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Blessed Sacrament campus stirs controversy again

April 26, 2013
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The Blessed Sacrament Church campus has been the source of recent controversy, as the proposals to turn the former Catholic church into 37 luxury condos and the Norbert School building into 21 apartments has drawn the ire of residents concerned about gentrification. The controversy has now ensnared two prominent Jamaica Plain organizations—the Hyde Square...

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Wake Up the Earth parade expands

April 26, 2013
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The 35th annual Wake Up the Earth parade on May 4 will have a little more panache this year. The event will actually feature three different parades: the traditional Jamaica Plain parade down Centre Street, another one from Egleston Square and a new one from Dudley Square in Roxbury. The Wake Up the Earth...

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U.S. Senate primary is April 30

April 26, 2013
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Three Republicans and two Democrats are set to fight it out April 30 for their respective party’s nominations in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District), who represents a portion of Jamaica Plain, and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (5th District) are running...

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Task Force to protest condo plan

April 26, 2013
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The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) will hold an event at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Blessed Sacrament Church at 365 Centre St. on May 3 to oppose the plan to turn the church building into luxury condos. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and New Atlantic Development bought the church in 2005....

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Route 39 improvement project to begin

April 26, 2013
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The repeatedly delayed Route 39 bus improvement project is set to begin soon, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The project calls for several “bump-out” curb extensions, including at the Perkins Street, Roseway Street and Seaverns Avenue stops. Pesaturo said in an email to the Gazette on April 11 that the project should start...

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Arkansas rep. backs off ‘cowering’ crack

April 26, 2013
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(Image by Gazette Staff) A screenshot of the Twitter exchange between Bell and O’Malley.

Arkansas state Rep. Nate Bell, who suggested April 19 on Twitter that Bostonians are “cowering” because they lack assault rifles during the marathon bomber manhunt, and was rebuked by local City Councilor Matt O’Malley, partly apologized for those comments. “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they...

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Candidates apply for mayoral election papers

April 26, 2013
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Fourteen candidates had applied for nomination papers in the race to replace Mayor Thomas Menino at the Gazette deadline, though others have announced their intention to also enter the scrum. Some of those who have announced include state Rep. Martin Walsh, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and City Councilors John Connolly, Rob Consalvo...

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O’Malley talks Olympics, Casey Overpass

April 26, 2013
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, held his third annual town hall meeting recently where he spoke about past accomplishments and future projects, including the possibility of bringing the Olympics to Boston. More than 60 people attended the April 1 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. But many attendees...

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City Council candidates seek papers

April 26, 2013
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Eleven candidates had applied for nomination papers in the race for the four At-Large City Council seats at the Gazette deadline, though others have announced their intention to also enter the fight. Some of those who have announced include current At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Jamaica Plain resident Shaun Ivers. The first day...

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Political Notes: Councilor O’Malley adds new Latino, JP aides

April 26, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Alexandra Valdez (left), Councilor Matt O’Malley, and Beatriz Rivera.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, has added two news aides—Beatriz Rivera and Alexandra Valdez—to his staff, according to a press release. Rivera will be his JP liaison, while Valdez will act as his Latino liaison. “I am thrilled to have Beatriz and Alexandra on my staff. They are...

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