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JP teacher wins national education award

August 15, 2014
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JP teacher wins national education award

Christopher Hoeh, a Jamaica Plain resident and second-grade teacher at Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, was awarded one of five 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Hoeh told the Gazette his curriculum, focused on the process of creating cotton clothing, was responsible for his win. “The...

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Peace march and rally scheduled

August 15, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and JP residents and businesses are holding a “Neighborhood Peace Rally” and march tomorrow, Aug. 16, in Hyde and Jackson Squares. “Just this summer we’ve already had three incidents in which one person died and two other people were hospitalized in critical condition due to these shootings,”...

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Weed-eating goats could come to JP

August 15, 2014
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Goats are nibbling plants in Hyde Park in a Boston Parks Department pilot program using the animals as old-school weed control. If it works out, the goats could come to JP’s urban wilds to manage invasive plant species like poison ivy, buckthorn and Japanese knotweed. Five years ago, JP residents proposed using goats to...

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Patrick talks child poverty, Shattuck Center

August 1, 2014
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Patrick talks child poverty, Shattuck Center

JACKSON SQ.—Gov. Deval Patrick came to Nurtury Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath last week to present an annual report on the state of child welfare in the Commonwealth. While there, he said that his office will “continue to work” with the Shattuck Child Care Center in Forest Hills, which is desperately looking for a new...

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Police: Egleston shootings are ‘targeted’

August 1, 2014
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Four recent shootings, including one homicide, in the vicinity of the Stony Brook MBTA station are connected and targeted, according to Boston Police (BPD) E-13 Capt. Alfredo Andres. Andres made the announcement during a community meeting organized by City Councilor Matt O’Malley on July 21 to discuss the recent spate of violence. Over 60...

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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

August 1, 2014
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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

WOODBOURNE—Architects Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini love their corner of Jamaica Plain so much, they recently built their “supergreen” dream house there. They were inspired to make the 1B Meyer St. house highly energy efficient because of a nearby City-sponsored green housing project around the corner on Catherine Street. Another well-known energy-efficient home,...

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Plan en Egleston recibe opiniones del público

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.— En una reunión en Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) el 23 de julio, unos diseñadores revelaron su plan para convertir una manzana en Washington Street en un edificio multiuso de 82 pies de altura, con 76 departamentos. La mayor preocupación de los 50 asistentes fue la asequibilidad. Los diseñadores Dan Mangiacotta y...

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Egleston Sq. block plan gets 1st local input

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—A mixed-use building up to 82 feet high, with 76 housing units, is the early plan for redeveloping a Washington Street block, developers said at a July 23 Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) meeting. Affordability was a big community concern expressed at the meeting, which drew about 50 people. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and...

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Heath St. DND parcels going to RFP

August 1, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—A request for proposals to redevelopment 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued this month, with a preference for “deeply affordable” residential units clearly expressed. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St., 894-908 Parker...

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South St. office-to-houses project shot down

August 1, 2014
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In a decision that a developer’s representative called “unbelievable,” the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee on July 16 voted to oppose the redevelopment of 71 South St. into four new apartments. The owner and developer, Peter Fenn, spent almost two years in negotiation with the neighbors before reaching a compromise of four...

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