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City: Norbert School project still needs variances

April 12, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The City has again ruled that the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments needs variances in order to proceed. The developer, Norbert School Associates, had re-filed the project after City said the initial proposal needed two variances. The City rejected the latest proposal, saying it needs three variances. The...

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Mayoral race will open up City Council seats

April 12, 2013
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With three Boston city councilors already in the mayoral race—including Jamaica Plain’s Felix Arroyo—there likely will be a domino effect of people running for council seats next year. Two JP residents who have run in recent City Council elections, Kosta Demos and Francesca Fordiani, told the Gazette they will not run for open seats....

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Blessed Sacrament campus stirs controversy again

April 12, 2013
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The Blessed Sacrament Church campus has been the source of recent controversy, as the proposals to turn the former Catholic church into 37 luxury condos and the Norbert School building into 21 apartments has drawn the ire of residents concerned about gentrification. The controversy has now ensnared two prominent Jamaica Plain organizations—the Hyde Square...

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Residents don’t buy Martha Eliot change

April 12, 2013
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Most attendees at a March 27 community meeting criticized Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) decision to end adult services at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC), saying that the community was never consulted, that information has been sparse and that the decision appears financial. “You have negated the whole concept of community health care,” said...

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O’Malley talks Olympics, Casey Overpass

April 12, 2013
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, held his third annual town hall meeting recently where he spoke about past accomplishments and future projects, including the possibility of bringing the Olympics to Boston. More than 60 people attended the April 1 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. But many attendees...

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Councilor Ross announces run for mayor

April 11, 2013
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Councilor Ross announces run for mayor

City Councilor Mike Ross, who lives in Mission Hill and represents part of Hyde Square, announced he is running for mayor today. He tweeted the announcement with a link to his campaign website at Kevin Fitzgerald Park on Mission Hill. “Today, in that same spirit of community activism and determination to continue building a...

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Chang-Díaz won’t run for mayor

April 5, 2013
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz will not run for mayor, according to spokesperson Katherine Adam. Mayor Thomas Menino announced last week he would not seek reelection. Chang-Díaz had previously told the Gazette she was considering becoming a candidate.

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Mayoral candidates likely to give up seats

April 2, 2013
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With Mayor Thomas Menino announcing last week that he will not seek reelection, the floodgates have been opened for potential candidates. But many of those people contemplating runs are already in elected positions at the city or state level, posing the question whether they must relinquish their seats to run. According to the Mayor’s...

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Former Martha Eliot official questions ending service

March 29, 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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Falling concrete at station might have been prevented

March 29, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The loose concrete that recently fell at the Forest Hills Station might have been prevented if an inspection report had been heeded. In early February, loose concrete was removed from the ceiling at the commuter rail platform at the Forest Hills Station, which is located in the southern section of Jamaica Plain near...

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