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New grading system for City services announced

January 29, 2016
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The City services can now finally be tracked and held accountable for achievements and…well, underachievements. CityScore is a new initiative that compiles metrics from various City departments every day to provide an at-a-glance view of the City’s overall performance, according to a press release. CityScore currently tracks measures in public safety, economic development, education,...

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Meetings scheduled on MBTA fare hikes

January 29, 2016
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The MBTA is holding a series of public meetings to hear comments and suggestions from the community about proposed fare hikes, according to a press release. The nearest meeting for Jamaica Plain residents will be at the Roxbury Community College on Feb. 10. The MBTA is making efforts to close its $242 million structural...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

January 29, 2016
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 years ago: 2011 “Whole Foods likely to replace Hi-Lo” Whole Foods had confirmed its plans to open a new store at 415 Centre St., replacing Hi-Lo Foods. Hi-Lo had been serving Jamaica Plain’s Latino community for 47 years. “JP has definitely changed. Whole...

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New BRA director of planning announced

January 29, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced at his State of the City address that Sara Myerson, the current executive director of Imagine Boston 2030, will become the new director of planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), according to a press release. Myerson, who is the former executive director of the City Office of Olympic Planning,...

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City to review dog use of Beecher St. land

January 8, 2016
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City to review dog use of Beecher St. land

The City is reviewing the use of the Beecher Street Play Area as a community-organized dog park after receiving complaints from neighbors. The review could spell the end to one of the few places Jamaica Plain residents can release their dogs off-leash. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) and the Mayor’s Office of...

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La Ciudad revisará el uso del terreno de Beecher St.

January 8, 2016
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La Ciudad está revisando el uso del área de recreación de Beecher Street como un parque de perros organizado por la comunidad después de recibir quejas de vecinos. La revisión podría significar el fin de uno de los pocos lugares donde los residentes de Jamaica Plain pueden dejar correr libres a sus perros. El...

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BAPA names holiday decoration winners

January 8, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association chose 15 winners for its 2015 Business District Holiday Decorations Contest. Ninety-four businesses in the Centre and South Street districts were seen to have decorations for the holiday season and were awarded points for being most artistic, most festive, and most inviting to customers. New Leaf Flores...

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Sanchez brings Latino elected officials together

January 8, 2016
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On Dec. 17, state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez held a celebratory luncheon for nearly 50 elected Latino officials in recognition of recent electoral gains throughout Massachusetts, according to a press release. After the November elections, there are now almost 50 Latino elected officials in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is a considerable growth from...

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Neighborhood group forms in Parkside

January 8, 2016
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A new neighborhood association, Parkside Neighborhood Association (PNA), has formed and held its first meeting on Dec. 1. The group will meet every other month to share information, meet neighbors, and work together to address community issues, according to a press release. Jamaica Plain homeowners and renters who live between Iffley Road, Glen Road,...

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BPS receives $1.5 million art grant

January 8, 2016
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has been awarded $1.5 million in grant funding from the Wallace Foundation to support its continuing expansion of arts education, according to a press release. The money will directly support the Boston Public School Arts Expansion Initiative, an effort to expand arts education that was launched in February 2009 as...

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