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Beecher St. dog park update

February 12, 2016
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After an impassioned meeting regarding the current use of Beecher Street Park, there have been productive meetings and plans are being made for moving forward, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) spokesperson Ryan Woods and Jamaica Plain resident Nina Robinson, who has organized a group for the park. Beecher Street Park has...

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Man sentenced to life in prison for JP murder

February 12, 2016
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Charles Reddicks of Dorchester was sentenced to life behind bars after being convicted of murdering 25-year-old Mariano Malave, according to a press release. The murder occurred during a marijuana sale in Jamaica Plain on April 27, 2012. Witness statements, phone records, and video evidence proved that Reddicks negotiated the purchase of a large quantity...

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Driver sentenced for Arborway crash

February 12, 2016
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A West Roxbury man was sentenced to a year behind bars on Feb. 3 for causing a collision on the Arborway, which left one of his passengers and the driver of a second vehicle with life-changing injuries, according to a press release. Papadopoulos, 20, was convicted at Brighton Municipal Court last month of negligent...

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Most want to retain Beecher St. dog park, but with changes

January 29, 2016
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City officials and about 100 community members gathered at the Connolly Branch Library on Jan. 11 to have a discussion about the current status of the unofficial Beecher Street dog park with most attendees agreeing to retain its purpose, but reconsider certain rules and regulations. The meeting focused on the existing problems with the...

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Driver convicted of Arborway crash

January 29, 2016
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Nikolas Papadopoulos, the driver who caused a crash on the Arborway in 2013, was recently convicted of negligent operation of a motor vehicle at Brighton Municipal Court, according to a Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office press release. The crash on Sept. 6, 2013 left one of his passengers and the driver of a...

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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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