Monthly Archives: January 2014

Undelivered mail problems hit part of JP

January 31, 2014
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Several areas of Jamaica Plain have had problems with undelivered mail in recent weeks. St. Rose, Boylston and Jamaica Streets, as well as Robinwood and Spring Park Avenues, have been reportedly affected. Maureen O’Connor, a St. Rose Street resident, said in an email to the Gazette she did not have mail delivered for four...

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Big ideas, but no funds, for decaying Bear Dens

January 31, 2014
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Big ideas, but no funds, for decaying Bear Dens

The century-old Bear Dens in Franklin Park, abandoned since the 1970s, will continue to fall prey to decay and theft for the foreseeable future. There are no public or private plans to renovate them, and it is unclear who even owns them, the Gazette has found. The Bear Dens also have no special historic...

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New book reveals JP’s role in Boston’s subway

January 31, 2014
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The cover of “The Race Underground” by Doug Most. (Courtesy Photo)

As Boston and New York City competed to build the country’s first subway system in the 1890s, a high-powered sibling rivalry fueled the contest, and a Jamaica Plain company dug the tunnel that made Boston the winner. The dramatic personalities who built the T and transformed Boston come to life in the new book...

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Earthsound

January 31, 2014
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Earthsound

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Héroe local asiste al Discurso del Estado de la Unión

January 31, 2014
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Héroe local asiste al Discurso del Estado de la Unión

Carlos Arredondo, un activista político muy conocido y un héroe local del atentado del maratón de Boston, fue invitado al Discurso del Estado de la Unión de Presidente Obama el 28 de enero. Arredondo y Jeff Bauman, un superviviente del atentado cuya vida fue salvada por Arredondo, serán dos invitados de la Primera Dama...

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Local marathon bombing hero attends State of Union

January 31, 2014
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Local marathon bombing hero attends State of Union

Carlos Arredondo, a well-known local peace activist and a hero of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, was a special guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 28. Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, the bombing victim whose life Arredondo helped save, were guests of First Lady Michelle Obama, according to the White...

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Future of neighborhood coordinator unclear

January 31, 2014
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Jullieanne Doherty, Jamaica Plain’s coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, was still grinding away at local issues when the Gazette spoke with her recently, but whether she remains in that position in Mayor Marty Walsh’s new administration is unclear. “I’m here and strong in this capacity for now,” Doherty said in a...

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Casey project delayed again

January 31, 2014
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The Casey Arborway project remains delayed, with a decision from the state Historic Commission (MHC) holding up the project. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) needs approval from MHC for a redesign of Shea Circle at the Arborway and Morton Street into an intersection called Shea Square. The MHC has repeatedly requested design alternatives...

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Plan for White Stadium renovation progressing

January 31, 2014
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Plan for White Stadium renovation progressing

PARKSIDE—The plan to renovate Franklin Park’s White Stadium into a year-round facility appears to be moving forward. Former Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Scholar Athletes (BSA), a nonprofit founded by construction company magnate John Fish, announced last summer a $45 million renovation plan for White Stadium. The proposal would add a turf field for...

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JP software company moves

January 31, 2014
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Infrared5, a Jamaica Plain company that creates video games and other software, mostly for smartphones and the web, has moved its office to 500 Amory St. “The layout is better for us for what we do,” said Infrared5 owner Rebecca Allen, pointing out that the new office has a closed conference room and other...

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Best of JP 2014