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Forest Hills, Woodbourne may move out of council district; Arroyo protests

October 28, 2012
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As the Boston City Council’s redistricting process speeds toward a likely approval of a final map on Wednesday, proposals on the table would move the entire Forest Hills and Woodbourne areas out of the local Jamaica Plain district into Dorchester/Mattapan’s District 4. That would mean City Councilor Charles Yancey would represent them instead of...

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Hurricane may strike area; state offers tips

October 26, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy may strike the Boston area early next week as a major storm with heavy rain and strong winds. Even if the storm does not directly hit Massachusetts, it still may have significant local impact. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says that residents should prepare now for possible power outages, flooding and...

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Report: Police spies called anti-war event ‘criminal’

October 26, 2012
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(Gazette File Photo by John Swan) (from left) National anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan; Green-Rainbow Party leader Grace Ross; activist Melida Arredondo; and then City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo at the March 23, 2007 event filed as “criminal” and “extremist” by the Boston Police Department.

A 2007 anti-war event at a Jamaica Plain church was labeled a possible “criminal act” by “extremists” in a secret Boston Police Department (BPD) file, according to a report that accuses BPD of illegal spying on peaceful protest groups for years. Speakers at the event included famed activist Cindy Sheehan as well as City...

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Safety report: Casey often drops debris

October 26, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Commuters walk under the Casey Overpass Oct. 16 under a safety netting-wrapped section.

The most recent Casey Overpass state inspection report states that the safety netting currently installed over parts of the overpass is catching concrete debris that would otherwise fall to the ground. But the fabric itself is suffering from “scattered minor tears.” The Structures Inspection Field Report, prepared by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT)...

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Photojournalist recalls path from JP to Iraq and beyond

October 26, 2012
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(Photo by Darren McCollester/For Getty Images) A young street vendor photographed by Darren McCollester in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003.

A photojournalist who got his start in the pages of the Gazette before covering such global hotspots as Afghanistan and Kosovo has published a hard-hitting memoir called “All the Kennedys Are Dead.” Darren McCollester lived in Jamaica Plain for nearly 20 years before moving to Winthrop a couple of months ago. His book is...

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Wood thieves damage trees

October 26, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Sara Freed) An oak tree at the Arborway and Dunning Street was damaged by burl thieves, leaving the dark mark on the front and the large gash on the side.

Trees in Jamaica Plain and around the city have been damaged in recent weeks by wood thieves who hack off large knobs known as burls. A Dorchester man was arrested Oct. 3 in the Fenway on burl-stealing charges, but officials are warning residents to stay alert to any suspicious tree-cutting. Burls are abnormal growths...

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BRA approves S. Huntington project

October 26, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted to approve a controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. at its Oct. 18 board meeting. The project is expected to come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the next step in getting the City’s approval, on Nov. 13. “This project is really for...

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Warren stops by Doyle’s

October 26, 2012
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U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 23. Warren, a Democrat running against Republican incumbent Scott Brown, was greeted by about 100 vocal supporters and was joined by several local elected officials, including City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley, and state...

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S. Huntington ‘corridor plan’ in the works

October 26, 2012
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—Following months of community outcry and a recent statement of support by Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade, the BRA started to create a “corridor plan” for the S. Huntington Avenue area last week. The “corridor plan” for the area will outline parameters for...

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Stained-glass window to be preserved

October 26, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Home for Little Wanderers) Bob Hope, left, performing for children in front of the Tiffany stained-glass window in the 1950s.

The fate of the historic building at 161 S. Huntington Ave., the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers, is still undecided. But even if the 1914 building is cleared away for luxury apartments, one piece of history will not be destroyed. A Tiffany & Co. stained-glass window that depicts Jesus Christ blessing...

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