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Developer: Norbert School gets ISD OK

June 21, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments has moved back to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) after the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) issued a “revised ruling” on variances needed for the project, according to project manager Dave Traggorth. BRA review is still pending for the project, but it is...

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Bromley-Heath residents pick new advisory board

June 21, 2013
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Residents of the Bromley-Heath housing development went to the polls May 30 and picked a new eight-member Local Tenant Organization, an advisory board that will report to the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The board replaces the Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which was the tenant group for many years and had a rocky relationship with...

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Jackson Square CAC disbanded

June 13, 2013
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Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which was formed in 2006 to oversee a massive redevelopment of the area, has been disbanded by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), according to that agency and to Rodney Singleton, the former chair of the group. The reasoning behind why the group was disbanded is disputed. It is...

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Problemas de BPS inspira al candidato para consejero

June 7, 2013
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Problemas de BPS inspira al candidato para consejero

La fricción entre los padres y BPS no es nada nueva. Pero para un padre, Luis Valerio de West Roxbury, esa tensión le ha propulsado a presentarse para consejero municipal del distrito 6, con la esperanza de cambiar el sistema. Matt O’Malley, quien vive en Jamaica Plain, es el consejero municipal actual del distrito...

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BPS troubles spurs candidate for local council seat

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) District 6 city councilor candidate Luis Valerio.

Friction between parents and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) is not anything new. But for one parent—Luis Valerio of West Roxbury—that tension has propelled him to run for the District 6 City Council seat, in hope of changing the system. Matt O’Malley, who lives in Jamaica Plain, currently holds the District 6 seat, which...

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Route 39 project to start this month

June 7, 2013
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The Route 39 bus improvement project has a general starting date and location after being delayed numerous times. The project calls for several “bump-out” curb extensions, including at the inbound Perkins Street, Roseway Street and Seaverns Avenue stops. All stops will remain open, but some will be relocated during construction. “In the middle of...

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No historic review needed on Peter Parley house

June 7, 2013
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PARKSIDE—The partial demolition at 6 Peter Parley Road, which is the former home of the pioneer physician Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, does not fall under Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) review because the structure is not being completely demolished, according to City officials. BLC automatically reviews total demolitions, but not partial ones, according to City officials....

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JP First Responders: Firefighter serves up meals at JP firehouse

June 7, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) Firefighter and cook Jay Sciara.

The Boston firefighters at the Jamaica Plain firehouse at 746 Centre St. have a motto: they rather “eat good than eat out.” Luckily, they have firefighter Jay Sciara manning the grill. The firehouse is headquarters for Division Two and is home to Engine 28 and Tower Ladder 10. Sciara started working in the restaurant...

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Church owners set deadline in negotiations

May 24, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the New Atlantic Development have said that a decision will need to be made within 60 days from May 10 in the negotiations with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) over the possibility of that organization buying the former Blessed Sacrament Church building. “We told them...

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Activism is life for mayoral candidate Walczak

May 24, 2013
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(Photo from billforboston.com) Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak.

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The list of mayoral candidate Bill Walczak’s efforts goes on and on—founding president of the Codman Square Health Center (CSHC), founding president of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, co-founder of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers—just to name a few. He also has been...

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