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Agenda, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, April 10 for the April 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s annual town hall meeting. Mon., April 2, 6:30pm, Connolly Brach Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 635-4220....

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Overpass replacement to be ‘Casey Parkway’

March 21, 2012
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Project timeline announced The revised schedule for the newly-renamed Casey Parkway project was announced last night at the first Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting. The “25 percent design,” or first draft, for the replacement of the Casey Overpass with the new parkway will be presented to the community in October. The 75 percent design...

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Overpass to be replaced by surface street network

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The design chosen by MassDOT will remove the Casey Overpass and replace it with six lanes of street-level traffic.

FOREST HILLS—After months of delay and speculation, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has decided that the Casey Overpass will be replaced by an at-grade street network and not a new bridge. The decision to replace the overpass with six lanes of surface streets and possibly redesign Shea Circle was confirmed to the Gazette...

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Intersección en vez de un paso elevado

March 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS- Después de meses de tardanza y especulación, el Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) ha decidido que el paso elevado Casey será reemplazado por una nueva intersección a nivel de la calle y no por un puente. La semana pasada, el portavoz de MassDOT Michael Verseckes, en una entrevista con el Gazette, confirmó...

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JP Branch to get fix-up, but not full renovation

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Friends of the JP Branch member Peg Moloney and co-chairs Don Haber and Gretchen Grozier at the library on March 10.

The Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees voted March 13 to request $125,000 for “improvements” to the JP Branch on Sedgwick Street in this year’s capital fund instead of a long-stalled $8 million renovation plan recently pushed for again by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. “What they have proposed is what the...

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Unofficial dog parks meet off-leash demand

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Cindi and Carl Johnson and their dog Calvin take a break from chasing Pepper (right) at the Beecher St. dog park last Saturday.

Dog owners in Jamaica Plain know where to go to let their dogs off-leash—even if it’s not legal. Peter’s Hill in the Arboretum, the Peter Parkman playground on Wachusett Street and the Beecher Street Park are not City-sanctioned off-leash dog parks. But daily, dozens of dogs have off-leash adventures there. “Problems with unleashed dogs...

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Boston Teachers Union brings contract dispute to JP

March 16, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Representatives from the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) held a meeting at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library to discuss the 20-month-long ongoing contract negotiation process between themselves and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) on Feb. 16. The meeting was part of a series of meetings held all over the city to explain the BTU’s...

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T parcel gets bids; deadline extended again

March 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has received bids on a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue, but has extended its bidding deadline to April. MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the Gazette that bids have been received for Parcel U, but would not disclose who the bidders are until after...

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Activist author talks gay rights and ‘religious left’

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Rev. Osagyefo Sekou signs books after his March 7 reading at First Baptist Church.

It’s unusual to start a book reading with a song (“This Little Light of Mine”) and a prayer—but Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is not a usual author. Reading from his book, “Gods, Gays and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy” at First Baptist Church on Centre Street on March 7,...

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Urban farm aims to feed BPS

March 16, 2012
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A farm business is pushing Boston Public Schools (BPS) to include more locally-grown fruits and vegetables in school meals. City Growers, a for-profit organization that aims to transform vacant lots into intensive urban farms, is trying to join the fleet of food vendors who sell to BPS for student breakfasts and lunches. The problem...

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