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Easy, cheap ways to cut heating bills

October 12, 2012
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With fall officially here and cooler weather on the way, Boston Building Resources (BBR) is offering some tips on do-it-yourself improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient. BBR is a Mission Hill co-op at 100 Terrace St. that sells new and slightly used construction materials. First, take steps to block drafts. That will...

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Anti-party vandal

October 12, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) “Two Sides, One Con,” reads an apparently handmade graffiti decal on an empty store at 668 Centre St. mocking the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. JP was hit with another major-party-bashing street art campaign last month, as the Gazette previously reported.

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Officer Honored

October 12, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) (from left) Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Mayor Thomas Menino and police Capt. Patrick Crossen unveil a memorial to Boston Police motorcycle officers killed in the line of duty at the unit’s Roxbury headquarters Sept. 16. Three of the six officers were killed in JP, where historical signs in their honor were decorated with memorial wreaths during a motorcycle tribute ride earlier in the day.

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Abandoned property heading to foreclosure

October 12, 2012
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The owner of an abandoned building at 52 Montebello Road owes the City $265,000 in unpaid taxes and is in danger of losing the six-unit property, according to City Collector of Taxes Meredith Weenick. The property has been abandoned for years, neighbor Kate Peppard told the Gazette, though it had been quiet for a...

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Arborway Yard push renewed

October 12, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—After almost a year of inactivity, the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) has reconvened to keep the hope alive for a new Arborway bus yard. The Arborway bus yard, located at Washington Street and the Arborway, was built as a temporary facility nine years ago and is four years overdue...

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Family Dollar seeks to open JP store

October 8, 2012
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Family Dollar seeks to open JP store

WASHINGTON ST.—Family Dollar, a national discount-goods chain, is the proposed tenant for a new store to be built at 3383 Washington St., the former location of Royal Fried Chicken, according to a spokesperson for the North Carolina-based company. “We do currently have a lease signed for that location,” Family Dollar Communication Director Josh Braverman...

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Overpass, roads to close Sun. a.m. for race

October 5, 2012
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Several roadways in Pondside, Forest Hills and Jamaica Hills, including the parkways and the Casey Overpass, will be closed Sunday morning for the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon. The closure will run 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 on the following streets: the Arborway, Casey Overpass, Francis Parkman Drive, the Jamaicaway, Perkins Street,...

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161 S. Huntington slated for BRA vote

October 5, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON— The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. is “anticipated” to be heard and voted on by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board at its Thurs., Oct. 18 meeting, according to a BRA spokesperson. It has a high likelihood of being approved, as BRA staff only submit projects to...

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Court clerk: Special drug lab trials will strain system

October 2, 2012
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Special courts announced today to review cases affected by the State Laboratory Institute drug lab scandal will strain a court system that is already understaffed and underfunded, according to Maura Hennigan, the clerk of Suffolk County’s criminal courts. “Even before this occurred, we have struggled every day to cover our sessions, manage our cases,”...

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Testing backlog may have set stage for drug lab scandal

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Scores of convicts may go free due to former drug-testing chemist Annie Dookhan’s alleged evidence-tampering at the State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. But a decade ago, there was controversy over many criminal defendants going free because of an opposite problem at the State Lab: drug evidence not being processed at all due...

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