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Norbert School construction starts

December 6, 2013
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Norbert School construction starts

HYDE SQ.—The sale of the Norbert School on the Blessed Sacrament Church campus has been finalized and construction has started to turn the building into 21 apartments. “We are thrilled to be at this point and bring new life to a historic building,” said Dave Traggorth, the project manager. The Norbert building had housed...

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Archdiocese lifts limits on church reuse

December 6, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—A deed restriction on the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. has been lifted, apparently aiding the Hyde Square Task Force’s (HSTF) redevelopment plans, according to Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) spokesperson Sally Swenson. When it closed and sold the church in 2005, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston...

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Gov. candidates talk progressive issues

December 6, 2013
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To no surprise, two Democratic candidates for governor—Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steve Grossman—advocated progressive issues, such as raising the minimum wage and implementing earned sick time, during a progressive forum hosted by two local organizations. But it was not a complete walk in the park for the candidates, as Grossman was...

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Hennigan School to expand to K-8

December 6, 2013
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The Hennigan Elementary School at 200 Heath St. will expand to a K-8 school in a phased process spanning several years, according to Boston Public Schools spokesperson Brian Ballou. The Hennigan will add sixth grade for the 2014-2015 school year and then implement seventh and eighth grades for the 2016-2017 school year. Ballou said...

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Urban Edge breaks ground on new project

December 6, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge, a nonprofit community development corporation, recently broke ground on the Jackson Commons project, an expansion of the its building at 1542 Columbus Ave. When completed, Jackson Commons will be a three-story, 23,600-square-foot building with 37 affordable-housing units, 10,000 square feet of office space and 2,000 square feet of retail space. “It’s...

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Holidays in JP: Samuel Adams releases annual ‘Utopias’ beer

December 6, 2013
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Holidays in JP: Samuel Adams releases annual ‘Utopias’ beer

The holiday season has arrived, and with it, the pressure of buying gifts. If you want to relieve that stress and maybe buy a present for that someone special, the JP-based Samuel Adams Brewery recently released its annual batch of barrel-aged Utopias beer. This year’s beer is a blend between Utopias and the brewer’s...

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Holidays in JP: Tree lightings to be held Dec. 7

December 6, 2013
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Three holiday events will take place in Jamaica Plain tomorrow, Dec. 7, according to the City. Egleston Square will host a tree-lighting event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., while the Mayor’s Trolley Tour—featuring Mayor Thomas Menino and entertainment—will stop at Monument Square and Hyde Square. The Egleston event will be held at the...

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Hyde Square eatery hires new chef

December 6, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Centre Street Sanctuary, a restaurant in Hyde Square, has hired a new chef, Timothy Hopkins, according to owner Adam Rutstein. The name Sanctuary plays off the fact that the restaurant is located at 365 Centre St., on the campus of the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The restaurant opened last spring. “We are...

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Centre/South Main Streets has new director

December 6, 2013
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Centre/South Main Streets has new director

Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has a new executive director, Andrew Zarro, which further stabilizes the organization after a tumultuous period. CSMS is rebounding from late 2012 and the beginning of this year, when the organization saw a change of leadership and had its nonprofit status revoked. CSMS eventually...

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Hubway a profit-maker for City, bike company

November 22, 2013
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The Hubway bike-share system is a profit-maker for the City and the Oregon company that operates it, a Gazette review of the program’s finances has found. For the fiscal year 2012, the City collected $173,835 in profit, all of which was funneled back into expanding the system, according to Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman....

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