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Washington St. project divides community

November 7, 2014
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Washington St. project divides community

A proposed development along Washington and Green streets that has stirred controversy for more than two years continued to do just that during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) community meeting Oct. 30. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four...

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Feds: Police officer aided street gang

November 7, 2014
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Mel Steele, a former Boston police officer who worked in Jackson Square, was charged last month with making false statements to the FBI, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office. Steele, who was on the Boston Police Department (BPD) Youth Violence Task Force, allegedly made the false statements to the FBI...

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Baker wins close election

November 7, 2014
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In one of the closest gubernatorial elections in recent memory, Republican Charlie Baker squeezed out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley during the Nov. 4 general election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, Democrat  state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) trounced Republican David James Wyatt. The senator garnered 90 percent of the...

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JP Porchfest starts fundraiser

November 7, 2014
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The organizers of the JP Porchfest have started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $10,000. JP Porchfest, which had its first event this year with bands playing on porches throughout JP, is expected to grow in size in 2015. “The funds we raise will cover basic costs like printing and office...

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Townhouse to replace fire-damaged building

November 7, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A vacant property at 306 South St. and 39 Asticou Road that was site of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a two-family house more than a year ago appears set to have a new structure placed on it. William Spinale has applied for a permit on Oct. 17 to build a two-family townhouse...

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JP@Home reaches 100 pledges

November 7, 2014
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, has reached its goal of having 100 pledges to join about a year after starting the drive. The group, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, lets members join in a group purchase of such services...

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Centre Street Cafe

November 7, 2014
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Centre Street Cafe

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ZBA hearing delayed for Forest Hills project

November 7, 2014
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A Zoning Board of Appeals hearing for a proposed development at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. that was originally scheduled for last month has been delayed until Feb. 10. The developer of the project, City Realty Group, has stirred controversy in the neighborhood recently with attempting to evict tenants, including a popular local restaurant, in...

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Dog grooming business aims to replace botanica

November 7, 2014
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A dog-grooming business called Fancy Schmancy is looking to open in Central JP, according to Centre/South Main Streets board member Michael Reiskind. “The owner is Nancy Baxter,” Reiskind said in an email to the Gazette. “She wants to open a luxury dog day care, grooming, self wash and unique retail store at 610 Centre...

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DA’s Office considers streamlining JP prosecution work

November 7, 2014
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office held on Sept. 22 a roundtable discussion in Jamaica Plain. Two topics discussed were expanding the boundaries covered by JP’s West Roxbury District Court and having an in-house assistant district attorney at JP’s District E-13 Police Station. Four people attended the meeting at the Nate Smith House....

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