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JPNC lawsuit is dismissed

June 7, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project was dismissed last month. In dismissing the lawsuit, Superior Court Justice Linda Giles demolished the JPNC controversial claim to be a government body. The JPNC is now considering whether to appeal, according to JPNC member and attorney Jeffrey...

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Arroyo: Mayor’s power should come from the people

June 7, 2013
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City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, is among many candidates fighting hard to win the Mayor’s Office this fall. But Arroyo is describing a different vision of the mayor’s role, one where residents would directly shape the City’s plans and policies. “I believe the power in City Hall doesn’t come...

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1 dead, 1 wounded in Egleston shooting

June 7, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—A woman was killed and a man wounded in a double shooting on June 1 in the heart of Egleston Square at Columbus Avenue and Washington Street, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Brianna Bigby, 23, of Boston, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to BPD. The male victim, who police did...

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BPS troubles spurs candidate for local council seat

June 7, 2013
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Friction between parents and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) is not anything new. But for one parent—Luis Valerio of West Roxbury—that tension has propelled him to run for the District 6 City Council seat, in hope of changing the system. Matt O’Malley, who lives in Jamaica Plain, currently holds the District 6 seat, which...

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Fishing time

June 7, 2013
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Parklet to cost up to $25K

June 7, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s parklet could cost as much as $25,000, according to the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). Each of the four parklets in the City’s pilot program is expected to cost “anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000,” for a total as high as $100,000, BTD spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos told the Gazette. That will include the design...

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Route 39 project to start this month

June 7, 2013
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The Route 39 bus improvement project has a general starting date and location after being delayed numerous times. The project calls for several “bump-out” curb extensions, including at the inbound Perkins Street, Roseway Street and Seaverns Avenue stops. All stops will remain open, but some will be relocated during construction. “In the middle of...

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Franklin Park off-leash dog area plan moves forward

June 7, 2013
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley supports the Franklin Park Coalition’s (FPC) plan for off-leash dog areas and times in Franklin Park, proposed last month, while the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) questions part of the plan. Meanwhile, the FPC is engaging in discussions with park users before going to the...

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Where JP’s dogs run free

June 7, 2013
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Dog owners in Jamaica Plain know where to go to let their dogs off-leash—even if it’s not legal. Peter’s Hill in the Arboretum, the Peter Parkman playground on Wachusett Street and the Beecher Street Park are not City-sanctioned off-leash dog parks. But daily, dozens of dogs have off-leash adventures there. Beecher Street Park is...

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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

June 7, 2013
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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

A controversial police spy agency overlooked the alleged Boston Marathon bombing mastermind, but kept secret files on local peace activists—possibly including marathon rescue hero Carlos Arredondo. A small group of civil liberties activists staged a protest June 1 at Boston Police headquarters against the agency’s work following Gazette and DigBoston reports. The Boston Regional...

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