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Fatal stabbing at Jackson Square

November 6, 2015
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Ronaldo Cepeda, a 16-year-old Dorchester youth, was held without bail on a murder charge for the fatal stabbing at Jackson Square T Station on Oct. 22, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Amy Galatis told Judge Paul McManus that Cepeda got off a bus and...

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Three JPNC members given the boot

November 6, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voted to remove three members—Martha Rodriguez, Erin Colgan-Snyder and Michael O’Connor—during its monthly meeting on Oct. 27. JPNC’s rules state that members can be removed for “good cause shown,” which can include but is not limited to failure to attend three consecutive regularly scheduled council meetings, persistent non-participation in...

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Teacher turns mentor

October 23, 2015
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Teacher turns mentor

Amika Kemmler-Ernst has changed the way that Boston students learn by starting at the source: the teachers. She is a retired Boston Public School (BPS) teacher, but is still mentoring and creating a supportive community for the next generation of teachers from her home in Jamaica Plain. When Kemmler-Ernst was young, she wanted to...

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Maestra convertida en mentora

October 23, 2015
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Amika Kemmler-Ernst ha cambiado la manera en que los estudiantes de Boston aprenden, empezando en la fuente: los maestros. Ella es una maestra jubilada de las escuelas públicas de Boston (BPS), pero todavía es mentora y está creando una comunidad solidaria para la próxima generación de maestros desde su hogar en Jamaica Plain. Cuando...

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Protected bikes lanes, other concerns raised over DCR Arborway plan

October 23, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) held an Oct. 14 community meeting on increasing mobility between Kelley Circle and Murray Circle with attendees expressing concerns over the lack of protection for bike lanes and the plan to add parking spots, among other issues. The meeting was one of three that DCR has...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Developer files PNF for 19-unit project

October 23, 2015
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A developer recently filed a project notification form with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to redevelop a site into a 19-unit development at 20 Taft Hill Park, according to BRA documents. The developer for the project is Parkhead Development LLC, while the architect is Dartagnan Brown of Embarc Studio LLC. The site is currently...

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DCR moves Arborway meeting

October 9, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has moved the Arborway meeting to the Faulkner Hospital Auditorium at 1153 Centre Street. The meeting is slated to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and will focus on improved multi-modal safety and access to Emerald Necklace Parks in Jamaica Plain, specifically on the Arborway between Eliot...

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Residents cite affordability, density and preservation as top concerns for corridor study

October 9, 2015
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The resounding feedback from attendees at a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) workshop for the Washington Street/Columbus Avenue corridor study was to increase housing affordability; increase density and mixed-use buildings; and preserve identity and cultural diversity. About 200 people attended the Sept. 30 workshop held in the cafeteria at English High School. The workshop is...

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JP Kids: Mayor launches BPS facility master plan

October 9, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh launched a master plan initiative for Boston Public Schools (BPS) facilities last month, which will include community engagement, in order to provide a framework for facilities investments and implement reform, according to a press release. “The most important investment we can make is in our young people, and we do that...

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BRA: Washington/Columbus study could lead to new zoning by summer 2016

September 25, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which will hold another Washington Street/Columbus Avenue corridor study meeting on Sept. 30, expects the effort to lead to new zoning for that area being approved by next summer, according to BRA senior planner Marie Mercurio. Mercurio has been a major figure behind the study. “We’re trying to figure...

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