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‘Problem Properties’ get updates

February 14, 2014
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‘Problem Properties’ get updates

The Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee recently reported on updates with several local properties that have been in the news for their conditions. The committee, composed of City officials, Boston Police officers and residents, helps to direct City action on properties that appear to have ongoing issues with their conditions or uses. 38-40 Sheridan...

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HSTF plans youth jobs rally

February 14, 2014
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The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is doing its part in planning an annual rally to boost support for youth jobs on Feb. 20. The rally will gather at the Old South Church then march to the State House to ask for state officials to support budget line items that will fund jobs for...

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Big ideas, but no funds, for decaying Bear Dens

January 31, 2014
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Big ideas, but no funds, for decaying Bear Dens

The century-old Bear Dens in Franklin Park, abandoned since the 1970s, will continue to fall prey to decay and theft for the foreseeable future. There are no public or private plans to renovate them, and it is unclear who even owns them, the Gazette has found. The Bear Dens also have no special historic...

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Casey project delayed again

January 31, 2014
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The Casey Arborway project remains delayed, with a decision from the state Historic Commission (MHC) holding up the project. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) needs approval from MHC for a redesign of Shea Circle at the Arborway and Morton Street into an intersection called Shea Square. The MHC has repeatedly requested design alternatives...

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Rock collapse closes Centre St.

January 31, 2014
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Rock collapse closes Centre St.

Large debris, fallen from a rocky ledge on private land, was responsible for a lane closure and a pedestrian detour on Centre Street between Allandale Street and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Parkway earlier this month. The Faulkner Hospital side of the road, including the bike lane and sidewalk, were closed from Jan....

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Urbanica hosts Parcel U meetings

January 31, 2014
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Urbanica hosts Parcel U meetings

FOREST HILLS—Developer Urbanica presented a draft plan for 121 new housing units on “Parcel U” last week as part of a host of community meetings. Urbanica plans to create 56 rental units and 65 condo units on the former MBTA parcel, bounded by Hyde Park Avenue on the east and Ukraine Way on the...

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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

January 31, 2014
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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

The word “Oreo” is being scrubbed from any J.P. Licks ice cream shop flavor names after the cookie company demanded a fee for use of its brand. Oreos can still be used in the store’s recipes, but such flavor names as “Oreo Cookie Dough” have to go. The store is holding a contest through...

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‘Sustainable economy’ expert to speak

January 31, 2014
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‘Sustainable economy’ expert to speak

  UPDATE: This event has been postponed to April 9 due to a predicted snowstorm. On Feb. 5, the Jamaica Plain Forum will host author Bruce Seifer to explore the components of sustainable economies at the city level. Seifer, advisor to former mayors Bernie Sanders and Peter Clavelle of Burlington, Vt., developed a nationally recognized...

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JPNC Zoning Committee denies residential project

January 31, 2014
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On Wed., Jan. 22, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted to deny support to a nine-unit residential project at 81 Amory St. The Zoning Committee also voted to approve the building of a two-family dwelling at 251 Lamartine St./30-32 Chestnut Square, pending a memorandum of understanding between the neighbors and the...

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JP resident hired at NEFA

January 31, 2014
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JP resident hired at NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announced that Meena Malik, a Jamaica Plain resident, has joined the organization as a program coordinator for the National Theater Project. Meena managed all aspects of the 35-member Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston before joining NEFA. She is also a founding member of the Voci...

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