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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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Building permit pulled for 105A. S. Huntington project

November 6, 2015
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A building permit has been pulled for the 105A S. Huntington Avenue project, according to Boston Redevelopment Authority spokesperson Nick Martin. Anthony Nader, the developer for the project, did not respond to a request for comment. The project has long been delayed, as the BRA first approved the 195-unit development in 2013, with the...

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BRA to host meeting on S. Huntington Ave. guidelines

November 6, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host an “open house” on Nov. 19 about integrating the S. Huntington Avenue guidelines into the City zoning code, according to a BRA email blast. The BRA completed the community-requested South Huntington Avenue Framework for Future Development Review in May 2013. The Nov. 19 “open house” is scheduled...

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Second Grass Fed planned for Forest Hills

November 6, 2015
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Restaurateur Krista Kranyak is planning a second Grass Fed burger restaurant, with the new location being in Forest Hills. “I am very excited to become a part of this awesome neighborhood,” said Kranyak in an email to the Gazette. “I love all the restaurants around there and the awesome people. It is an exciting...

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BRA asks 64 Allandale developer to consider buffer zone

October 23, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is asking the developer for the 64 Allandale St. project to consider a conservation restriction that would create a buffer zone between the Allandale Woods and the development, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. A conservation restriction was one of several recommended revisions the Boston Parks and Recreation Department...

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Q. and A. with JP writer Katie Li

October 23, 2015
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Q. and A. with JP writer Katie Li

Jamaica Plain resident Katie Li recently wrote her first book, “Somewhere In Between,” which came out earlier this year. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with her through email about the new book. (The session has been edited.) The book is available as an e-book, and as a paperback on Amazon and at local...

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