Monthly Archives: April 2014

Car lot project gets major revisions

April 11, 2014
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Car lot project gets major revisions

STONYBROOK—Three years after it was first proposed, a stalled mixed-use development on Washington Street has been revived with major changes, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site in 2011. The project proposed for the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company location at 3521-3529 Washington St. is now planned to include a...

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Researcher: Whole Foods ‘decimated’ JP Latino culture

April 11, 2014
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An upcoming academic study on Whole Foods Market’s impact on Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square will report that the upscale grocer’s arrival “decimated” the Latino community’s “cultural ecology,” its lead researcher told the Gazette. The sociology study, titled “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” is being conducted by researchers at...

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Investigador: Whole Foods ‘diezmó’ la cultura latina en JP

April 11, 2014
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Un inminente proyecto de estudio sobre el impacto de Whole Foods Market en Hyde Square revelará que la llegada del supermercado de lujo “diezmó” la “ecología cultural” de la comunidad latina, dijo el investigador principal al Gazette. El estudio sociológico titulado “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” se realiza...

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Bus yard demo leaves hole in plans

April 11, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Despite the MBTA’s surprise plan to demolish the soon-to-be vacant 500 Arborway office building this year, the plans for the overdue Arborway Yard bus facility have not been revised to reflect that major change. The 500 Arborway building demolition leaves a hole in the center of the planned bus facility, and there is...

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U.K. café chain looks at JP location

April 11, 2014
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A U.K.-based coffee franchise is looking to open one of its first U.S. locations in Jamaica Plain. Caffè Nero, similar to Starbucks or Au Bon Pain, is planning on opening its first American store at 733 Centre St., the former home of the Commonwealth Bank, according Centre/South Main Streets Executive Director Andrew Zarro. “I...

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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

April 11, 2014
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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

A neighborhood group is forming around the Wachusett and Wenham streets area over concerns with proposed developments, especially a project to demolish at historic house at 57 Wachusett Street, according to local resident Tess Pope. Meanwhile, Greg Galer, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA), said he has spoken to the developer of...

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Rangers Mounted Unit tries to avoid sunset ride

April 11, 2014
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The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit—stabled at Franklin Park—is once again trying to avoid a sunset ride into retirement. A fundraiser and auction, organized by the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, is aiming to keeping the horses on the force for another year by raising $25,000 by the end of the...

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JPNC chair seeks Forest Hills development committee

April 11, 2014
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Chair Kevin Moloney and member Bernard Doherty want to form a council committee to give Forest Hills-area residents a forum to discuss the numerous developments in that area. But some residents say that Doherty and Moloney are exceeding their authority and trying to reopen debate on the Casey Arborway...

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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

April 11, 2014
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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

Carl Sciortino, a former state representative from Medford, is hitting the ground running after becoming the new executive director of the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. AIDS Action, which moved to 75 Amory St. in 2009, is described as New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. The nonprofit, which was founded...

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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

April 11, 2014
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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a group of local Jewish and Palestinian artists is creating a mosaic “peace” mural at the studio Spontaneous Celebrations at 45 Danforth St. “We don’t want war. We don’t want kids to die. We want a good life...

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