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Ferrer steps down as BPHC head

September 26, 2014
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Ferrer steps down as BPHC head

Jamaica Plain resident Dr. Barbara Ferrer will step down from her position as executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) next month. She has served as executive director of BPHC since 2007. During a Gazette interview last week, she said her favorite achievement during her 13-year tenure at BPHC was aggressively tackling...

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New and relocated businesses open in Central JP

September 26, 2014
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CENTRAL JP—Three businesses have found new homes on Centre Street this month: baby shop Hatched and clothing and accessory boutique On Centre have both moved storefronts, while newcomer Noodle Barn opened its doors at 707 Centre St. Owner Liz Vittori Koch told the Gazette that Hatched moving her store to a long-vacant storefront at...

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Panel to discuss I-95 move history

September 26, 2014
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Boston author Jim Vrabel lead a Sept. 28 panel discussion in Jamaica Plain about the famed fight to stop I-95 running through the neighborhood. Vrabel will be joined by panelists Tom Corrigan, Ron Hafer and John Bassett, all former or current JP residents who were involved in the “Stop I-95” fight, in the Jamaica...

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Casey Arborway bids delayed

September 26, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Demolition of the Casey Overpass and construction of a new surface street network has been pushed back by a longer-than-expected bidding process. Demolition was first planned to begin this fall. But 11 construction contracts will go out to bid next month. They include contracts for roofing and flashing work, masonry work, painting, electrical...

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Real Estate Today: As City looks at Airbnb rules, JP homeowners cash in

September 26, 2014
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As the City of Boston considers regulating short-term rental services such as Airbnb.com, scores of Jamaica Plain homeowners are cashing in. And local hotels say they aren’t worried about the competition. Airbnb acts as an online host where travelers can connect with homeowners renting out anything from a couch to an entire house. This...

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Real Estate Today: Parcel U meeting scheduled

September 26, 2014
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A Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)-hosted meeting for the Parcel U project, scheduled for Mon., Sept. 29, will present design details and technical studies about traffic, air and noise. Shawn Pang, spokesperson for designer Urbanica, told the Gazette that there have been “no significant changes” to the project since it was last presented to the...

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Author to speak on JP’s activist history

September 12, 2014
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Author to speak on JP’s activist history

A Boston author is coming to Jamaica Plain to talk about the role women and people of color—including some JP residents—played in the diverse “New Boston” following the 1960s and ’70s. Jim Vrabel, author of “A People’s History of the New Boston,” will come to the Jamaica Plain Forum on Wed., Sept. 17, to...

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JP Open Studios: Many paths to see art

September 12, 2014
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The 21st annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), a celebration of the arts in JP that invites the public into local artists’ studios and group shows, returns next weekend, Sept. 20 and 21. Maps and detailed viewing information will be available at venues and are already available at jpopenstudios.com. But with over 40 JPOS...

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Caminos diferentes para ver el arte en JP

September 12, 2014
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El vigésimo primero anual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), una celebración artística en JP que invita al público a los talleres de artistas locales y proyectos colectivos, vuelve el próximo fin de semana, el 20 y 21 de septiembre. Los mapas e información detallada estarán disponibles en algunos sitios y en jpopenstudios.com. Pero con...

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JP pub lets locals weigh in on Scottish independence

September 12, 2014
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JP pub lets locals weigh in on Scottish independence

HYDE SQ.–Following years of debate—some would say hundreds of years—Scotland is voting on whether to secede from the rest of the United Kingdom next week, and JP’s resident Scots contingent will have its showing. The Haven at 2 Perkins St., owned by Scottish-born Jason Waddleton, has its own unofficial ballot box for locals to...

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