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JP author helps others live alone

March 28, 2014
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JP author helps others live alone

Jamaica Plain-based author Nancy Goldner just published a book, “Living Solo,” aimed at helping people live alone. A psychotherapist who has now hosted two talks about the subject at JP’s Connolly Branch Library, she told the Gazette that she sees many people who are struggling with facing a future without a partner. “There are...

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Real Estate Today: Parcel U developer seeks rezoning

March 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Developer Urbanica, which plans to create up to 126 new housing units on Hyde Park Avenue’s “Parcel U”, is applying for rezoning of that parcel. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Housing & Development and Zoning Committees both supported Urbanica’s request. Currently zoned as “Open Space-Parkland,” Parcel U—bounded by Hyde Park Avenue on...

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Real Estate Today: Meridian Academy takes over OLOL school

March 28, 2014
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Real Estate Today: Meridian Academy takes over OLOL school

Meridian Academy, an independent secondary school founded in Jamaica Plain in 2005, will be moving back to the neighborhood this summer. Having outgrown its current location in Brookline, Meridian’s new location will be the former Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Elementary School building at 54 Brookside Ave. That church school—JP’s last Catholic school—shuttered amid...

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Real Estate Today: JP groups ask City for more affordable housing

March 28, 2014
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Tenant, homeless and community groups, including JP-based City Life/Vida Urbana and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), delivered a petition with 900 signatures to Mayor Martin Walsh to increase affordable housing resources and earmark more funds to keep working-class and lower income residents in their homes and in the City. According to organizer...

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Ban Chiang House gets new owners

March 28, 2014
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JP CENTER—Ban Chiang House, a Thai restaurant at 707 Centre St., is temporarily closed while it changes ownership. New owners Napat Sriwannavit and Phunthip Sittijirachote are in the process of seeking a transfer of the restaurant’s liquor license. Sriwannavit and Sittijirachote also co-own Pho & I House of Noodle and Rice in the Fenway/Symphony...

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101 Brookley Road permits rejected

March 14, 2014
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STONYBROOK—Permits for a planned 36 condo units in 12 three-family buildings at the long-vacant lot at 101 Brookley Road were rejected by the city Inspectional Services Department (ISD) last month. Yan Schecter, manager of Buildex Real Estate Ventures LLC, the lot’s owner, has already subdivided the large property into 12 parcels and plans to...

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Pole yard move forced by stalled T garage plan

March 14, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff FOREST HILLS—A City pole yard next to the MBTA’s Arborway Yard is moving as part of an old agreement to build a new bus maintenance facility there—even though that project is stalled and unfunded. As the Gazette previously reported, the City last month advertised for bids to...

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Senior Life: Senior chorus hits high note, seeks funds

March 14, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain senior chorus founded a year ago as a short-term class has grown into a an organization in its own right. Now JP Jubilee, formerly called Singing for Seniors, is looking for financial support. Longtime voice teacher and JP resident Elizabeth Anker originally only found enough funding to teach a nine-week singing...

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Senior Life: Sherrill House CEO appointed to state board

March 14, 2014
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Senior Life: Sherrill House CEO appointed to state board

Patrick J. Stapleton, chief executive officer of Sherrill House Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 135 South Huntington Ave., was appointed to the Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators on Feb. 12 by Gov. Deval Patrick. Board members are charged with the task of ensuring that nursing home administrators in the state are...

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Senior Life: ESAC leadership changes

March 14, 2014
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The Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc. (ESAC) has a new Interim Executive Director, Emily Morris Litonjua, following the resignation of Bill Minkle. Meanwhile, its work on funding Egleston Square’s Peace Garden redesign continues. Founded nearly 50 years ago in Egleston Square, ESAC sponsors a wide array of social service programs and is known for...

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