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JP’s population about the same as a year ago

August 16, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s population is statistically the same as it was a year ago, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, which has a significant margin of error. But the main U.S. Census, which is more accurate, showed that JP’s population has declined over the past decade and the new data’s numbers are lower...

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Mayoral forum focused on affordable housing

August 16, 2013
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Affordable housing was a prominent issue discussed during an Aug. 6 mayoral forum on housing, according to Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC) coordinator Kathy Brown. BTC co-sponsored the event at the Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown with several other organizations, including Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants and City Life/Vida Urbana, both of which are based...

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Yancey draws criticism in District 4 race

August 2, 2013
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District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey is running for both reelection and mayor. The three other candidates for the District 4 seat—Steven Godfrey, Divo Rodrigues Monteiro and Terrance Williams—are criticizing that move. City rules allow Yancey to be on the ballot for both, but he can only serve one position if elected. District 4...

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Norbert School plan linked to church’s deed restriction

August 2, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The plan to turn the Norbert School into 21 apartments has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board on the condition that a deed restriction on the Blessed Sacrament Church building is lifted. The lifting of the deed restriction is key to the sale of the church. Meanwhile, BRA spokesperson Melina...

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El futuro de Norbert School depende en venta de iglesia

August 2, 2013
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HYDE SQ.— El plan de convertir el Norbert School en 21 departamentos ha sido aprobado por el Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) bajo la condición de que la venta del edificio de Blessed Sacrament Church sea terminada, según una portavoz para BRA Melina Schuler. Schuler reveló que el alcalde Thomas Menino ayudó a acelerar la...

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Rt. 39 project includes ADA compliance

August 2, 2013
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Rt. 39 project includes ADA compliance

Workers are replacing sidewalks at many Route 39 bus stops to make them in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as part of the bus improvement project, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The Gazette learned of the replacement when it observed a new sidewalk being poured and concrete testing being done...

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St. John’s Church rector retires

August 2, 2013
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St. John’s Church rector retires

SUMNER HILL—Anne Fowler, who has been at the helm of St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1 Roanoke Ave. for two decades and was part of the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state, stepped away as rector last month. “I have loved my years here, and leave this very special community with profound...

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Talking Business

August 2, 2013
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Talking Business

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JP resident faces medication price increase

August 2, 2013
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Jan Donley, a Jamaica Plain resident, will see her compounded medication for symptoms from menopause double in price this month because Harvard Pilgrim Heath Insurance is refusing to continue coverage of that type of drug. Compounded medication is a combination of ingredients created specifically for a patient. Compounded medication was in the news last...

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Task Force buys Blessed Sacrament Church

July 19, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The purchase of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building by the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and New Atlantic Development has been finalized, according to a HSTF statement issued after the Gazette first revealed the deal in an online article. HSTF and JPNDC had been...

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