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Local officials split on three strikes bill

August 3, 2012
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Local elected officials are split on “Melissa’s Bill,” a so-called “three strikes” crime reform bill that imposes mandatory sentences on repeat violent offenders. The bill is named after Melissa Gosule, a 27-year-old Jamaica Plain resident who was raped and murdered by a paroled violent criminal in 1999. Gosule had submitted travel pieces to the...

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Puerto Rican Pride

August 3, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) Dancers brighten Columbus Avenue during the Puerto Rican Festival parade on July 28. The festival at Franklin Park followed on July 29.

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Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies

August 3, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Vazza Funeral Homes) Fred Ciampa.

Fred Ciampa, the long-time owner of Same Old Place pizza parlor at 662 Centre St., died unexpectedly on July 22. He was 69. “He had a heart attack,” daughter Regina Ciampa said. “He was a hard worker and we believe that had a lot to do with it.” “He’ll be remembered for all the...

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JPNDC takes heat for church plan changes

August 3, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The unexpected addition of luxury housing to community-supported development plans for the Blessed Sacrament campus in Hyde Square have roused the ire of some Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) supporters. “The basic frustration is that the community got left out,” said Richard Heath, who was highly involved with the development of the...

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JPNDC suscita críticas por plan de iglesia

August 3, 2012
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HYDE SQ. Los partidarios del Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation están enojados con La inesperada adición de condominios de lujo a los planes para el campus de Blessed Sacrament. La frustración es debida a que se olvidaron de la comunidad, dijo Richard Heath, quien se involucró en el plan original de desarrollo en 2006....

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O’Malley: Council nearing a redistricting plan

August 3, 2012
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The City Council is nearing a compromise on redistricting the City’s nine districts, according to Councilor Matt O’Malley. And JP’s leadership is unlikely to change. “There are still a number of steps to be taken, but short answer: Some consensus is being built,” said O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain. The City...

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Casey demolition schedule laid out

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The Casey demolition and construction plan, outlined by color. Temporary streets, to be used during demolition, are shown in green. The first stage of demolition is shown in yellow, followed by light orange, then dark orange.

FOREST HILLS—The Casey Arborway design team presented its proposed demolition and construction schedule at the latest Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting on July 18. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) team outlined the two-and-a-half-year, seven-stage demolition and construction plan, noting that it is liable to change, depending on weather and contractor suggestions. The first...

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Baseball Champ

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Mt. Washington Bank baseball team of the JP Regan Youth League visit the local Centre Street branch on June 30 to celebrate their Farm League championship. Joining them were (back row, from left) coach Jeff Paquette, local branch manager Melvin Tutiven and parent Arthur Atkinson.

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Revised plans for 161 S. Huntington filed

August 3, 2012
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(Image from Boston Residential Group filing) An illustration of the new facade proposed at 161 S. Huntington Ave.

S. HUNTINGTON—Developers for the luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. have filed an updated plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in response to strong community feedback. The updated plan includes a revised facade with a public pocket park facing S. Huntington Avenue, five new three-bedroom “family” units, reduced parking and...

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Political Notes: O’Malley has new JP liaison

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) City Councilor Matt O’Malley and JP liaison Ture Turnbull.

O’Malley has new JP liaison City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, announced recently the addition of Ture Turnbull to his staff as a JP liaison, according to a press release. “I am thrilled to have Ture on my team,” said O’Malley, according to the press release. “Ture is smart,...

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