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Church owners set deadline in negotiations

May 24, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the New Atlantic Development have said that a decision will need to be made within 60 days from May 10 in the negotiations with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) over the possibility of that organization buying the former Blessed Sacrament Church building. “We told them...

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Zoo Hero

May 24, 2013
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Off-leash dog area planned at Franklin Park

May 24, 2013
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The Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is making efforts to create off-leash dog areas and times for park users and their canine friends, pending City approval. At a May 15 community meeting, first announced at FPC’s annual meeting in April according to FPC Executive Director Christine Poff, 20 community members discussed options for off-leash dogs,...

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Activism is life for mayoral candidate Walczak

May 24, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The list of mayoral candidate Bill Walczak’s efforts goes on and on—founding president of the Codman Square Health Center (CSHC), founding president of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, co-founder of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers—just to name a few. He also has been...

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JP Marine helps train African militaries

May 24, 2013
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An average week for Jamaica Plain resident Caleb Weiss might include training the Ugandan military in logistics, or teaching African law enforcement to recognize ships that have been hijacked by pirates. Such is the life of a Marine on deployment. “‘Remain flexible’—that is our mantra,” Weiss told the Gazette in a phone call from...

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Big festivals won’t be held in Franklin Park

May 24, 2013
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The annual Puerto Rican and Dominican cultural festivals will relocate from Franklin Park to City Hall Plaza downtown this year because re-sodding of part of the park is taking longer than expected, according to City and park advocacy officials. The large summer festivals and parades are major Latino cultural events that usually draw thousands...

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City to update open space plan, seeks public input

May 24, 2013
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The City’s Parks Department is updating its massive “Open Space Plan,” which will guide parks policy from 2015 to 2021, and is asking all residents to provide input via a questionnaire. “It’s a touchstone for us,” said Margaret Dyson, the City’s director of historic parks, explaining to the Gazette how crucial the Open Space...

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Clean Cat

May 24, 2013
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Turner blogs from prison, will be out soon

May 24, 2013
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner, who soon will be released from federal prison after doing time for bribery, has started a new blog on social justice issues called “Chuck Turner Analysis.” Turner, who represented part of Jamaica Plain at the time of his 2009 conviction, will be released to a halfway house in Boston...

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Asticou neighborhood gets Casey meeting, may sue

May 24, 2013
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Following months of requests, the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Casey Arborway project team met with residents of the Asticou/Martinwood neighborhood, though the residents were not satisfied with the meeting or with the proposal of a light- and noise-dampening wall. One of the residents present at the meeting brought back the idea of starting...

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