Monthly Archives: January 2013

Curley student shot in Roxbury

January 18, 2013
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A 13-year-old student at Jamaica Plain’s Curley K-8 School was shot and seriously wounded in Roxbury on Jan. 11, reportedly while walking to choir practice at his church. The victim was widely named in major media, but the Gazette generally does not name juvenile crime victims. The Boston Police Department (BPD) described the victim as...

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Café planned near Green St. T Station

January 18, 2013
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A new cafe and bakery operated by a Jamaica Plain resident is planned for the Bartlett Square building at 154 Green St., diagonally across Amory Street from the Green Street T Station. Phil Peterson told the Gazette he hopes to be open by June 1 and was scheduled to hold an informal community meeting...

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JPNDC files Jackson Square project

January 18, 2013
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(Image Courtesy JPNDC) A sketch of the 75 Amory Ave. project.

The Jackson Square redevelopment recently took another step as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) filed plans for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The project, which was part of the first phase of the Jackson Square redevelopment master plan that was approved by the...

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Cemetery seeks funds to replace trees

January 18, 2013
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Three months after controversy following the cutting and removal of many trees on its property, Forest Hills Cemetery (FHC) is asking for donations to help reforest the 275-acre historic property. According to a letter sent out by the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) Dec. 21, the cemetery’s “anticipated reforestation will be costly.” The cemetery...

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Amid protests, 225 Centre hiring diversity rises

January 18, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—The housing and retail tower going up at 225 Centre St., the first major piece of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment plan, has set itself to a high standard of hiring diversity. In part, that is because it sits at the heart of a low-income community linking Jamaica Plain and Roxbury that sorely...

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JP chef cooks at (your) home

January 18, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Personal chef Jen Rogers prepares a meal last week.

Personal chef Jen Rogers wants you to have dinner with your family, even if she has to be the one to cook it. “I had been listening to families who struggled every day to sit down to dinner together,” the JP resident told the Gazette. “I decided that it was time to go ...

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T restores Green Line runs, but more cuts loom

January 18, 2013
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch The MBTA has quietly restored some of the Green Line streetcar’s runs to Heath Street, which had been eliminated last year as part of controversial budget-related service cuts. But the MBTA’s budget crisis hasn’t gone away and it may face “unpleasant choices” again this year, according to spokesperson...

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JP Observer: Newtown shooting hits home

January 18, 2013
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A wave of reflection, as well as mourning, has swept over the country following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14. The shootings were done by a troubled young man who had shot his mother and went on to kill himself. This...

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Lynch may be in, Capuano out for Senate run

January 18, 2013
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With John Kerry, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, expected to be confirmed soon as the next U.S. secretary of state, elected officials are gearing up for another special election. U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (5th District) has declared his intention to run, while U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District), who represents a portion of...

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Former JPNC chair backs lawsuit

January 18, 2013
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Kevin Moloney, a former chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), has been “consulting” with the JPNC in support of its controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. housing development, he told the Gazette. He defended the JPNC’s claim in the lawsuit that it is a government body, explaining that it arguably...

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