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DCR to study Arborway bike lanes

May 23, 2014
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Bikers might soon be able to traverse the Arborway a little more easily, as the state is looking into installing bike lanes on the roadway. Bill Hickey, spokesperson for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which manages the Arborway, said the department will start early in the next fiscal year to study the...

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Rt. 39 improvement delayed again

May 23, 2014
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The Route 39 bus improvement project remains to be finished, as the last part—the “bump-out” curb extension at the Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue stop—was delayed again last month, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The “bump-out” curb extension was also delayed last fall. “The contractor, LM Heavy Civil Construction of Quincy, tells us...

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Nonprofit promotes girl power in Rwanda

May 23, 2014
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Nonprofit promotes girl power in Rwanda

A Jamaica Plain resident is tackling inequality in Rwanda, where very few young women have the opportunity to attend secondary schools, with a nonprofit organization that holds fundraiser runs. “The issue of young women not going to secondary school was something that came up time and time again,” said Margaret Butler about her time...

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State to regain management of Hinton Lab

May 23, 2014
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Management of the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain, which was the site of the state drug lab scandal, is  switching from the hands of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) to the state. In essence, the state is becoming the landlord of the institute. The Gazette was first made...

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Arborway crosswalk improvements coming

May 23, 2014
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A community meeting was held May 6 where a presentation was given on improving the crosswalk on the Arborway near the main entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. It suggested a three-tier approach that includes curb extensions and a flash beacon. The three-tier approach suggested by the presentation would implement markings, signs and fence adjustments;...

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Competitive spirit leads to fighting cancer

May 23, 2014
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Competitive spirit leads to fighting cancer

Jamaica Plain resident Trinity Peacock-Broyles first became involved with Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s (MBCC) “Against the Tide” athletic fundraising event several years ago because she was interested in the competitive aspect of it. But as she became more involved with MBCC, which is an organization that seeks the causes and prevention of breast cancer,...

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Bilingual organization helps vets

May 23, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—With the United States set to celebrate Memorial Day, eyes will fall upon the veterans who have served our country. One organization, which has a branch in Hyde Square, seeks to ensure those eyes are not diverted and that attention is focused on supporting our veterans. The Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts,...

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Flash beacon, curb extensions suggested to improve Arborway crosswalk

May 14, 2014
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A community meeting was held May 6 where a presentation was given on improving the crosswalk on the Arborway near the main entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. It suggested a three-tier approach that includes curb extensions and a flash beacon. To view the presentation, visit 1.usa.gov/1mVFajr. The public comment period ends May 20. The...

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Hyde Sq., Centre St. design plans coming

May 9, 2014
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Long-stalled plans to improve the Hyde Square rotary and the Centre Street sidewalks area in Hyde/Jackson Squares will hit official drawing boards over the next year, City officials said an April 28 meeting. But they also revealed that a similar Monument Square facelift might not happen, while attendees pressed for South Street improvements to...

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Wu holds roundtable for small businesses

May 9, 2014
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At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu held a roundtable discussion for small-business owners May 1 in Jamaica Plain, where complaints were launched about a complex licensing process and burdensome inspections, according to a recap provided by Wu spokesperson Henry Cohen. About 20 small businesses, including owners of restaurants, art businesses and tech startups, attended the...

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