Monthly Archives: July 2013

Turner to be released from prison

July 19, 2013
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner expects to be released from federal prison to a halfway house in Boston by next week, he said in an email to various contacts, including the Gazette. Turner, who formerly represented part of Jamaica Plain, was convicted in 2009 of taking a $1,000 bribe from an FBI informant and...

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

July 16, 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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City: Sale of former Blessed Sacrament Church finalized

July 12, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The purchase of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building by the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and New Atlantic Development has been finalized, according to Boston Redevelopment Authority spokesperson Melina Schuler and HSTF. The sale price is not known. JPNDC and HSTF had been in...

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Politics as Unusual: From ‘Con Cubed’ to ‘Walross': Could this race have its ‘Floon’?

July 9, 2013
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When historians are emphasizing just how strong a grip Mayor Tom Menino had on Boston politics, they’ll likely dote over his final scrap in the mud. By the time he reached his last election, the Urban Mechanic had already mauled opponents in the kind of fashion most pols dream about. In 2001, he soared...

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Suffolk Construction offers training to minority and women contractors

July 8, 2013
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Suffolk Construction, Boston’s largest construction firm, is inviting Jamaica Plain minority- and women-owned subcontractor firms to a special course in how to do business on Suffolk projects. The lack of opportunity for such firms on Boston construction projects has been longtime controversy, including recently in Jackson Square spanning JP and Roxbury. Suffolk started its...

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

July 5, 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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White Stadium could get $20m fix-up

July 5, 2013
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By Ryan Deto/Special to the Gazette PARKSIDE—A $20 million renovation of Franklin Park’s White Stadium into a year-round facility is being proposed by Mayor Thomas Menino and a nonprofit founded by construction company magnate John Fish. The concept was met with both enthusiasm and concern by a crowd of 70 people at a June...

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Mayoral candidate Barros wants to unite city

July 5, 2013
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Mayoral candidate Barros wants to unite city

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff   Growing up in Dudley Square in Roxbury during the 1970s and 1980s, Boston mayoral candidate John Barros said, other parts of the city seemed inaccessible to him. And though the city has changed, he said wants to do more to unite the neighborhoods. “Boston did not...

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Brewery Wedding

July 5, 2013
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Brewery Wedding

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Hyde/Jackson gets ‘Avenida de las Americas’ signs

July 5, 2013
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Hyde/Jackson gets ‘Avenida de las Americas’ signs

Centre Street in Hyde and Jackson Squares now has honorary street signs dubbing it “Avenida de las Americas,” or “Avenue of the Americas,” six years after the idea was approved by the Boston City Council. The signs, which do not change the official name of Centre Street, went up late last month and are...

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