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Forum: JP pricing out all but wealthiest

April 24, 2015
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Want to buy a house in JP? You’ll have to be in the top-5-percent income bracket. That was one of the statistics discussed at the April 9 Jamaica Plain Inequality Forum, where activist organization members addressed housing affordability and low-wage jobs. About 40 people attended the forum, which was held at the Hope Central...

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Yancey wants hearings on Casey project

April 10, 2015
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City Councilor Charles Yancey, who represents parts of Forest Hills and Woodbourne, has filed a hearing order to review the Casey Arborway project and the impact it will have on the surrounding area. Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that night work will take place for the project starting Mon., April 13....

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Councilor blasts ‘insulting’ house demo plan

April 10, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has blasted Bicon Dental Implants for “insulting” actions and a “level of deceit” for its proposed demolition of a historic house at 21 Yale Terrace. The Mayor’s Office is setting up a neighborhood meeting. Pressley made the comments in an April 6 letter calling on the City’s Inspectional...

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JP@Home senior living group launches

April 10, 2015
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, is “up and running,” according to Ethos executive director Dale Mitchell. The group was scheduled to have a formal launch party April 9, after the Gazette deadline. JP@Home, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, lets...

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Blessed Sacrament Church’s future unclear

April 10, 2015
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More than a year has transpired since the sale of the historic former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St., but its future remains unclear. Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a youth-oriented nonprofit, finalized in February 2014 the purchase of the building from Church Square Partners, which is a partnership between the Jamaica...

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Zoning Comm. OK’s South St. renovation project

April 10, 2015
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Zoning Comm. OK’s South St. renovation project

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee approved in February a developer’s plan to turn a house at 67 South St. into condominiums, according to chair Dave Baron. He said there was no opposition to the plan at the meeting. The developer, Liam Lydon, said in an email to the Gazette he plans to...

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No new tenant for South St. Harvest spot

April 10, 2015
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No new tenant is lined up to replace Harvest Co-op Market when it leaves 57 South St. later this month, according to landlord Dean Rusk. Rusk said that the real estate company Boston Urban Partners has been “showing it a lot” but no tenant has been found. Harvest will cease operations mid-month, as the...

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ZBA hearing postponed for Forest Hills dev.

April 10, 2015
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A Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing for a proposed development at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. has been deferred until June 2, according to the ZBA Office. Maria Christina Blanco of City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) said that community groups and the developer for the project, City Realty Group (CRG) are still working out the...

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BPD: Man pulled knife on fake cop

April 10, 2015
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A bizarre situation unfolded in the early morning hours of April 3 at a JP convenience store with a suspect allegedly pulling a knife on a man claiming to be an undercover police officer, according to the Boston Police Department. The encounter allegedly began inside the Tedeschi Market at 684 Centre St. with the...

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Sexual abuse alleged at Italian Home in ’80s

March 27, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain-based Italian Home for Children is facing an allegation that its former chief financial officer—George P. Forte Jr.—sexually abused a boy there during the early 1980s. The claim was made last month by lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, a famed advocate of Catholic Church sexual abuse survivors, on behalf of the unnamed alleged victim...

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