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District Attorney forum covers criminal justice reform, leadership abilities

April 13, 2018
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With Suffolk County District Attorney (DA) Dan Conley announcing earlier this year that he will not seek re-election after leading the office for more than 15 years, a healthy field of candidates have emerged so far in the race to replace him. The Jamaica Plain Progressives and the NAACP Boston Branch co-hosted a forum...

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RIBBON CUTTING

April 13, 2018
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RIBBON CUTTING

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Q. and A. with co-founders of the Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society band

April 13, 2018
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The Jamaica Plain-based band Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society has been performing an annual benefit concert for the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for decades. Last year, a member of the band released a documentary about the band. The Gazette recently conducted a question-and-answer session through email with co-founders David Rosen and...

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Chang-Diaz weighs-in on criminal justice reform

April 13, 2018
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The State Senate and House recently passed a compromise criminal justice reform bill that local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz calls “a massive turning point” for Massachusetts. (The governor had not sign the bill at the Gazette deadline.) “For too long, the criminal justice system has been expensive, ineffective, and systematically racist,” Chang-Diaz said in...

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AG: BPDA board violated Open Meeting Law during Plan: JP/Rox vote

March 23, 2018
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The state Attorney General (AG) Office has found that the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board violated the Open Meeting Law during its meeting last March when it voted on the Plan: JP/Rox study. But the AG’s Office did clear the BPDA board on several other allegations regarding violating the Open Meeting Law...

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DCR dog park search continues at glacial pace

March 23, 2018
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is continuing its glacial pace at determining if and when Jamaica Plain will get an off-leash dog park within the Southwest Corridor Park. Jamaica Plain had an unofficial dog park at Beecher Street Park before the City shut it down in the summer of 2016, due...

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Real Estate Today: City conveys land to Urban Edge for rec center

March 23, 2018
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The City recently conveyed 1 Ritchie St. to Urban Edge, which the community development corporation will use for the proposed Jackson Square Recreation Center. Urban Edge paid the City a nominal price of $100 for the 5,970-square-foot land. “We are very excited that Urban Edge has been selected as the developer for this important...

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Real Estate Today: Zoning Committee, ZBA gives green light to portion of 125 Amory St. project

March 23, 2018
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee and the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals recently gave 137 Amory St., which is building C of the 125 Amory St. project, the green light to move forward. The 125 Amory St. redevelopment project is proposed by Amory Street Partners, LLC, which is a partnership between The...

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Officials, residents respond to Shattuck Hospital closing

March 9, 2018
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With the news that the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital will be closing by 2021 and its operations moving to the South End, the Gazette spoke with local elected officials and residents to get their take on the situation. The Shattuck Hospital is located at 170 Morton St., next to Franklin Park. It is a multi-service...

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Senior Life: Q. and A. with local filmmaker Lisa Pontoppidan

March 9, 2018
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Jamaica Plain filmmaker Lisa Pontoppidan has a knack for capturing a story and she is using that talent to allow older generations to leave memories and histories to loved ones, family members, and others who will follow them. Pontoppidan is doing that through her organization Personal Story Films, which creates personal documentaries. The Gazette...

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