Monthly Archives: June 2013

Casey plan opponents protest atop overpass

June 7, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Jim Kennedy) Bridging Forest Hills member Jeffrey Ferris holds up a sign urging drivers on the Casey Overpass to call Gov. Deval Patrick in support of a new bridge.

Protesters have been standing on the Casey Overpass holding signs and handing out flyers condemning its pending replacement with a surface street network. Five Bridging Forest Hills (BFH)-organized “information dissemination” actions took place last month, with plans for more, BFH member Jeffrey Ferris told the Gazette. BFH is an organization that advocates for a...

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JP man guilty of drug trafficking

June 7, 2013
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PONDSIDE—A Jamaica Plain man will spend five to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in April to selling illegal drugs from his Pondside home, according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office. Christopher Cadman, 34, was arrested in 2011 in a State Police raid of his 39 Prince St. home, according to court...

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‘Serenity’ scheduled for BRA vote

June 7, 2013
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After over a year in development, the proposed luxury apartment building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., called “Serenity,” is scheduled for a vote from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) on June 13, three days after a community meeting. “The schedule for this appears crafted specifically to prevent adequate time for the community to review...

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Manning Strong

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Teachers and staff at the Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Hills show their Boston pride on April 26, when they and others raised $350 for The One Fund benefiting Boston Marathon bombing victims. Pictured, from left, are: (front row) Michelle Scansaroli, Corey Lubin, Secretary Cheryl Pastore, Shannon Windus, Principal Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes and Luisa Cruz; (middle row) Kristen Chaplin, Maria Karloutsos, Claire O’Donoghue and Nicole Vanderheiden; (back row) Special Education Administrator Marvin Mitchell, Dakota Bonilla, Leona Cook, Juli Rice, Robert Demerjian, Teri Cunningham, Patti Cahill and Macquin Brockington.

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JP resident named interim BPS superintendent

June 7, 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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City to unveil urban farm zoning

June 7, 2013
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Chickens, bees and rooftop gardens may finally find a home in Jamaica Plain. Following community pressure and talks between the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group (UAWG) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), several community meetings have been scheduled across the city to refine updates to the City’s zoning code to better accommodate urban agriculture....

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Editorial: The parklet boondoggle

June 7, 2013
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The up-to-$25,000 cost of JP’s City-funded “parklet,” aka free sidewalk seating for private businesses, is as amazing as the fact that it took a Gazette Freedom of Information Act request to get that number. The parklet program looks like a classic boondoggle that snuck through its stunning overall $100,000 taxpayer-funded price tag via deliberately...

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Editorial: Unleash the dog-walking talk

June 7, 2013
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While we are not convinced that the Franklin Park Coalition’s proposal for off-leash dog permitting in the park is the best idea or the product of a thorough discussion, we are grateful that the coalition had the guts and brains to get this important conversation started. We need serious commitment to seeing this conversation...

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Editorial: Close the historic review loophole

June 7, 2013
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Whether the 120-year-old former home of Dr. Marie Zakrzewska—founder of today’s Dimock Community Health Center and a member of Boston’s historic feminist and abolitionist circles—should have been saved for posterity is debatable. The problem is, we are only having that discussion after most of the building was demolished thanks to a giant loophole in...

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Letter: JPNDC remains committed to affordable housing

June 7, 2013
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The future of the Blessed Sacrament church has understandably received much attention in the Gazette recently. We are writing to emphasize the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s strong commitment to creating affordable homes in JP and to figuring out, if at all possible, an alternative to market-rate condos in the church. After the Boston...

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