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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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CPCAY to dig deeper into bus yard move

January 31, 2014
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The Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) will further investigate a plan to move a MBTA bus yard facility a mile away from the Forest Hills area to the American Legion Highway, according to CPCAY member Allan Ihrer. A new bus yard is slated to replace the temporary bus facility currently located...

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State Lab shapes up after drug-testing scandal

January 17, 2014
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The state Department of Public Health (DPH) says that the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain has improved management in the wake of the Annie Dookhan drug-testing scandal. The State Lab has implemented recommendations from a critical report and has been given satisfactory marks by several inspection agencies. DPH oversees the...

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JPNC nixes Washington/Green project

January 17, 2014
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By Peter Shanley and Rebeca Oliveira/Gazette Staff The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee voted during its Jan. 8 meeting to deny support for a proposal for two buildings containing 20 residential units and more than 5,000 square feet of commercial space at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. When the Gazette called...

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