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JPNDC receives funds for projects

February 15, 2013
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The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) announced Jan. 17 the commitment of almost $1 million to build three affordable housing developments, including two projects by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), according to a press release. CEDAC, a private-public community development finance institution, will loan $450,550 to JPNDC, a nonprofit community development...

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Church reuses would cost millions

February 15, 2013
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A consultant has found high costs for renovating the former Blessed Sacrament church building into either a performance/community center or affordable housing, it was announced during a community meeting Feb. 6. Meanwhile, Jason Hutchinson and the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) presented proposals to turn the church building into a performance/community center, but neither...

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Political Notes: Capuano wants Social Security numbers secret

February 15, 2013
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Local U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano is expected to file legislation to prevent Social Security numbers of deceased people from being publicly available, according to a press release. Social Security numbers can be used for identity theft. The Social Security Administration currently publishes the Death Master File (DMF), which includes the full name, Social Security...

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No State Lab response on critical report

February 15, 2013
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It is unclear what, if any, actions have been taken to correct management issues a report from a lab oversight agency found at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. The state Department of Public Health (DPH), which oversees the Hinton Institute, did not respond to a request for comment. Local...

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Centre/South Main Streets regains nonprofit status, hires interim director

February 1, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has regained its status as a nonprofit corporation and has hired an interim executive director, according to a CSMS board member. CSMS has also reacquired its former office space over City Feed and Supply at 670 Centre St. The organization had moved to shared...

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Health center ends care for 5K adults

February 1, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff JACKSON SQ.—The Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) at 75 Bickford St., which is run by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), will no longer care for adult patients, it was announced Jan. 29 in a letter to BCH’s staff, associated personnel and volunteers. The change will affect about...

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Nonprofit puts student art on T-shirts, funds schools

February 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Rightside Shirts co-founder Dylan Enright at the Edison K-8 School.

Uninspired by the corporate world, two young Jamaica Plain residents have started Rightside Shirts, a nonprofit that raises money for art programs in public schools. Rightside goes to a school and has all the students draw any design they want. Rightside picks the best ones, places them on T-shirts and sells them to raise...

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BPS lays out 3 school-assignment plans

February 1, 2013
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has unveiled three plans in its effort to improve the school-assignment system. One plan would create a new zone system—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—while two other plans would create a list of schools based on quality and proximity to the student’s home. For the...

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No State Lab response on critical report

February 1, 2013
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It is unclear what, if any, actions have been taken to correct management issues a report from a lab oversight agency found at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. The state Department of Public Health (DPH), which oversees the Hinton Institute, did not respond to a request for comment. Local...

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Nazareth to host new K1 classes

February 1, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson recently announced an expansion of early education opportunities in the city, including in Jamaica Plain. Grant funds will be funneled to several community-based organizations, including the Nazareth Child Care Center in Jamaica Plain, to create new kindergarten classes for four-year-olds, which are called...

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