Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mayoral candidate Yancey has education on his mind

August 30, 2013
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Mayoral candidate Yancey has education on his mind

Mayoral candidate Charles Yancey staked his claim to the title of the race’s “education candidate” during a recent hour-long interview at the Gazette’s office. Yancey, currently a city councilor whose district includes part of Jamaica Plain, spent the majority of the interview discussing improving education in the city, saying students are being “short-changed.” He...

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Local musician joins JP Music Festival lineup

August 30, 2013
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Local musician joins JP Music Festival lineup

Merrie Amsterburg, a Jamaica Plain singer-songwriter, won’t be alone as she steps onto the stage Sat., Sept. 7 for the third annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival. Next to her will be her husband Peter Linton. The two met years ago when they played together in a band. Linton now plays guitar and sings back-up...

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Cheaper, bigger units wanted at Forest Hills project

August 30, 2013
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Jamaica Plain residents called for more affordability and more family-friendly three-bedroom units in the Commons at Forest Hills Station apartment project proposed at 3593-3615 Washington St. at an Aug. 21 community meeting. The developers, John M. Corcoran and Company and The Brennan Group, would not commit to any specific project changes. At least one...

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Los candidatos quieren mejorar los parques

August 30, 2013
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En un foro sobre los parques el 16 de agosto, la mayoría de los candidatos para alcalde expresaron su deseo para más fondos para los parques y de hacer más eficiente el proceso de conseguir permisos. Alrededor de 300 personas asistieron al foro patrocinado por Boston Park Advocates en Franklin Park Clubhouse. Los candidatos...

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Big Move

August 30, 2013
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Big Move

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Four-alarm blaze hits JP house

August 30, 2013
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Four-alarm blaze hits JP house

FOREST HILLS—A four-alarm fire ripped through a two-family house at the corner of Asticou Road and South Street on Aug. 17, causing an estimated $350,000 in damage, according to the Boston Fire Department (BFD). The house has two addresses, 306 South St. and 39 Asticou Road. Officials determined that the careless disposal of a...

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No bond needed for JPNC lawsuit appeal

August 30, 2013
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The judge in a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC)-backed lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. redevelopment project has ruled that the JPNC does not need to post a $750,000 bond to appeal the decision. The appeal will likely take a year to 18 months, Jeffrey Wiesner, an attorney and JPNC member representing Day...

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New coffee bar slated for Pond St.

August 30, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—A new coffee bar called 7 Pond is under construction at 7 Pond St. It aims to open in early November, owner Maks Milstein told the Gazette. The new spot will be a bar, not a café, Milstein explained, because of its small space and ambiance. “It’ll be a morning rather than an...

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Parklet to be installed next week

August 30, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s parklet, one of Boston’s first four, will likely be installed Sept. 5 or 6 on Centre Street at Wyman street after repeated delays, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta told the Gazette this week. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from...

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Politics as Unusual: Dorchester is home to the race within the race

August 30, 2013
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In the kind of raucous and exhilarating election that we have on our hands, Dorchester is an intimidating gauntlet. Even residents and seasoned campaign operatives can get lost in the tribal abyss. Unless you’re a third generation ward captain who babysat for Tom Finneran when Mattapan was still part of Dorchester and the future...

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