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Traffic lights turn green in May

April 24, 2015
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The new traffic lights at the intersection of Centre and Burroughs streets should be fully operational in the second week of May, according to Boston Transportation Department spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. BTD installed lights at the intersection late last year after conducting a study at the neighborhood’s request, but have not turned them on. The...

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JP Kids: JP class explores ancient Nubia

April 24, 2015
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Second-graders Anand Koulomzin and Braxton Rocha hold up a Nubian alphabet book. (Courtesy Photo)

Ancient Egypt has received a lot of attention in popular culture, but another kingdom along the Nile—Nubia—has received far less. A class at Jamaica Plain’s Mission Hill K-8 School has attempted to change that through creating a “museum of Nubia.” Ashleigh L’Heureux, who teaches a class of first- and second-graders at the Mission Hill...

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JP Kids: Kids join in ‘rhyme mob’ at Bromley-Heath

April 24, 2015
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JP Kids: Kids join in ‘rhyme mob’ at Bromley-Heath

Parents and children did not let the rainy weather dampen their spirits, as they came out in numbers for a “Flash Rhyme Mob” event at the Bromley-Heath housing development on April 17. About 60 children between the ages of 3 and 5 participated in the event, which took place outside the Nurtury Learning Lab...

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Perkins St. pond access plan still in works

April 24, 2015
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PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a follow-up community meeting sometime in May or early June to discuss its plan to improve access to the Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive, according to spokesperson Bill Hickey. DCR held a community meeting in summer of...

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Forum: JP pricing out all but wealthiest

April 24, 2015
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Want to buy a house in JP? You’ll have to be in the top-5-percent income bracket. That was one of the statistics discussed at the April 9 Jamaica Plain Inequality Forum, where activist organization members addressed housing affordability and low-wage jobs. About 40 people attended the forum, which was held at the Hope Central...

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Yancey wants hearings on Casey project

April 10, 2015
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City Councilor Charles Yancey, who represents parts of Forest Hills and Woodbourne, has filed a hearing order to review the Casey Arborway project and the impact it will have on the surrounding area. Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that night work will take place for the project starting Mon., April 13....

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Councilor blasts ‘insulting’ house demo plan

April 10, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has blasted Bicon Dental Implants for “insulting” actions and a “level of deceit” for its proposed demolition of a historic house at 21 Yale Terrace. The Mayor’s Office is setting up a neighborhood meeting. Pressley made the comments in an April 6 letter calling on the City’s Inspectional...

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[email protected] senior living group launches

April 10, 2015
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[email protected], a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, is “up and running,” according to Ethos executive director Dale Mitchell. The group was scheduled to have a formal launch party April 9, after the Gazette deadline. [email protected], which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, lets...

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Blessed Sacrament Church’s future unclear

April 10, 2015
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More than a year has transpired since the sale of the historic former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St., but its future remains unclear. Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a youth-oriented nonprofit, finalized in February 2014 the purchase of the building from Church Square Partners, which is a partnership between the Jamaica...

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Zoning Comm. OK’s South St. renovation project

April 10, 2015
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Zoning Comm. OK’s South St. renovation project

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee approved in February a developer’s plan to turn a house at 67 South St. into condominiums, according to chair Dave Baron. He said there was no opposition to the plan at the meeting. The developer, Liam Lydon, said in an email to the Gazette he plans to...

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