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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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JP resident makes documentary on torture survivors

January 31, 2014
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JP resident makes documentary on torture survivors

Ben Achtenberg, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident, has created a documentary on survivors of torture and the care they receive in the United States. “Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture” was filmed in several locations throughout the country, including in Boston, Minneapolis and Atlanta, and shows interviews with torture survivors as well as their...

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Business group marks 1st anniversary

January 31, 2014
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Locally Owned, an association for independent businesses in Jamaica Plain, is celebrating its first-year anniversary this month and founder Rebecca Allen is deeming the group a success. Allen, who owns the JP-based Infrared5, a video game and software company, said that she has more than 80 people on the association list and that Locally...

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