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Gazette columnist publishes ebook on mayoral race

January 31, 2014
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The cover of “Hizzonnaroo.” (Courtesy Image)

Author Chris Faraone will release an ebook of his Gazette columns covering the 2013 Boston mayoral race on Feb. 4. The book, “Hizzonnaroo: The Fervent Fete and Street Fight to Replace a Boston Patriarch,” compiles all 32 of Faraone’s weekly “Politics as Unusual” columns and about 5,000 words of extra material, he told the...

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Casey meeting on Forest Hills impacts slated for Feb. 4

January 31, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A community meeting to explain in detail the Casey Arborway project’s expected impact to the Forest Hills area has been scheduled for Feb. 4. Organized by Weld Hill Avenue resident Sarah Buermann, the meeting is expected to cover traffic patterns and circulation, the revised drop-off area and parking concerns for the area. “The...

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New Cuban eatery opens in Hyde Sq.

January 31, 2014
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New Cuban eatery opens in Hyde Sq.

HYDE SQ.—A new Cuban restaurant has opened in the former Tacos El Charro space. The new restaurant, the Old Havana, was opened last month by Juana Tejeda and her husband, a Cuban native, at 349 Centre St. They offer traditional Cuban cuisine, like the nearby El Oriental de Cuba, and a few other dishes...

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NACA moving out of Forest Hills

January 31, 2014
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The nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) is finalizing a new Boston location after being pushed out of its longtime Washington Street home by a forthcoming housing development. The company was informed its lease would not be renewed this year to make way for the Commons at Forest Hills Station apartment development at...

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CSMS to host Valentine’s Day bazaar

January 31, 2014
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CSMS to host Valentine’s Day bazaar

JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, will host its first annual Valentine’s Day pop-up bazaar at 668 Centre St., according to Executive Director Andrew Zarro. Inspired by the “hugely successful” holiday bazaar that, by Zarro’s estimation, put $4,200 into the pockets of some JP women entrepreneurs, the Valentine’s Day bazaar will...

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

January 27, 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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City’s Onein3 Council accepting applications

January 22, 2014
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The City’s ONEin3 Council, comprised of Boston residents aged 20 to 34, is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 term. “It’s very important to us that the council is comprised of people from all neighborhoods in Boston and reflects the diverse make up of the city,” council manager Chloe Ryan told the Gazette. “It’s...

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Historic zoo cages decaying in park

January 17, 2014
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A large section of bars is seen missing from one of the bear cages in Franklin Park on Jan. 14.

Century-old zoo cages for bears in Franklin Park, abandoned for decades, are decaying—the iron bars either collapsing or being stolen for scrap—with no signs of security or repair. Large sections of ironwork from the ornate stone-and-metal cages near Seaver Street, known as the Bear Dens, have gone missing as recently as last fall. But...

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You Said It, JP!: 2013 in Quotes

January 17, 2014
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“The family homes of the better-off. Jamaica Plain. The face of Middle America. Peaceful America.” The neighborhood as described in “Jamaica Plain,” a crime novel set in JP and written by English former police officer Colin Campbell. “Absolutely not.” City Councilor Matt O’Malley on whether he is too old to go sledding in Jamaica...

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MBTA won’t move Arborway Yard

January 17, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has decided against pursuing a new location for a permanent bus yard in Jamaica Plain. In November, JP resident Allan Ihrer, a member of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), suggested to the MBTA that a long-planned new bus yard be created on American Legion Highway instead of...

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