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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

February 14, 2014
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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

Mayor Martin Walsh released a plan last month for a reorganization of the cabinets under his leadership, according to a press release. The reorganization includes elevating arts and culture to a cabinet-level position, a pledge Walsh had made during the mayoral race. “Our role as a government is to improve people’s lives, and the...

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Gunshot victim was Hennigan student

February 11, 2014
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A 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Mattapan, allegedly by his older brother, was a Hennigan Elementary School student, according to Boston Public Schools spokesperson Brian Ballou. The Hennigan School is located at 200 Heath St. in Jamaica Plain. “Counselors are at the school and are available for any students or staff,”...

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Undelivered mail problems hit part of JP

January 31, 2014
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Several areas of Jamaica Plain have had problems with undelivered mail in recent weeks. St. Rose, Boylston and Jamaica Streets, as well as Robinwood and Spring Park Avenues, have been reportedly affected. Maureen O’Connor, a St. Rose Street resident, said in an email to the Gazette she did not have mail delivered for four...

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Future of neighborhood coordinator unclear

January 31, 2014
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Jullieanne Doherty, Jamaica Plain’s coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, was still grinding away at local issues when the Gazette spoke with her recently, but whether she remains in that position in Mayor Marty Walsh’s new administration is unclear. “I’m here and strong in this capacity for now,” Doherty said in a...

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Plan for White Stadium renovation progressing

January 31, 2014
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Plan for White Stadium renovation progressing

PARKSIDE—The plan to renovate Franklin Park’s White Stadium into a year-round facility appears to be moving forward. Former Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Scholar Athletes (BSA), a nonprofit founded by construction company magnate John Fish, announced last summer a $45 million renovation plan for White Stadium. The proposal would add a turf field for...

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JP software company moves

January 31, 2014
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Infrared5, a Jamaica Plain company that creates video games and other software, mostly for smartphones and the web, has moved its office to 500 Amory St. “The layout is better for us for what we do,” said Infrared5 owner Rebecca Allen, pointing out that the new office has a closed conference room and other...

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New Hyde Sq. diner opens

January 31, 2014
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New Hyde Sq. diner opens

HYDE SQ.—The Aurum Restaurant, a creative diner with artwork-strewn walls that is located at 377 Centre St., was a dream that turned into reality in six weeks. During that time, general manager Andrea Belanger and owner Matt Virzi developed the concept, aesthetic and menu for the diner, which specializes in calzone-type pies. Sitting in...

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Election reform backed by Chang-Díaz passes

January 31, 2014
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The state Senate on Jan. 16 passed election-reform legislation that authorizes early voting for state and federal elections and primaries; allows residents to register to vote on Election Day; and creates an online voter registration system, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has pushed for many of the reforms contained...

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Chang-Díaz endorses Berwick for governor

January 31, 2014
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has endorsed Democrat Don Berwick for governor, according to a press release. She will also serve as the chair of his campaign. Berwick is the founder of the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Berwick is battling candidates...

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Church deal appears ready to close

January 31, 2014
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The deal to have the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) buy the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from Church Square Partners is close to being finished, according to HSTF spokesperson Pat Gray. “We are involved in the process leading up to the closing and plan to close very soon,” said...

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