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JPNC chair’s role in donation debate questioned

November 9, 2012
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The head of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has stirred controversy—including the resignation of a longtime member of the JPNC and questions over his own role as chair—after issuing a report about campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects that are up...

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Casey bike upgrades, busway discussed

November 9, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Casey Arborway design team announced bicycle amenities planned to be incorporated into the new Casey Arborway at a Nov. 1 community advisory meeting. Cyclists who use the corridor can look forward to two-way off-street bike paths similar to those on the Southwest Corridor Park on both sides...

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‘Serenity’ under BRA review

November 9, 2012
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The Serenity, a proposed luxury apartment building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., is still under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). “The BRA is working with the developer to incorporate public comments” into the project, BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette last week. The project is not currently scheduled for a BRA...

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Early learning center breaks ground in Bromley-Heath

November 9, 2012
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Early learning center breaks ground in Bromley-Heath

JACKSON SQ.—After a year in delays, a $16 million early learning and community services center broke ground in Bromley-Heath last week. It is expected to open at 33-41 Bickford St. in early 2014. When completed, the Bromley-Heath Learning Center, developed by the Associated Early Care and Education (ACE) program, is expected to serve 175...

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LGBT seniors supper club launches

November 9, 2012
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LGBT seniors supper club launches

Ethos, a Jamaica Plain-based senior care organization, has launched a new program to build and support the LGBT seniors community: Out4Supper, a monthly dinner club, hosted by Mount Pleasant Home. Out4Supper is aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people aged 60 or over, though younger people are welcome as companions or guests. There...

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Latvian church condo conversion approved

November 9, 2012
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The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has approved the redevelopment of the former Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church at 98 Rockview St. into three condos. “The project was just approved” on Oct. 23, Robert Allan, attorney for the project, told the Gazette last week. In the next few months, owner Dennis Coghlan will prepare...

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Developers’ donations stir debate; JPNC chair’s role questioned

October 31, 2012
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The head of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has stirred controversy—including about his own leadership—by issuing a report about campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects. As a result of the report issued by Benjamin Day earlier this month, City Councilor Mike...

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Safety report: Casey often drops debris

October 26, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Commuters walk under the Casey Overpass Oct. 16 under a safety netting-wrapped section.

The most recent Casey Overpass state inspection report states that the safety netting currently installed over parts of the overpass is catching concrete debris that would otherwise fall to the ground. But the fabric itself is suffering from “scattered minor tears.” The Structures Inspection Field Report, prepared by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT)...

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BRA approves S. Huntington project

October 26, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted to approve a controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. at its Oct. 18 board meeting. The project is expected to come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the next step in getting the City’s approval, on Nov. 13. “This project is really for...

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S. Huntington ‘corridor plan’ in the works

October 26, 2012
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—Following months of community outcry and a recent statement of support by Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade, the BRA started to create a “corridor plan” for the S. Huntington Avenue area last week. The “corridor plan” for the area will outline parameters for...

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