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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington

November 23, 2012
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The dolls with signs displayed at 161 S. Huntington Ave. (Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley)

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—About 10 dolls adorned with protest signs were arranged around a tree at the Home for Little Wanderers at 161 S. Huntington Ave. last week, an effort carried out by a new Occupy JP-affiliated group called Babies Against Boondoggles, according to an Occupy JP member....

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Police Spotlight: Drop off old meds at police station

November 23, 2012
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Residents can now safely dispose of unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs at the local District E-13 Police Station at 3345 Washington St., where a kiosk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Expired or unused medical drugs are a big source of drug abuse when they are not disposed of properly....

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Volleyball All-stars

November 23, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Nelsy Barreiro (left) and Heidy Barreiro (right) are joined by Coach Hardy Mondesir (center) as they represent JP’s English High School at the Boston City League girls’ all-star volleyball game at Emmanuel College on Nov. 13.

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S. Huntington project approved by City

November 23, 2012
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The City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted last week to approve the variances requested by the developers of the luxury apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. in the midst of great community opposition. That, along with the expected approval from the Parks Commission this week, were the last steps in approving the...

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Mayor responds to donation controversy

November 23, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino has responded to controversy created after local activists spotlighted campaign contributions made to elected officials by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects. Dot Joyce, Menino’s spokesperson, told the Gazette that, as far as she is aware, Menino did not know about those campaign donations and that he did...

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Menino, others mum on mayor’s race

November 23, 2012
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As Will Dorcena gears up his 2013 mayoral campaign, incumbent Thomas Menino and other possible contenders—including Jamaica Plain’s City Councilor Felix Arroyo—are not definitively saying “yes” or “no” to a run. Asked whether Menino intends to run for re-election, spokesperson Dot Joyce noted that she cannot answer campaign-related questions due to ethics laws. But...

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New crosswalk signs installed

November 23, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Jeri Levitt) A traffic delineator sign on Centre Street at Lakeville Road.

JP CENTER—New signs planted in the middle of the road on Centre Street to warn drivers to stop for pedestrians were installed earlier this month after an effort by local residents and City Councilor Matt O’Malley. Called “traffic delineators,” the bright, upright signs note the $200 fine for entering a crosswalk with a pedestrian...

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Café/bar coming to Arboretum Place

November 23, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A 700-square-foot café and bar is planned to open in April at Arboretum Place. The “Simpli Café” would be owned and managed by Jamaica Plain-based WCI Corp., which is the developer of the Washington Street site. It will be WCI’s first foray into owning a restaurant or café, though employees and owner Kevin...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street debuts director, open house

November 23, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has introduced its new executive director, Gerald Robbins, after several months on the job. HJSMS also announced it will hold an “open house” Dec. 6. Main Street is a program introduced by Mayor Thomas Menino to revitalize the city’s neighborhood commercial districts through design, technical and financial support, according...

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BRA to present draft ‘corridor plan’

November 23, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host a community meeting to present a first draft for a S. Huntington Avenue “corridor plan” by the end of the month, BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. “A great team of planners and designers have been selected,” she said. “We’re confident that we’ll be able to...

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