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Residents celebrate Jamaica Pond, Christine Cooper

January 26, 2018
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Over 100 people gathered at First Church UU in Jamaica Plain on Jan. 18 to celebrate Jamaica Pond Park and commemorate the late Christine Cooper. The event was sponsored by the Jane Addams-Ellen Swallow Richards-Harriet Tubman Institute, Olmsted 2022, and the Friends of Jamaica Pond group. Gerry Wright, local environmental activist and ecologist, gave...

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Identical twin convicted of kidnapping, rape

January 26, 2018
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On Jan. 12, a man was found guilty for a kidnapping and rape that took place near Forest Hills 13 years ago. The case was complicated by the fact that the defendant was an identical twin, according to Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Jurors convicted Dwayne McNair, 36, on all charges in connection with...

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City’s emergency shelter system to be redesigned

January 26, 2018
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By Emily Resnevic Gazette Staff The City of Boston is requesting proposals to redesign the emergency shelter system to better support people experiencing homelessness, according to a press release. Proposals are due Feb. 20. The request for proposals (RFP) outlines the City’s goals of modernizing the emergency shelter system to ensure that people seeking...

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Governor launches initiative to increase housing production

January 26, 2018
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The Baker-Polito administration announced last month a new initiative in efforts to increase housing production across the Commonwealth, according to a press release. The Housing Choice Initiative will create a system of incentives and rewards for municipalities that deliver sustainable housing growth and propose legislative changes regarding zoning through “An Act to Promote Housing...

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Former BPD sergeant sentenced

January 26, 2018
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By Emily Resnevic Gazette Staff Bruce Smith, a former Boston Police Department sergeant detective assigned to District E-13 in Jamaica Plain, was sentenced this month in federal court in Boston for repeatedly making false statements so that he could fly with a weapon on personal trips and enable a friend to fly with him...

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Local nonprofit struggles to find home in JP

January 12, 2018
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Boston Makers, a local makerspace founded and run by Jamaica Plain residents, is struggling to find permanent space to open in the neighborhood before its time is up at the Eliot School in mid-March 2018. A makerspace is like an artists’ co-op wherein members share a rented space, but it focuses on more technology-oriented...

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Crime Beat

January 12, 2018
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K9 Police Unit discovers gun after armed robbery On Dec. 30, Boston Police Department (BPD) officers arrested Saquan Hines, 21, of Norwood for an armed robbery at a convenience store, according to a bpdnews.com. Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at JP Convenience Store, which is located at 36 Gay Head...

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Casey Arborway project to finish in 2018

December 22, 2017
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At a public update meeting on Dec. 6, contractors and the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) representatives informed the community that the Casey Arborway project will be completed by the end of 2018. About 60 people attended the year-end report meeting at English High School, which focused on the construction of the bus stop...

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MassDOT picks buyers for JP parcels

December 22, 2017
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After a public bidding process, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has designated buyers for several public parcels totaling 30,135 square feet near the Southwest Corridor Park that it obtained as part of the failed I-95 extension project several decades ago. The new ownership of the parcels will result in the construction of a...

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Proyecto de Casey Arborway se acaba en 2018

December 22, 2017
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En una reunión pública el 6 de diciembre, el departamento de transporte del estado (MassDOT) y sus contratistas anunciaron que el proyecto de Casey Arborway se acabará a finales de 2018. Alrededor de 60 personas asistieron a la reunión en English High School, centrada en la construcción de la parada de autobuses de Forest...

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