Monthly Archives: May 2013

JP Agenda, May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 4 for the June 7 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda to include nomination and selection of representatives for areas B & C, discussion of a possible...

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JP resident named interim BPS superintendent

May 23, 2013
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The Boston School Committee has voted to appoint Boston Public Schools (BPS) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Jamaica Plain resident John McDonough as interim superintendent. McDonough, who has served as CFO since 1996, will lead the District after Superintendent Carol Johnson retires this summer. “I’m extremely humbled at the mayor’s confidence,” McDonough told the...

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Ex-state rep. busted on drug charges at JP school

May 22, 2013
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Stephen Doran, a former state representative, was arrested May 21 by State Police outside the Match Charter Public Middle School at 215 Forest Hills St. in Jamaica Plain after allegedly receiving a package containing 480 grams of methamphetamine there, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. A search of Dolan’s home allegedly found...

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

May 21, 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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Big cultural fests won’t be in Franklin Park this year

May 17, 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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Politics as Unusual: Menino’s tech legacy is no joke

May 14, 2013
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City Councilor-at-Large John Connolly said something interesting at a mayoral forum in Jamaica Plain last week. He hyperbolized that under his leadership, City Hall would look something like the Apple Store. Presumably, Connolly meant that moving forward, the bureaucratic labyrinth and concrete bunker in Government Center should be sleek and futuristic—flatscreens galore, perhaps beepers...

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Church owners set deadline in negotiations

May 10, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the New Atlantic Development have said that a decision will need to be made within 60 days in the negotiations with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) over the possibility of that organization buying the former Blessed Sacrament Church building. “We told them everyday resources are...

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Big crowd, officials back Task Force church bid

May 10, 2013
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The Hyde Square Task Force rally crowd gathers in front of the former Blessed Sacrament Church at 365 Centre St. on the evening of May 3. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

By John Ruch and Peter Shanley, Gazette Staff A crowd of about 150 people and three of Boston’s mayoral candidates were among those backing the Hyde Square Task Force’s (HSTF) attempt to purchase the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at a May 3 rally  in front of the 365 Centre St. church. City Councilors...

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Wake Up Walk

May 10, 2013
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(Photo by Daniella Rascón) Roxanna Bentes of Mexico walks on stilts through the Wake Up the Earth festival audience in the Southwest Corridor Park May 4. Bentes visits JP every year for the popular event.

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Mayor candidate Connolly tours Hyde/Jackson

May 10, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor John Connolly, who is running for mayor, came to Jamaica Plain on April 29 for a walking tour from Canary Square to Jackson Square, where he talked to business owners and residents about a variety of issues, including streamlining the permitting process for restaurants. About halfway through the tour, Connolly sat...

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