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Official: MassDOT fails to release Casey records

December 7, 2012
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has failed to comply with 10 outstanding requests for public information on the Casey Arborway process, according to officials, and is asking over $4,000 of a Jamaica Plain resident to release the documents. The state Supervisor of Public Records has said that MassDOT has “failed to meet its...

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Casey bike paths questioned

December 7, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Following the state’s announcement that the redesigned Casey Arborway and surrounding area will greatly reduce on-street bike lanes in favor of larger off-street bike paths, some community members are questioning the decision. The Boston Cyclists Union is willing to support the changes, provided the off-street paths are kept clear of snow year-round. Other...

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Orange Line corridor study released

December 7, 2012
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A new study that examined all real estate projects and their expected impacts through 2035 along the MBTA’s Orange Line with the aim of linking their planning and marketing campaigns was released late last month. The MBTA orange line runs through Jamaica Plain and services Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green Street and Forest Hills...

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‘Tree mobs’ take over Arboretum

December 7, 2012
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The Arnold Arboretum is welcoming literal mobs of community members who want to learn about trees. “Tree mobs,” informal, short-notice outdoor gatherings to educate the public about a particular aspect of a particular plant in the Arboretum’s collection, started this summer and will continue through the winter, Arboretum Manager of Adult Education Pam Thompson...

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Homeless care project gets green light

December 7, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A proposed care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue has no more hurdles to stop its construction after an ongoing lawsuit was denied appeal by the state Supreme Judicial Court last week. “We’re thrilled that we now have a green light,” Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) Executive Director Robert...

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Holidays in JP: Volunteers deliver 20 years of ‘Pie’

December 7, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Community Servings CEO David Waters (left) picks up pies for Community Servings’ 2005 Pie in the Sky fund-raiser from Harvard chefs and volunteers.

Community Servings’ annual Thanksgiving fund-raiser, “Pie in the Sky,” celebrated its 20th anniversary this year in large part because of volunteers like Craig Albano. The Jamaica Plain-based organization has been selling $25 Thanksgiving pies every fall since 1993 to fund its mission to provide food for those to ill to provide for themselves. The...

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Family Dollar won’t open at JP site

December 7, 2012
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WASHINGTON ST.—Family Dollar, a national discount-goods chain, is giving up a potential Jamaica Plain location at 3383-3389 Washington St. because of community opposition. “The development team is trying to figure out what we can do with that property that isn’t offensive to the neighborhood,” developer Peter McLoughlin of Boston Property Development LLC told the...

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JP man is human guinea pig

December 7, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Christopher Gussis, aged 84, has found a new calling in his retirement: human guinea pig. A former health science teacher, Gussis was volunteering at Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology several years ago, “because of my background,” he said, “when I got these flyers coming across my desk” for medical research. He...

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 7, 2012

December 7, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 18 for the Dec. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events First Thursday, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre and South streets, Thurs., Jan. 3, 6-8pm. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org. Mayor’s Trolley Tour...

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JP Agenda, Dec. 7, 2012

December 7, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) PEACE TALK Controversial 1970s anti-war radical Katherine Power, a self-described former “terrorist” who was involved in the killing of a Boston police officer, will speak about her conversion to peaceful life at tonight’s Jamaica Plain Forum at First Church in Monument Square.

The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 18 for the Dec. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings District E-13 Police, Latino Monthly meeting, Thurs., Dec. 13, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St., Monthly strategic meeting, Thurs., Dec. 20,...

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