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State primary election is Sept. 9

August 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain voters will head to the polls on Sept. 9 for the state’s primary election. They will help decide who will garner the Democratic and Republican nominations for several races, including for the Governor’s Office. JP’s state elected officials face little or no competition in the election. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk...

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JP author’s 3rd novel explores abusive marriages

August 29, 2014
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The cover of the “Accidents of Marriage,” Jamaica Plain resident Randy Susan Meyers new novel. (Courtesy Photo)

Randy Susan Meyers, a Jamaica Plain resident, delves into her personal experience for her third novel, “Accidents of Marriage,” in which she explores the realm of an abusive marriage and how it affects a family. The book, which is set in JP, will be released Sept. 2. “This novel carries pieces from the work...

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Reduced Hyde Park Ave. project gets support

August 29, 2014
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Reduced Hyde Park Ave. project gets support

The community supports City Realty Group’s proposed development at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. now that the project has been reduced to three stories, according to developer Fred Starikov and local resident Tess Pope. Starikov had originally proposed demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a four-story building, the first floor having commercial space...

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More JP liquor licenses possible

August 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain businesses and restaurants might soon have more liquor licenses available thanks to legislation recently passed by the state Legislature. Increasing the amount of City liquor licenses has been a pet issue for At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. She has criticized the lack of licenses available for neighborhood businesses, saying too many are...

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West Roxbury man dies in JP truck accident

August 20, 2014
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The State Police is investigating a truck accident on Morton Street near the rotary in Jamaica Plain that killed a West Roxbury man Monday night, according to mspnews.org. A preliminary investigation by the State Police has found that a truck traveling eastbound on Morton Street swerved off the road around 10 p.m. and came...

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Historic house teardown to move ahead

August 15, 2014
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Neighbors and the developer of a controversial residential project proposed at 57 Wachusett St. have reached a resolution, according to Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) Executive Director Greg Galer. The developer, Stephen Ballas, plans to demolish a 115-year-old Victorian house at 57 Wachusett St. and replace it with eight townhomes in three new buildings. The...

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Report: Health care dominates JP economy

August 15, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s business community is dominated by the health care and social assistance industry, mirroring the city as a whole, according to a new business report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA report, which is called “Boston’s Neighborhood Business Patterns” and was released earlier this month, shows that about 58 percent of...

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Hyde Sq. speed hump to return

August 15, 2014
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A speed hump that was removed in Hyde Square last year will be reinstalled this fall, according to Tracey Ganiatsos of the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). Resident Erik Berg recently complained about the removal of the 70 Day St. speed hump, as the Gazette previously reported. The hump was one of several that were...

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Jackson Sq. development gets funding

August 15, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has received funding for its planed low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. “We have secured the financing for 75 Amory Ave., which means we will start construction in 2015,” said JPNDC spokesperson Sally Swenson in an email to the Gazette. JPNDC, a nonprofit community development corporation,...

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Rockland Trust buys Peoples Federal Bank

August 15, 2014
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Rockland Trust Company has entered into an agreement to buy Peoples Federal Savings Bank, which has a branch at 725 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain. Ellen Molle of Rockland Trust said the Rockland-based bank will not be closing any of the Peoples branches. “Regarding the impact on Peoples’ customers, we don’t anticipate significant product,...

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