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JP Kids: JP’s Bottom Line gets kids through college

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: JP’s Bottom Line gets kids through college

Bottom Line, an organization based at 500 Amory St., is helping low-income and first-generation students graduate from college in droves. It’s founded on the belief that students are more likely to succeed in their education when paired with a mentor during their college applications and educations The program can last up to seven years,...

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JP Kids: Italian Home helps troubled children

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: Italian Home helps troubled children

The Italian Home for Children (IHC), located at 1125 Centre St. for 95 years, helps the kids other organizations can’t. The residential and day-time facility treats severely abused and neglected at-risk children aged 4 to 14. Children who cycle through foster homes, have survived abuse or attempted suicide—the IHC works with troubled kids to...

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JP Kids: Tips for natural baby goods

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: Tips for natural baby goods

Parents looking for all-natural items for babies can find a one-stop shop at Hatched, located at 5 Green St. in central JP. Hatched owner Liz Vittori Koch recently gave the Gazette her top five product recommendations for new parents. First on her list is a natural sheep skin manufactured by Kaiser Baby in Poland,...

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Video store finds new home in Egleston Sq.

April 25, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—New Video Underground owner Kevin Koppes has found a new home for JP’s video rental store at 3203 Washington St. in Egleston Square. The store’s new doors will open May 15. “We’re very much looking forward to a fresh start in Egleston Square while maintain the connections to JP we’ve enjoyed over the...

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JP Branch renovation budget increases

April 25, 2014
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A long-delayed major renovation to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) had its budget unexpectedly boosted to $10 million, pending the City Council’s approval in June, City Councilor Matt O’Malley announced at an April 9 meeting to discuss the renovation’s design. The previous budget was set at just under $8.5...

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Room 68 expands to P-town

April 25, 2014
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Room 68 expands to P-town

Room 68, a designer furniture gallery and showroom located at 68 South St., is expanding into a second, much bigger showroom in Provincetown. Co-owners Brent Refsland, also owner of The Hallway Gallery at 66a South St., and Eric Portnoy told the Gazette that the new Cape Cod location, with about 12,000 square feet, is...

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Repair shop gets JPNC Zoning approval

April 25, 2014
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West Cork Auto at 600 Centre St. received support to expand its repair bays from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee on April 16. The car repair shop was to expand its building to create an additional repair bay for a total of three. The addition would follow the existing walls and increase...

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Casey project going out to bid tomorrow

April 11, 2014
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FOREST HILLS– The massive state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) project to demolish the Casey Overpass and replace it with an at-grade street network will be going out to bid tomorrow, April 12, following Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) review of the plan to turn Shea Circle into a signalized intersection called Shea Square. A draft...

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Casey project moves ahead; Shea Sq. approved

April 11, 2014
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After months of delays, the Casey Arborway project is heading out to construction bids following state approval to turn the Shea Circle rotary into an intersection. A Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) review of the “Shea Square” plan held up the Casey project. At an April 4 meeting, the MHC announced there is no “prudent...

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Car lot project gets major revisions

April 11, 2014
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Car lot project gets major revisions

STONYBROOK—Three years after it was first proposed, a stalled mixed-use development on Washington Street has been revived with major changes, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site in 2011. The project proposed for the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company location at 3521-3529 Washington St. is now planned to include a...

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