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Consultant hired for Blessed Sacrament church

February 1, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has hired a consultant for the Blessed Sacrament Church building to vet alternative options for its future, it was announced during a Jan. 17 community meeting at the Julia Martin House. The name of the consultant was not revealed during the meeting. The current plan is to...

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City ‘closely’ monitoring Main Streets programs

February 1, 2013
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The Main Streets programs, which are business promotion organizations, need to have their houses in order or they might risk losing funding, according to a top City official. The Main Streets programs are nonprofits that are separate from the City, but receive some funding and oversight through the City’s Boston Main Streets program. Two...

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Gov. picks interim U.S. senator

January 30, 2013
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Gov. Deval Patrick has tabbed William “Mo” Cowan as the interim U.S. senator, according to a press release. Cowan, who graduated from the Northeastern University School of Law, is the former chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Gov. Patrick. Kerry, the former senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, was confirmed Jan. 29 as...

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Martha Eliot Health Center to cut service to adults

January 29, 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 today in a letter to BCH’s staff, associated personnel and volunteers. The change will affect about 5,000 adult...

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BPS lays out 3 school-assignment plans

January 24, 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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Options for JP Library renovation presented

January 18, 2013
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(Gazette Photo By Peter Shanley) The Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s South Street side, where an addition and main entrance may be built.

Three preliminary options for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) would add much-needed space to the building, while also sealing the current main entrance. The options were presented during a Jan. 10 community meeting. Which option is chosen will be heavily influenced by the Massachusetts Historical Commission...

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JPNDC entrega propuesta para Jackson

January 18, 2013
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(Image Courtesy JPNDC) Un croquis del proyecto en 75 Amory Ave.

La renovación de Jackson Square sigue adelante con una propuesta de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) al Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) para construir departamentos de bajo ingreso en 75 Amory Ave. El nuevo plan propone un edificio de cuatro pisos con 37 departamentos de bajo ingreso, que tendría 1.015 pies cuadrados para programas...

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Centre/South Main Streets loses nonprofit status

January 18, 2013
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Regrouping to begin Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has lost its status as a nonprofit corporation and it is currently undergoing a reorganization. CSMS has not filed a legally required annual report since it organized as a nonprofit corporation in 2001, according to the Secretary of State’s website. The...

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JPNDC files Jackson Square project

January 18, 2013
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(Image Courtesy JPNDC) A sketch of the 75 Amory Ave. project.

The Jackson Square redevelopment recently took another step as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) filed plans for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The project, which was part of the first phase of the Jackson Square redevelopment master plan that was approved by the...

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Lynch may be in, Capuano out for Senate run

January 18, 2013
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With John Kerry, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, expected to be confirmed soon as the next U.S. secretary of state, elected officials are gearing up for another special election. U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (5th District) has declared his intention to run, while U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District), who represents a portion of...

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