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Campbell’s council run spurred by twin’s death

July 24, 2015
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Campbell’s council run spurred by twin’s death

Spurred into the District 4 City Council race by the death of her twin brother, Mattapan resident Andrea Campbell says she is taking a wait-and-see approach with the Olympics and thinks the Casey Arborway project had a “problematic community process.” Campbell faces three other candidates in the race: longtime District 4 City Councilor Charles...

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JP History: Marking a renewal of the historic JP Branch Library

July 24, 2015
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Two events celebrations are coming—one filled with superheroes and another bringing stories to life—for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library building at 12 Sedgwick St., which opened in 1911. The building was the first building specifically built by the City to function as a branch library. An addition was built in 1936...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 24, 2015
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history:  5 years ago: 2010 “City gets go-ahead for Monument Sq. redesign” The City appeared set to move forward with plans to design a new park at Monument Square following a community meeting of the Centre/South Street Corridor Advisory Group. That plan has stalled for...

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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

July 3, 2015
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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

Most attendees at Jamaica Plain’s latest City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting on June 30 did not welcome the idea of bringing the Olympics to Boston with open arms. Instead, they barraged City officials with concerns ranging from security to the legacy of parks to an unwillingness to listen to the opposition. More than 250 people...

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JP Library to continue programs during renovation

July 3, 2015
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JP Library to continue programs during renovation

Some programs from the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will be transferred to the Curtis Hall Community Center while the library undergoes a long-awaited renovation, according to Boston Public Library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery. In addition, the library is planning some special celebrations about the renovation. The century-old JP Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St. will...

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Arborway Yard group joins up with JPNC

July 3, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted in April to enter into a relationship with the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), according to JPNC chair Kevin Moloney. CPCAY will retain “its identity as a community-based advocacy organization,” but will operate under JPNC’s Housing and Development Committee, according to the document JPNC...

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City’s Centre/South improvement plan putts along

July 3, 2015
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Six years after it began, the City’s improvement plan for Centre and South streets continues to inch forward at a snail’s pace. Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta said the City will hold a community meeting for improvements to Monument Square “in a couple of months.” That’s a delay from his...

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South Street Youth Center gets new director

July 3, 2015
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Corey Stallings, the new director of the South Street Youth Center.  (Courtesy Photo)

The South Street Youth Center (SSYC), which operates out of the South Street Apartments, a public housing development, has a new director who looks to bring his digital media experience to the organization. “It is a great opportunity to work in the community,” said Corey Stallings about recently becoming SSYC’s director. He said his...

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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

July 3, 2015
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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) last month voted 11 to 3 with 1 abstention to request the City to deny variances for the proposed development at 3200 Washington St. The council cited in its vote a failure for the developer to resolve residents’ concerns. The 3200 Washington project has been the target of...

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JP resident criticizes DCR over lack of crosswalk

July 3, 2015
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PONDSIDE—A Jamaica Plain resident is criticizing the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for dragging its feet over installing a crosswalk on Perkins Street. That proposed crosswalk is part of a plan to improve access to Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive. DCR held a community meeting...

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