Monthly Archives: April 2013

City: Norbert School project still needs variances

April 12, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The City has again ruled that the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments needs variances in order to proceed. The developer, Norbert School Associates, had re-filed the project after City said the initial proposal needed two variances. The City rejected the latest proposal, saying it needs three variances. The...

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Curley principal resigns

April 12, 2013
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The principal of the Curley K-8 School at 40 Pershing Road will not return to the school following vacation week. Principal Jeff Slater announced his impending move to California with a letter to Curley parents posted on the Curley School blog April 5. His last day will be Friday, April 12. According to the...

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JP leaders reflect on Menino’s legacy

April 12, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) Mayor Thomas Menino, with wife Angela at his side, announces he will not run for reelection at Faneuil Hall on March 28.

Mayor Thomas Menino announced March 28 that he will not run for reelection this year after a record 20 years in office. Menino’s move has left local leaders and residents reflecting on his legacy. “I doubt there’s been a mayor in the whole country who’s done more to advance a neighborhood development agenda than...

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Mayoral race will open up City Council seats

April 12, 2013
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With three Boston city councilors already in the mayoral race—including Jamaica Plain’s Felix Arroyo—there likely will be a domino effect of people running for council seats next year. Two JP residents who have run in recent City Council elections, Kosta Demos and Francesca Fordiani, told the Gazette they will not run for open seats....

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JP’s history of mayors

April 12, 2013
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With City Councilor Felix Arroyo joining the mayoral race, there is a chance for Jamaica Plain to be home to a mayor for the first time in nearly 50 years. At least five Boston mayors have hailed from JP, including the legendary James Michael Curley. Here is a list: John Collins (1960-66). Oversaw creation...

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Menino’s JP years

April 12, 2013
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Before Thomas Menino was mayor, he was a Hyde Park city councilor whose district long included a large chunk of Jamaica Plain. Councilor Menino’s district included Woodbourne, Forest Hills and the Stonybrook area along Washington Street. Gazette stories from the early 1990s show he had a reputation as a straight-talking, sometimes blunt, politically moderate...

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Blessed Sacrament campus stirs controversy again

April 12, 2013
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The Blessed Sacrament Church campus has been the source of recent controversy, as the proposals to turn the former Catholic church into 37 luxury condos and the Norbert School building into 21 apartments has drawn the ire of residents concerned about gentrification. The controversy has now ensnared two prominent Jamaica Plain organizations—the Hyde Square...

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Residents don’t buy Martha Eliot change

April 12, 2013
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Most attendees at a March 27 community meeting criticized Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) decision to end adult services at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC), saying that the community was never consulted, that information has been sparse and that the decision appears financial. “You have negated the whole concept of community health care,” said...

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O’Malley talks Olympics, Casey Overpass

April 12, 2013
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, held his third annual town hall meeting recently where he spoke about past accomplishments and future projects, including the possibility of bringing the Olympics to Boston. More than 60 people attended the April 1 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. But many attendees...

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First Thursday members program begins

April 12, 2013
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Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) has started offering yearly memberships that provide special promotions and admittance to special events on First Thursdays to raise funds for the organization. Mary Hannon, president of the CSMS board, told the Gazette that the proceeds will fund storefront improvements in the shopping district as well as promoting stores and...

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