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Report: Health care dominates JP economy

August 15, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s business community is dominated by the health care and social assistance industry, mirroring the city as a whole, according to a new business report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA report, which is called “Boston’s Neighborhood Business Patterns” and was released earlier this month, shows that about 58 percent of...

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Hyde Sq. speed hump to return

August 15, 2014
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A speed hump that was removed in Hyde Square last year will be reinstalled this fall, according to Tracey Ganiatsos of the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). Resident Erik Berg recently complained about the removal of the 70 Day St. speed hump, as the Gazette previously reported. The hump was one of several that were...

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Jackson Sq. development gets funding

August 15, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has received funding for its planed low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. “We have secured the financing for 75 Amory Ave., which means we will start construction in 2015,” said JPNDC spokesperson Sally Swenson in an email to the Gazette. JPNDC, a nonprofit community development corporation,...

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Rockland Trust buys Peoples Federal Bank

August 15, 2014
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Rockland Trust Company has entered into an agreement to buy Peoples Federal Savings Bank, which has a branch at 725 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain. Ellen Molle of Rockland Trust said the Rockland-based bank will not be closing any of the Peoples branches. “Regarding the impact on Peoples’ customers, we don’t anticipate significant product,...

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Hubway Move

August 1, 2014
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Hubway Move

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Immigration a hot topic in gov. candidate forum

August 1, 2014
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Roxbury Community College (RCC) held a governor candidate forum last month where the political fireworks concerned an issue prominent in Jamaica Plain: immigration. State Treasurer Steve Grossman attacked state Attorney General Martha Coakley over her views on that subject, including her former support for Secure Communities, a federal program that relies on local and...

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Dog parks on Open Space Plan wish list

August 1, 2014
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The lack of dog parks in Jamaica Plain was among the concerns raised at a July 24 meeting about the City’s 2015-2021 Open Space Plan. The Open Space Plan, which is being created by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD), will be a plan for open space protection and development in the city....

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Bike lanes installed, then removed on Arborway

August 1, 2014
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Bike lanes were installed on the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum in May, but were removed a month later after the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) received a letter from the Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) criticizing them and the lack of public process. DCR said the bike lanes installation...

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Revamped Centre Street Café to reopen in fall

August 1, 2014
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A revamped Centre Street Café, which is located at 669A Centre St., will reopen in late September or early October, according to new owner David Doyle. Doyle and other business partners, who also own the restaurant and book-and-music store Tres Gatos, bought the Centre Street Café from Felicia Sanchez and closed it last month...

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City appears to reconsider White Stadium renovation

August 1, 2014
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PARKSIDE—The City appears to be reconsidering former Mayor Thomas Menino’s and Suffolk Construction magnate John Fish’s proposal to renovate White Stadium, citing a need to protect “taxpayer dollars.” Meanwhile, the organization behind the proposed renovation said it is hopeful to have the opportunity to work with the City on the project. Former Mayor Thomas...

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