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Curtis Hall work misses a step

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—It’s been one step forward, two steps back for rehab work at Curtis Hall, where city officials have twice demanded that a contractor redo allegedly faulty work on the new front stairs. The $5 million renovation of the city community center at 20 South St. is still on track for an October reopening,...

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Bus yard grant includes building demo

August 12, 2011
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STONYBROOK—The MBTA last month submitted a $155.5 million federal grant application to fund construction of the Arborway Yard bus facility. In a last-minute surprise, the application proposes demolishing the T’s 500 Arborway office building. Residents years ago proposed demolishing 500 Arborway, an office building that sits at the heart of the proposed bus facility...

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Students build bikes in new program

August 12, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

BPS students are building bikes—one for themselves, one for donation—in a new partnership with Bikes Not Bombs, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, and Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that launched last month. By Alicia Perez Special to the Gazette The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and...

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Mail delivery spotty after route cuts

August 12, 2011
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Parts of Jamaica Plain are experiencing irregular mail delivery as a result of a route reshuffling in the United States Postal Service (USPS). Homes in central JP—on Rockview Street, Parley Avenue, Parley Vale, Burr Street, Grovenor Road and St. John Street—are receiving their mail as late as 7 p.m., due to a new mail...

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Doc’s office to become home

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—The recently closed Atreva Health Care doctor’s office at 770 Centre St. will become a private home for former owner Dr. Francisco Trilla’s children, he told the Gazette. Trilla still lives in Jamaica Plain, but now works in California as chief medical officer at a chain of community health centers. He closed Atreva...

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Cop catches escaped bird

August 12, 2011
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A pet bird named Hope who escaped her Jamaica Plain home last month was captured in Hyde Park by a Boston School Police officer. The 3-ounce cockatiel, an Australian bird, was found in Ross Field. That’s four miles away as the crow—er, cockatiel—flies. Hope escaped July 13 while trying to land on the shoulder...

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Serial rapist guilty in ’91 attacks

August 12, 2011
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A serial rapist last month admitted to committing three rapes 20 years ago, including attacks in JP and Jackson Square’s Academy Homes. Jerry Dixon, 38, formerly of Dorchester, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to the brutal rapes and was sentenced to three consecutive 10-year prison terms. He has already been in custody for...

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JPNC forms team for Whole Foods deal

August 12, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) will aim to negotiate some form of community benefits agreement (CBA) with the Whole Foods Market coming to Hyde Square, and on July 26 appointed a five-member team to cut the deal. The team includes JPNC chair Andrea Howley, who said she already has a meeting with Whole...

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Man charged with carjacking

August 12, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—A Brockton man is facing charges that he carjacked two people at gunpoint after asking to bum a cigarette on July 27 at Centre and Lamartine streets, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Orlando Pizzaro, 34, is charged with armed carjacking, assault with intent to murder, unlawful gun possession and possession of...

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SNAP benefits good at farmers market

August 12, 2011
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For the second year in a row, the Community Servings farmers market is this year providing access to fresh produce for low-income families who receive federal food subsidies. The farmers market—which happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Community Servings’ parking lot at 18 Marbury Terrace—is accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)...

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