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Project stalls after pollution found

July 20, 2012
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STONYBROOK—Over a year after it was first proposed, a mixed-use development on Washington Street has been stalled since November, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site. Stonybrook Neighborhood Association member Fred Vetterlein, who has been part of the community team advising the developers of the project since it was first proposed, told...

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Parklet may come to JP in September

July 20, 2012
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According to the City’s Transportation Department (BTD), a parklet, previously announced for next year, may come to JP in September for one day as part of a pilot program. The one-day test would inform a larger pilot program that would create four parklets throughout the city. JP is expected to see a two-space parklet...

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Medal of Honor sought for JP war hero

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Robert Lessard) This undated photo shows what appears to be the original Thomas Street location of American Legion Post 76, clearly named for Michael O’Connell.

FOREST HILLS—A Middleboro man is spearheading the charge to gain the American Legion Post 76’s namesake an upgrade to a Medal of Honor. U.S. Army Cpl. Michael O’Connell, who lived at 79 Carolina Ave. in Jamaica Plain, joined the military in World War I. Along with Sgt. Simeon Nickerson of Middleboro and Pvt. Thomas...

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Super Teens

July 20, 2012
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(Photo by John Lynds) Dennis Kraez (second from left), president of Charlestown’s Super Tours, presents a $50,000 check to Mayor Thomas Menino (second from right) to fund the City’s SUPERTeens program, accompanied by youths in the program, at City Hall Plaza July 11. SUPERTeens is a new program that offers youths in JP and citywide jobs at City community centers, leadership training workshops, and scavenger hunt field trips to cultural institutions on Super Tours’ double-decker tour buses. Co-funded by BNY Mellon, the program “will play a vital role in reinforcing and strengthening our communities for years to come,” Menino said.

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Sights and Sounds, 7/20/12

July 20, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, July 31 for the Aug. 3 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Summer Nights Out, carnival, salsa, fitness, Wed., July 25, Aug. 1, 8 & 15, 6pm, Blessed Sacrament patio, 365 Centre St....

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Agenda, 7/20/12

July 20, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 31 for the Aug. 3 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Landmarks Commission, advisory review for Church Square Partners LLC for condos at Blessed Sacrament Church, 361 Centre St., Tues.,...

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Invitación, 7/20/12

July 20, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 31 de julio para la publicación del 3 de agosto. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Boston Landmarks Commission, revision para Church Square Partners LLC para los condominios...

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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 17, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A “parklet” may go where two cars were parked last week on Seaverns Avenue near the Centre Street intersection.

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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Arborway Yard cleans up its act

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Workers install a new, higher-security fence around the MBTA Arborway bus yard during a community walk-through on June 22.

FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Arborway bus yard is undergoing improvements in an effort to be a better neighbor after being criticized by City inspectors late last year. New, higher-security fencing, gates and video surveillance are all part of the effort to clean up and curb illegal dumping at the facility located at the corner of...

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