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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

July 3, 2015
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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

Most attendees at Jamaica Plain’s latest City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting on June 30 did not welcome the idea of bringing the Olympics to Boston with open arms. Instead, they barraged City officials with concerns ranging from security to the legacy of parks to an unwillingness to listen to the opposition. More than 250 people...

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Franklin Park remains in new Olympic bid

July 3, 2015
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An illustration of a refurbished White Stadium during the proposed Summer Olympics in Boston 2024's "Bid 2.0" draft. (Courtesy Image)

Franklin Park remains a proposed Olympics venue in Boston 2024’s second-draft bid unveiled June 29. The updated plan has two big changes: the removal of a pentathlon swimming pool, and Columbia Road through Dorchester transforming into a kind of parkway. In addition, Boston 2024 told the Gazette it intends to pay for the entire...

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JP Porchfest returns July 11

July 3, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Porchfest music and arts event returns for its second year on July 11 with nearly 130 bands playing outside local homes—and a bevy of other activities, too. Co-producer Mindy Fried, in a press release, calls the event “a block party on steroids,” adding, “There is so much talent and creativity in...

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Franklin Park se queda en la nueva oferta olímpica

July 3, 2015
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Boston 2024 reveló el segundo borrador de su plan olímpico el 29 de junio y Franklin Park todavía figura como una propuesta sede. El nuevo plan tiene dos cambios grandes: la eliminación de la piscina del pentatlón y la trasformación de Columbia Road en Dorchester en una calle arbolada. Además, Boston 2024 dijo a...

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JP Library to continue programs during renovation

July 3, 2015
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JP Library to continue programs during renovation

Some programs from the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will be transferred to the Curtis Hall Community Center while the library undergoes a long-awaited renovation, according to Boston Public Library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery. In addition, the library is planning some special celebrations about the renovation. The century-old JP Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St. will...

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Arborway Yard group joins up with JPNC

July 3, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted in April to enter into a relationship with the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), according to JPNC chair Kevin Moloney. CPCAY will retain “its identity as a community-based advocacy organization,” but will operate under JPNC’s Housing and Development Committee, according to the document JPNC...

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New City crew cleans up drug needles

July 3, 2015
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The City has a new program to quickly clean up hypodermic needles tossed as litter by drug-users. The Mobile Sharps Collection Team, formed last month as part of the Boston Public Health Commission, will pick up needles in public areas at public request. Residents who find needles should never touch them. Instead, they can...

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City’s Centre/South improvement plan putts along

July 3, 2015
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Six years after it began, the City’s improvement plan for Centre and South streets continues to inch forward at a snail’s pace. Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta said the City will hold a community meeting for improvements to Monument Square “in a couple of months.” That’s a delay from his...

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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

July 3, 2015
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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

Local developer Chris DeSisto is proposing a mixed-use building at Green and Amory streets, across from the Green Street T Station, that essentially mirrors his successful 2012 project on the opposite corner. The plan for 450-456 Amory St. calls for apartments, office space and ground-floor storefronts, including a restaurant. In substance and style, the...

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JP to be test site for free sunscreen dispensers

July 3, 2015
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Free sunscreen dispensers will come to Jamaica Pond Park as part of a pilot program inspired by City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the City recently announced. Mayor Martin Walsh announced this month that 30 dispensers will be installed in five City parks, in partnership with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change,...

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