Monthly Archives: December 2013

Norbert School construction starts

December 6, 2013
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Norbert School construction starts

HYDE SQ.—The sale of the Norbert School on the Blessed Sacrament Church campus has been finalized and construction has started to turn the building into 21 apartments. “We are thrilled to be at this point and bring new life to a historic building,” said Dave Traggorth, the project manager. The Norbert building had housed...

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A sweet time to start raising honeybees

December 6, 2013
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A sweet time to start raising honeybees

HYDE SQ.—If you love honey and have considered keeping your own beehives, this is the season to get started, according to JP resident and Boston Beekeepers Club co-founder Stephanie Elson. The time of the year is perfect, and so is the political climate, since the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved new beekeeping regulations earlier...

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Tacos El Charro, socio del “parklet”, cierra

December 6, 2013
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Después de veinte años, Tacos El Charro, el restaurante mexicano en 349 Centre Street y uno de los socios que mantienen el “parklet” en el mismo lugar, bajó la cortina. Se vendió el verano pasado. Los nuevos dueños planean reabrir el espacio con el nombre “Old Havana”, dijo el director ejecutivo de Hyde/Jackson Square...

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Casey funding source named; historic review pending

December 6, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The state has identified a possible alternative funding source for part of the Casey Arborway project. Meanwhile, it still awaits Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) review of part of the project, which will replace the Casey Overpass at Forest Hills with new surface streets. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is “actively exploring” the...

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Archdiocese lifts limits on church reuse

December 6, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—A deed restriction on the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. has been lifted, apparently aiding the Hyde Square Task Force’s (HSTF) redevelopment plans, according to Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) spokesperson Sally Swenson. When it closed and sold the church in 2005, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston...

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Domino’s delays local zoning hearing

December 6, 2013
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The franchisee seeking to open a Domino’s Pizza in Egleston Square delayed an appearance before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee originally slated for Dec. 4. According to committee chair David Baron, the “applicant’s representative said they wanted to go through more of the permitting process and conduct meetings with the neighbors before...

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JPNC chooses new officers

December 6, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council selected its new officers at its Nov. 26 meeting. Kevin Moloney was selected as chair, Gerry O’Connor was chosen as vice-chair and Michael Reiskind was chosen as Secretary-Treasurer. Former chair Benjamin Day remains on the JPNC. Moloney is a longtime Pondside resident and attorney who previously chaired the council...

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Holiday Meals

December 6, 2013
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Holiday Meals

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Football Champs

December 6, 2013
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Football Champs

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State lab chemist guilty of evidence-tampering

December 6, 2013
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The former drug-lab chemist at the heart of an evidence-tampering scandal at Jamaica Plain’s William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 3 to 5 years in prison. Annie Dookhan, 36, of Franklin, was arrested last year, and the State Police shuttered the drug testing lab. Dookhan was...

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