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MBTA won’t move Arborway Yard

January 17, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has decided against pursuing a new location for a permanent bus yard in Jamaica Plain. In November, JP resident Allan Ihrer, a member of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), suggested to the MBTA that a long-planned new bus yard be created on American Legion Highway instead of...

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New Curley School field nears goal

January 17, 2014
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Following a second $50,000 donation, the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is nearing its $260,000 goal to replace an asphalt lot with an artificial turf field and track for recess use. As of this week, the school had raised $175,000 of its goal. “We’re getting very close,” campaign parent co-chair Kieran Fitzgibbon...

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Pedestrian killed in Egleston Square

January 17, 2014
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A pedestrian died on Christmas Eve after being hit by a car in Egleston Square. Just after 8 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 24, a woman was hit near Amory Street and Columbus Avenue and taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Boston Police (BPD) is still investigating the incident....

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Chorus praises JP in song lyrics

January 17, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain-based choral group, SingPositive, featured a cover of a Disney song with lyrics adapted to highlight JP life in a concert last month. “Here in JP,” sung to the tune of “Under the Sea” from the movie “The Little Mermaid,” talks of JP’s parks, notable stores and restaurants like Kitchenwitch and Wonder...

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BAPA announces holiday window winners

January 17, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association (JP BAPA) chose 13 winners in its annual window decorating competition, with Caramelo Clothing Company at 606 Centre St. taking top prize. Eighty-three businesses in the Centre and South streets shopping district were seen to have decorations and were awarded points in three categories: most artistic, most...

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JP History: Breweries made their homes in Jamaica Plain

January 17, 2014
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American Brewery Lofts at 251 Heath St. this week. (Gazette Photo Rebeca Oliveira)

Jamaica Plain was the home of most of Boston’s 31 breweries before Prohibition outlawed the sale of alcoholic drinks in 1920. Twenty-four beer makers were located within a 1-mile radius of Columbus Avenue, Heath Street and Amory Street, and many of them have since been repurposed and found new lives as loft housing or...

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Mayor Menino’s names to linger on signs

January 17, 2014
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The “Welcome to Hyde Square” sign at Centre Street and S. Huntington Avenue still bears Mayor Menino’s name. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

After 20 years as mayor, Thomas Menino’s name is on official signs and notices all over Mission Hill and the rest of Boston. But new Mayor Martin Walsh has indicated he has no plans to update the signs anytime soon. Festooned on traffic light boxes, neighborhood welcome signs, illuminated maps, murals, trash barrels and...

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Coalition petitions Walsh for low-income housing

January 17, 2014
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A coalition of 13 housing organizations and advocates, including JP-based City Life/Vida Urbana and Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC), are criticizing the City’s plan for new housing creation and are petitioning new Mayor Martin Walsh to focus on lower-income residents. Former Mayor Thomas Menino was also addressed in the accompanying letter. The City’s current long-term...

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Canary Square looks for year-round outdoor perch

January 17, 2014
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Canary Square looks for year-round outdoor perch

The owners of Canary Square at 435 S. Huntington Ave. are looking to expand use of the restaurant’s outdoor venue to year-round. According to a Canary Square employee, the owners are proposing a semi-enclosed, convertible glass patio. Gazette emails to co-owner Michael Moxley were not returned by press time. The owners have appeared before...

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JPNC Zoning votes no on Parkside housing

January 17, 2014
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PARKSIDE—Over a dozen neighbors and interested parties attended a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee meeting on Jan. 8 to oppose a proposed residential development at 18 Robeson St. The committee voted unanimously to deny its support to the project, proposed by City Real Estate Development Corp. of Brighton. The proposed project would...

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