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JP counselor volunteers in Kenya slums

July 6, 2012
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Mark Blogier is not spending his summer break from Boston Latin relaxing. The guidance counselor and social worker is spending six weeks in the slums around Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, working to improve the lives of African teenagers. “The reality is, I don’t know exactly what I’m doing until I get there,” he told the...

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Staff meals foster restaurant family

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Every day at 3:45 p.m., the staff at the Grass Fed burger restaurant stops working and sits down for their staff meal, a requirement and tradition in food service. Most staff meals—a legal benefit for most food service employees who work enough hours—are last night’s leftovers. Some staff meal menus can be unorthodox,...

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Sights and Sounds, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, July 17 for the July 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Lantern Festival, Japanese festival to honor the dead, with dance performances and lantern designing, Thurs., July 12, 6-9pm, Forest Hills Cemetery...

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JP Agenda, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 17 for the July 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda includes Tres Gatos adding liqueurs to its license, and to increase the seating on its...

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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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