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Rt. 39 bus improvements delayed

September 28, 2012
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The Route 39 bus improvement project has been delayed once again. The project was supposed to start this fall, but according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo in an email to the Gazette, it has been delayed until winter, weather permitting. Completion is expected in summer 2013. The planning began in 2008 and has been...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) An area where trees were cleared in Forest Hills Cemetery along Walk Hill Street.

FOREST HILLS—Some residents are complaining about tree removal taking place at the historic Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. “He’s a butcher,” Jamaica Plain resident Richard Heath said about Milley’s decision to remove trees....

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Congressional candidates spar

September 28, 2012
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The two candidates for the U.S. Congressional 8th District seat are painting different pictures of themselves heading into the Nov. 6 election. Incumbent Stephen Lynch said he is moderate Democrat who tries to work across the aisle, but also is willing to fight Republicans who want to cut social programs for the poor and...

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Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 28, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino on Sept. 24 vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote on Sept. 19 a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan by City Councilor Bill Linehan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District...

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T police warn of bike thefts

September 28, 2012
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The MBTA Transit Police is urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity after a rash of bicycle thefts at MBTA Orange Line stations in Jamaica Plain. “We can’t do it alone,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury. “We depend on the public. They are our partners.” Transit Police have been...

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Real Estate Today: Agent: Goddard House worth $12.5-15 million

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The Goddard House on S. Huntington Avenue.

A local real estate agent says that the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center property could fetch between $12.5 million and $15 million on the residential market. The Goddard House, which is located at 201 S. Huntington Ave., ceased operations on Sept. 8. The enormous brick building was constructed in 1927 and housed...

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Ward committee to hold ballot question forum

September 28, 2012
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The Ward 19 Democratic Committee is holding a public forum on the controversial ballot questions for this year’s election, according to a press release. The forum will start at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Nate Smith House at 155 Lamartine St. One ballot question would legalize medical marijuana, while another question would...

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Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 24, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino today vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote last Wednesday a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District 4 and reiterated those concerns with the latest...

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DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

September 17, 2012
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DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner John Auerbach, a Jamaica Plain resident, resigned today amid the growing scandal surrounding the now-closed state drug lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in JP. The drug lab, which was located at the Institute at 305 South St. and examined drug evidence in criminal...

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State Lab head quits in drug-testing scandal; other labs still open

September 14, 2012
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The state investigation that shut down the drug testing lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute is not looking into the 17 other labs in the building, which include disease control and racehorse drug testing labs. Dr. Linda Han, who oversaw all 18 public labs in the building as director of Bureau...

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