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Centre/South Main Streets down an exec director…again

January 13, 2017
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The Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) board of directors has announced that Executive Director Kevin Johnson has stepped down from his position for personal reasons, leaving the organization leaderless yet again. CSMS is a business promotion organization. Johnson served as executive director JPCSMS for just four weeks before resigning. Board president Brad Brown said that...

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Chair of School Committee re-appointed

January 13, 2017
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Michael D. O’Neill has been re-appointed to the Boston School Committee for a third four-year term, according to a press release. O’Neill was first appointed as a member of the School Committee in 2008 and was elected chairman of the School Committee in 2013. “I am honored to re-appoint Michael O’Neill to the Boston...

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Q. and A. with Rick Berlin about new book

January 13, 2017
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Longtime Jamaica Plain resident and rock musician Rick Berlin recently released a memoir titled, “The Paragraphs,” about his life in music. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Berlin about the book. For more information about Berlin, visit berlinrick.com. (The session has been edited.)   Q.: Tell me about the process of...

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Change of leadership for City’s neighborhood liaison

January 13, 2017
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Jullieanne Doherty, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, is stepping down and made way for Alexandra Valdez to fill that role. Doherty has left the role to take another position with the City. Doherty, who served as neighborhood coordinator for six years, wrote a farewell message in a...

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Boston’s gender wage gap 23 cents

January 13, 2017
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The Boston Women’s Workforce Council (BWWC) released its 2016 gender wage report, which found a 23 cent wage gap, meaning women make on average 77 cents for every dollar a man earns in Greater Boston, according to a press release. The report uses wage data self-reported by businesses in the Greater Boston area. The...

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BU expands BPS scholarship program

January 13, 2017
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Boston University has expanded its scholarship program for Boston Public School (BPS) students, now allowing BPS alumni transferring in from another college to be eligible for the Boston University Community Service Awards, according to a press release. The program calculates each accepted applicant’s financial ability, and awards financial aid for students’ needs including tuition,...

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JP dog park proves elusive

December 23, 2016
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After an unofficial dog park closed this summer in Jamaica Plain, City and state officials began a search to find an area for one in the neighborhood, but scant progress has been made. Since the closing of Beecher Street Park to unleashed dogs, many dog owners have had nowhere to go to let their...

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JPNC Zoning Committee approves project at old James’s Gate site

December 23, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted during a Dec. 6 meeting in favor of recommending a mixed-use project at 5 McBride St. with some provisions. The 8-2 vote on the development gives the green light from the Zoning Committee to build an 11-unit, mixed-use development at the former site of James’s...

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Community shares mixed responses to Forest Hills development

December 9, 2016
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At a Nov. 30 meeting, about 65 residents listened to Criterion Development’s proposal to construct a six-story, mixed-used development at the parking lot across the street from Forest Hills Station. Community responses to the proposed “Residences at Forest Hills” development were mixed. The development would have 252 residential rental units, 5,500 square feet of...

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Q. and A. with Chuck Collins about new book

December 9, 2016
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Jamaica Plain resident Chuck Collins, who is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and co-founder of inequality.org and the JP Forum, has penned a new book, “Born on Third Base.” The Gazette recently conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Collins about the book. For more information about...

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