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Community centers MOU fate unclear

March 29, 2013
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A rough draft of the new operating agreement between the City and community centers was expected to be in place by now, but it’s unclear whether it is finished. The City had said in December that it anticipated having the document ready early this year. But repeated Gazette phone calls and emails to the...

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Homelessness increases in city, JP

March 29, 2013
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The number of homeless people living on the city’s streets increased 7 percent from a year ago, according to the City’s 2012 homeless census. And Jamaica Plain followed suit with two homeless people being found on its streets compared to none the year before. According to the census, 193 homeless people were found living...

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Gulf War syndrome study launched at VA hospital

March 29, 2013
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the launch of a Gulf War syndrome study that will take place at the VA Medical Center at 150 S. Huntington Ave, according to a press release. The Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses Biorepository (GWVIB) will support research on the causes, progression and treatment of disorders...

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Arroyo: School committee student rep should vote

March 29, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, has filed a hearing order with City Councilor Frank Baker that would give voting power to the student representative on the Boston School Committee. “It just seems right,” said Arroyo in a recent Gazette interview. He said the student representatives can speak during a...

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Councilors team up for composting, urban agriculture

March 29, 2013
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Two local city councilors are teaming up to bring a citywide compost program to residents and to increase urban agriculture opportunities. At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, and City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents JP, heard calls for the aforementioned actions during the JP State of the Neighborhood forum Feb....

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Trash cans, other concerns raised during park meeting

March 29, 2013
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PARKSIDE—Lack of wintertime trash cans was one of several concerns expressed during a Franklin Park Coalition maintenance meeting March 7, said coalition Executive Director Christine Poff. Meanwhile, the City has said it plans to fund the second phase of an improvement project that began last year. Poff said it was a “great meeting” with...

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Real estate today: Real estate is ‘smoking hot’ in JP

March 29, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The most expensive home sold between March 14 and March 21 is this building at 60R Sheridan St., which went for $1.05 million.

Judging by the real estate market, Jamaica Plain is very desirable place to live. Real estate agents say they are receiving multiple offers on homes and that rents are skyrocketing. “The market is smoking hot in Jamaica Plain,” said Maureen McElroy of Jamaica Hill Realty. She said there is a high demand for both...

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Real estate today: Developer ‘looking into’ Goddard House

March 29, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—A city developer, who was previously involved in another Jamaica Plain construction project, is setting his sights on the former Goddard House nursing home. “I’m looking into it,” Dorchester-based developer Tom Donnelly said about purchasing the Goddard House, which went on the market March 4. Donnelly was part of a team involved with...

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Real estate today: Leaders ask mayor to stop Blessed Sacrament projects

March 29, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—A group of prominent Jamaica Plainers has penned a letter to Mayor Thomas Menino asking him to help “suspend further review or approval of” two projects at the Blessed Sacrament Church campus pending revisions that meet prior “goals or otherwise mitigates impacts.” Signers of the March 25 letter include Nelson Arroyo, board president...

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Real estate today: City to inspect businesses’ stormwater management

March 29, 2013
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The City will start inspections of industrial businesses to ensure proper stormwater management in May, according to a City official. The inspections are a result of a consent decree, also known as an agreed judgment, between the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the City. The 2012 decree forced the City to pay a penalty...

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