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Bike lanes installed, then removed on Arborway

August 1, 2014
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Bike lanes were installed on the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum in May, but were removed a month later after the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) received a letter from the Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) criticizing them and the lack of public process. DCR said the bike lanes installation...

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Revamped Centre Street Café to reopen in fall

August 1, 2014
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A revamped Centre Street Café, which is located at 669A Centre St., will reopen in late September or early October, according to new owner David Doyle. Doyle and other business partners, who also own the restaurant and book-and-music store Tres Gatos, bought the Centre Street Café from Felicia Sanchez and closed it last month...

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City appears to reconsider White Stadium renovation

August 1, 2014
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PARKSIDE—The City appears to be reconsidering former Mayor Thomas Menino’s and Suffolk Construction magnate John Fish’s proposal to renovate White Stadium, citing a need to protect “taxpayer dollars.” Meanwhile, the organization behind the proposed renovation said it is hopeful to have the opportunity to work with the City on the project. Former Mayor Thomas...

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Speed hump disappears in Hyde Sq.

August 1, 2014
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A speed hump was removed in Hyde Square last fall during a construction project and still has not been replaced, according to Jamaica Plain resident Erik Berg. The speed hump at 70 Day St. was one of several that were installed in the Hyde Square area about 15 years ago as part of a...

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BPD investigates larceny at smoke shop

August 1, 2014
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BPD investigates larceny at smoke shop

Detectives at Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 are investigating a larceny that occurred Sunday July 13 at the Smoke Shop Variety at 666 Centre St., according to bpdnews.com. Responding officers were informed that a suspect had walked behind the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register while a store employee was...

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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

July 18, 2014
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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

More than 30 bands are set to jam for the first annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, which will kickoff tomorrow, July 19. The event will have bands play on the porches of houses throughout JP. Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried are organizing the music event, which is similar to the Somerville Porchfest. “This is a...

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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

July 18, 2014
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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

A “rogue operation” by unknown dirt-bikers created an illegal dirt-bike path in the woodlands next to the Francis Parkman Memorial. The City is saying it has not given anyone permission to build such a path and are looking into fixing the problem. The Parkman Memorial woodland is located next to Jamaica Pond and is...

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Hyde Sq. residents weigh in on improvement plan

July 18, 2014
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The City held on July 8 its second meeting on the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects, which focused on the Hyde Square portion of the project. Attendees’ suggestions for improvement ranging from raised crosswalks to making the area the entryway to the Latin Quarter. About 15 people attended the meeting at the Kennedy Elementary School....

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Washington/Green project dropped from agenda

July 18, 2014
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The status of a proposed development along Washington and Green streets is unclear, as it was supposed to appear for the second time before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on July 16 before being pulled from the agenda. The project is scheduled to appear before the City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBA)...

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BLC imposes demo delay on Lamartine house

July 18, 2014
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted unanimously on July 8 to impose a 90-day demolition delay on a proposed redevelopment project at 213 Lamartine St. The developer, Paul O’Connell, has plans to demolish the existing two-family house dating to the 1800s at 213 Lamartine St. and replace it with a three-unit building. He did...

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