Monthly Archives: July 2013

A JP win in Supreme Court DOMA decision

July 5, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down a core section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that previously had been successfully challenged by Jamaica Plain residents. DOMA unconstitutional benefits provision banned same-sex married couples from receiving various benefits that opposite-sex married couples do. The Supreme Court ruled that the 1996...

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Historic demolition process reviewed

July 5, 2013
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After a historic house in Jamaica Plain recently was partially demolished without Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) review, the City regulation controlling such acts has been thrust into the spotlight. Meanwhile, the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) is in discussions with the City about the possibility about strengthening the regulation, as other cities have done. Article...

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JP remains beetle-free

July 5, 2013
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Two years after Jamaica Plain first saw Asian longhorned beetles (ALB), the neighborhood remains free of any further sightings of the tree-killing insect. If this season’s inspections turn up no further evidence of ALB by early next year, quarantine measures will be lifted. After six infected trees were discovered at Faulkner Hospital in 2010,...

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Surprise Star

July 5, 2013
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Surprise Star

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101 Brookley Road is sold

July 5, 2013
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A long-vacant property at 101 Brookley Road was sold late last week for over $2 million to a limited liability company (LLC). Chestnut Hill-based Buildex Real Estate, LLC bought the property from Boston-based Planet Street, LLC on June 27 for $2.18 million, according to public land records. “We’re really interested to hear what that...

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Jackson Sq. development gets added units

July 5, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (JPNDC) plan for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. has changed slightly since it was filed with the City in January, as two units have been added to the proposal. “Basically, we are trying to get the greatest number of units within the envelope of the...

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Troubled mansion under repairs

July 5, 2013
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SUMNER HILL—A decaying and vacant mansion at 28 Alveston St. is undergoing repairs, though neighbors remain unhappy at how fast they are happening. The house used to belong to Ellen Robinson until her death last year. Christopher Robinson, the representative of her estate, is her nephew and is heading the property’s cleanup. The house...

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Invitación, July 5-18, 2013

July 5, 2013
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 16 de julio para la publicación del 19 de julio. Manda a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones          Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, salón 801, martes, 9 julio,...

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Sights and Sounds, July 5-18, 2013

July 5, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 16 for the July 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Lantern Festival, inspired by Japanese Bon Festival, Thurs., July 18 (rain date July 25), Forest Hills Cemetery, 195 Forest Hills...

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Editorial: Avenida de las Americas

July 5, 2013
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Centre Street in Hyde/Jackson Squares has been an “Avenida de las Americas” for over 40 years. So it is great to see it finally get that honorary name on street signs honoring the Latin American immigrants who have formed a cornerstone of our local economic and civic life. The diverse array of activists and...

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