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JP’s Gentleman Farmer

August 17, 2012
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Some people switch careers with the changing of the wind. Not Jim Buckle. He’s a farmer for life. “It’s a good, clean way to make a living,” said Buckle. “I love growing food. I’m never going to give this up. I’ll go broke before I do.” Buckle, who lives in Jamaica Plain, owns and...

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Hope Lodge offers support for patients, locals

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge at 125 S. Huntington Ave. wants to connect with the community while serving its mission to provide free housing for out-of-town cancer patients. By offering free community meeting space, encouraging volunteerism and hosting twice-yearly art openings for local and regional artists—many from Jamaica Plain—the Hope Lodge staff...

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Bromley-Heath police tactics protested

August 17, 2012
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Protesters at the Bromley-Heath housing development July 27 claimed the Boston Police Department (BPD) is using overly aggressive tactics, while BPD is saying it is targeting known troublemakers. Other residents support the increased BPD presence. One Bromley-Heath resident questioned the police tactics in a recent phone interview with the Gazette. “Violence is everywhere, but...

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More city councilors oppose condos

August 17, 2012
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At-Large Boston City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley joined the opposition to condo buildings proposed for 207-209 Chestnut Ave. in a letter sent last month to the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD). City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who already opposed the project, also signed the letter. Developer Pat McKenna told the Gazette this week...

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Free Ride

August 17, 2012
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Free Ride

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Letter: Sánchez wrong to support ‘three strikes’

August 17, 2012
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Regarding the “three strikes” bill, my rep., Jeffrey Sánchez, voted in favor of this bill, thus abandoning his confreres in the state Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, common sense and me. (“Local officials split on three strikes bill,” Aug. 3.) Across the land for decades, mandatory sentencing...

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VA garage work annoys neighbors

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Weekend and early-morning construction work on the new Veterans Affairs hospital garage at 150 S. Huntington Ave. is annoying neighbors. The VA has set a 7 a.m. weekday start time, but some weekend work is unavoidable, according to spokesperson Diane Keefe. “We are doing our best to limit weekend work,” she said. “We...

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South St. condo plan rejected

August 17, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Controversial plans to demolish a lawyer’s office and replace it with a five-unit condo building were rejected earlier this month by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee and the City’s zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). It is unclear what will happen to attorney Peter Fenn’s plan for 71 South St. Fenn did...

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Grocery trucks park illegally in bus stops

August 17, 2012
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Grocery trucks park illegally in bus stops

Two local grocery stores have been caught with food trucks parked illegally in MBTA bus stops while making deliveries. John Rowse, who lives on Paul Gore Street, took pictures on July 13 and 20 of food trucks parked illegally in the MBTA bus stop in front of Whole Foods at 413 Centre St. during...

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New plan, same criticism for 161 S. Huntington

August 16, 2012
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Opposition to the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project remains high despite changes made by the developer, Boston Residential Group, after an initial round of public comment on the project. Most of the about 40 attendees who spoke during a community meeting at the Back of the Hill Apartments on Aug. 15 voiced much...

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