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Turner to be released from prison

July 19, 2013
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner expects to be released from federal prison to a halfway house in Boston by next week, he said in an email to various contacts, including the Gazette. Turner, who formerly represented part of Jamaica Plain, was convicted in 2009 of taking a $1,000 bribe from an FBI informant and...

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Suffolk Construction offers training to minority and women contractors

July 8, 2013
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Suffolk Construction, Boston’s largest construction firm, is inviting Jamaica Plain minority- and women-owned subcontractor firms to a special course in how to do business on Suffolk projects. The lack of opportunity for such firms on Boston construction projects has been longtime controversy, including recently in Jackson Square spanning JP and Roxbury. Suffolk started its...

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‘Jamaica Plain’ author: Thriller series will be JP-based

July 5, 2013
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‘Jamaica Plain’ author: Thriller series will be JP-based

The recent police thriller “Jamaica Plain” is just the first in a series of novels whose hero will continue to be based in JP, the English cop-turned-author penning the series told the Gazette. “The plan is that Jim Grant is based in Boston, working out of Jamaica Plain,” novelist Colin Campbell said...

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Hyde/Jackson gets ‘Avenida de las Americas’ signs

July 5, 2013
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Hyde/Jackson gets ‘Avenida de las Americas’ signs

Centre Street in Hyde and Jackson Squares now has honorary street signs dubbing it “Avenida de las Americas,” or “Avenue of the Americas,” six years after the idea was approved by the Boston City Council. The signs, which do not change the official name of Centre Street, went up late last month and are...

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‘Avenida de las Americas’ en Hyde/Jackson

July 5, 2013
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Centre Street es la nueva “Avenida de las Americas”, según unas señales que aparecieron en Hyde y Jackson Squares. La idea fue aprobada originalmente hace seis años por el Boston City Council. Las señales no cambian el nombre oficial de la calle, sino dan un homenaje a la cultura latina local. Es similar a...

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Hyde, Monument Sq. redesigns resume this fall

July 5, 2013
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The City’s long-delayed plans for major redesigns of Hyde and Monument Squares will resume this fall, according to the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). The Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan aims to develop general guidelines for the look and feel of the Centre/South corridor, as well as fix some specific traffic...

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Arboretum 16 acres bigger than thought

July 5, 2013
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ARBORWAY—Arnold Arboretum is one of the biggest jewels in the Emerald Necklace—even bigger than advertised. Administrators recently discovered that the Arboretum is 16 acres bigger than the number it has used in various publications for the past 75 years. The Arboretum is approximately 281 acres in area rather than the often-cited 265 acres. As...

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JP police spying named top 10 free speech violation

July 5, 2013
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Boston Police spying on legal protests in Jamaica Plain and elsewhere has been named one of last year’s top 10 free speech violations in the annual “Muzzle Awards.” The Muzzle Awards is a list of “outrages against free speech and personal liberties in New England” presented as sarcastic “awards” for official bad behavior. It...

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Pats star charged with murder after JP drive

July 5, 2013
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Aaron Hernandez, a star player for the New England Patriots football team, was charged with the murder of a Dorchester man June 26, six days after TV news helicopters drew local attention for following his SUV on a drive on the Jamaicaway. On the afternoon of June 20, three low-flying helicopters filled central Jamaica...

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BPS offers free meals for kids

July 5, 2013
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Boston Public Schools is serving free breakfast and lunch to any children and youths ages 4-18 at more than 140 sites around the city this summer through Aug. 30. The annual program ensures good nutrition for kids in need. No registration or ID are needed. Last year, meals were offered at nine Jamaica Plain...

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