Monthly Archives: May 2013

Deadline passes for entering city election

May 24, 2013
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The deadline has passed to pull nomination papers for the municipal elections, with 24 candidates entering the mayoral race. One Jamaica Plain resident—At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo—has pulled papers for that race. For the At-Large City Councilor race, 27 candidates have thrown their hats into ring, including JPers Julie Ann Larson, George John Rigas...

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Owners of rotting homes take fix-up deal

May 24, 2013
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Owners of Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)-constructed homes on the Back of the Hill that were considering legal action against the developers have decided to take the JPNDC’s offer of repairs. Homeowner Sergio Morales told the Gazette that the homeowners have decided to accept the JPNDC’s offer to replace the substandard wood trim...

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School buses could pose danger on South St.

May 24, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Boston Public School (BPS) and private school buses might be taking a dangerous route home on South Street along the Arnold Arboretum. During one hour of afternoon observation on May 16, the Gazette saw 17 public and private school buses use South Street between Washington and Bussey streets. Three of those buses nearly...

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Egleston Farmers Market to start season

May 24, 2013
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The Egleston Farmers Market will kick off its new, long season June 1 and will hold a barbecue fund-raiser the same day. The farmers market, held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall at 45 Brookside Ave., debuted last fall as a cold-season indoor market. But it proved so successful that its new season...

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JP bombing reaction makes Canadian news

May 24, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s response to the Boston Marathon bombers manhunt was featured in the U.S. politics blog of the popular Canadian French-language newspaper Le Journal de Montréal. Journalist Daniel Girard, who writes the paper’s “Politique US” blog, told the Gazette he visits JP regularly, and he has featured the neighborhood often in his coverage over...

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Obituary: Gerald P. Barry, veteran

May 24, 2013
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Gerald P. “The Beep” Barry, 69, of West Dennis passed May 19, 2013 while in rehab after a stroke. Formerly of Whitman and longtime Jamaica Plain resident. Cherished brother of Mary Ann Barry Sayers and his favorite brother-in-law, Richard. Uncle of Christopher and Jeanette Sayers. U.S. Army veteran. Donations in memory may be made...

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Curley School aims to replace asphalt with turf field

May 24, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Matt O’Malley (center) joins students, parents and supporters at the Curley K-8 School’s field fund-raising event May 18.

The Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is trying to raise $250,000 to put an artificial turf field and track on an asphalt lot kids are forced to use for recess. The 14,000-square-foot paved area tucked against the school’s south side is “very unsafe,” according to school parent council member Susan Elsbree. “A...

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Parklet outreach limited

May 24, 2013
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While there were no large-scale, widely-advertised public meetings to discuss Jamaica Plain’s upcoming parklet, as the Gazette previously reported, there was plenty of smaller-scale abutter outreach. Boston Transportation Department (BTD) hosted three public meetings in February, April and May. The first two of those meetings was not advertised in the Gazette and none were...

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Olmsted actor to lead Hellenic Hill tour

May 24, 2013
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A tour along Hellenic Hill and the Arborway on June 2 will be led by actor and Friends of Jamaica Pond president Gerry Wright performing in character as Emerald Necklace Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Wright, who has performed one-man plays about Olmsted, will talk about the importance of Hellenic Hill as a watershed...

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Editorial: Parklet input

May 24, 2013
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There is a pathology to much City of Boston public process, especially when it comes to introducing a new program such as parklets, the business seating areas designed to replace parking spaces. It involves viewing the public as an audience whose applause is desired rather than as the bosses whose permission is required. With...

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