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Demo delay meeting set for Forest Hills house

February 27, 2014
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A demolition delay meeting has been set for March 5 for a two-story house with a separate garage building at 57 Wachusett St. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, which is located at 20 South St. The demolition delay ordinance, which is Article 85 of the zoning code, requires an...

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Mail problems lead to staff changes

February 14, 2014
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The spate of mail delivery problems that hit Jamaica Plain last month has resulted in managerial changes, according to United States Postal Service spokesperson Melissa Lohnes. The Gazette reported last month that several areas of Jamaica Plain had problems with undelivered mail, including St. Rose, Boylston and Jamaica Streets, as well as Robinwood and...

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Gunshot victim was Hennigan student

February 14, 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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Felix D. Arroyo to run for register of probate

February 14, 2014
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Former City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo is running for the Suffolk County Register of Probate and Family Court, according to an email blast. Felix D. Arroyo is the father of Felix G. Arroyo, who is also a former city councilor. Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, ran a failed campaign for mayor last...

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Former Main Street director guilty of larceny charges

February 14, 2014
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Carlos Schillaci, former executive director of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), plead guilty to four larceny charges last summer, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Schillaci will serve three years probation and pay about $20,000 in restitution to HJSMS, said Wark. Schillaci left HJSMS in summer 2011 amid accusations that money...

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Martha Eliot finishes move to youths-only medical facility

February 14, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—All adult patients from Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) have been transferred to other facilities, according to Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) spokesperson Rob Graham. MEHC has also increased services for adolescent patients and the community. BCH announced in January 2013 that it was ending service for about 5,000 adult patients at MEHC, which...

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Hyde Sq. diner to appear on TV show

February 14, 2014
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Hyde Sq. diner to appear on TV show

HYDE SQ.—The Aurum Restaurant, a creative diner with artwork-strewn walls that was featured in the Gazette last month, is slated to appear on a new Food Network television show, according to a press release. The restaurant, which is run by general manager Andrea Belanger and owner Matt Virzi, will be featured on the second...

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Landmarks Commission future unclear

February 14, 2014
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With the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) involvement in a controversy last summer in Jamaica Plain, the Gazette reached out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to see whether the commission will undergo any changes moving forward. But the Mayor’s Office and the BLC did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, an architectural historian who...

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Doherty staying on as mayor’s coordinator

February 14, 2014
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Jullieanne Doherty, who former Mayor Thomas Menino appointed to be Jamaica Plain’s coordinator for the Office of Neighborhood Services, will be staying on under the Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration, according to spokesperson Kate Norton. There was some uncertainty about whether Doherty would remain in that position when the Gazette spoke with her last month....

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Homeless census a mixed bag

February 14, 2014
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The number of homeless people living on the city’s streets decreased almost 7 percent from a year ago, but the number of people homeless has risen by about 4 percent, according to the City’s 2013 homeless census. The Gazette contacted the Mayor’s Office to see if any Jamaica Plain-specific numbers were available, but it...

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