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First Thursday is booming

July 18, 2014
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The monthly “First Thursday” neighborhood art walk has reached its highest level of participation ever, Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) Executive Director Andrew Zarro told the Gazette. Participation is up to about 50 businesses from 12 when Zarro took the helm in late 2012. “The program was dead,” and there had even been conversations about...

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500 Arborway demo delayed

July 18, 2014
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Demolition of the recently vacated MBTA building at 500 Arborway will not happen this summer as previously announced. Instead, bids for the project will go out in the fall, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. No specific demolition dates are yet known. The MBTA usually takes two to three months to select a contractor,...

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Washington/Green project dropped from agenda

July 18, 2014
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The status of a proposed development along Washington and Green streets is unclear, as it was supposed to appear for the second time before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on July 16 before being pulled from the agenda. The project is scheduled to appear before the City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBA)...

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VA seeks brain donations for ALS project

July 18, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. wants veterans’ brains. As the home of an ongoing national research study on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, the VA Biorepository Brain Bank (VABBB) is collecting vital information on living vets, both with and without ALS. And yes,...

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BLC imposes demo delay on Lamartine house

July 18, 2014
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted unanimously on July 8 to impose a 90-day demolition delay on a proposed redevelopment project at 213 Lamartine St. The developer, Paul O’Connell, has plans to demolish the existing two-family house dating to the 1800s at 213 Lamartine St. and replace it with a three-unit building. He did...

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Senator’s father faces Mars rocket debate

July 18, 2014
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While local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has an electoral challenge this fall, her astronaut father faces a debate of his own—over his plans for a rocket to travel to Mars. Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz is a former Space Shuttle astronaut who tied the record for most spaceflights at seven. He teaches physics and astronomy at...

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Stage Star

July 18, 2014
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Local dry cleaners abandon toxic process

July 18, 2014
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Local dry cleaners abandon toxic process

HYDE SQ.—J&P Dry Cleaners is undergoing the costly process of abandoning toxic dry-cleaning chemicals. J&P, opening a third storefront at 300B Centre St. this month, is part of a local chain owned by JP resident Myra Vargas and her family. Decades into dealing with toxic chemicals, Vargas decided to go green. Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), or...

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DA: Hit-and-run driver crashed into house

July 18, 2014
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PARKSIDE—A police chase following a Dorchester hit-and-run incident on July 10 ended with the suspect crashing into a Jamaica Plain house, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Manuel Afonseca, 32, was being held on $10,000 bail on various charges, including two hit-and-run counts. The incident began around 8 p.m. when witnesses in...

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Local rep. helps pass state budget

July 18, 2014
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez recently joined his colleagues in passing a $36 billion state budget that included a number of initiatives that he advocated, including improving public health practices and ensuring youth safety, according to a press release. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state budget into law on July 11. The state budget...

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