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Arsonist now blamed for entire JP fire spree

November 21, 2014
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A Dorchester arsonist currently in federal prison for setting four fires, including one in Jamaica Plain, is now blamed by investigators for an entire nine-blaze arson spree that terrorized JP from 2005 to 2009. That allegedly includes the notorious—and long unsolved—2005 firebombing of Hyde Square’s popular El Oriental de Cuba restaurant, a crime that...

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Casey demo to begin this winter

November 21, 2014
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Demolition and construction on the Casey Arborway project is expected to begin this winter, following the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) vote to approve Barletta Heavy Division Corp.’s bid for the $60 million project. The “Notice To Proceed,” a document that is issued after the contractor’s plan is approved, will likely be issued in...

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JP poet publishes collection

November 21, 2014
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JP poet publishes collection

Jamaica Pond Poets member and Gazette columnist Sandra Storey published her first collection of poems this month. The 114-page book, titled “Every State Has Its Own Light,” welcomes interactive interpretations, Storey said. “I invite people to join the creative process by writing the name of a state, geographical or otherwise, and describing its light...

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JPNDC brainstorms for affordable Heath St. project

November 21, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Community members helped to brainstorm ideas for an affordable rental housing project proposed for 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street at a Nov. 12 meeting organized by two nonprofit developers. The Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) will bid on 10 City-owned...

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Ex-councilor Tobin tells Menino anecdotes

November 21, 2014
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Following former Mayor Thomas Menino’s death on Oct. 30, former City Councilor John Tobin, now a Northeastern University vice president for community relations, posted several personal anecdotes about Menino on his Facebook page. Tobin represented Jamaica Plain on the City Council from 2002 to 2010 and got to know Menino well. His detailed, often...

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Holidays in JP: A Thanksgiving wine suggestion from JP’s Blanchards

November 21, 2014
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Holidays in JP: A Thanksgiving wine suggestion from JP’s Blanchards

Looking for the perfect wine to complement your Thanksgiving dinner? John Paul Kaminga, the wine manager at Jamaica Plain’s Blanchards Wines & Spirits, suggested bringing a lambrusco wine to Thanksgiving dinner this year. “It’s a bubbly, red Italian. It can vary from very, very sweet to bone dry. It’s a very refreshing wine,” he...

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SW Corridor Park may expand to include new ‘urban wild’

November 21, 2014
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The Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) will likely be branching out with a new “urban wild” between Forest Hills and McBride Street as the result of a community push and two major housing developments. Following years of negotiations with developers and the community, the urban wilds between the former Hughes Oil site and Flanagan &...

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Franklin Park playground to get renovation

November 21, 2014
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A Franklin Park playground will be renovated next year after the City’s Youth Participatory Budget (YPB) volunteers voted it as their first choice for action, Franklin Park Coalition Director Christine Poff told the Gazette. Located across from Angell Street, the American Legion Highway playground was built when the then-mayor’s wife Angela Menino argued that...

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JP’s tree-killing beetle triggers statewide wood quarantine

November 21, 2014
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The discovery this summer of the tree-killing Emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle has triggered a ban on transporting ash wood. But unlike a previous quarantine for the Asian longhorned beetle, it doesn’t have much local impact, banning only taking the wood across the state line. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) already...

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JP Branch renovation plan continues to tweak

November 21, 2014
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Renovation plans for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were tweaked further at a Nov. 12 meeting. The latest plan for the 12 Sedgwick St. library showed a smaller reading porch than previously shown, though the Boston Public Library (BPL) and the architects are “hopeful as the design progresses, the full size will be brought...

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