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November 9, 2012
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JP Citizen, historic newspaper, ceases publishing

November 9, 2012
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JP Citizen, historic newspaper, ceases publishing

The Jamaica Plain Citizen, the local newspaper of record from the 1940s into the 1980s before it faced competition from the Gazette, officially ceased publication last month along with several other papers in its parent company’s chain, according to an email from editor Alice O’Leary obtained by the Gazette. O’Leary of the South Boston-based...

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Casey Overpass safety report is available

November 8, 2012
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The Gazette reported last month about the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Jan. 16 safety inspection of the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills. (See jamaicaplaingazette.com/2012/10/26/safety-report-casey-often-drops-debris.) The safety report found, among other things, that debris regularly falls off the bridge into safety netting, and that some of its support structures are in such poor condition that...

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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

November 7, 2012
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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

There was a large local turnout for the Nov. 6 election with Jamaica Plain residents facing long lines at some polling stations. President Barack Obama won reelection, challenger Elizabeth Warren topped incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and the state approved medical marijuana. JP residents also saw the beginnings of the 2013 mayoral race. Will...

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Underground music, arts venue Whitehaus to shut down

November 6, 2012
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Underground music, arts venue Whitehaus to shut down

The Whitehaus, an artist commune and influential underground music venue at 10 Seaverns Ave., is facing its final months after a police raid of an October show and the landlord’s decision not to offer a new lease, according to Whitehaus member Sam Potrykus. “Our time has come…It’s over,” said Potrykus, who was summoned to...

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Some JP residents missing ballot booklets

November 5, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch Some Jamaica Plain residents have not received the state booklet that details the three binding questions that will appear on the ballot tomorrow. A woman, who wished not to be named, called the Gazette to say that many residents at the 147-unit Forbes Building at 545 Centre St....

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Norbert project criticized for prices, parking

November 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Response was mostly critical of the proposed plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 market-rate studio and one-bedroom apartments during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) meeting Nov. 1 at the Hennigan Elementary School. About 45 people attended the meeting. The Norbert building, which is located at 26 Sunnyside St., is part...

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Faulkner Hospital to be scene of training exercise this weekend

November 1, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will be one site in this weekend’s “Urban Shield: Boston” emergency training exercise. It will host realistic simulations of hazardous materials decontaminations, treatment of victims and other activities that may look real to residents. There will be no actual danger to the public, according to the City of...

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JP council district retains Forest Hills, loses Woodbourne

October 31, 2012
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The City Council has approved by an 11-2 vote today a redistricting plan that would retain Forest Hills in the Jamaica Plain council district, while also adding Egleston Square and Mission Hill’s Back of the Hill, according to At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo. Woodbourne would leave JP’s district under the plan. City Councilor Matt...

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Developers’ donations stir debate; JPNC chair’s role questioned

October 31, 2012
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The head of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has stirred controversy—including about his own leadership—by issuing a report about campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects. As a result of the report issued by Benjamin Day earlier this month, City Councilor Mike...

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