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Safety report: Casey often drops debris

October 26, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Commuters walk under the Casey Overpass Oct. 16 under a safety netting-wrapped section.

The most recent Casey Overpass state inspection report states that the safety netting currently installed over parts of the overpass is catching concrete debris that would otherwise fall to the ground. But the fabric itself is suffering from “scattered minor tears.” The Structures Inspection Field Report, prepared by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT)...

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BRA approves S. Huntington project

October 26, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted to approve a controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. at its Oct. 18 board meeting. The project is expected to come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the next step in getting the City’s approval, on Nov. 13. “This project is really for...

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S. Huntington ‘corridor plan’ in the works

October 26, 2012
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—Following months of community outcry and a recent statement of support by Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade, the BRA started to create a “corridor plan” for the S. Huntington Avenue area last week. The “corridor plan” for the area will outline parameters for...

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City Archaeology Month highlights JP history

October 26, 2012
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Boston’s city archaeologist is inviting Jamaica Plain into his lab for a lesson in local archaeology, including Native American and Colonial sites, some of which are thousands of years old. As part of the state’s Archaeology month, City Archeologist Joe Bagley is offering eight neighborhood-focused lectures on top of other city-wide activities. The archaeology...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie ‘radical’ fights Occupy arrest

October 26, 2012
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Roslindale resident Allison Nevitt is one of 30 people still fighting her charges from her arrest last year at Occupy Boston. Nevitt is a member of JP’s Hope Central Church, which was heavily involved in the Occupy movement. She still doesn’t know when her court date on a trespassing charge will be. “I want...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Homeowners go green to save money

October 26, 2012
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Homeowners in Roslindale and Jamaica Plain are renovating their home for the good of the planet and their wallets. Joseph LaRusso, owner of 9 Beryl St. in Roslindale, added solar panels to his roof after it sprung a leak. Edith Buhs and Peter Thomson, owners of 61 Hampstead Road in JP, completely renovated the...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie real estate market warming up

October 26, 2012
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The Roslindale real estate market is on its way up, real estate agents told the Gazette. “It’s going good, going up. People are buying,” said Dru Akins, a real estate agent with ‪Olde Bostonian Realty‬ on Washington Street. “It’s not as good as some other areas.” Akins estimates that the current market is performing...

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Homeless care project wins appeal

October 26, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A proposed care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue has won an appeal of a lawsuit that would have stopped the project. The plaintiffs have until Nov. 1 to file a last possible appeal to the state’s highest court. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Health Care...

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Latvian Church may become condos

October 26, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted to support the redevelopment of the Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church at 98 Rockview St. at its Oct. 11 meeting. The committee supported the project in large part because owner Dennis Coghlan is planning to save the church building, committee member Michael Reiskind told the...

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Forum covers religious response to climate change

October 26, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Forum will host climate change activist Bill McKibben, along with four clergy of different faiths, at an event geared to building a climate change plan this Sunday. “Bill McKibben may be the world’s foremost activist and scholar on global climate change,” Coordinator for the Jamaica Plain Forum Greg Buckland told the...

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