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BPS lays out 3 school-assignment plans

January 24, 2013
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has unveiled three plans in its effort to improve the school-assignment system. One plan would create a new zone system—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—while two other plans would create a list of schools based on quality and proximity to the student’s home. For the...

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Options for JP Library renovation presented

January 18, 2013
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(Gazette Photo By Peter Shanley) The Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s South Street side, where an addition and main entrance may be built.

Three preliminary options for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) would add much-needed space to the building, while also sealing the current main entrance. The options were presented during a Jan. 10 community meeting. Which option is chosen will be heavily influenced by the Massachusetts Historical Commission...

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JPNDC entrega propuesta para Jackson

January 18, 2013
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(Image Courtesy JPNDC) Un croquis del proyecto en 75 Amory Ave.

La renovación de Jackson Square sigue adelante con una propuesta de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) al Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) para construir departamentos de bajo ingreso en 75 Amory Ave. El nuevo plan propone un edificio de cuatro pisos con 37 departamentos de bajo ingreso, que tendría 1.015 pies cuadrados para programas...

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Centre/South Main Streets loses nonprofit status

January 18, 2013
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Regrouping to begin Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has lost its status as a nonprofit corporation and it is currently undergoing a reorganization. CSMS has not filed a legally required annual report since it organized as a nonprofit corporation in 2001, according to the Secretary of State’s website. The...

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JPNDC files Jackson Square project

January 18, 2013
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(Image Courtesy JPNDC) A sketch of the 75 Amory Ave. project.

The Jackson Square redevelopment recently took another step as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) filed plans for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The project, which was part of the first phase of the Jackson Square redevelopment master plan that was approved by the...

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Lynch may be in, Capuano out for Senate run

January 18, 2013
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With John Kerry, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, expected to be confirmed soon as the next U.S. secretary of state, elected officials are gearing up for another special election. U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (5th District) has declared his intention to run, while U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District), who represents a portion of...

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Community center rates an issue again

January 18, 2013
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A local youth basketball tournament almost did not happen because of an unexpected fee at the Hennigan Community Center (HCC), but the chair of the organization that oversees HCC says the rules were followed. Rob Lewis, who runs the tournament, said he thought he might have to cancel the tournament when he heard he...

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JP History: John Hancock’s stairs transcend Jamaica Pond

January 18, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The Hancock stairs at Jamaica Pond Park.

Walk or run too fast around the thumb of Jamaica Pond and you’ll likely miss a piece of history. There on the northeastern side, tucked into the slope of a promontory, lies a series of steps that John Hancock, a famous signer of the Declaration of Independence and first governor of Massachusetts, once climbed...

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Political Notes: Bike czar returns to JP, job

January 18, 2013
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Nicole Freedman was recently tabbed by Mayor Thomas Menino to once again be the director of the Boston Bikes program, according to a press release. Freedman has also moved back to Jamaica Plain, the Gazette has confirmed. Freedman, who is a former Olympic cyclist, was the director of the program when it launched in...

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JP residents continue responding to Newtown

January 18, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Cristina Nelson climbs Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Newtown tragedy sent out reverberations that are still being felt throughout the nation and in Jamaica Plain. One local resident recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to fly flags honoring the victims, while another JP resident used a sidewalk chalk campaign to raise awareness of a grassroots gun-control organization. On Dec. 14, 26...

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