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105A S. Huntington project filed

July 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The proposed building at 105A S. Huntington Ave.

S. HUNTINGTON—A plan for luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave. was filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) late last week, just after the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) had its first meeting. The 195 luxury units in the multi-building development would include townhouses and apartment buildings...

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BHA: Drug deal sparked Bromley violence

July 20, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The recent violence at the Bromley-Heath housing development is the result of a drug purchase gone awry, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle. “That’s what I’m getting from my police,” he said. “There might be other theories out there.” The BHA and other...

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Councilor joins condo opponents

July 20, 2012
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GLENVALE PARK—City Councilor Matt O’Malley has joined the chorus of opposition to a developer’s controversial housing project at 207-209 Chestnut Ave. “I do have some serious concerns about this,” O’Malley told the Gazette. “I do oppose it as it’s currently being developed.” Developer Pat McKenna plans to demolish an existing vacant house and replace...

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Live at ‘Dead’ Show

July 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The JP-based Whiskey Boys perform in the “Dead at 27” concert on June 27 at the Milky Way on Washington Street, one of several bands who helped raise more than $1,300 for the annual JP Music Festival, slated for Sept. 8.

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Project stalls after pollution found

July 20, 2012
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STONYBROOK—Over a year after it was first proposed, a mixed-use development on Washington Street has been stalled since November, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site. Stonybrook Neighborhood Association member Fred Vetterlein, who has been part of the community team advising the developers of the project since it was first proposed, told...

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Former JP coach charged with attempted child sex

July 20, 2012
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A Roslindale coach who for years ran a youth baseball league that played in Jamaica Plain was charged this week with “grooming” a child for sex. Jose Ortega, 41, was the “commissioner” of the Hyde Park-based Boston Broncos, which appears to have been active since 1999 and at times used a JP mailing address....

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Medical marijuana goes on the ballot

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will soon have an opportunity to help decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. The issue has been placed as a question on the state ballot for November. Supporters of the measure had to gather 79,000 signatures to get the question placed on the ballot. But local state Rep. Jeffrey...

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Sorry, No Drive-Thru

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Stavros Frantzis) A car remains smashed head-on into the Grass Fed burger restaurant at the corner of Centre and Pond streets after an accident around 1:30 a.m. on July 1. According to landlord Stavros Frantzis, the car almost perfectly squeezed into the doorway, doing little visible damage. Grass Fed was briefly closed for cleanup and is back in business now.

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Parklet may come to JP in September

July 20, 2012
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According to the City’s Transportation Department (BTD), a parklet, previously announced for next year, may come to JP in September for one day as part of a pilot program. The one-day test would inform a larger pilot program that would create four parklets throughout the city. JP is expected to see a two-space parklet...

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Medal of Honor sought for JP war hero

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Robert Lessard) This undated photo shows what appears to be the original Thomas Street location of American Legion Post 76, clearly named for Michael O’Connell.

FOREST HILLS—A Middleboro man is spearheading the charge to gain the American Legion Post 76’s namesake an upgrade to a Medal of Honor. U.S. Army Cpl. Michael O’Connell, who lived at 79 Carolina Ave. in Jamaica Plain, joined the military in World War I. Along with Sgt. Simeon Nickerson of Middleboro and Pvt. Thomas...

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