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JPNC chair seeks Forest Hills development committee

April 11, 2014
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Chair Kevin Moloney and member Bernard Doherty want to form a council committee to give Forest Hills-area residents a forum to discuss the numerous developments in that area. But some residents say that Doherty and Moloney are exceeding their authority and trying to reopen debate on the Casey Arborway...

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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

April 11, 2014
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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

Carl Sciortino, a former state representative from Medford, is hitting the ground running after becoming the new executive director of the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. AIDS Action, which moved to 75 Amory St. in 2009, is described as New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. The nonprofit, which was founded...

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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

April 11, 2014
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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a group of local Jewish and Palestinian artists is creating a mosaic “peace” mural at the studio Spontaneous Celebrations at 45 Danforth St. “We don’t want war. We don’t want kids to die. We want a good life...

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City seizes apartments, plans affordable housing

April 11, 2014
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City seizes apartments, plans affordable housing

The City is seizing a six-unit apartment building on Montebello Road for back taxes and will likely turn it into affordable housing, the Gazette has learned. The long-vacant building at 52 Montebello Road is in the midst of being seized by the City for over $250,000 in unpaid taxes. Four units have already been...

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Charter schools compromise fails

April 11, 2014
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The state Legislature’s Joint Committee of Education, which local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz co-chairs, failed to reach a compromise last month on the lifting the cap on charter schools in Boston and several other urban school districts. But state Rep. Alice Peisch, the other co-chair of the Joint Committee of Education, filed legislation in...

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Walsh announces housing task force

April 11, 2014
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced a new City Housing Task Force during the ground-breaking for a new affordable senior housing residence in Mission Hill on March 29. “We’re here to celebrate the creation of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force,” Walsh said at the event, explaining it will focus on boosting affordable housing. The formation of...

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Mayor cuts ribbon for Hyde Sq. businesses

April 11, 2014
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Mayor cuts ribbon for Hyde Sq. businesses

Mayor Martin Walsh cut the ribbon on six recent and brand-new businesses and nonprofits in the former Blessed Sacrament Church site in a March 29 event. The event marked the full occupancy of a 7,500-square-foot retail space at Centre and Creighton streets created by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and New Atlantic Development....

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Parks Party

April 11, 2014
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Parks Party

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Historic Eliot School undergoes renovation

April 11, 2014
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North Bennett Street School students Mindy Otten-Chen (left) and Brahm Wilson at work on the Eliot School cupola. (Photo by Julio Fuentes)

By Bonnie McBride/Special to the Gazette PONDSIDE—Working in a maze of scaffolding high above Jamaica Plain’s Eliot Street, two women from North Bennet Street School’s (NBSS) Preservation Carpentry program are restoring the cupola on the historic 1831 schoolhouse of the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts. Students Mindy Otten-Chen and Brahm Wilson are...

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Local rocker to release 14th album

April 11, 2014
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Local rocker to release 14th album

Jamaica Plain’s resident rock star Rick Berlin is releasing his 14th album, “When We Were Kids,” on April 18. Known for his songwriting, Berlin is currently playing with the Nickel and Dime Band. The new release includes an ode to JP, “I Love My Street.” It will be his first release on Teenage Hearts...

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