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Residents led to Egleston association regroup

June 6, 2014
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About 30 residents gathered in Pablo Calderon’s house in March and told him the Egleston Square area needed a group to help improve the neighborhood. That led to reformation of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA), which Calderon said has drawn about 100 attendees during its first two meetings. “The new Egleston Square Neighborhood...

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Memory fragment leads to adoption revelation

June 6, 2014
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Memory fragment leads to adoption revelation

Just a fragment of memory was all that decided whether Jamaica Plain resident Barbara Ohrstrom would find out who her birth parents were. Ohrstrom, who was adopted as a child, has detailed that quest in her book “Searching for the Castle.” “I thought about my birth parents: Who are you? What happened? How did...

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Egleston Sq. businesses could become housing

June 6, 2014
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Egleston Sq. businesses could become housing

Egleston Square’s business district might get a new housing development at 3152-3160 Washington St., according to developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group. Starikov bought the property during an auction in April and told the Gazette he might turn the property into a housing development, as it is “a nice site and right near...

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Residents object to Forest Hills development

June 6, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group presented plans to turn 38-42 Hyde Park Ave., at the intersection with Weld Hill Street, into a four-story, mixed-use building during a community meeting May 22. Local residents voiced opposition to the fourth floor, which would need a variance as the area is zoned for three...

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JP First Responders: Fallen firefighters to be honored at June 8 JP event

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: Fallen firefighters to be honored at June 8 JP event

The second Sunday of June marks the day when members of the Boston Fire Department (BFD) and others gather at the Firemen’s Memorial at Forest Hill Cemetery to pay tribute to those firefighters who have died. This year’s event on June 8 will be especially poignant given the recent deaths of BFD Lt. Edward...

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JP First Responders: In new novel, JP-based cop is back fighting crime

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: In new novel, JP-based cop is back fighting crime

Jamaica Plain-based English cop Jim Grant is back fighting crime, this time taking his talents to Los Angeles, in author Colin Campbell’s latest thriller “Montecito Heights.” Grant was introduced to readers in Campbell’s previous novel, “Jamaica Plain.” Campbell, who is a former English police officer, said in an email to the Gazette that his...

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Gov. candidates answer JP questions

May 23, 2014
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The state Democratic Convention is around the corner on June 14, where the five Democratic candidates for governor will fight to garner the 15 percent of delegate votes needed for a spot on the primary ballot. The Gazette recently checked in with the five candidates—Joe Avellone, Don Berwick, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, state...

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DCR to study Arborway bike lanes

May 23, 2014
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Bikers might soon be able to traverse the Arborway a little more easily, as the state is looking into installing bike lanes on the roadway. Bill Hickey, spokesperson for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which manages the Arborway, said the department will start early in the next fiscal year to study the...

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Rt. 39 improvement delayed again

May 23, 2014
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The Route 39 bus improvement project remains to be finished, as the last part—the “bump-out” curb extension at the Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue stop—was delayed again last month, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The “bump-out” curb extension was also delayed last fall. “The contractor, LM Heavy Civil Construction of Quincy, tells us...

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Nonprofit promotes girl power in Rwanda

May 23, 2014
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Nonprofit promotes girl power in Rwanda

A Jamaica Plain resident is tackling inequality in Rwanda, where very few young women have the opportunity to attend secondary schools, with a nonprofit organization that holds fundraiser runs. “The issue of young women not going to secondary school was something that came up time and time again,” said Margaret Butler about her time...

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