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State plans improving access to Jamaica Pond

July 5, 2013
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PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) unveiled during a June 26 community meeting three concepts to improve access to the Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive. Attendees seemed to prefer a combination of the concepts, where traffic-calming measures would be implemented at the intersection and a...

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Goddard House property sale continues

July 5, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The sale process of the former Goddard House property is moving forward, but the exact status of where it stands is disputed. According to a developer, the property is under agreement to be sold to an unknown buyer. But Diana Pisciotta, spokesperson for the Goddard House, said the property is “not yet” under...

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City councilors can get parking tickets dismissed

July 5, 2013
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Some city councilors still use a ticket-dismissing program that has proved to be controversial in the past, according to a City official. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) program dismisses parking tickets city councilors receive while on official city business, if they file a sworn statement requesting it. The program is in place because city...

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Sanctuary restaurant opens in Hyde Sq.

July 5, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Centre Street Sanctuary, a steakhouse-themed restaurant, has opened in Hyde Square, according to the restaurant’s chef, Christian Ellis. The name Sanctuary plays off the fact that the restaurant is located at 365 Centre St., on the campus of the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Adam Rutstein owns the restaurant. “We bring a neighborhood...

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Field narrows for City election

July 5, 2013
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The field for the mayoral race dropped from 15 candidates to 12 after a review of required signatures, according to a City document. Mayoral candidates had to collect 3,000 signatures. One Jamaica Plain resident—At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo—is in the mayoral race. The other mayoral candidates are City Councilors John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Mike...

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Historic demolition process reviewed

July 5, 2013
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After a historic house in Jamaica Plain recently was partially demolished without Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) review, the City regulation controlling such acts has been thrust into the spotlight. Meanwhile, the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) is in discussions with the City about the possibility about strengthening the regulation, as other cities have done. Article...

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Jackson Sq. development gets added units

July 5, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (JPNDC) plan for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. has changed slightly since it was filed with the City in January, as two units have been added to the proposal. “Basically, we are trying to get the greatest number of units within the envelope of the...

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Goddard House property sale process continues

June 26, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The sale process of the former Goddard House property is moving forward, but the exact status of where it stands is disputed. According to a developer, the property is under agreement to be sold to an unknown buyer. But Diana Pisciotta, spokesperson for the Goddard House, said the property is “not yet” under...

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Markey wins U.S. Senate seat

June 26, 2013
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Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (5th District) beat Republican Gabriel Gomez to claim the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry. Third-party candidate Richard Heos, who represents the Twelve Visions Party, came in a distant third. Markey, who campaigned in Jamaica Plain at J.P. Licks and had a Hyde Square office, garnered about...

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Mayoral candidate Walsh will run on state rep. record

June 21, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo)State Rep. Marty Walsh, a candidate for mayor.

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Boston mayoral candidate Marty Walsh wants it known he’s not going to be vacillating when his past 16 years as state representative for Dorchester comes up during the campaign. “My record is black-and-white. I’m proud of my record,” said Walsh in a recent interview at the...

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