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Lingering criticism for Plan: JP/Rox planning study; Jackson hits process

January 27, 2017
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Over 180 residents attended the most recent presentation of the Plan: JP/Rox plan on Jan. 18, many of whom publicly commented about where they believed there was still holes in the plan. Meanwhile, City Councilor Tito Jackson, who recently launched his mayoral campaign, said the process behind the planning study was “flawed.” The Boston...

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ESAC is moving back to JP

January 27, 2017
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The Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC), a former longtime Egleston Square nonprofit founded in Jamaica Plain nearly 50 years ago, has moved its office back into JP and has launched a new program for seniors. “Jamaica Plain is where ESAC was founded.  We are happy to be in JP Centre, where so many of...

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Sit-down restaurant to open on Washington Street

January 27, 2017
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The restaurateurs responsible for Tres Gatos, Centre Street Cafe, and Casa Verde are shuffling their liquor licenses around and opening a new restaurant at 3399 Washington St. called Brass Cat Cafe. Following a hearing at City Hall on Jan. 4, the Licensing Board for the City of Boston approved the group’s application for a...

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City announces anti-displacement legislation

January 27, 2017
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Mayor Martin Walsh submitted a package of legislation at the State House to address displacement of Boston residents from their homes, according to a press release. The package aims to help existing tenants remain in their homes by expanding tenants’ rights, rewarding good landlords, and creating additional funding for affordable housing. “Even as Boston...

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Centre/South Main Streets down an exec director…again

January 13, 2017
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The Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) board of directors has announced that Executive Director Kevin Johnson has stepped down from his position for personal reasons, leaving the organization leaderless yet again. CSMS is a business promotion organization. Johnson served as executive director JPCSMS for just four weeks before resigning. Board president Brad Brown said that...

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Chair of School Committee re-appointed

January 13, 2017
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Michael D. O’Neill has been re-appointed to the Boston School Committee for a third four-year term, according to a press release. O’Neill was first appointed as a member of the School Committee in 2008 and was elected chairman of the School Committee in 2013. “I am honored to re-appoint Michael O’Neill to the Boston...

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Q. and A. with Rick Berlin about new book

January 13, 2017
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Longtime Jamaica Plain resident and rock musician Rick Berlin recently released a memoir titled, “The Paragraphs,” about his life in music. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Berlin about the book. For more information about Berlin, visit berlinrick.com. (The session has been edited.)   Q.: Tell me about the process of...

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Change of leadership for City’s neighborhood liaison

January 13, 2017
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Jullieanne Doherty, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, is stepping down and made way for Alexandra Valdez to fill that role. Doherty has left the role to take another position with the City. Doherty, who served as neighborhood coordinator for six years, wrote a farewell message in a...

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Boston’s gender wage gap 23 cents

January 13, 2017
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The Boston Women’s Workforce Council (BWWC) released its 2016 gender wage report, which found a 23 cent wage gap, meaning women make on average 77 cents for every dollar a man earns in Greater Boston, according to a press release. The report uses wage data self-reported by businesses in the Greater Boston area. The...

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BU expands BPS scholarship program

January 13, 2017
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Boston University has expanded its scholarship program for Boston Public School (BPS) students, now allowing BPS alumni transferring in from another college to be eligible for the Boston University Community Service Awards, according to a press release. The program calculates each accepted applicant’s financial ability, and awards financial aid for students’ needs including tuition,...

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