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Egleston Sq. Main Street hires new executive director

March 28, 2014
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Egleston Sq. Main Street hires new executive director

Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS), a business promotion organization, has hired Luis Edgardo Cotto as its new executive director, according to a press release. Cotto will take over March 31 from interim Executive Director Giovanna Tapia, who in turn replaced Betsy Cowan when she left last fall to join the City’s Department of Neighborhood...

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JP has new police captain

March 28, 2014
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Jamaica Plain has a new police commander who grew up in the neighborhood. Capt. Alfredo Andres took over for Capt. Paul Russell earlier this year at District E-13 Police Station, which is located at 3345 Washington St. Andres was not immediately available for an interview. According to Boston Police Department (BPD) spokesperson Sgt. Mike...

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Sam Adams drops out of St. Pat’s parade

March 28, 2014
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The Boston Beer Company, which owns the Samuel Adams Brewery at 30 Germania St. in JP, pulled out of the controversial South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade after sponsoring the event for several years. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, who represents part of JP, also decided not to march in the parade. The parade is...

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Tres Gatos to raise funds for local nonprofits

March 28, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—Tres Gatos, a restaurant and music-and-book store located at 470 Centre St., is kicking off a fundraising campaign April 1 that will support local nonprofits, according to owner David Doyle. “Needless to say, the more the community gets involved in spreading the word, the more successful it will be. Our goal is not...

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Real Estate Today: JP home sales prices up 18-30%

March 28, 2014
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The most expensive home sold between March 3 and March 10 was a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath unit at 97 Perkins St. The sale price was $970,000. (Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley)

Jamaica Plain real estate agents are saying that the market continues to be strong and one agent is prophesizing that there is no bubble to be burst on the horizon. “People are placing significant down payments or all cash,” said Colleen McCormack of McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate. She said that a real estate...

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Real Estate Today: The state of S. Huntington projects

March 28, 2014
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Real Estate Today: The state of S. Huntington projects

S. Huntington Avenue has become a focal point of development in Jamaica Plain with two large construction projects in the works and the ongoing sale of the mammoth former Goddard House building. The two construction projects are the 195-unit “The Serenity” building at 105a S. Huntington Ave. and the 196-unit “Olmsted Place” building at...

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Real Estate Today: Centre St. redesign project moving again

March 28, 2014
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With a community meeting in the works and a consultant team hired, the City plans for major redesigns of Hyde and Monument Squares appear ready to start rolling again after several lengthy delays. The Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan developed general guidelines for the look and feel of the Centre/South...

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Real Estate Today: Route 39 improvement to finish next month

March 28, 2014
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The last remaining part of the Route 39 bus improvement project—the “bump-out” curb extension at the Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue stop—should be completed next month, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The “bump-out” curb extension was delayed last fall because of trouble relocating a storm drain. “The work at Centre and Seaverns is...

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Gov. candidate Berwick aims to create community

March 14, 2014
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Gov. candidate Berwick aims to create community

Don Berwick, a Democratic candidate for governor, grew up in a small town in Connecticut called Moodus, where he said he learned the value of looking out for each other. Berwick said he wants to bring that philosophy to the Governor’s Office. “We were in it together,” Berwick said about his childhood in Moodus....

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Sale of Blessed Sacrament Church finalized

March 14, 2014
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The sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from the Church Square Partners to the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) was finalized Feb. 28. HSTF had entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the church building in early July 2013 from the Church Square Partners, which is a partnership...

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