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JP dog park proves elusive

December 23, 2016
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After an unofficial dog park closed this summer in Jamaica Plain, City and state officials began a search to find an area for one in the neighborhood, but scant progress has been made. Since the closing of Beecher Street Park to unleashed dogs, many dog owners have had nowhere to go to let their...

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JPNC Zoning Committee approves project at old James’s Gate site

December 23, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted during a Dec. 6 meeting in favor of recommending a mixed-use project at 5 McBride St. with some provisions. The 8-2 vote on the development gives the green light from the Zoning Committee to build an 11-unit, mixed-use development at the former site of James’s...

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Community shares mixed responses to Forest Hills development

December 9, 2016
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At a Nov. 30 meeting, about 65 residents listened to Criterion Development’s proposal to construct a six-story, mixed-used development at the parking lot across the street from Forest Hills Station. Community responses to the proposed “Residences at Forest Hills” development were mixed. The development would have 252 residential rental units, 5,500 square feet of...

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Q. and A. with Chuck Collins about new book

December 9, 2016
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Jamaica Plain resident Chuck Collins, who is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and co-founder of inequality.org and the JP Forum, has penned a new book, “Born on Third Base.” The Gazette recently conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Collins about the book. For more information about...

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Tenants’ rights policy considered by local lawmakers

December 9, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh has announced a proposal that would increase tenants’ rights, according to a press release. Walsh has sent the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act, a home rule petition, to the City Council for consideration. The measure will need to be approved by the City Council and the State House. The act would help...

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CSMS has new executive director

December 9, 2016
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After a search that began at the start of the year, Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) has announced that Kevin Johnson will be its new executive director. CSMS previous executive director, Andrew Zarro, left in 2014. The new director is a Boston native with work experience at various nonprofits. His most recent role...

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Holidays in JP: City encourages residents to support local businesses

December 9, 2016
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Boston residents are encouraged to support their local small businesses while shopping for the holiday season as part of the City’s #5onMain challenge this year, according to a press release. Mayor Martin Walsh kicked off the “Holidays on Main Streets” campaign late last month as an initiative to inspire holiday shoppers to support Main...

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Call for artists for alternative space pilot project

December 9, 2016
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Artists can now apply for rehearsal space at the AT&T flagship store through the City of Boston’s Alternative Space Pilot Project, according to a press release. The AT&T flagship store is located on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, and will be available free of charge for one three-hour block per week during store...

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Attendees approve of Franklin Park pathways improvement plan

November 25, 2016
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) held a meeting on Nov. 17 to inform the public about upcoming improvements to Franklin Park’s entrances and pathways. Overall, the attendees were pleased with the plan. BPRD and the Franklin Park community collaborated in 2012 and 2014 to set priorities for the maintenance and improvements of...

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JPer pens historical fiction novel

November 25, 2016
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Sam Allis, a Jamaica Plain resident and prolific journalist, has released his first book, a historical fiction novel titled “A Hero of Two Worlds.” The novel follows the life of its protagonist, Rufus Trask, along a revolutionary journey from Italy to the United States in the middle of the 19th century. Trask, an American...

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