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Council suit gets court date

March 15, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) lawsuit against the Home for Little Wanderers project will have its first day in court on April 10, according to council member and attorney Jeffrey Wiesner. A judge will hear arguments on the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. The defendants—the City of Boston and the developer Boston...

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School assignment plan approved

March 14, 2013
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff The Boston School Committee voted 6-1 to approve a new home-based, zone-free school choice plan last night. The approved plan does not include walk-zone priority and will take effect in the 2014-2015 school year. The plan does away with zones and uses a child’s address as a...

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Police seek Jackson Sq. T Station robbery suspect

March 11, 2013
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Police seek Jackson Sq. T Station robbery suspect

JACKSON SQ.—MBTA Transit Police are seeking an armed robber who stole a passenger’s iPad computer at gunpoint inside the Jackson Square T Station on March 9. The victim was robbed on the Orange Line platform around 12:50 p.m. The suspect fled in the direction of the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to Transit Police. The...

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Ex-Mayor Flynn backs JPNC lawsuit

March 8, 2013
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Former Mayor Raymond Flynn supports the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) right to sue the City in its controversial lawsuit, he told the Gazette in a phone interview today. Flynn created the JPNC and other neighborhood councils around the city in the 1980s to advise City Hall. He said he did not consider them...

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As snow piles up, so do complaints

March 8, 2013
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With 7 inches of snow and counting coming down in a worse-than-expected snowstorm today, complaints from Gazette readers are also piling up, especially about the City’s decision to keep Boston Public Schools open. By early this morning, many side streets had not been plowed since last night, and some on hills had children sledding...

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Hyde Square Task Force in talks for church bid

March 6, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is in talks with the owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church about making a bid for the property. “The Hyde Square Task Force and the JP Neighborhood Development Corporation are currently engaged in positive discussions in which we are exploring what a viable offer for the...

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Ad flyer: Goddard House is for sale

March 5, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The former Goddard House nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave. is for sale, according to a “confidential investment offering” ad flyer obtained by the Gazette. The property hit the market yesterday and the sale is being handled by Colliers International. It will remain on the market for about four weeks to see...

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Police release images of Pondside robbery suspect

March 4, 2013
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Police release images of Pondside robbery suspect

PONDSIDE–Security camera images of the suspect in two armed robberies at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts were released today by the Boston Police Department, along with a slightly updated description. The small, blurry images do not clearly show the suspect’s face. They were taken inside an ATM lobby at a bank...

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2 bids placed for former church

March 4, 2013
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HYDE SQ.–Two bids have been submitted for the former Blessed Sacrament Church building on Centre Street in Hyde Square, according to a spokesperson for church co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). Developers Jason Hutchinson and Andre White placed one of the bids, as the Gazette previously reported. JPNDC spokesperson Sally Swenson declined...

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Police issue description of Pondside robber

March 2, 2013
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PONDSIDE–The Boston Police Department has confirmed that two armed robberies were committed this week on Eliot Street and released a description of the suspect. Both gunpoint robberies occurred at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts at 24 Eliot St.–one inside the school, and the other outdoors behind the building. The suspect is described...

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