Monthly Archives: May 2014

American Legion post to mark Memorial Day

May 23, 2014
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The American Legion Post 76 at 280 South St. is planning a small memorial ceremony in honor of fallen soldiers at noon on Memorial Day, May 26. City Councilor Matt O’Malley is expected to make some remarks following a flag-raising, Post Commander Dennis McNally told the Gazette.

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MHC revises Casey MOU

May 23, 2014
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Casey Arborway team has received a letter from the state Historic Commission (MHC) with suggestions for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies, bringing the project one step closer to construction. The MHC’s requested amendments listed in the May 1 letter include designation of maintenance responsibility...

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State to regain management of Hinton Lab

May 23, 2014
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Management of the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain, which was the site of the state drug lab scandal, is  switching from the hands of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) to the state. In essence, the state is becoming the landlord of the institute. The Gazette was first made...

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Arborway crosswalk improvements coming

May 23, 2014
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A community meeting was held May 6 where a presentation was given on improving the crosswalk on the Arborway near the main entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. It suggested a three-tier approach that includes curb extensions and a flash beacon. The three-tier approach suggested by the presentation would implement markings, signs and fence adjustments;...

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City parks plan update still underway

May 23, 2014
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The City’s Parks Department is on track to finish updating its massive “Open Space Plan,” which will guide parks policy from 2015 to 2021, by the end of the year. Parks spokesperson Jon Seamans told the Gazette last week that the “massive document,” which requires input from multiple agencies, will use an updated map...

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Boylston St. Orchard is sold

May 23, 2014
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The Boylston Street Community Orchard at 195 Boylston St. has been sold to the nonprofit Commonwealth Land Trust (CLT) to preserve it as an orchard. Department for Neighborhood Development (DND) project manager Bernard Mayo confirmed that the parcel will remain an orchard. He said CLT has been working with the Egleston Square Community Orchard...

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Spring Greens

May 23, 2014
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Spring Greens

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Editorial: NACA’s home

May 23, 2014
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The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America’s post-eviction move to another JP location is good news for the local nonprofit sector, for the Jackson Square redevelopment, and for the stability of a nationally important organization that called out predatory lending before it was hip to do so—including when it was happening right here out of...

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Editorial: Arborway Yard detour

May 23, 2014
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We’ve said before that the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard should focus on shedding light on the existing bus yard plan and mysterious work underway regarding it. That goes double as its recent public meeting found it distracted by an interesting, but largely abstract, alternative location plan. The MBTA already said it...

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Editorial: Remember the living, too

May 23, 2014
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Memorial Day is a time to remember the incredible sacrifice and loss of war. It is also a time to reflect on how it is part of what made our neighborhood, our city and our country what it is today. The most obvious influence on JP is Monument Square, so named for the prominent...

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