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Editorial: Investigating Main Streets

August 12, 2011
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Amid the financial scandal at Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), every Main Street organization should be reviewing its accounting practices and reassuring the public. But there also should be a review of the entire Boston Main Streets program and its blurry combination of private nonprofits with a city department. Mayor Thomas Menino established the...

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PATRICK’S DAY

August 12, 2011
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PATRICK’S DAY

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Eyeglass shop eyes Sept. opening

August 12, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—Optical Designs, an eyeglasses company with locations in Needham and Wellesley, is planning to open at 753 Centre St. within the next few weeks. Optical Designs announced through its Twitter page on June 7 its decision to set up shop in Jamaica Plain. Ronnie Friedman, a manager at the Needham Optical Designs, told...

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Editorial: Not a landing zone

August 12, 2011
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The landing of a helicopter on the Agassiz School roof on July 28 was a military exercise—an exercise in poor judgment, that is. Use of the empty school for unarmed commando training is fine, if surprising, and JP should be proud of its contribution to readying our nation’s outstanding special forces. But the secret...

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Top Cop

August 12, 2011
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Top Cop

Burglary Prevention Tips   Burglary can happen to you, anywhere in JP, and summer is favorite time for criminals because of open windows. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips for preventing housebreaks:   Keep all doors and windows locked when no one is at home. Secure air conditioners to window...

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Editorial: Fund the Arborway Yard

August 12, 2011
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The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) bus facility grant program is not likely to see a more worthy applicant than the Arborway Yard. The proposed bus facility at Washington Street and the Arborway would be a state-of-the-art home for some of the busiest bus lines in a public transit-dependent major city. The plan also would...

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Our perfect little corner of the world

August 12, 2011
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By Dan Janis Special to the Gazette When the doors open at Green Street and I hop off the Orange Line, my blood pressure goes down a little and I breathe a little easier. Downtown is for stress and working. Jamaica Plain is for living. Everyone thinks their neighborhood is perfect, but as we...

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Get sandwich boards off sidewalks

August 12, 2011
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In response to Sandra Storey’s “JP Observer” piece (“JP streets: The orderly and the ugly,” July 22) that pointed out that City-planted trees and their “pits” use up too much sidewalk width and obstruct pedestrian traffic, I would like to suggest a faster solution. The City should enforce its law prohibiting sidewalk sandwich-board advertising...

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Asking too much of Whole Foods

August 12, 2011
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While I have no particular interest in whether or not Whole Foods moves into Jamaica Plain, I find I am wondering what other new businesses in Jamaica Plain have been placed under such scrutiny. Why has it been asked to set up an affordable housing trust fund; undertake a traffic study; commit to a...

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Students build bikes in new program

August 12, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

BPS students are building bikes—one for themselves, one for donation—in a new partnership with Bikes Not Bombs, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, and Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that launched last month. By Alicia Perez Special to the Gazette The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and...

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