Monthly Archives: April 2013

Arroyo, Ross join crowded mayoral race

April 12, 2013
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(Photo by Ernesto J. Arroyo Photography) City Councilor Felix Arroyo announces his mayoral candidacy downtown on April 9.

City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, and City Councilor Mike Ross, who represents part of the neighborhood, joined the mayoral race this week. At least two other JP-area officials—state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and City Councilor Charles Yancey—are still considering a run. “I will bring my skills as a community organizer, my experience...

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Consalvo: Mayor’s Office is about helping people

April 12, 2013
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City Councilor and mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo. (Courtesy Photo)

City Councilor and mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo pledged to bring a mix of innovation—including naming a “technology czar”—and old-fashioned public service to the Mayor’s Office in his first major campaign interview. “We’ll fistfight over who’s the biggest visionary,” Consalvo said of the mayoral candidates in the exclusive interview April 5 at the Gazette office....

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Consalvo: ayudar a la gente, labor del acalde

April 12, 2013
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Consalvo: ayudar a la gente, labor del acalde

En la primera entrevista significante de su campaña, el consejero municipal y candidato para alcalde Rob Consalvo prometió llevar al puesto una mezcla de innovación – incluso nombrar un ‘tsar de tecnología’ – y servicio público tradicional. En la entrevista exclusiva el 5 de abril con Gazette, Consalvo dijo que “ vamos a...

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Bromley-Heath to get new advisory board

April 12, 2013
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Residents of the Bromley-Heath housing development will go to the polls on May 30 to elect a new tenant advisory board, according to a Boston Housing Authority (BHA) official. Once elected, the new advisory board will replace the Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which was the tenant group for many years and had a rocky...

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Resident considers lawsuit against Casey project

April 12, 2013
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Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group (DAG) member Bernard Doherty told the Gazette he is considering filing an injunction against the project to protect his neighborhood. “No one prefers to go that route if there’s a reasonable solution,” he told the Gazette this week. “But all our arrows are in our quiver.” Doherty, a member...

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Boston Shines comes to JP

April 12, 2013
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Boston Shines, the City of Boston’s annual cleanup event, will be held Sat., April 27. Organizations and individuals can volunteer to help spruce up city streets and public spaces. In JP, Boston Shines collaborates with a longtime neighborhood cleanup and is among the most popular local volunteer events. The City or local organizers can...

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Owners: Homes rotting after 10 years

April 12, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)A post on the porch of 171 Heath St., as it looked last week, is rotting after only 10 years. Almost all of the visible trim is also rotting.

Owners of Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)-constructed homes on Mission Hill’s Back of the Hill area are claiming that shoddy construction is responsible for a myriad of problems, including leaky roofs and rotting porches. They are considering legal action against the developers. JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal denied any culpability, but said the...

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Drumming Up Support

April 12, 2013
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) JP resident Claudyne Wilder (right) and Dalene Basden of Lynn join drummers at a March 30 benefit in Beverly for Express Yourself, a nonprofit that connects well-known artists and musicians with youths in underserved communities and residential treatment facilities. The organization’s annual performance event, “Viva,” will be held May 15 at the Wang Theater downtown.

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Politics as Unusual: The tough path to electing a mayor of color

April 12, 2013
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Despite their notoriously low voter turnouts in municipal elections, local communities of color are already buzzing over the mayoral madness sweeping Boston. As expected, important conversations are under way about the viability of certain minority candidates. Even outside of black, Caribbean, Latino and Cape Verdean enclaves, a discussion about race has surfaced front-and-center. Since...

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BRA head backs Green Line extension

April 12, 2013
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Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade is in favor of the concept of extending the MBTA Green Line to Hyde Square, according to a BRA spokesperson. “The BRA would be in support of the extension,” said BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. She noted that it would increase the economic development of the area. But,...

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