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Holidays in JP: ‘Shop w/a Cause’ returns

December 4, 2015
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A group of Jamaica Plain businesses are getting into the holiday spirit and are holding the second annual “Shop w/a Cause” on Dec. 5, which will give a percentage of purchases to local nonprofits. Some of the businesses that are participating are Ula Café (benefiting Spontaneous Celebration and Egleston Square Main Streets), Boing JP’s Toy...

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Complaints continue for post office

November 20, 2015
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Complaints continue to come in about the Jamaica Plain Post Office, an ongoing issue for the neighborhood. Meanwhile, the United States Post Office (USPS) is saying that changes have been made, including installing a new manager, to improve service. USPS made managerial changes last year after numerous complaints, as the Gazette previously reported. Jeri...

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BRA board approves Bartlett II

November 20, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved during its Nov. 10 meeting the Bartlett II mixed-use development at 450-456 Amory St., according to a press release. The project had been pulled from last month’s board meeting so the developer, Chris DeSisto, could address some concerns from the community. The four-story development is slated to have...

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Holidays in JP: Tree lightings slated for Dec. 5

November 20, 2015
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The “Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting” will be coming to Jamaica Plain on Dec. 5, according to a press release. “We are fortunate in the City of Boston to have a community that celebrates its cultural diversity, but also comes together to unite behind common ideals—love of family, friends and community,” said...

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DCR extends comment period for parkways improvements

November 20, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended the comment period for the three projects it has presented for improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. The deadline is now Nov. 30. The projects focus on three different...

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JP resident pleads guilty for Boston Marathon scam

November 20, 2015
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Joanna Leigh, a Jamaica Plain resident, pled guilty Nov. 13 to several charges relating to her falsely claiming to be a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which led to her receiving nearly $40,000 in cash and benefits, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. Leigh admitted...

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Essaibi-George, Campbell voted new members on Council

November 6, 2015
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The number of women on the City Council has doubled, as Andrea Campbell beat out longtime District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey and Annissa Essaibi-George edged out incumbent Stephen Murphy for the last At-Large seat in the Nov. 3 election, according to unofficial City results. In the only other competitive Council race in Jamaica...

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Neighborhood group hires attorney over Bicon permit dispute

November 6, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association has hired a lawyer in the dispute over Bicon Dental Implants’ occupancy permits. Bicon, a 501 Arborway company, has stirred controversy in the area by demolishing a 19th century house at 21 Yale Terrace for a new development. The neighborhood association had tried to stop the company from...

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DCR update on parkways improvements

November 6, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) recently held a series of meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. Below is an update provided to the Gazette in an email by DCR. Perkins Street and Francis Parkman...

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Q. and A. with author Christopher Irvin

November 6, 2015
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Q. and A. with author Christopher Irvin

Jamaica Plain author Christopher Irvin will soon release his first collection of short stories, “Safe Inside the Violence.” The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with him through email about the book. (The session has been edited.) What prompted you to release your first collection of short stories? “Safe Inside the Violence” is compromised of...

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