Monthly Archives: May 2013

JP Marine helps train African militaries

May 24, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Andrew Bolla) Capt. Caleb Weiss reviews a presentation on April 26 in Italy.

An average week for Jamaica Plain resident Caleb Weiss might include training the Ugandan military in logistics, or teaching African law enforcement to recognize ships that have been hijacked by pirates. Such is the life of a Marine on deployment. “‘Remain flexible’—that is our mantra,” Weiss told the Gazette in a phone call from...

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Big festivals won’t be held in Franklin Park

May 24, 2013
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The annual Puerto Rican and Dominican cultural festivals will relocate from Franklin Park to City Hall Plaza downtown this year because re-sodding of part of the park is taking longer than expected, according to City and park advocacy officials. The large summer festivals and parades are major Latino cultural events that usually draw thousands...

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City to update open space plan, seeks public input

May 24, 2013
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The City’s Parks Department is updating its massive “Open Space Plan,” which will guide parks policy from 2015 to 2021, and is asking all residents to provide input via a questionnaire. “It’s a touchstone for us,” said Margaret Dyson, the City’s director of historic parks, explaining to the Gazette how crucial the Open Space...

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Clean Cat

May 24, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Tarzan the cat, still missing fur shaved from his legs and chest, lounges at a foster home in JP after being found partly covered in tar at a Hyde Park construction site May 3. The 2-year-old cat was rescued and taken to the JP-based MSPCA-Angell medical center on S. Huntington Ave., where the tar was shaved off and he soon will be available for adoption.

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JP Observer: Keeping business district clean requires group effort

May 24, 2013
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Trash in public spaces has, no doubt, been an issue since cave-dwellers met in clearings to exchange goods and news. The issue of litter still exists in every business area in the world today. Discussion about what to do about dirt and litter can easily deteriorate to finger-pointing. After all, every member of the...

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Politics as Unusual: Barros serves up lunch—and a strong candidacy

May 24, 2013
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Even if you don’t vote for John Barros to be your next mayor, you should make it a priority to grub the grilled octopus at Restaurante Cesaria, the lovely Cape Verdean joint on Bowdoin Street that he founded with three family members. The dish is beyond spectacular, a delectable medley of fresh catch and...

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Turner blogs from prison, will be out soon

May 24, 2013
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner, who soon will be released from federal prison after doing time for bribery, has started a new blog on social justice issues called “Chuck Turner Analysis.” Turner, who represented part of Jamaica Plain at the time of his 2009 conviction, will be released to a halfway house in Boston...

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Asticou neighborhood gets Casey meeting, may sue

May 24, 2013
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Following months of requests, the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Casey Arborway project team met with residents of the Asticou/Martinwood neighborhood, though the residents were not satisfied with the meeting or with the proposal of a light- and noise-dampening wall. One of the residents present at the meeting brought back the idea of starting...

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Partial demo of historic house stirs controversy

May 24, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The remains of 6 Peter Parley Road on May 17.

PARKSIDE—A construction project at 6 Peter Parley Road, the former home of the pioneer physician Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, has brought rebukes from neighbors and an architectural historian, saying it goes against the original plan and destroyed a historic house. Meanwhile, the City is saying that it is looking into whether the project falls under...

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Parcel U plans short on affordable housing

May 24, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Plans for a former MBTA parcel currently do not meet Forest Hills Improvement Initiative (FHII) Use and Design Guidelines for affordability, to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) concern. Developer Urbanica’s president, Kamran Zahedi, told the Gazette that Urbanica’s plans include developing the site to include 120 housing units, 25 percent of which...

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