Monthly Archives: June 2013

285 housing units could come to Washington St.

June 7, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—About 285 units of rental housing could be coming to an unoccupied parcel on Washington Street. The former Hughes Oil property at 3593 Washington St. is currently being considered for development for 285, studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and towhouses, retail space and open space, according to Washington Street Business Group Treasurer...

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May Flower

June 7, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A purple iris gleams in the rain after blooming through a fence on Myrtle Street May 29.

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JPNC lawsuit is dismissed

June 7, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project was dismissed last month. In dismissing the lawsuit, Superior Court Justice Linda Giles demolished the JPNC controversial claim to be a government body. The JPNC is now considering whether to appeal, according to JPNC member and attorney Jeffrey...

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Arroyo: Mayor’s power should come from the people

June 7, 2013
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Felix G. Arroyo. (Courtesy Photo)

City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, is among many candidates fighting hard to win the Mayor’s Office this fall. But Arroyo is describing a different vision of the mayor’s role, one where residents would directly shape the City’s plans and policies. “I believe the power in City Hall doesn’t come...

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Problemas de BPS inspira al candidato para consejero

June 7, 2013
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Problemas de BPS inspira al candidato para consejero

La fricción entre los padres y BPS no es nada nueva. Pero para un padre, Luis Valerio de West Roxbury, esa tensión le ha propulsado a presentarse para consejero municipal del distrito 6, con la esperanza de cambiar el sistema. Matt O’Malley, quien vive en Jamaica Plain, es el consejero municipal actual del distrito...

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1 dead, 1 wounded in Egleston shooting

June 7, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—A woman was killed and a man wounded in a double shooting on June 1 in the heart of Egleston Square at Columbus Avenue and Washington Street, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Brianna Bigby, 23, of Boston, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to BPD. The male victim, who police did...

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BPS troubles spurs candidate for local council seat

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) District 6 city councilor candidate Luis Valerio.

Friction between parents and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) is not anything new. But for one parent—Luis Valerio of West Roxbury—that tension has propelled him to run for the District 6 City Council seat, in hope of changing the system. Matt O’Malley, who lives in Jamaica Plain, currently holds the District 6 seat, which...

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Politics as Unusual: Hyde Park is an unpredictable election powerhouse

June 7, 2013
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I relocated to Boston almost a decade ago, before most non-military civilians had GPS devices. Though I eventually came to love some perks of the Hyde Park neighborhood I moved to—the delicious and elusive BC Bakery, for one—looking back, it was an ill fit for a social acrobat without a car. I spent countless...

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Fishing time

June 7, 2013
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(Photo by Jon Seamans/Boston Parks Dept.) Rick Sullivan (second from right), the state’s energy and environment secretary, releases one of 1,100 trout into Jamaica Pond during the annual fish stocking April 25. Joining him were (from left) state Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin, state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, Gov. Deval Patrick, City Councilor Matt O’Malley and City Environment and Energy chief Brian Swett. Anyone with a valid state fishing license can fish in the pond, which is stocked from state hatcheries several times a year.

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Parklet to cost up to $25K

June 7, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s parklet could cost as much as $25,000, according to the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). Each of the four parklets in the City’s pilot program is expected to cost “anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000,” for a total as high as $100,000, BTD spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos told the Gazette. That will include the design...

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