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JP’s CDCs are nationally renowned

March 30, 2012
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Urban Edge in Jackson Square and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) on Amory Street are national standouts and are held in high-esteem in the non-profit development community, according to Frank Woodruff, director at National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington, D.C. NACEDA represents more than 3,000 community development corporations throughout...

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Foreclosed property garners fines

March 30, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—A house at 25 Chilcott Place continues to accrue fines due to its lack of maintenance, stemming from unclear ownership. On the Problem Properties list since last year, the property’s issues stem from its disputed ownership. The list is maintained by the Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee—an advisory group that identifies private properties...

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Banking on Affordable Housing

March 30, 2012
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(Photo by Katherine Muhlfelder/Boston Private Bank & Trust Co.) (from left) Leroy Stoddard of Urban Edge, Sarah Lamitie of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Noah Maslan of Urban Edge, and Peter Hollands of Boston Private Bank stand before the soon-to-be-renovated building at Columbus Avenue and Dixwell Street March 23.

How one bank’s mission helps JP The Urban Edge-owned apartment buildings around Egleston Square are easy-to-see neighborhood assets, preserving affordable housing and, in many cases, attractive historical facades. Look a little harder, and you can spot some of the renovation work that is improving them and making them greener, such as the heat-reflecting white...

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BPS grad rates don’t tell the whole story

March 30, 2012
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) recently touted its “all-time high” four-year graduation rate of 64.4 percent. But the Gazette has found both the measure and the context are coming into question. The BPS’s graduation rate report included a 100 percent rate for the Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. But the Gazette has learned that at...

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Bike racks to be redesigned

March 30, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will have to wait a little longer to secure their bikes to racks in the shape of a lock after concerns about their design. Three such bike racks have already been installed in Mission Hill. Similar racks were next slated to come to Hyde/Jackson Squares and Central JP. But when Randace...

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Festive Welcome

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP Music Festival staffers Randance Rauscher Moore (left) and Daisy Kincaid greet attendees at the Art 4 Music festival fund-raiser at Doyle’s Café on March 25. The event raised $2,500 for the annual music fest, which be held for the second time this summer.

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Whole Foods seeks 38 seats

March 30, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Whole Foods Market is seeking a license to add 38 seats—22 inside and 16 outside—to its 413 Centre St. location, according to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Public Service Committee. The grocer needs a “7-day common victualler,” or restaurant, license to add the seating. It is seeking to operate the seating from 8...

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Café Beirut opens

March 30, 2012
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Sami’s Wrap and Roll/Café Beirut, a Middle Eastern eatery at 654 Centre St., has reopened after closing for renovations earlier this month. The restaurant issued fliers announcing a grand opening of Café Beirut for March 25. It is unclear whether the restaurant will retain both names.

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Yoon lands federal job

March 30, 2012
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Sam Yoon has left his executive director position at the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington, D.C. and accepted an appointment with the U.S. Department of Labor, according to Frank Woodruff, who took over Yoon’s position at NACEDA. Yoon is a former Boston city councilor who ran a prominent but...

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JPNC opposes Curley funding cuts

March 30, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on March 20 sent the Boston School Committee a letter urging it to restore funding for the Curley K-8 School. “The budget cuts proposed for next year are dramatic and will be felt by every student at the Curley,” the letter states. According to the letter, the school will...

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