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Goddard House transferring bed licenses

November 9, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House is in the process of transferring its licenses for nursing beds at its recently shuttered Jamaica Plain facility to another provider to use elsewhere, according to spokesperson Diana Pisciotta. “It’s not a particularly big deal,” she said. Pisciotta said the state licenses each bed and said that the Goddard House...

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Political Notes: Chang-Díaz set to receive legislator award

November 9, 2012
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz will receive the Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, according to a press release. “I am so honored to receive this award,” said Chang-Díaz, according to the press release. “Our state’s commitment to education is at the core of who we are.” Chang-Díaz...

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Legislators to hold hearings on lab scandal, meningitis outbreak

November 9, 2012
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State legislators will hold a series of hearings starting Nov. 14 on the state Department of Health (DPH) handling of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 30 people and the state drug lab scandal, according to local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez. “It’s a really big deal,” said Sánchez. “We want to be...

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Bigger drug lab was rejected in 1986

November 9, 2012
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The William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 South St. has been thrust into the spotlight by the state drug lab scandal, but it is not the first time the site has been involved with controversy. About 25 years ago, the state planned to build a separate crime lab and state medical examiner’s...

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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

November 7, 2012
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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

There was a large local turnout for the Nov. 6 election with Jamaica Plain residents facing long lines at some polling stations. President Barack Obama won reelection, challenger Elizabeth Warren topped incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and the state approved medical marijuana. JP residents also saw the beginnings of the 2013 mayoral race. Will...

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Some JP residents missing ballot booklets

November 5, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch Some Jamaica Plain residents have not received the state booklet that details the three binding questions that will appear on the ballot tomorrow. A woman, who wished not to be named, called the Gazette to say that many residents at the 147-unit Forbes Building at 545 Centre St....

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Norbert project criticized for prices, parking

November 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Response was mostly critical of the proposed plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 market-rate studio and one-bedroom apartments during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) meeting Nov. 1 at the Hennigan Elementary School. About 45 people attended the meeting. The Norbert building, which is located at 26 Sunnyside St., is part...

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JP council district retains Forest Hills, loses Woodbourne

October 31, 2012
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The City Council has approved by an 11-2 vote today a redistricting plan that would retain Forest Hills in the Jamaica Plain council district, while also adding Egleston Square and Mission Hill’s Back of the Hill, according to At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo. Woodbourne would leave JP’s district under the plan. City Councilor Matt...

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Fight to keep Forest Hills in JP council district under way; Woodbourne to switch

October 30, 2012
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Woodbourne appears likely to leave the Jamaica Plain Boston City Council district when the latest redistricting plan is voted on tomorrow during the City Council meeting. A question remains whether or not Forest Hill stays in JP, but there is an effort to make sure that happens. City Councilors Matt O’Malley, who lives in...

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Warren stops by Doyle’s

October 26, 2012
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U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 23. Warren, a Democrat running against Republican incumbent Scott Brown, was greeted by about 100 vocal supporters and was joined by several local elected officials, including City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley, and state...

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