Monthly Archives: January 2013

BRA ‘still listening’ on S. Huntington plan

January 18, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Protest “babies” sit under a map during the Jan. 9 BRA “corridor plan” community meeting at the Hennigan School.

The community again asked the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for height and materials restrictions for new projects in the S. Huntington Avenue area, along with more local retail space and integrated affordable housing, during the second community meeting Jan. 9 about creating a “corridor vision.” The BRA is conducting its “corridor study” in response...

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Match Day School may move

January 18, 2013
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The Match Community Day School, currently at 86 Wachusett St., may have found its new home in Mattapan. While a purchase and sale agreement has been signed, Match Chief Operating Officer Mike Larsson said, it does not mean the move is certain. “It allows us to do our due diligence,” Larsson said. “Obviously, many...

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State shuts down hair salon; reopening planned

January 18, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—State regulators yesterday shut down the Amp Hair Studio salon at 482 Centre St. for operating without a license. Owner Aura Peguero told the Gazette that she applied for the license today and expects to be back in business in about two weeks. But there is no guarantee she will get the license,...

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Community center rates an issue again

January 18, 2013
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A local youth basketball tournament almost did not happen because of an unexpected fee at the Hennigan Community Center (HCC), but the chair of the organization that oversees HCC says the rules were followed. Rob Lewis, who runs the tournament, said he thought he might have to cancel the tournament when he heard he...

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JP History: Jamaicaway Tower built in familiar controversy

January 18, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library) The Old Judge Thomas house, afterwards owned by H. Reuter, around 1870. The Jamaicaway Tower and Townhouses currently stand on the same site.

Fifty years ago, in the early 1960s, the Jamaicaway was caught in a familiar struggle. Would a proposed housing development permanently change the face of the neighborhood? Just like today’s S. Huntington area debate, the proposed Jamaicaway Tower and Townhouses would demolish a historic building and impact the Emerald Necklace in order to create...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

January 18, 2013
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 Years Ago: 2008 “St. Andrew’s sold to local church” Bethel AME Church buys the former St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church complex in Forest Hills after much local concern about its future.  10 Years Ago: 2003 “Residents rally against the Iraq War” Jamaica...

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JP History: John Hancock’s stairs transcend Jamaica Pond

January 18, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The Hancock stairs at Jamaica Pond Park.

Walk or run too fast around the thumb of Jamaica Pond and you’ll likely miss a piece of history. There on the northeastern side, tucked into the slope of a promontory, lies a series of steps that John Hancock, a famous signer of the Declaration of Independence and first governor of Massachusetts, once climbed...

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JP History: Historic House

January 18, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club) The Loring-Greenough House, built in 1760, featured a Greek revival porch on its South Street-facing west façade for almost 100 years, archaeological studies have shown. The porch, seen here in a picture from the first half of the last century, is one of many discoveries made by the three archaeological studies in the last 15 years. The studies have uncovered evidence of Indian occupation of the area pre-dating European colonization as well as hundreds of artifacts from the colonial and more recent periods. The house is the last remaining Colonial country estate in Jamaica Plain.

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Cooper Center Honors

January 18, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s Office) Celebrating state and Boston Housing Authority honors for the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center’s over 40 years of service in the Bromley-Heath Housing Development on Dec. 19 are (from left, front row): the BHA’s Anthony Gilardi; Cooper Center Executive Director Lillie Searcy; resident leaders Julia Martin, Anna Mae Cole, Mildred Hailey and Arlena Thomas; (back row) the BHA’s Gerald Casey; BHA Manager Angel Lopez; and Boston Housing Police Officer Mary Martin. The Cooper Center is moving to a new Roxbury location, while Bromley-Heath’s Smart from the Start will move into its 40 Bickford St. space.

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Political Notes: Bike czar returns to JP, job

January 18, 2013
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Nicole Freedman was recently tabbed by Mayor Thomas Menino to once again be the director of the Boston Bikes program, according to a press release. Freedman has also moved back to Jamaica Plain, the Gazette has confirmed. Freedman, who is a former Olympic cyclist, was the director of the program when it launched in...

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