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Nov. 6 election to decide president, Senate races

October 26, 2012
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The days are dwindling away to the Nov. 6 election, where Jamaica Plain residents will have four different candidates to choose from for the U.S. presidency. JP residents will also help decide a U.S. Senate race and several ballot questions. U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the candidates for...

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Church owners give financial details

October 26, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Owners of the Blessed Sacrament complex released financial numbers on the site amid controversy about their plan to have expensive housing built at two buildings on the campus. They reiterated they will go forward with their plan, but are open to other options that are financially feasible. The numbers were released by the...

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Senate race involves JP Latino community

October 26, 2012
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With the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Scott Brown (Republican) and Elizabeth Warren (Democrat) being a nail-biter, the Latino community could play a pivotal role in deciding the winner. Elizabeth Warren, who stopped by Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 23, said she expects to have a lot of support from the Latino...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Flaherty Pool renovation questioned

October 26, 2012
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Some Roslindale residents are saying the year-long closing of the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Flaherty Pool for renovations is too long, that some portions of the project are unnecessary and that the City’s community process was inadequate. The City countered that the renovation is needed, the community outreach was “sufficient” and...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie water store offers fresh alternative

October 26, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The Ice Box in Roslindale.

Since the 1980s, The Ice Box, located on the border of Jamaica Plain at 3892 Washington St. in Roslindale, has been bringing spring water to locals. At first, the water came from a spring in Vermont until the business switched to Triple Springs in Connecticut, according to Luis Morales, a Roslindale resident and 12-year...

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JP doctor moonlights as singer

October 26, 2012
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(Image Courtesy of Liz Mitchell) Liz Mitchell.

Liz Mitchell is able to have her cake and eat it, too. The Jamaica Plain resident is an emergency room doctor and musician, two passions in her life. “It’s the best of both worlds,” said Mitchell, a singer-songwriter who recently released her second album, “Pretty House.” She added, “They both are hard jobs. I...

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Norbert School building plan filed

October 26, 2012
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The Norbert School Associates, who have plans to develop the Norbert School building on the Blessed Sacrament campus into 21 market-rate apartments, recently filed the project with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The Norbert, a historic, 14,865-square-foot building, will be rehabilitated and the facade restored to a standard approved by the Boston Landmarks Commission,...

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Former Main Street director charged with larceny

October 16, 2012
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Carlos Schillaci, former executive director of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), has been indicted by a grand jury on larceny charges for allegedly stealing nearly $20,000 from the nonprofit, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Schillaci left HJSMS in summer 2011 amid accusations that money that was intended for the Jamaica...

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State House to probe drug lab

October 12, 2012
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By Peter Shanley, John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira Local state Rep. Liz Malia is saying she had concerns four years ago about the state drug lab now the focus of a scandal that has put thousands of convictions in doubt. Meanwhile, local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez said the legislature has begun an investigation into...

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Marijuana, suicide ballot questions debated at forum

October 12, 2012
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Opponents and proponents of the ballot questions to legalize medical marijuana and to allow terminally ill patients to commit suicide sparred during a Ward 19 Democratic Committee forum on Oct. 2. About 15 people attended the forum at the Nate Smith House, where the most contentious issue appeared to be whether to legalize medical...

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