Monthly Archives: May 2013

City Life marks 40 years of helping residents

May 10, 2013
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(Gazette File Photo) Members of City Life/Vida Urbana, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association march to promote the “Campaign of Conscience” against high rents on Centre Street in central JP in 1999.

City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU), a JP-based nonprofit, is celebrating 40 years of empowering struggling tenants and homeowners with a May 18 dinner fundraiser in Dorchester. Founded in 1973 as the Jamaica Plain Tenants Action Group by activists “who wanted to commit themselves to making life better for working-class folks,” according to CLVU Organizing Coordinator...

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Task Force quiere la iglesia, recibe mucho apoyo

May 10, 2013
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De John Ruch and Peter Shanley, Gazette Staff El 3 de mayo, en un mitin en frente de la iglesia en 365 Centre St., unas 150 personas y tres candidatos para alcalde llegaron para apoyar el intento de Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) para comprar el edificio del antiguo Blessed Sacrament Church. Los consejeros...

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Mayor promised better trash cans 3 years ago

May 10, 2013
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Three years after Mayor Thomas Menino promised 25 “BigBelly” trash cans for the Centre/South streets corridor, Jamaica Plain is still waiting for the upgrades. Menino promised the 25 solar-powered trash compactor cans in January 2009 as part of the City’s massive effort to redesign the entire two-mile stretch of Centre and South streets. The...

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Jackson Shines

May 10, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Employees of The Community Builders and Mitchell Properties, the developers of the new building going up at 225 Centre St., and family members join in the Boston Shines cleanup April 27 in Jackson Square. Pictured are (from left) Marta Bonilla, Alyson Walsh, Jeannie Crane, Noah Sawyer, John Frazier, Pam Frazier and Jack Frazier.

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State puts 4 small parcels up for bids

May 10, 2013
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The state put four small, vacant parcels along the Southwest Corridor in Jamaica Plain up for bid on April 26. The pieces of land—in Central JP, JP South and Sumner Hill—are leftover property seized decades ago by the state to construct what is now the Southwest Corridor MBTA and train line and the Southwest...

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Jackson Sq. residents surveyed about quality of life

May 10, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge, a nonprofit community development corporation, is undertaking a detailed survey of Jackson Square’s property and residents. Required by NeighborWorks America, an affordable housing coalition that is a major Urban Edge donor, the survey will result in a report on area quality of life and resident needs that will be available to...

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JP hosts first mayoral forum

May 10, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Mayoral candidates Marty Walsh, Charlotte Golar Richie, Charles Clemons, John Laing, Rob Consalvo, John Barros, Felix Arroyo, John Connolly and Daniel Conley at the May 6 candidate forum.

FOREST HILLS—Nine mayoral candidates attended a forum organized by the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association this week. It was the first open candidate forum held for mayoral candidates in this year’s race. City Councilors Felix Arroyo, John Connolly and Rob Consalvo; Boston School Committee member John Barros; former Boston Police officer and co-owner of...

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Politics as Unusual: At mayoral keg party, who would you drink with?

May 10, 2013
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During the 2000 presidential race, one prevalent and aggravating accolade bestowed upon George W. Bush was that of Candidate Who Voters Would Most Like To Drink Beer With. Whether survey-based or anecdotal, the trope was absurd; even if Al Gore is the most arrogant stiff on Earth, he’s beyond intelligent, and obviously a better...

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ABCD might go to ‘The Cave’

May 10, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), an antipoverty nonprofit, might soon be providing services at the youth center “The Cave” at the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) spokesperson Lydia Agro. Agro said Big Brother Big Sister Association and the Girl Scouts currently use the space at “The Cave,” but...

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JPNDC lowers asking price for church

May 10, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is continuing negotiations over the Blessed Sacrament Church with a potential buyer, the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), and has lowered its asking price, according to a spokesperson. Jason Hutchinson, who also put in a bid for the church, has withdrawn his offer, according to JPNDC....

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