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Kelley Circle fixes under way

September 28, 2012
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Long-planned improvements to the Kelley Circle rotary at the Jamaicaway and Arborway are under way, aimed at slowing traffic and improving pedestrian and bike safety. The work, slated to wrap up early next month, will shorten the crossings at Parkman Drive and narrow the travel lane in the rotary. “I’m really happy about that,”...

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Irish pub opens

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Eugene O’Neill’s Irish pub opened Sept. 17 after over a year of work. The pub and restaurant at 3700 Washington St. does not yet have set hours. It starts serving lunch at 11:30 a.m. and may stop serving anywhere from 9 to 11 p.m. until the hours are finalized. “Last night was wonderful,”...

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On-street parking coming to Arboretum Place

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The City Public Improvement Commission just approved half-a-dozen new on-street parking spaces on Washington Street just south of Ukraine Way to accommodate customers for the Arboretum Place development. “The plan is not yet finalized as we continue to work to incorporate proper pavement markings and associated bike lanes in order to ensure that...

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Radio show focuses on JP Chinese takeout

September 28, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The counter at the Food Wall restaurant at 387 Centre St.

Hyde Square’s Food Wall restaurant is among the Chinese eateries highlighted in “Planet Takeout,” a new WGBH 89.7 Radio program debuting Oct. 1. The program documents the role that Chinese takeout restaurants play in neighborhood life, immigration and other aspects of culture. It is an unusual participatory documentary that allows anyone to share their...

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Drug lab had chemist scandal in 1985

September 27, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The tainted-evidence scandal that recently shuttered the Jamaica Plain-based state drug lab is not the first time that a chemist there has been accused of wrongdoing. In 1985, a similar scandal erupted when a chemist was charged with stealing cocaine in 11 criminal cases after testing it at the State Laboratory Institute at...

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GOP opens JP campaign office

September 24, 2012
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GOP opens JP campaign office

The state Republican Party has entered the lion’s den of traditionally liberal, Democratic Jamaica Plain by opening a campaign office in Hyde Square. “We’re opening offices in corners of the state we never have before,” said Massachusetts Republican Party spokesperson Tim Buckley in a Gazette interview, adding that the GOP is growing rapidly throughout...

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Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 24, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino today vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote last Wednesday a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District 4 and reiterated those concerns with the latest...

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Blessed Sacrament owners: We apologize for lack of input

September 19, 2012
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HYDE SQ.–The owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church complex apologized for their secrecy in planning high-end housing on the site, and pledged to hear out any alternative ideas, at a meeting tonight to address community controversy. But they also indicated that the plans basically remain the same unless someone comes up with millions of...

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DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

September 17, 2012
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DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner John Auerbach, a Jamaica Plain resident, resigned today amid the growing scandal surrounding the now-closed state drug lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in JP. The drug lab, which was located at the Institute at 305 South St. and examined drug evidence in criminal...

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State Lab head quits in drug-testing scandal; other labs still open

September 14, 2012
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The state investigation that shut down the drug testing lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute is not looking into the 17 other labs in the building, which include disease control and racehorse drug testing labs. Dr. Linda Han, who oversaw all 18 public labs in the building as director of Bureau...

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