Monthly Archives: October 2013

JP Observer: Bikes are nice, but there are limits

October 25, 2013
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I like bicycles. I think it’s great we got a bike-share program in Boston, and bicycle rental stations came to Jamaica Plain last month. I am in favor of the tidy bike lanes and of drivers watching out for riders. But there are limits on what bikes can do for Boston. Bicycle use, at...

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JP Makers aims to create collaborative craft space

October 25, 2013
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JP Makers, a group started by two local residents, aims to create a shared workspace for artisans and handicrafters somewhere in Jamaica Plain. Dominic Burdick and Eileen McMahon, who started the group this summer, call the concept a “makerspace.” Like an artists’ co-op, members would share a rented space. The difference is that it focuses...

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New JPNC is elected

October 25, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) held its bi-annual election on Oct. 19. Twelve candidates were elected to the JPNC’s 20 seats and are to take their places at the next council meeting on Oct. 29. The eight seats still vacant will be filled by the JPNC by appointment. Anyone interested in being appointed...

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BRA approves Forest Hills project

October 25, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The Boston Redevelopment Authority board on Oct. 17 approved The Commons at Forest Hills project at 3593-3615 Washington St. The project will create 283 units, including 40 affordable-housing units. The developers, John M. Corcoran and Company and The Brennan Group, had originally planned 280 units, with 37 affordable-housing units. For 100 years, the...

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Lantern Parade

October 25, 2013
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Lantern Parade

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Ex-senator leaves prison

October 25, 2013
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A former local state senator imprisoned for bribery in 2011 reportedly is back in Boston after being released early. Dianne Wilkerson is now out of prison and under the supervision of a re-entry program, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website. According to the Dorchester Reporter, she returned to Boston sometime around the...

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LGBTQ Rights

October 25, 2013
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LGBTQ Rights

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JP man charged with T station robbery try

October 25, 2013
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JP man charged with T station robbery try

FOREST HILLS—A Jamaica Plain was charged with attempted armed robbery at the Forest Hills T Station on Oct. 8, according to MBTA Transit Police. William Ambroult, 40, allegedly demanded money from a man while displaying what appeared to be a handgun in the lobby area of the station at 3700 Washington St. The victim...

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State Rep. Sánchez holds gun violence forum

October 25, 2013
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez convened a forum on Oct. 9 to discuss gun violence and ways to prevent it. The event was also meant to draw attention to several gun control bills moving through the State House. About 100 people, including anti-gun activists, attended the forum at the Anna M. Community Center in...

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Real estate office opens at church site

October 25, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The RE/MAX Destiny real estate office opened Oct. 10 at 363 Centre St. at the former Blessed Sacrament Church site. RE/MAX Destiny is a full-service real estate franchise that is a branch of an existing office in Cambridge. Its services include sales representing both buyers and sellers, rentals, commercial transactions, property management and...

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