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Parklet could come to Aurum restaurant

June 6, 2014
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JP’s parklet, located last year at 349 Centre St., could find a temporary home this year at Aurum Restaurant at 377 Centre St. Due to ongoing utility work on Centre Street that regularly takes over parking lanes, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will not be able to install the parklet at its original location outside...

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Regan League to hold end-of-year parade

June 6, 2014
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After canceling its annual Opening Day parade due to weather, the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold an “End of Year” Parade on June 28, organizer Harry Smith told the Gazette. The parade will include fire truck and police escort, music, and players from 53 teams marching from the...

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500 Arborway demo timeline coming

June 6, 2014
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The MBTA will issue the timeline for demolition of its office building at 500 Arborway in the next few weeks, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the Gazette. No specific dates are yet known, though Pesaturo previously said demo work would begin this summer. The demolition is part of site preparation for a new bus...

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DND holds Heath St. parcels meeting

June 6, 2014
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Following a Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting in April where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND slated a follow-up on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models. The meeting, scheduled after the Gazette deadline, was...

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Meat CSA offered at JP Crossfit

June 6, 2014
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JP Crossfit at 54 Hyde Park Ave. offers something most other Crossfit gyms don’t: a monthly meat-purchasing pick-up. Walden Local Meat Co. offers it wares through a “community-supported agriculture” (CSA) deal, an agreement between farmers and consumers where the customer pre-pays for a share of the farmer’s crop. Walden supplies only grass-fed beef and...

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Library renovation options presented

June 6, 2014
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Various options for the planned renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick Street were shown to the community at a community meeting on May 21. Because of the branch’s age and historic significance, none of the proposed plans can accommodate all the good ideas the team has had, Boston Public Library...

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JP First Responders: JP EMS garage is ready for anything

June 6, 2014
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Capt. Robert Haley shows off “The Bear,” an armored emergency vehicle, during a Gazette visit to the EMS garage on Bragdon Street on May 16. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

If disaster strikes, Jamaica Plain will be prepared, courtesy of an unmarked brick building at 85 Bragdon St.: the Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Special Operations garage. EMS has three branches, Special Operations Division Capt. Robert Haley told the Gazette on a recent visit: the emergency medical technicians (EMTs)—aka the Field Division—who drive ambulances...

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Author to read, sing from ’80s music novel

June 6, 2014
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Author to read, sing from ’80s music novel

Former Jamaica Plain resident Terry Kitchen will return to JP to read from his novel, “Next Big Thing,” set in the 1980s Boston music scene, on June 12. The novel tells the story of Mark Zodiac, a songwriter who moves to Boston from L.A. with his bandmates with the goal of landing a major...

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DND Heath St. parcels meeting scheduled for June 5

May 30, 2014
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Following an April 30 Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND has scheduled a follow-up meeting on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30...

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Walsh backs off call for Casey review

May 23, 2014
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Walsh backs off call for Casey review

Mayor Martin Walsh backed off a campaign statement calling for the state to reconsider the Casey Arborway project when pressed by activists at a Jamaica Plain community coffee hour on May 13. During his mayoral campaign last year, Walsh issued a statement saying, “I am calling on MassDOT to fairly evaluate the option of...

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