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Charges dropped against day care director

May 24, 2013
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The felony charges against Linda Chery-Valentin, who is the founding directing of a day care center in Jamaica Plain, have been dismissed, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. The facility used to be called the Arc-En-Ciel Day Care Center and Montessori School, but has since changed its name to the Bilingual...

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Deadline passes for entering city election

May 24, 2013
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The deadline has passed to pull nomination papers for the municipal elections, with 24 candidates entering the mayoral race. One Jamaica Plain resident—At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo—has pulled papers for that race. For the At-Large City Councilor race, 27 candidates have thrown their hats into ring, including JPers Julie Ann Larson, George John Rigas...

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Ex-state rep. busted on drug charges at JP school

May 22, 2013
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Stephen Doran, a former state representative, was arrested May 21 by State Police outside the Match Charter Public Middle School at 215 Forest Hills St. in Jamaica Plain after allegedly receiving a package containing 480 grams of methamphetamine there, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. A search of Dolan’s home allegedly found...

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Church owners set deadline in negotiations

May 10, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the New Atlantic Development have said that a decision will need to be made within 60 days in the negotiations with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) over the possibility of that organization buying the former Blessed Sacrament Church building. “We told them everyday resources are...

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Mayor candidate Connolly tours Hyde/Jackson

May 10, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor John Connolly, who is running for mayor, came to Jamaica Plain on April 29 for a walking tour from Canary Square to Jackson Square, where he talked to business owners and residents about a variety of issues, including streamlining the permitting process for restaurants. About halfway through the tour, Connolly sat...

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ABCD might go to ‘The Cave’

May 10, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), an antipoverty nonprofit, might soon be providing services at the youth center “The Cave” at the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) spokesperson Lydia Agro. Agro said Big Brother Big Sister Association and the Girl Scouts currently use the space at “The Cave,” but...

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JPNDC lowers asking price for church

May 10, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is continuing negotiations over the Blessed Sacrament Church with a potential buyer, the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), and has lowered its asking price, according to a spokesperson. Jason Hutchinson, who also put in a bid for the church, has withdrawn his offer, according to JPNDC....

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Neighbors challenge condo permits

May 10, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—Appeals have been made to the building and demolition permits for planned condos at 207-209 Chestnut Ave., according to a representative for the Glenvale Park Neighborhood Association, which is opposed to the project. The City has already granted those permits and construction has started at the site. But the representative of association, who...

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Organization is dedicated to keeping Rozzie green

May 10, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Roslindale Green & Clean staffers Brooke Nash, Jeff Chasin and Sheryl White and a customer (from left to right) during a previous plant sale.

Roslindale Green & Clean, a nonprofit dedicated to designing, planting and maintaining public green spaces, is holding a fundraising plant sale June 8. “The plant sale has two purposes: raising funds for our organization, as well as supplying low-cost garden plants to the community,” Roslindale Green & Clean staffer Jeff Chasin said in an...

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Roslindale Village Main Street News

May 10, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Roslindale Village Main Street Executive Director Christina DiLisio.

Christina DiLisio admits it sounds like a cliché, but she said the biggest challenge at her new job as executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) is moderating her enthusiasm and energy. RVMS is a business promotion organization “There is so much going on. There are so many initiatives,” said DiLisio, who became...

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