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Speed hump disappears in Hyde Sq.

August 1, 2014
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A speed hump was removed in Hyde Square last fall during a construction project and still has not been replaced, according to Jamaica Plain resident Erik Berg. The speed hump at 70 Day St. was one of several that were installed in the Hyde Square area about 15 years ago as part of a...

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BPD investigates larceny at smoke shop

August 1, 2014
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BPD investigates larceny at smoke shop

Detectives at Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 are investigating a larceny that occurred Sunday July 13 at the Smoke Shop Variety at 666 Centre St., according to bpdnews.com. Responding officers were informed that a suspect had walked behind the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register while a store employee was...

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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

July 18, 2014
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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

More than 30 bands are set to jam for the first annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, which will kickoff tomorrow, July 19. The event will have bands play on the porches of houses throughout JP. Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried are organizing the music event, which is similar to the Somerville Porchfest. “This is a...

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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

July 18, 2014
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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

A “rogue operation” by unknown dirt-bikers created an illegal dirt-bike path in the woodlands next to the Francis Parkman Memorial. The City is saying it has not given anyone permission to build such a path and are looking into fixing the problem. The Parkman Memorial woodland is located next to Jamaica Pond and is...

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Hyde Sq. residents weigh in on improvement plan

July 18, 2014
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The City held on July 8 its second meeting on the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects, which focused on the Hyde Square portion of the project. Attendees’ suggestions for improvement ranging from raised crosswalks to making the area the entryway to the Latin Quarter. About 15 people attended the meeting at the Kennedy Elementary School....

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Washington/Green project dropped from agenda

July 18, 2014
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The status of a proposed development along Washington and Green streets is unclear, as it was supposed to appear for the second time before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on July 16 before being pulled from the agenda. The project is scheduled to appear before the City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBA)...

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BLC imposes demo delay on Lamartine house

July 18, 2014
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted unanimously on July 8 to impose a 90-day demolition delay on a proposed redevelopment project at 213 Lamartine St. The developer, Paul O’Connell, has plans to demolish the existing two-family house dating to the 1800s at 213 Lamartine St. and replace it with a three-unit building. He did...

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Local rep. helps pass state budget

July 18, 2014
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez recently joined his colleagues in passing a $36 billion state budget that included a number of initiatives that he advocated, including improving public health practices and ensuring youth safety, according to a press release. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state budget into law on July 11. The state budget...

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One local official faces challengers

July 18, 2014
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One local elected official will face a challenger in the Sept. 9 primary election, while three other officials are running unopposed. Democrat state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, in the primary. The winner will face in November’s general election David James Wyatt, another...

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JP History: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

July 18, 2014
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JP History: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

On those sultry summer days, some people might eye that crystal-clean body of water known as Jamaica Pond and ponder the prohibition that prevents them from taking a refreshing dip. For centuries, generations of sweltering Bostonians swam in the pond. Swimming was shut down only about 40 years ago. The City says that that...

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