interim U.S. senator, according to a press release. Cowan, who graduated from the Northeastern University School of Law, is the former chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Gov. Patrick. Kerry, the former senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, was confirmed Jan. 29 as...

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Martha Eliot Health Center to cut service to adults

January 29, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff JACKSON SQ.–The Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) at 75 Bickford St., which is run by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), will no longer care for adult patients, it was announced today in a letter to BCH’s staff, associated personnel and volunteers. The change will affect about 5,000 adult...

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Hair salon reopens

January 25, 2013
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Hair salon reopens

CENTRAL JP—Amp Hair Studio at 482 Centre St. is back in business after being shut down by the state earlier this month for operating without a license, according to owner Aura Peguero. “I have my license and we’re open,” said Peguero today. The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation could not immediately...

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BPS lays out 3 school-assignment plans

January 24, 2013
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has unveiled three plans in its effort to improve the school-assignment system. One plan would create a new zone system—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—while two other plans would create a list of schools based on quality and proximity to the student’s home. For the...

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MEPA on Casey: No further study needed

January 18, 2013
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The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) determined today that the Casey Arborway project does not require further study in the form of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and that the project may proceed as planned. A state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) public hearing will update the community on the current, 25-percent-complete state of...

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Options for JP Library renovation presented

January 18, 2013
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(Gazette Photo By Peter Shanley) The Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s South Street side, where an addition and main entrance may be built.

Three preliminary options for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) would add much-needed space to the building, while also sealing the current main entrance. The options were presented during a Jan. 10 community meeting. Which option is chosen will be heavily influenced by the Massachusetts Historical Commission...

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State questions Shea Circle plan

January 18, 2013
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) plan to turn Shea Circle into a standard signalized intersection is being questioned by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC). MassDOT has been told by the MHC that the planned future of Shea Circle—the intersection of the Arborway, Morton Street and Forest Hills Street—would create an “adverse effect” to...

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JPNDC entrega propuesta para Jackson

January 18, 2013
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(Image Courtesy JPNDC) Un croquis del proyecto en 75 Amory Ave.

La renovación de Jackson Square sigue adelante con una propuesta de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) al Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) para construir departamentos de bajo ingreso en 75 Amory Ave. El nuevo plan propone un edificio de cuatro pisos con 37 departamentos de bajo ingreso, que tendría 1.015 pies cuadrados para programas...

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Centre/South Main Streets loses nonprofit status

January 18, 2013
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Regrouping to begin Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has lost its status as a nonprofit corporation and it is currently undergoing a reorganization. CSMS has not filed a legally required annual report since it organized as a nonprofit corporation in 2001, according to the Secretary of State’s website. The...

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MEPA Casey decision comes today

January 18, 2013
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The state Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office review of the expected environmental impacts resulting from the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Casey Arborway project is expected to be released today, Fri., Jan. 18. The MEPA review will decide if the project requires a more in-depth analysis called an environmental impact report (EIR) or if...

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