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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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Resident pens Forest Hills history book

September 14, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library Print Department) The Forest Hills Terminal about 1910.

The debate over the Casey Overpass’s fate has drawn passionate activism from some Jamaica Plain residents. Not so for Richard Heath. Instead, it propelled him to write a book about the history of Forest Hills, a neighborhood in JP that the overpass spans. The overpass, which was built in the 1950s, is the State...

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Election results: Hennigan wins clerk race

September 14, 2012
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The Sept. 6 primary election results have been counted, and in the most contentious local race, the incumbent retained the seat. Robert Dello Russo was attempting to unseat Jamaica Plain resident Maura Hennigan for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court. But Hennigan garnered 63 percent of the vote,...

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Menino vetoes redistricting plan

September 14, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino on Sept. 6 vetoed the City Council’s redistricting plan, citing a lack of diversity in districts. The council had passed the plan by a 7-6 vote on Aug. 22 and must now go back to the drawing board. The vetoed map did not change Jamaica Plain, but a new map could....

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Eliot School teacher continued legacy of longevity

September 14, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Abigail Norman) Charlie Sandler, who is retiring after 46 years at the Eliot School.

Old Eliot School teachers never die, they just fade away into the woodwork. And so it goes with Charlie Sandler, who retired in May after teaching woodworking at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts since 1966. The school specializes in such handicrafts as woodworking and is located at 24 Eliot St. “I...

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DA ‘appalled’ by drug lab scandal

September 14, 2012
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has received a list of over 60,000 drug samples that were tested by the former chemist whose mishandling of samples caused the recent closure of the Jamaica Plain state drug laboratory. District Attorney Dan Conley said he was “stunned and appalled” about the case. Gov. Deval Patrick ordered...

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