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Woman shot in Bromley-Heath

September 9, 2011
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A woman was shot on the street in the Bromley-Heath Housing development Aug. 29. She was taken to Boston Medical Center where her injury was declared to be non-life-threatening. Boston police (BPD) has not made any arrests. BPD spokesperson Eddy Chrispin told the Gazette that there is no indication of gang involvement in the...

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14 JP priests on sex abuser list

September 9, 2011
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A total of 14 priests from all Jamaica Plain parishes appear on a long-awaited list of 159 Boston Catholic clergy convicted or accused of child sexual abuse released Aug. 25 by the Archdiocese of Boston. They include John Geoghan, the notorious child molestor whose crimes at St. Andrew the Apostle in Forest Hills were...

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VA hospital systems could merge

September 9, 2011
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Veteran Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System and Bedford VA Medical Center are investigating the possibility of unifying their programs into one large regional system. Under the current proposal, no facilities—like the VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave.—would close, no jobs would be lost and no changes would be made to any pay rates....

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Bank may replace fence

September 9, 2011
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By Benjamin Colb, Special to the Gazette PONDSIDE—Bank of America is considering replacing or repairing the chain-link fence around its Burroughs Street parking lot at the request of the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA). The JPA reached out to the local bank branch at 677 Centre St. in recent months as it conducted interior renovations,...

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How to remove trees without spreading beetles

August 30, 2011
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As residents clean up the trees and branches knocked down by tropical storm Irene last weekend, they must be careful not to spread the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Most of Jamaica Plain remains under a ban against transporting wood out of the area due to the possibility that the tree-killing ALB is hiding inside...

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Storm downs trees

August 28, 2011
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Storm downs trees

  Tropical storm Irene downed trees around Jamaica Plain on Aug. 28 as the former hurricane blew through town with winds up to 65 mph. The ever-weakening storm was significantly less powerful than major media outlets were reporting hours before its arrival. But its strong gusts were still enough to uproot trees, some of which...

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Trolley comeback killed by court

August 26, 2011
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Green Line trolleys won’t be running through central Jamaica Plain anytime soon—if ever—since a court quietly tossed out a lawsuit seeking their return in January, the Gazette has learned. The end of the local Arborway Committee’s lawsuit finishes a trolley controversy that once consumed JP. But debate may linger in plans for the Arborway...

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Children’s home to sell campus

August 26, 2011
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The Home for Little Wanderers announced earlier this month that it is putting its 3.5-acre campus up for sale. The children’s home sought to redevelop the 161 S. Huntington Ave. facility, known as the Knight Children’s Center (KCC), three years ago. But now the Home is developing a site in Walpole instead....

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Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election

August 26, 2011
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It has been one of the most controversial issues in Jamaica Plain in recent memory, and it looks like Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square could shape the future of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC). At least two active members of the anti-Whole Foods group Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for...

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Neighborhood Art

August 26, 2011
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Neighborhood Art

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