Monthly Archives: July 2013

‘Jamaica Plain’ author: Thriller series will be JP-based

July 19, 2013
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‘Jamaica Plain’ author: Thriller series will be JP-based

The recent police thriller “Jamaica Plain” is just the first in a series of novels whose hero will continue to be based in JP, the English cop-turned-author penning the series told the Gazette. “The plan is that Jim Grant is based in Boston, working out of Jamaica Plain,” novelist Colin Campbell said...

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Simpli Bar and Bites opens

July 19, 2013
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Simpli Bar and Bites opens

FOREST HILLS—Simpli Bar & Bites, the newest addition to Arboretum Place at 3840 Washington St., opened its doors last week. The 45-seat café is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is offering pastries, sandwiches, coffees and teas, in addition to beer and liquor. “It’s a classy place to hang out,” General Manager...

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Politics as Unusual: Conley’s troubling record of clearing cops who kill minorities

July 19, 2013
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Word on the street is that the acquittal of George Zimmerman might catalyze a meaningful dialogue about race and power. In cities coast to coast, a conversation has already manifested, with the biggest protest crowds since Occupy uniting to express outrage and to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin. Around the Hub, it’s anybody’s...

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JP Observer: The secret of a beautiful parking lot

July 19, 2013
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It took me a while to realize why going to Stop & Shop in Jackson Square put me in a good mood almost every Saturday. Finally, it occurred to me that it’s good to get groceries, but it’s the parking lot the supermarket shares with Martha Eliot Health Center that makes the experience remarkably...

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4 would-be mayors had roles in gov’t secrecy scandal

July 19, 2013
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Four current mayoral candidates played very different roles in a 2005 scandal about secret Boston City Council meetings that led a judge to fine the council $11,000 for violating the state Open Meeting Law. City Councilors Rob Consalvo and Mike Ross joined in the secret meetings, which were about a bacteria outbreak at a...

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Casey design nearing completion

July 19, 2013
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The state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Casey Arborway project’s design is almost complete in preparation for being advertised to contractors in the fall. Demolition is slated to begin in the spring. The final Plans, Specifications and Cost Estimate (PS&E) documents, used when advertising a project, are expected to be completed in late August or...

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Sights and Sounds, July 19-Aug. 1, 2013

July 19, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 30 for the Aug. 2 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Summer Nights Out, sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force, July 31: literacy night. Aug. 7: family fitness night. Aug. 14:...

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JP History: White Stadium replaced former Olmsted building

July 19, 2013
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JP History: White Stadium replaced former Olmsted building

With a $20 million plan to renovate Franklin Park’s White Stadium in the works, some people might wonder what a sports facility is doing in the middle of a park. The location where the stadium resides is next to the remnants of the Playstead Overlook Shelter, according to Margaret Dyson, director of Historic Parks...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 19, 2013
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The following are the Gazette’s top headlines from this week in Jamaica Plain history: 5 Years Ago: 2008 “State puts up $3.1m for basics” State funding kickstarted construction on the massive redevelopment of 11 acres of land in Jackson Square, a multi-building project that is still underway. 10 Years Ago: 2003 “Crowd...

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JP History: Blessed Sacrament’s 120 years in Hyde Square

July 19, 2013
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JP History: Blessed Sacrament’s 120 years in Hyde Square

The former Blessed Sacrament Church building is in the spotlight again with it soon to have its third owner in a decade. The church building has a long and storied history. The church is located on the Blessed Sacrament campus at 365 Centre St. and is bordered by Creighton and Sunnyside Streets. According to...

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