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Community centers in ‘rebuilding phase’

May 25, 2012
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The 2010 consolidation of four local community centers down to two, and the year-long closing of Curtis Hall while it went underwent reconstruction last year, contributed to the Jamaica Plain Community Centers’ (JPCC) recent rate hikes, according to JPCC chair Kerry Costello. The rates were raised at Curtis Hall and the Hennigan Community Center...

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Councilors’ views of BPS school moves differ

May 25, 2012
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The Boston City Council was slated to decide the fate of the controversial Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) $19 million school-move plan this week. Councilor Mike Ross, who represents Hyde Square, is calling it a “bad plan,” while At-Large Councilor Felix Arroyo is battling an internal conflict on how to vote. “I’m still deliberating within...

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‘Eldercare block’ celebrates unity

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Joining in the Eldercare Block visit were (from left, front row): Goddard House’s Jim Stamatopoulos and Carmen Wornum; Mount Pleasant’s Gwen James; Boston Commissioner on Elderly Affairs Emily Shea; (back row) Goddard House’s Jim Sugrue and Emmanuel Freddura; Nathaenael Shea of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office; Jullianne Doherty, JP Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office; and Sherrill House’s Josh Hammond.

The Goddard House, the Sherrill House and the Mount Pleasant Home—three elder care organizations on S. Huntington Avenue—gathered May 14 to celebrate National Nursing Home week. The event, which started at the Goddard House with refreshments and speeches and then went on to tour the other two facilities, was billed as the “JP Eldercare...

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Cemetery hosts Memorial Day history tour

May 25, 2012
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If you’re looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day, then head to the Forest Hills Cemetery, where there is more than 200 years of history. The Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) will be hosting a tour called “Answering the Call” there Sun., May 27 to celebrate Memorial Day. “The history here is so...

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South Street Apartments receiving upgrade

May 25, 2012
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The majority of units at the South Street Apartments are undergoing kitchen renovations, while all of the 131 units will receive new bathroom exhaust fans, according to Lydia Agro, director of communications for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The kitchen renovations, which impact 88 units, typically include new cabinetry, lightning, appliances, repairs to the...

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Local group pushes pro-tax, anti-war ballot question

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain-based Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants is part of an effort to place a non-binding referendum on the ballot for the November election. The referendum urges the U.S. Congress to tax the rich, prevent budget cuts, end the Afghanistan war and invest in jobs. “The idea is to send a message,” said Michael...

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Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass

May 24, 2012
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Calling the Casey Arborway project a “second Big Dig,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Gazette he would have preferred to see the existing overpass remain there. Menino said sometimes people have to think outside the box and his vision would have the overpass being rebuilt with green space underneath it. That would connect Arnold...

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Route 39 plan delayed again

May 11, 2012
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Plans to improve the Route 39 bus have been delayed yet again until the fall. The Route 39 bus changes, which were planned three years ago, were most recently scheduled to begin this spring. But according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo, they have been delayed again because MBTA staff needed additional time to ensure...

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Community center rental rates questioned

May 11, 2012
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The controversial rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center on Heath Street were long overdue, but a “mistake” might have been made in the way they were carried out, said the group that sets the rates. Meanwhile, the City and a local city councilor are questioning the move and its impact on local youth...

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Jackson Square redevelopment starts

May 11, 2012
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The first phase of the $250 million redevelopment of Jackson Square will kick off Saturday, May 12 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the 225 Centre St. project. “I think the community has been so involved in setting the vision for the Jackson Square redevelopment that it is a real exciting day to reach the...

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