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Latino grocer plan is dead; doctors may move in

August 12, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Plans for a Latino grocery store at 363 Centre St. are dead, and the Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare (BIDHC) Jamaica Plain doctor’s office is looking to move in instead, according to the property’s owner. The BIDHC move could come by year’s end, according to Richard Thal, executive director of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood...

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Church must hide crosses for school use

August 12, 2011
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Church must hide crosses for school use

First Baptist Church will have to hide crosses and other religious symbols to avoid violating the Constitution when Bridge Boston Charter School operates in its worship space starting next month. Separation of church and state could mean that First Baptist has to cover a cross-bearing plaque next to its front door and skip any...

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Chang-Díaz: No refusal in JPNC talks

July 27, 2011
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The office of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is slapping down the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) claim that she “refused” to speak with its members about a possible community benefits agreement with Whole Foods Market. “There definitely was not a flat-out refusal,” Chang-Díaz spokesperson Katherine Adam told the Gazette. But Adam also could not...

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JPNC candidate deadline is Aug. 5

July 27, 2011
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Potential candidates for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) have until Aug. 5 to submit their nomination papers. The JPNC is an elected, 20-member neighborhood association that represents all of Jamaica Plain. Its biannual election will be held on Sept. 24. The JPNC has five neighborhood-wide “at-large” seats and 15 seats representing three subsections,...

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Police look at Hyde/Jackson Main Street books

July 22, 2011
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Director resigns Boston police and the Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) board of directors began an investigation July 12 into alleged “discrepancies in the financial statements” of the local Main Street organization’s books, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Mayor Thomas Menino has also ordered an investigation. HJSMS Executive Director Carlos Schillaci told...

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Census sheds new light on JP

July 22, 2011
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New U.S. Census data provides a detailed picture of JP’s population characteristics. The BRA last month released a series reports analyzing Boston neighborhoods based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS information is a “five-year estimate” based on data collected between 2005 and 2009. According to the report, during that period:...

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Candles in the dark

July 22, 2011
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Candles in the dark

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Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

July 22, 2011
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Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

FOREST HILLS—Design sketches for possible replacements for Shea Circle and re-routing of Morton Street were presented to the Casey Overpass replacement project’s Working Advisory Group (WAG) at its July 13 meeting. The WAG supported turning Shea Circle, the rotary at the eastern end of the Casey Overpass, into a signalized intersection and turning Morton...

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JPNC to consult others on Whole Foods deal

July 22, 2011
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Lacking a clear roadmap for moving forward toward a community benefits agreement (CBA) with Whole Foods, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted at a June 12 meeting to “circle back” and check in with other community groups and elected officials. The JPNC will try to reach out to around a dozen groups in...

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Century-old Valentine finds a home

July 22, 2011
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A long-lost, century-old Valentine card from Jamaica Plain that somehow turned up this year in England is in the mail once again, heading for the hands of the original addressee’s granddaughter. “This really has been a great journey,” said Sarah Swain and Lyndon Berry, the English couple who discovered the card. As the Gazette...

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