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Casey project could be Malia campaign issue

March 30, 2012
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The debate that has surrounded the Casey Overpass project and the at-grade or bridge option could become a campaign issue for state Rep. Liz Malia. Although no opponents have declared a candidacy, some residents have criticized her involvement with the project, while others have praised it. But for her, that comes with the territory....

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Local real estate market heats up

March 30, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The most expensive home sold in JP last week was this $1.7 million house at 32 Woodland Road.

Time to slap a fresh coat of paint on the walls and tidy up if you are thinking about selling your home. The Jamaica Plain real estate market is bumping up, according to local realtors. “The market is very active,” said Karen McCormack of McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate. “It’s felt on the edge...

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JP’s CDCs are nationally renowned

March 30, 2012
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Urban Edge in Jackson Square and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) on Amory Street are national standouts and are held in high-esteem in the non-profit development community, according to Frank Woodruff, director at National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington, D.C. NACEDA represents more than 3,000 community development corporations throughout...

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Bike racks to be redesigned

March 30, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will have to wait a little longer to secure their bikes to racks in the shape of a lock after concerns about their design. Three such bike racks have already been installed in Mission Hill. Similar racks were next slated to come to Hyde/Jackson Squares and Central JP. But when Randace...

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Workshops teaches kids photography

March 30, 2012
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(Photo by Nell Fredericks) A portrait photo of Paloma Ortiz taken by Nell Fredericks, a student of Jenny Connelly.

Jenny Connelly felt there were not a lot of after-school activities for middle school children. That’s why she started running workshops to teach them photography last year. “It’s just great to have kids work in small groups and think about art,” she said. “They can develop their eye for communicating in pictures.” The workshops,...

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Café Beirut opens

March 30, 2012
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Sami’s Wrap and Roll/Café Beirut, a Middle Eastern eatery at 654 Centre St., has reopened after closing for renovations earlier this month. The restaurant issued fliers announcing a grand opening of Café Beirut for March 25. It is unclear whether the restaurant will retain both names.

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Yoon lands federal job

March 30, 2012
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Sam Yoon has left his executive director position at the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington, D.C. and accepted an appointment with the U.S. Department of Labor, according to Frank Woodruff, who took over Yoon’s position at NACEDA. Yoon is a former Boston city councilor who ran a prominent but...

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JPNC opposes Curley funding cuts

March 30, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on March 20 sent the Boston School Committee a letter urging it to restore funding for the Curley K-8 School. “The budget cuts proposed for next year are dramatic and will be felt by every student at the Curley,” the letter states. According to the letter, the school will...

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Franklin Park paths, entries up for repairs

March 30, 2012
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Over the next two fiscal years, Franklin Park is slated to receive $300,000 from the City—two-thirds of which will go to fix entryways and pathways, while the remaining amount is to re-do the cross-country course. “There is more work to do than there is money out there this go-round,” said Margaret Dyson, director of...

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JP residents are on Gaming Commission

March 30, 2012
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Stephen Crosby and Enrique Zuniga, two Jamaica Plain residents, have seats on the recently finalized state Gaming Commission. The five-member commission will help usher casino gambling into the state and will decide which developers receive licenses to operate. “We have a huge amount to do. We have to start from scratch,” Crosby said in...

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