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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

June 27, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first parklets next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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Apartment project sent back to drawing board

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will send developers back to the drawing board with a luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. After strong community opposition, the BRA will send a scoping document to Boston Residential Group, the developers of the proposed 190 to 200 units, later this month. Scoping documents...

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Casey design may slim down

June 22, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— State Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials announced the possibility of an Casey Arborway design that would greatly reduce pavement but could still be easily expanded to a larger design to accommodate projected 2035 levels of traffic at a June 18 Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting. Discrepancies between two traffic analyses in the...

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State rep. arrested at eviction blockade

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Brandon German, City Life/Vida Urbana) State Rep. Liz Malia sits inside a police van after her arrest June 14.

EGLESTON SQ.—State Rep. Liz Malia, along with five others, was arrested on June 14 following a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on Mendell Way. Homeowner Heather Gordon was evicted after a standoff with Boston police, having already moved her belongings out of her 3 Mendell Way home. “I didn’t know what else to do,”...

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Vacant house is secured

June 22, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of a vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place returned to housing court last week and proved he had secured the house. The owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling, was ordered to secure the property from invaders at a May 21 hearing. “We also asked an inspector go by...

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Apartment project IAG forming

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for an apartment building project at 105A S. Huntington Ave. is currently being assembled by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). An IAG is a city-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the city on potential impacts of building projects. The project would build 190 to...

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‘Extreme ironing’ steams into JP

June 22, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Rhea Becker) Anne McKinnon irons a shirt in front of the South Street Mall on June 1.

Anne McKinnon wants to raise the standards for the “slobs of the world.” Jamaica Plain resident McKinnon partakes in “extreme ironing”—a new sport that takes the often-dreaded laundry chore and does it in unexpected and possibly dangerous places. A cursory Google search shows participants ironing garments on mountains, on kayaks and strapped to the...

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Vacant lot draws fines

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) The collapsed fence at 101 Brookley Road revealed car parts, broken furniture and other refuse on the property during a Gazette visit on June 14.

STONYBROOK—A controversial property at 101 Brookley Road is garnering fines over its unkempt state. Since October, the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has cited the owner eight times for improper trash storage and overgrown weeds. Six of those fines, ranging from $25 to $65, have been issued since April. They remain unpaid, according to...

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JP restaurateur expands to Caribbean

June 22, 2012
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While most of Jamaica Plain was spending last winter inside, JP Seafood Café owner Phil Paik was commuting to the Caribbean to pull double duty at his second restaurant, The Ocean Club. The Ocean Club, open since October, is located on the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia, just northwest of Barbados. “It’s not...

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Faulkner docs publish book on migraines

June 22, 2012
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Two Faulkner Hospital doctors have written a book aimed at headache sufferers and their families. “The Migraine Solution,” written by doctors Elizabeth Loder and Paul Rizzoli, talks about migraine research and treatment, lifestyle issues and how to get help, as well as headache management. “The book tries to give a well-rounded understanding of the...

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