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Apartment project faces delay, opposition

May 25, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Eleven out of 13 members of the city-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed apartment building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. have signed a letter opposing the project. The opposition came on the heels of a Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) vote to delay demolition of the 1914 Knight Building and a Jamaica...

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Casey group talks new park and parking

May 25, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group (DAG) brainstormed ideas for an acre of land to be added to the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) and other livability concerns at their May 16 meeting. Parking near the West Roxbury Courthouse was also brought up at the DAG meeting by community members as a concern. The...

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O’Malley to address vets

May 25, 2012
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley will address veterans at the American Legion Post 076 as part of the post’s Memorial Day ceremony. The post, located at 280 South St., will also lay a wreath on its memorial stone to honor fallen service members, said spokesperson Marty Vardaro. The ceremony will be held at noon on...

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Walk around Jamaica Pond to benefit libraries

May 25, 2012
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A Jamaica Plain-centered Facebook group has organized a walk around Jamaica Pond to fund raise for the Jamaica Plain and Connolly branches of the Boston Public Library (BPL). The “I Grew Up in Jamaica Plain” Facebook group will be walking around Jamaica Pond on June 2 to “bring people into JP, into the local...

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T parcel unsold, but buyers are looking

May 25, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA received no bids on a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. The parcel is now open to offers from any interested buyers. “Despite concerted outreach efforts, which included bidder-friendly modifications to the requirements for submitting offers, no bids were received,” MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo...

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Brookley Road owners owe $7,000 in taxes

May 25, 2012
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The City of Boston filed a lien against the owners of 101 Brookley Road for over $7,000 in unpaid property taxes in December. The lien could result in the eventual foreclosure of the property, possibly as soon as next month. “We move to foreclose on a property only after we have exhausted all other...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street missing annual report

May 25, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) is six months late in filing a mandatory annual report with the state Attorney General’s Office. The annual report is required of all nonprofits and includes details of that organization’s assets and officers. “We know we’re required to file and we will,” HJSMS President of the Board...

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Chuck Turner appeal starts

May 25, 2012
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner, whose district included Egleston Square in Jamaica Plain, began the appeal of his 2010 conviction on charges of public corruption earlier this month. Oral arguments for the federal case were heard on May 9 in district court. “Given the quality of the brief prepared by I think...

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JP residents help urban gardens grow

May 25, 2012
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Urban agriculture is blooming in Boston, from backyard vegetable patches to community gardens to for-profit urban farms, and Jamaica Plain residents are involved in nearly all aspects of the boom. From the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group (UAWG), to Boston’s “Food Czar,” to business owners and backyard beekeepers, JP residents are not afraid to...

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Disney casting director moves to JP

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Brittany Shapiro.

Leaving her job casting actors for Disney has worked out well for recent Jamaica Plain transplant Brittany Shapiro. After years in Los Angeles, she has just been made director of the Media Performance Institute (MPI) at Boston Casting. “L.A. is such a tough city. There’s a very warm feeling in JP,” Shapiro said in...

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