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Real estate today: City: Norbert School project needs variances

March 29, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The City has ruled that the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments needs two zoning variances. But the developer, Norbert School Associates, still says that is not the case. Meanwhile, the developer has agreed to include two affordable units in the project. Who will subsidize the units is still...

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Former Martha Eliot official questions ending service

March 27, 2013
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A Jamaica Plain doctor who is a former official at Martha Eliot Health Center in a letter to the Gazette is questioning Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) decision to end adult service at the health center. Dr. John Jewett, who worked at MEHC for 13 years, including three years as the director of adult medicine,...

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Green Line extension to Hyde Square proposed

March 15, 2013
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The Arborway Committee, a transit advocacy group, recently released a report advocating for the extension of Green Line streetcar service to Hyde Square. The report includes various alternatives, including one routing the streetcar through the Hyde Square rotary. The Gazette learned of the report during the State of Our Neighborhood forum Feb. 26. “The...

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Extensión de la línea verde

March 15, 2013
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The Arborway Committee, un grupo de defensa para el transporte público, publicó un reporte proponiendo una extensión a la línea verde a Hyde Square. El reporte incluye varias alternativas, incluso una ruta que llega hasta la rotonda de Hyde Square. The Gazette se enteró del reporte durante el foro State of Our Neighborhood el...

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Health center to hold meeting on care change

March 15, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) will hold a community meeting on ending adult service at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC), while some people remain perplexed about the decision to do so. A member of the MEHC community advisory board said there are still unanswered questions about why Boston Children’s Hospital is ending adult...

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Preservation group eyes Goddard future

March 15, 2013
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With announcement that the former Goddard House nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave. is for sale, a preservation group is hoping that the new owners will maintain the building’s historic value. The sale of the building moves to the next phase a controversy that first began last summer when the Goddard House announced...

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Urban farms, JP Loop discussed at forum

March 15, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Urban agriculture and the defunct Route 48 “JP Loop” bus were two of the many themes touched upon during the third annual State of Our Neighborhood forum on Feb. 26. More than 200 people attended the forum at the Kennedy Elementary School. The Jamaica Plain Forum, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and...

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Advisory group picks school-assignment plan

March 1, 2013
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The External Advisory Committee (EAC), a group put together to help form a new school-assignment system, on Feb. 25 picked a “home-based” plan out of three options. The other two plans were a zone plan—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—and a different version of a home-based plan. Meanwhile, Quality Education...

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Health center pledges to stay; mayor ‘concerned’

March 1, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) has committed to providing children and adolescent services at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) for the foreseeable future, but a “thoughtful” process will take place to determine the exact structure of that care. “We have a commitment for pediatric care for this neighborhood,” said Dr. Shari Nethersole, MEHC’s...

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Senior Life: Organization becomes seniors’ ‘best friend’

March 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) A dinner at the Little Brothers house.

For some homebound seniors, isolation can be unbearable. But as people grow old that is sometimes exactly what happens as friends and family pass away. The Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly is a volunteer-based organization that attempts to break that isolation, bringing services to seniors with the warmth and care of a friend. Little...

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