Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jackson Square CAC disbanded

June 21, 2013
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Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which was formed in 2006 to oversee a massive redevelopment of the area, has been disbanded by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), according to that agency and to Rodney Singleton, the former chair of the group. The reasoning behind why the group was disbanded is disputed. Singleton said...

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Two mayoral candidates had outside income

June 21, 2013
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Two of the five city councilors who are running for mayor supplemented their income with outside work last year. City councilors have an annual salary of $87,500. City councilors must file annual financial statements with the City. The Gazette went to City Hall to obtain the statements. City Councilor Mike Ross earned between $60,001...

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3 candidatos se presenta para el senado

June 21, 2013
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El Representante demócrata Ed Markey (5º distrito), el republicano Gabriel Gomez y el candidato de partido bisagra Richard Heos van a enfrentarse el 25 de junio en una elección para llenar la sede de John Kerry. El senador actual es el interino William Cowan. Markey y Gomez ganaron la nominación de sus partidos respectivos...

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JP Pets: Photographer makes pet portraits

June 21, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Jenn Alton)

Jamaica Plain-based photographer Jenn Alton knew she was barking up the right tree when she expanded her business to include pet portraits. “Pets are an extension of people’s families. They want to include them on portrait sessions of their engagement or family photos,” she said. “I’ve also had the clients where it’s their first...

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JP Pets: MSPCA waives fee for older cat adoption

June 21, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Precious, a senior cat up for adoption at the MSPCA on S. Huntington Ave.

Sometimes older siblings are ignored by parents who are doting on the newborn baby. The same dilemma strikes when people go to adopt cats, picking young kitties over seniors. Because of that, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) center on S. Huntington Avenue is waiving the adoption fee, which...

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JP Pets: Polka Dog provides niche spot in food market

June 21, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) Polka Dog manager Julia Ann Culkin and employee Sarah James holding the store cat Persephone.

Some owners like to pamper their dogs with the finest of everything. If you fall under that category, you might want to check out Polka Dog Bakery at 42 South St., which sells high-grade food and a variety of unusual treats, such as pig hearts. “We are very special. We are very unique,” said...

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Patched-up Pup

June 21, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Luna the puppy is back on her feet after undergoing surgery May 28 at the Angell Animal Medical Center on S. Huntington Avenue to repair her hips and legs, which were shattered when she was hit by a car in Lawrence last month. The 3-and-a-half-month-old pit bull mix pup had gone into the road after being left unattended by her owners, who later agreed to surrender her to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Luna is now recovering in a foster home following the surgery by Angell’s Dr. Sue Casale.

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JP Observer: Health policy advocate turns focus to mental illness

June 21, 2013
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Attorney Steve Rosenfeld has had an incredible career spanning decades practicing law; working at the top levels of the executive branch of Massachusetts government; creating and working with ground-breaking nonprofit legal efforts and teaching law. The Massachusetts native and Harvard Law School graduate was chief legal counsel to Gov. Michael Dukakis and his chief...

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Judge explains why JPNC is not a gov’t body

June 21, 2013
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The written opinion tossing out the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) lawsuit includes a point-by-point demolition of its claim to be a government body. The May 16 ruling appears to clarify the status of other neighborhood councils around the city as well. While destroying the JPNC’s argument, Justice Linda Giles’s May 16 opinion also...

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Developer: Norbert School gets ISD OK

June 21, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments has moved back to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) after the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) issued a “revised ruling” on variances needed for the project, according to project manager Dave Traggorth. BRA review is still pending for the project, but it is...

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