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DCR nixes Anson Street dog proposal

July 14, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has decided not to convert a street hockey rink in the Southwest Corridor to a dog park as a result of community pushback, and will be considering proposals for new locations for a dog park in Jamaica Plain. DCR held a public meeting on April 5...

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Police officer charged with making false statements

July 14, 2017
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Boston Police Department’s (BPD) District E-13 detective supervisor Bruce Smith has been charged in a federal court with repeatedly making false statements to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, according to a press release. He was released on conditions and unsecured bond of $50,000. Smith, 53, of Randolph, was...

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Drug bust goes down in JP

July 14, 2017
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On July 1, Boston Police officers raided an organized drug trafficking operation in the area of 42 Forbes Street and recovered over 400 grams of heroin, 250 grams of fentanyl, and $4,945 in cash, according to bpdnews.com. Officers assigned to the Boston Police Department (BPD) City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant...

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Egleston Square Main Street continues books initiative

July 14, 2017
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Egleston Square Main Streets will be keeping shears and minds sharp with the second “Books in the Barbershop Summer Reading Initiative,” which encourages daily reading by giving free books to elementary aged students who get their hair styled or cut in any participating barber shop, according to the press release. The program, launched by...

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Residents demand affordable housing for MassDOT land

June 23, 2017
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The first public meeting about the sale of seven parcels in Jamaica Plain drew strong community criticism over the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) proposal to auction its public land off to the highest bidder without requiring affordable housing to be built. At the public meeting June 7 at English High School about 50...

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Medical marijuana dispensary proposed for Forest Hills

June 23, 2017
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Massachusetts Patient Foundation Inc. (MPF), a nonprofit corporation, is applying for certificates of registration from the state Department of Health (DPH) to operate a medical marijuana treatment center at 54A Hyde Park Ave. in Jamaica Plain. The proposal will appear before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council during its monthly meeting on June 27, according...

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BPD to host family-friendly fishing derby at Jamaica Pond

June 23, 2017
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The first of possibly many annual fishing derbies will be held at Jamaica Pond on June 24, and will be a free family event, according to a press release. The “Catch & Release with the Boston Police” is the first annual fishing derby hosted by the officers and staff of the Boston Police District...

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Elected officials, residents to mingle at hot dog night

June 23, 2017
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Summer Hot Dog Nights at the South Street housing development are returning with a kickoff celebration launched by local state Rep. Liz Malia and Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley, according to a press release. The event was started as a means of bringing neighbors together and forming community. Elected and public safety officials...

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JP Pets: Still no decision from DCR on dog park proposal

June 23, 2017
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It has been over two months since state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) public comment period ended in response to a proposal for a dog park to be built in Jamaica Plain, and the state agency still has yet to release any sort of decision on the matter. Responding to a resident demand...

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JP Pets: MSPCA-Angell advocates for animals

June 23, 2017
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Jamaica Plain’s local Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell (MSPCA-Angell) branch has been focused on advocating for public access to animal records. MSPCA was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. as part of a bipartisan briefing regarding the removal of the reports on June 8. The briefing followed the U.S. Department...

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