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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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Senior Life: Retirement home helps seniors downsize

March 1, 2013
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Drive around Boston on Sept. 1 and you’ll witness plenty of misery on the faces of college students moving. And moving only gets harder once you start cashing Social Security checks. But the Springhouse Retirement Community is attempting to ease that process for seniors with a program that has coordinators help them transition from...

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Green Line extension to Hyde Sq. proposed

February 28, 2013
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The Arborway Committee, a transit advocacy group, recently announced that it has released a report advocating for the extension of Green Line streetcar service to Hyde Square. Meanwhile, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will ask the MBTA to do exactly that, according to an article posted today by Banker & Tradesman. The BRA did...

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Mayor ‘concerned’ about health center change

February 20, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino is “concerned” about Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) decision to stop serving about 5,000 adult patients at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC), according to a letter he sent to BCH. “As you know, I am concerned about the decision to discontinue care for adult patients at the Martha Eliot Community Health...

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Health center adult program closure criticized

February 15, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The Martha Eliot Health Center at 75 Bickford St. last week.

The Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) at 75 Bickford St. in Jackson Square recently announced that it was ending its treatment of adult patients. That pushed patients to criticize Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), which oversees MEHC, saying that the community lacks information and that the move leaves them feeling stranded. Dr. Shari Nethersole, MEHC’s...

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More concrete removed from Forest Hills Station

February 15, 2013
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Loose concrete has been removed from the ceiling at the commuter rail platform at the Forest Hills Station, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. That comes on the heels of concrete falling from the ceiling on Jan. 29. No one was injured in either incident. Pesaturo said that an Amtrak maintenance crew removed the...

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Centre/South Main Streets regains nonprofit status, hires interim director

February 15, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has regained its status as a nonprofit corporation and has hired an interim executive director, according to a CSMS board member. CSMS has also reacquired its former office space over City Feed and Supply at 670 Centre St. The organization had moved to shared...

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