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BRA: Washington St. development needs more work

November 21, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has told the developer of a project along Washington and Green streets to go back to the “drawing board” in the face of community concerns. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four commercial spaces,...

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Arsonist now blamed for entire JP fire spree

November 21, 2014
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A Dorchester arsonist currently in federal prison for setting four fires, including one in Jamaica Plain, is now blamed by investigators for an entire nine-blaze arson spree that terrorized JP from 2005 to 2009. That allegedly includes the notorious—and long unsolved—2005 firebombing of Hyde Square’s popular El Oriental de Cuba restaurant, a crime that...

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Casey demo to begin this winter

November 21, 2014
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Demolition and construction on the Casey Arborway project is expected to begin this winter, following the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) vote to approve Barletta Heavy Division Corp.’s bid for the $60 million project. The “Notice To Proceed,” a document that is issued after the contractor’s plan is approved, will likely be issued in...

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Musical Party

November 21, 2014
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Musical Party

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JP poet publishes collection

November 21, 2014
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JP poet publishes collection

Jamaica Pond Poets member and Gazette columnist Sandra Storey published her first collection of poems this month. The 114-page book, titled “Every State Has Its Own Light,” welcomes interactive interpretations, Storey said. “I invite people to join the creative process by writing the name of a state, geographical or otherwise, and describing its light...

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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

November 21, 2014
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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

Caffè Nero, a U.K.-based coffee franchise opening a location on Centre Street, has committed to to a “Good Community Business” agreement with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, according to Michael Reiskind of the JPNC and the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association. The agreement states that Caffè Nero will: participate in local JP businesses groups,...

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JPNDC brainstorms for affordable Heath St. project

November 21, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Community members helped to brainstorm ideas for an affordable rental housing project proposed for 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street at a Nov. 12 meeting organized by two nonprofit developers. The Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) will bid on 10 City-owned...

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Ex-councilor Tobin tells Menino anecdotes

November 21, 2014
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Following former Mayor Thomas Menino’s death on Oct. 30, former City Councilor John Tobin, now a Northeastern University vice president for community relations, posted several personal anecdotes about Menino on his Facebook page. Tobin represented Jamaica Plain on the City Council from 2002 to 2010 and got to know Menino well. His detailed, often...

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Driver in Arborway crash heads to trial

November 21, 2014
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Nikolas Papadopoulos, a 19-year-old West Roxbury resident who caused a two-vehicle crash on the Arborway last year that sent six people to the hospital, will go to trial in March to face a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. The trial will be...

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Soccer MVP

November 21, 2014
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Soccer MVP

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