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Hyde/Jackson to finally get ‘Avenida de las Americas’ signs

June 21, 2013
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Centre Street in Hyde and Jackson Squares finally will get 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, are intended to honor the area’s...

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JPNC to appeal lawsuit dismissal

June 21, 2013
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) chair Benjamin Day will appeal a court’s recent dismissal of his JPNC-backed lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. redevelopment project. Day filed a notice of intent to appeal on June 17, according to the Suffolk County Superior Clerk’s Office. Jeffrey Wiesner, an attorney and JPNC member representing Day...

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Judge explains why JPNC is not a gov’t body

June 21, 2013
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The written opinion tossing out the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) lawsuit includes a point-by-point demolition of its claim to be a government body. The May 16 ruling appears to clarify the status of other neighborhood councils around the city as well. While destroying the JPNC’s argument, Justice Linda Giles’s May 16 opinion also...

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Police Spotlight: Scam targets businesses’ utility bills

June 19, 2013
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The Boston Police Department is warning small business owners about an ongoing scam where a caller demands a utility bill payment via a Green Dot prepaid card. Utility companies never request payment by such cards. The scam has hit at least 50 businesses–15 of them in Boston–over the past several months, and stolen more...

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Judge explains why JPNC is not a gov’t body

June 7, 2013
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The written opinion tossing out the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) lawsuit includes a point-by-point demolition of its claim to be a government body. The ruling appears to clarify the status of other neighborhood councils around the city as well. While destroying the JPNC’s argument, Justice Linda Giles’s May 16 opinion also praises the...

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Court: Open Meeting Law may apply to JPNC

June 7, 2013
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A court recently shot down the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial claim in a lawsuit that it is a “municipal board” of the City of Boston empowered to sue over a zoning decision. But in the same decision, the court speculated without ruling that the state Open Meeting Law may still apply to...

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JPNC lawsuit is dismissed

June 7, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project was dismissed last month. In dismissing the lawsuit, Superior Court Justice Linda Giles demolished the JPNC controversial claim to be a government body. The JPNC is now considering whether to appeal, according to JPNC member and attorney Jeffrey...

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Arroyo: Mayor’s power should come from the people

June 7, 2013
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Felix G. Arroyo. (Courtesy Photo)

City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, is among many candidates fighting hard to win the Mayor’s Office this fall. But Arroyo is describing a different vision of the mayor’s role, one where residents would directly shape the City’s plans and policies. “I believe the power in City Hall doesn’t come...

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1 dead, 1 wounded in Egleston shooting

June 7, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—A woman was killed and a man wounded in a double shooting on June 1 in the heart of Egleston Square at Columbus Avenue and Washington Street, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Brianna Bigby, 23, of Boston, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to BPD. The male victim, who police did...

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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

June 7, 2013
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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

A controversial police spy agency overlooked the alleged Boston Marathon bombing mastermind, but kept secret files on local peace activists—possibly including marathon rescue hero Carlos Arredondo. A small group of civil liberties activists staged a protest June 1 at Boston Police headquarters against the agency’s work following Gazette and DigBoston reports. The Boston Regional...

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