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‘Shelter’ plans to open in Central JP house

November 7, 2014
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A nonprofit serving the homeless plans to create some sort of group home or shelter of 16 to 18 beds at 221 Chestnut Ave. in an unannounced move into a house owned by the controversial firm City Realty. Neighbors and officials met on Oct. 28 to discuss the impending arrival of the shelter, operated...

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Loring-Greenough concerts turn 15

November 7, 2014
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Loring-Greenough concerts turn 15

The Sunday Afternoons at the Loring-Greenough House concert series is celebrating its 15th season this year with seven more dates through May. The historic house museum at 12 South St. in Monument Square has hosted the parlor concert series since its inception in 2000. Katharine Cipolla has organized them from the beginning. This year’s...

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Mayor cuts ribbon on new Curley field

November 7, 2014
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Mayor cuts ribbon on new Curley field

JP CENTER—With hundreds of kids, parents, elected officials—including Mayor Martin Walsh—and community members in attendance, the community-funded artificial turf field and track for the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. celebrated its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 28. “Our kids in the city deserve the best. The Curley is a model for us,”...

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HJSMS joins energy-saving pilot program

November 7, 2014
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HYDE/JACKSON— Hyde Jackson Square Main Streets (HJSMS) was recently selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Main Street Center as one of the first pilot communities to participate in America Saves! The new program, funded by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to support...

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Skate park wins DCR funds

November 7, 2014
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Young organizers have independently fund-raised and secured a public/private partnership with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for $75,000 to upgrade and maintain a skate park on the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP). According to SWCP Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) President Janet Hunkel, the grant means the skate park is a “legit...

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Homeless care project breaks ground

October 24, 2014
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Homeless care project breaks ground

PARKSIDE—After four years of planning, a two-year lawsuit and a lively community process, a new Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) respite care facility at 461 Walnut Ave. broke ground earlier this month. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) development, now called Walnut Avenue Apartments, will turn the former Barbara McInnis House,...

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Mayor’s rep walks JP, street by street

October 24, 2014
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Mayor’s rep walks JP, street by street

Jullieanne Doherty, Jamaica Plain’s neighborhood coordinator from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, has been getting plenty of chances to wear down her walking shoes over the last six weeks. Mayor Martin Walsh last month announced NEW (Neighborhood Engagement Walks) Boston, a comprehensive audit of every street in every neighborhood across Boston last month....

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JP resident featured in ACLU report on BPD racial profiling

October 24, 2014
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JP resident featured in ACLU report on BPD racial profiling

The Boston Police Department has a pattern of racial profiling in stop-and-frisk incidents, claims a new report from the state’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter that highlights a Jamaica Plain resident’s experiences. Ivan Richiez, a longtime resident of JP’s South Street Apartments, appears on the front page of the report, titled, “Black, Brown and...

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1 wounded in shooting

October 24, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—An unidentified victim was shot in the leg on the afternoon of Oct. 15 near the Pimentel Market at 340 Centre St. The victim survived and was hospitalized, according to the Boston Police Department. A Roxbury man arrested on gun charges that night in Mozart Park was friends with the victim, the Suffolk...

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Indie bookstore is coming to Green St.

October 24, 2014
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JP CENTER—An independent bookstore created by a Jamaica Plain resident with a background in book publishing is slated to open next month at 5 Green St. Papercuts, JP owned by Kate Layte, a former associate production editor at Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group. The store will carry “a carefully curated selection of new and nearly...

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