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BLC director among 8 City managers forced out

November 21, 2014
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The City has ended the employment of eight high-ranking managers, including Boston Landmarks Commission Executive Director (BLC) Ellen Lipsey, a Jamaica Plain resident, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson Kate Norton. The Boston Globe first reported the action. “As with any administration, there are a number of staff changes that take place at various points....

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Holidays in JP: Holiday tree-lightings in JP slated for Dec. 6

November 21, 2014
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Two holiday tree-lightings featuring Mayor Martin Walsh will take place in Jamaica Plain on Sat., Dec. 6, according to a City document provided to the Gazette by the Mayor’s Office. The events are being billed as part of the “Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting,” featuring music, treats and a visit from Santa....

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Centre/South Main Streets remains leaderless

November 21, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization that has had past problems, remains leaderless a month after former executive director Andrew Zarro left the organization. CSMS ran into a tumultuous period from late 2012 and to the beginning of last year, when the organization saw a change of leadership and had...

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Coakley won JP handily in governor election

November 21, 2014
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Republican Charlie Baker eked out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley and three other challengers during the Nov. 4 general election, but in Jamaica Plain the results were a bit different. JP voters went overwhelmingly for Coakley, while also bucking the statewide trend on several of the ballot questions. Coakley garnered a commanding 81...

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BRA will hold meeting for Washington St. development

November 20, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will hold a community meeting Dec. 4 for a developer’s plan to turn 3383-3389 Washington St. into a mixed-use development. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall. The site, which covers three parcels, is currently vacant. It includes the former Royal Fried Chicken restaurant, a long-shuttered...

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Washington St. project divides community

November 7, 2014
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Washington St. project divides community

A proposed development along Washington and Green streets that has stirred controversy for more than two years continued to do just that during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) community meeting Oct. 30. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four...

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Feds: Police officer aided street gang

November 7, 2014
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Mel Steele, a former Boston police officer who worked in Jackson Square, was charged last month with making false statements to the FBI, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office. Steele, who was on the Boston Police Department (BPD) Youth Violence Task Force, allegedly made the false statements to the FBI...

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Baker wins close election

November 7, 2014
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In one of the closest gubernatorial elections in recent memory, Republican Charlie Baker squeezed out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley during the Nov. 4 general election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, Democrat  state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) trounced Republican David James Wyatt. The senator garnered 90 percent of the...

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JP Porchfest starts fundraiser

November 7, 2014
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The organizers of the JP Porchfest have started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $10,000. JP Porchfest, which had its first event this year with bands playing on porches throughout JP, is expected to grow in size in 2015. “The funds we raise will cover basic costs like printing and office...

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Townhouse to replace fire-damaged building

November 7, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A vacant property at 306 South St. and 39 Asticou Road that was site of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a two-family house more than a year ago appears set to have a new structure placed on it. William Spinale has applied for a permit on Oct. 17 to build a two-family townhouse...

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