Monthly Archives: February 2013

JPNC lawsuit battle begins; chair open to settlement

February 15, 2013
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The chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) defended the council’s controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. development in a Gazette interview last week, while also opening the possibility of a settlement if the developer alters the project. Chair Benjamin Day also revealed that the legal battle began last month with...

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Mapping the future

February 15, 2013
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) JP resident Alex Krieger (standing), a board member of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, joins founder Leventhal (left) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Rafael Reif at a Feb. 1 dinner at the main BPL branch in Copley Square, where Mayor Thomas Menino was given the center’s Explorer Award. The event raised $1 million for center, which supports the BPL’s extensive collection of historic maps and atlases.

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Patio, glass addition in JP Library plan

February 15, 2013
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(Illustration Courtesy BPL) The proposed “Plan A” renovated ground level, with added “laptop lounge” computer room and patio.

A proposed renovation plan for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) would create a new glass-encased computer room, a patio and a new main entrance, all of which would face South Street. The proposed plan and its backup are only studies to guide the renovation’s future design process. They were...

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More concrete removed from Forest Hills Station

February 15, 2013
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Loose concrete has been removed from the ceiling at the commuter rail platform at the Forest Hills Station, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. That comes on the heels of concrete falling from the ceiling on Jan. 29. No one was injured in either incident. Pesaturo said that an Amtrak maintenance crew removed the...

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Hunger Helper

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Molly Rodau, an organizer with Project Bread, chops melons while volunteering at the Pine Street Inn shelter in the South End on Jan. 28. Rodau is one of the organizers of Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger on May 5. For info, see projectbread.org/walk.

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JP Observer: My month with Wowl the owl

February 15, 2013
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When I got up from my desk and turned around, I saw a face staring at me through the window a few feet away. I was especially startled because I live on the third floor of a Jamaica Plain three-decker. I felt like screaming, but something told me to run out of the room...

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Centre/South Main Streets regains nonprofit status, hires interim director

February 15, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has regained its status as a nonprofit corporation and has hired an interim executive director, according to a CSMS board member. CSMS has also reacquired its former office space over City Feed and Supply at 670 Centre St. The organization had moved to shared...

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Equality Event

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP residents Carly Burton of MassEquality and Melissa Burton pose inside Anna’s Taqueria in Brookline on Jan. 29, where they joined chef Tiffani Faison (not pictured) in a fundraiser for MassEquality, an organization that combats discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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Ideas floated for Casey parkland

February 15, 2013
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Community members stated a preference for better Emerald Necklace connections and a dog park in the new acre to be added to Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) as a side effect of the Casey Arborway project. As a result of demolishing the Casey Overpass and replacing it with a new Casey Arborway surface street, the...

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Nonprofit educates women about buying, storing guns

February 15, 2013
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Citizens for Safety (CFS), a nonprofit located at 31 Heath St., is looking for more than a cosmetic solution to gun violence with a program called LIPSTICK. “LIPSTICK,” or “Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing,” is a workshop run by CFS. Nancy Robinson, executive director of CFS, said research shows that...

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