Monthly Archives: October 2013

Politics as Unusual: Walsh was the clear debate winner

October 16, 2013
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I’m having flashbacks of the media coverage on the vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Biden, it was assumed beforehand, would eviscerate the rube, and further expose her as a demagogic ignoramus. In practice, those predictions were spot-on, though not everyone interpreted it that way. Presumably impressed that Palin abstained from urinating...

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Hubway comes to JP; community input limited

October 11, 2013
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Hubway comes to JP; community input limited

The Hubway bike-share system has arrived in Jamaica Plain, but the community process the City used to determine the location of stations was limited. Hubway is a collaboration between the City and a private company. Hubway stations have been installed at Monument Square; in front of the post office at the corner of Centre...

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JPNC election is Oct. 19

October 11, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) biannual election will be held Sat., Oct. 19. Polls will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations: Forest Hills T Station (3700 Washington St.), J.P. Licks (659 Centre St.) and Stop & Shop (301 Centre St.). Any JP resident 16 or older can vote...

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Arroyo, Barros endorse Walsh for mayor

October 11, 2013
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Arroyo, Barros endorse Walsh for mayor

Boston mayoral candidate Marty Walsh has picked up two key endorsements from former rivals John Barros and Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident. The Arroyo endorsement could be crucial for Walsh, who placed fifth in the JP vote during the Sept. 24 preliminary election. Arroyo placed first in the JP vote. Walsh’s rival for...

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JP@Home grupo quiere ayudar a los ancianos

October 11, 2013
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Unos ancianos locales han creado JP@Home, una organización de la base que tiene como su misión ayudar a los ancianos a quedarse en sus casas. El grupo, una colaboración con la organización Ethos de JP, tendrá su inauguración en el evento del cuadragésimo aniversario de Ethos el 23 de octubre. JP@Home permitirá que los...

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Casey Arborway changes: Funding, busway, parking

October 11, 2013
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As the Casey Arborway design nears a release for construction bids, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is seeking new funding sources, redesigning a Forest Hills T Station busway, and planning permanent replacement parking at the Arborway Yard. The crumbling Casey Overpass, which the Casey Arborway surface streets eventually will replace, underwent emergency repaving...

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JP@Home group to help seniors live at home

October 11, 2013
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Local seniors have created JP@Home, a new grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging citizens at home as long as possible. The group, partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, will be launched at Ethos’s 40th Anniversary Event on Oct. 23. JP@Home will let members join in a group purchase of such services as...

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Vacant Brookley Road lot sold, reportedly subdivided

October 11, 2013
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STONYBROOK—A long-controversial parcel of land at 101 Brookley Road may finally be in the process of development after years of vacancy. The 1.7-acre lot was purchased this summer by a real estate company and reportedly is being cleared and subdivided. But the exact plans remain unclear. The site was formerly a nursing home that...

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Centre St. repair shop eyed for redevelopment

October 11, 2013
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An auto repair shop at 626 Centre St. is targeted for redevelopment, though its owner is backing away from a plan to turn it into a liquor store. Christ Stamatos, the property’s owner, told the Gazette he is still considering possibilities. Meanwhile, employees at El Rubio’s Auto Repair Shop said they hadn’t heard of...

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Politics as Unusual: The old school, not New Boston, will decide this race

October 11, 2013
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For Bostonians who have been monitoring our race for mayor, the grind and bustle couldn’t possibly pump at a faster pace. One minute, everyone from columnists to online commenters are hammering the candidates about union pay raises and arbitration dilemmas. A day later, the same horde seemingly forgets there’s an election underway, gets wildly...

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