Monthly Archives: January 2014

CPCAY to dig deeper into bus yard move

January 31, 2014
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The Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) will further investigate a plan to move a MBTA bus yard facility a mile away from the Forest Hills area to the American Legion Highway, according to CPCAY member Allan Ihrer. A new bus yard is slated to replace the temporary bus facility currently located...

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Local marathon bombing hero to attend State of Union

January 27, 2014
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Local marathon bombing hero to attend State of Union

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

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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

January 27, 2014
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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

The word “Oreo” is being scrubbed from any J.P. Licks ice cream shop flavor names after the cookie company demanded a fee for use of its brand. Oreos can still be used in the store’s recipes, but such flavor names as “Oreo Cookie Dough” have to go. The store is holding a contest through...

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City’s Onein3 Council accepting applications

January 22, 2014
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The City’s ONEin3 Council, comprised of Boston residents aged 20 to 34, is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 term. “It’s very important to us that the council is comprised of people from all neighborhoods in Boston and reflects the diverse make up of the city,” council manager Chloe Ryan told the Gazette. “It’s...

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Historic zoo cages decaying in park

January 17, 2014
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A large section of bars is seen missing from one of the bear cages in Franklin Park on Jan. 14.

Century-old zoo cages for bears in Franklin Park, abandoned for decades, are decaying—the iron bars either collapsing or being stolen for scrap—with no signs of security or repair. Large sections of ironwork from the ornate stone-and-metal cages near Seaver Street, known as the Bear Dens, have gone missing as recently as last fall. But...

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Eagle Eyed

January 17, 2014
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Eagle Eyed

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Arroyo is new City Health and Human Services chief

January 17, 2014
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Arroyo is new City Health and Human Services chief

City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, was named the the City’s new chief of Health and Human Services by Mayor Martin Walsh. Arroyo, who started the job Jan. 6, was not immediately available for comment. Arroyo ran his own mayoral campaign last year. After losing in the preliminary election, he became...

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You Said It, JP!: 2013 in Quotes

January 17, 2014
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“The family homes of the better-off. Jamaica Plain. The face of Middle America. Peaceful America.” The neighborhood as described in “Jamaica Plain,” a crime novel set in JP and written by English former police officer Colin Campbell. “Absolutely not.” City Councilor Matt O’Malley on whether he is too old to go sledding in Jamaica...

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Judge rules Charlestown council is public body; cites JPNC case

January 17, 2014
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) is a “public body” that must obey the state Open Meeting Law, a judge ruled last month. Whether the ruling will affect the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), which unsuccessfully claimed to be a “municipal board” in another lawsuit this year, and similar councils around the city is unclear....

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State Lab shapes up after drug-testing scandal

January 17, 2014
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The state Department of Public Health (DPH) says that the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain has improved management in the wake of the Annie Dookhan drug-testing scandal. The State Lab has implemented recommendations from a critical report and has been given satisfactory marks by several inspection agencies. DPH oversees the...

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