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Marathon hero Arredondo honored in sand sculpture

July 19, 2013
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Arredondo as depicted on the Revere Beach sand sculpture. (Photo by Seth Daniel)

By John Ruch and Seth Daniel Carlos Arredondo, the Boston Marathon bombing rescue hero with strong Jamaica Plain ties, appears with other heroes and victims on a sand sculpture at this weekend’s Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival. The annual festival, which draws about a half-million visitors to Revere to see remarkable sculptures made...

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

July 19, 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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4 would-be mayors had roles in gov’t secrecy scandal

July 19, 2013
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Four current mayoral candidates played very different roles in a 2005 scandal about secret Boston City Council meetings that led a judge to fine the council $11,000 for violating the state Open Meeting Law. City Councilors Rob Consalvo and Mike Ross joined in the secret meetings, which were about a bacteria outbreak at a...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 19, 2013
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The following are the Gazette’s top headlines from this week in Jamaica Plain history: 5 Years Ago: 2008 “State puts up $3.1m for basics” State funding kickstarted construction on the massive redevelopment of 11 acres of land in Jackson Square, a multi-building project that is still underway. 10 Years Ago: 2003 “Crowd...

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Whitehaus still open for now

July 19, 2013
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The Whitehaus, an artist commune and influential underground music venue, has lost its long-term lease but likely will remain at 10 Seaverns Ave. for at least another six months, according to Whitehaus member Sam Potrykus. Potrykus told the Gazette last fall that it looked like the end of the Whitehaus was near following a...

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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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