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Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

August 15, 2014
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Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

An advanced renovation plan of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St., revealed at an Aug. 15 meeting, would add flexible space, but also reduce the book collection. The proposed addition of a computer bar and reading room would create a new entrance facing South Street and give a “civic presence” to...

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Cool Summer

August 15, 2014
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Cool Summer

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BRA chief pledges transparency

August 15, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s acting director pledged more transparency on some of the agency’s locally controversial issues in a recent Gazette interview. Brian Golden is helming the quasi-public economic development and planning agency during a top-to-bottom review ordered by new Mayor Martin Walsh. A recent audit found various management problems, and that’s only the...

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To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

August 15, 2014
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To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

The City-owned historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley at 350 Jamaicaway, now sitting empty, is technically available for event rentals. But even finding that out—let alone reserving a spot—is no easy feat, the Gazette has found. Unlike other major City-owned spaces, the Curley House is not advertised as a rentable location...

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Jóvenes de JP habla de la violencia

August 15, 2014
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Una serie de tiroteos – uno de ellos fatal – en Jamaica Plain ha provocado la inquietud de la comunidad, incluso en una reunión organizada por el Consejero Municipal Matt O’Malley. Aunque los oficiales y los investigadores de la policía han contribuido sus opiniones sobre el asunto de la delincuencia callejera, los jóvenes locales...

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Historic house teardown to move ahead

August 15, 2014
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Neighbors and the developer of a controversial residential project proposed at 57 Wachusett St. have reached a resolution, according to Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) Executive Director Greg Galer. The developer, Stephen Ballas, plans to demolish a 115-year-old Victorian house at 57 Wachusett St. and replace it with eight townhomes in three new buildings. The...

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Report: Health care dominates JP economy

August 15, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s business community is dominated by the health care and social assistance industry, mirroring the city as a whole, according to a new business report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA report, which is called “Boston’s Neighborhood Business Patterns” and was released earlier this month, shows that about 58 percent of...

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JP teens talk about gun violence

August 15, 2014
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A recent rash of shootings—one of them fatal—in Jamaica Plain has stirred community concerns, including a packed meeting hosted by City Councilor Matt O’Malley. While officials and police investigators have weighed in on the issue of street crime, local youths haven’t had a similar forum. The Gazette recently talked with two JP teens at...

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‘You Spy’ scavenger hunt for Ten Tables dinner

August 15, 2014
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A new JP photo scavenger hunt is taking place this summer, with the grand prize of dinner for two at Ten Tables up for grabs. Maxfield & Company, a real estate co-op, is sponsoring the ten-week challenge currently underway. John Maxfield told the Gazette that he’s always been fond of “different or weird…unusual marketing...

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Hyde Sq. speed hump to return

August 15, 2014
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A speed hump that was removed in Hyde Square last year will be reinstalled this fall, according to Tracey Ganiatsos of the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). Resident Erik Berg recently complained about the removal of the 70 Day St. speed hump, as the Gazette previously reported. The hump was one of several that were...

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