Monthly Archives: April 2013

Jackson Sq. playground construction to start

April 12, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Construction on a long-delayed playground in Jackson Square was scheduled to begin this week. Construction is expected to be completed by early summer and is planned for daytime, weekday work, though weekend work is possible, state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) spokesperson Conrad Crawford told the Gazette. The playground is a joint...

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350.org Boston branch opens in JP

April 12, 2013
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A Boston branch of the state branch of the environmental activist organization 350.org is making a home in Jamaica Plain. Following an introductory meeting on March 28 at the Nate Smith House at 155 Lamartine St., the Cambridge-based 350 Massachusetts has decided to expand to a second branch in Jamaica Plain. “It would be...

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New ice cream store coming to Centre St.

April 12, 2013
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FoMu, an Allston gourmet vegan ice cream store and café, is expanding to 671 Centre St. on April 16. The non-dairy ice cream is tailored to special diets that cannot accommodate dairy, and people who prefer Thai chili peanut ice cream to vanilla. “We use alternative bases and flavors to fill that niche that...

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Casey team looks at park, bus mitigation

April 12, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Bridging Forest Hills member Jeffrey Ferris shows off a custom hat during April 3’s Casey meeting.

FOREST HILLS—The Casey Arborway project moved forward in its design process by reviewing a park and protecting a neighborhood from bus noise at a April 3 meeting. A suggestion to keep Toole Square—a small park between South Street, the Arboretum and Forest Hills station—as a “passive area,” was well-received. Toole Square is adjacent to...

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Corridor ‘final draft’ plan announced

April 12, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The final draft of the S. Huntington Avenue corridor guidelines created by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) was presented at an April 2 community meeting at the Hennigan School on Heath Street. The guidelines, expected to be formally approved by the BRA May 16, address the types of developments preferred by the community...

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JP Tunes: New local music

April 12, 2013
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: Boston Cello Quartet, “Pictures” (self-released). Bostoncelloquartet.com. Gracious Calamity, “Double Indemnity” (Whitehaus Family Record). Graciouscalamity.bandcamp.com. Steph Barrak, “Words to Break Your Heart” (self-released). Stephbarrak.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.  

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JPNC-City links seen in early documents

April 12, 2013
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The Gazette has discovered JPNC documents from the 1980s that may bolster its claim in a controversial lawsuit to be a government body. An April 10 court hearing in the dispute concluded without a decision by the judge. The documents include discussion of a contract between the JPNC and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood...

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City takes over some Charlestown council duties

April 12, 2013
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The City of Boston has quietly taken over some Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) zoning review duties after a private City Hall meeting with its leaders, the Gazette has learned. The move apparently was triggered by recent lawsuits filed against the council, and the plaintiffs say it bolsters their argument that the CNC—and other neighborhood...

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Women in Business

April 12, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) Mayor Thomas Menino (center) joins Egleston Square Main Street Executive Director Betsy Cowan and Rosan Rivera of Egleston Square’s Latino Beauty Salon at roundtable for women entrepreneurs at JP’s Bella Luna Restaurant. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also joined the event, which looked at how potential cuts in federal Community Development Block Grants could hurt women-owned businesses.

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Man shot to death; vehicle sought

April 12, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley, Gazette Staff HYDE SQ.—A man was shot to death at 104 Minden St. on March 31, and Boston Police are seeking a dark-colored Ford Flex vehicle seen in the area around the time of the 8:30 p.m. shooting. The victim was Edward Villalona, 25, of Jamaica Plain, according...

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