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Gov. candidates spar at forum

June 20, 2014
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The Democratic candidates for governor gathered at a Jamaica Plain forum for the first time following the state party convention June 14. Although the group was smaller, there were plenty of fireworks, as state Treasurer Steve Grossman and state Attorney General Martha Coakley sparred over campaign finances. About 60 people were at the Curley...

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Groups favor Washington St. study

June 20, 2014
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Some local neighborhood groups appear to be on board for the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) potential planning study for the Washington Street Corridor, with one group even calling for the study to be extended to Jackson Square. The BRA announced last month that it might conduct a planning study on Washington Street between Egleston...

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Art initiative for Boylston Street

June 20, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET) and the Boston Beer Company (BBC) are partnering to liven up Boylston Street through an artwork initiative, starting with a contest for murals. The mural contest is part of the Boylston Public Art Corridor initiative, which seeks to create “a public art corridor through Jamaica Plain’s...

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Hyde Park Ave. project to shrink

June 20, 2014
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Developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group said he has heeded to neighbors’ concerns, reducing a proposed four-story project at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. to three stories. Starikov had originally proposed demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a four-story building. The first floor would have commercial space towards the front facing Hyde...

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JP Pets: City: No plans for more dog parks

June 20, 2014
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Despite the high demand and efforts over the years, Jamaica Plain dog-owners sill have limited options on where to take their furry friends to let them roam off-leash. The City says it’s up to the community if the number of off-leash dog parks is to increase. Meanwhile, the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) said it...

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Developer, neighbors ‘restart’ over controversial project

June 20, 2014
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Neighbors and the developer of a controversial project at 57 Wachusett St. have hit the “restart button” after recently meeting with each other, according to local resident Tess Pope. The meeting was brokered by Greg Galer of the Boston Preservation Alliance. “The meeting went really well,” she said. “We cleared a lot of air.”...

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St. John’s rectory to get renovation

June 20, 2014
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St. John’s rectory to get renovation

SUMNER HILL—The rectory for St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is located at 24 Alveston St., is slated for a major renovation that will split the 4,000-square-foot house into two units, according to Franklyn Salimbene. St. John’s Episcopal Church is located nearby at 1 Roanoke Ave. One unit will be either sold or leased to...

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BRA: Washington St. planning study possible

June 6, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) might soon conduct a planning study that would encompass the Washington Street corridor between Egleston Square and Forest Hills, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. That section of Washington Street has several proposed projects on the horizon, including a 283-unit apartment project called “The Commons” at 3593-3615 Washington St....

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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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