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JP played key role in killing Olympics bid

August 7, 2015
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Special To The Gazette Jamaica Plain activists and park advocates were among the key players in the movement that killed Boston 2024’s Olympics bid. The stage was set a year ago, when rumors first swirled about Franklin Park possibly being included as a venue in the secretly, privately crafted bid. JPers began asking questions...

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Washington St. master plan kicks off July 28

July 24, 2015
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The long-awaited master plan for the Washington Street corridor is kicking off on July 28 with an open-house meeting. And the plan’s scope has been expanded to include a stretch of Columbus Avenue as well. The Boston Redevelopment Authority is nicknaming the project “PLAN: JP/ROX.” It will cover the zoning of Washington Street between...

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JP woman achieves English Channel swim

July 24, 2015
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Maura Twomey during her July 10 swim of the English Channel. (Courtesy Photo)

JP resident Maura Twomey successfully swam the English Channel on July 10 as a fundraiser for a cystic fibrosis charity in Ireland. The 59-year-old completed the grueling swim from England to France in 16 hours, 23 minutes. She said in an email that she “enjoyed the swim and was very lucky with a sunny...

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Bella Luna/Milky Way co-owner tapped for BRA board

July 24, 2015
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Bella Luna/Milky Way co-owner tapped for BRA board

A co-owner of a landmark Jamaica Plain restaurant and nightclub has been nominated by Mayor Martin Walsh to serve on the Boston Redevelopment board of directors. Carol Downs co-founded the Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge, now based in The Brewery complex on Amory Street, 20 years ago. “It is my goal to...

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Jamaica Pond closed due to possible toxic algae

July 21, 2015
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People and pets are banned from the water in Jamaica Pond until further notice by the Boston Public Health Commission, which warns that a toxic algae may be growing there. Swimming, fishing, boating and any other kind of water contact is banned. People and pets also should avoid touching anything along the shore that...

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Franklin Park remains in new Olympic bid

July 3, 2015
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An illustration of a refurbished White Stadium during the proposed Summer Olympics in Boston 2024's "Bid 2.0" draft. (Courtesy Image)

Franklin Park remains a proposed Olympics venue in Boston 2024’s second-draft bid unveiled June 29. The updated plan has two big changes: the removal of a pentathlon swimming pool, and Columbia Road through Dorchester transforming into a kind of parkway. In addition, Boston 2024 told the Gazette it intends to pay for the entire...

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Franklin Park se queda en la nueva oferta olímpica

July 3, 2015
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Boston 2024 reveló el segundo borrador de su plan olímpico el 29 de junio y Franklin Park todavía figura como una propuesta sede. El nuevo plan tiene dos cambios grandes: la eliminación de la piscina del pentatlón y la trasformación de Columbia Road en Dorchester en una calle arbolada. Además, Boston 2024 dijo a...

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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

July 3, 2015
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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

Local developer Chris DeSisto is proposing a mixed-use building at Green and Amory streets, across from the Green Street T Station, that essentially mirrors his successful 2012 project on the opposite corner. The plan for 450-456 Amory St. calls for apartments, office space and ground-floor storefronts, including a restaurant. In substance and style, the...

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Franklin Park remains in new Olympic bid; JP meeting June 30

June 29, 2015
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An illustration of a refurbished White Stadium during the proposed Summer Olympics in Boston 2024's "Bid 2.0" draft. (Courtesy Image)

Franklin Park remains a proposed Olympics venue in Boston 2024’s second-draft bid unveiled today. The updated plan has two big changes: the removal of a pentathlon swimming pool, and Columbia Road through Dorchester transforming into a kind of parkway. In addition, Boston 2024 told the Gazette it intends to pay for the entire White...

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Survey: Many Franklin Park neighbors oppose Olympics

June 19, 2015
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Many Franklin Park neighbors are not happy about the notion of the Olympics coming to party in the park, according to an unscientific survey conducted by the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Among the 100 respondents, 70 percent totally oppose a Boston Olympics, and 53 percent are “unlikely” to support using Franklin Park as a venue....

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