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JP reading event focuses on ‘Night Circus’ novel

September 28, 2012
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(Photo by Kelly Davidson) “Night Circus” author Erin Morgenstern.

A new group called JP Reads is encouraging all Jamaica Plain residents to read the bestselling novel “The Night Circus” and join in a month-long series of local events to celebrate it. The book’s author, Boston resident Erin Morgenstern, will appear at the Footlight Club on Fri., Oct. 5 for a discussion and book-signing....

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MassDOT: Casey doesn’t need safety upgrades

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has no plans to alter the Casey Overpass’s maintenance schedule or safety devices following emergency repairs late last month. MassDOT continues to monitor the condition of the aging Casey on the same maintenance schedule as before Aug. 31, when debris fell from a section of the overpass...

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Street art bashes Obama, Romney

September 28, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Jon Truslow) TheBlankAdministration’s graffiti art at 405 Centre St. as it appeared Sept. 20 after removal of the Obama image.

A campaign of high-end graffiti art bashing presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney has come to at least two Jamaica Plain locations thanks to a secretive group called TheBlankAdministration. The art showed up without permission last week on a wall at 405 Centre St. in Hyde Square, and also on a fence over...

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Rt. 39 bus improvements delayed

September 28, 2012
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The Route 39 bus improvement project has been delayed once again. The project was supposed to start this fall, but according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo in an email to the Gazette, it has been delayed until winter, weather permitting. Completion is expected in summer 2013. The planning began in 2008 and has been...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) An area where trees were cleared in Forest Hills Cemetery along Walk Hill Street.

FOREST HILLS—Some residents are complaining about tree removal taking place at the historic Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. “He’s a butcher,” Jamaica Plain resident Richard Heath said about Milley’s decision to remove trees....

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GOP opens JP campaign office

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The state Republican Party campaign office at 370A Centre St.

The state Republican Party has entered the lion’s den of traditionally liberal, Democratic Jamaica Plain by opening a campaign office in Hyde Square. “We’re opening offices in corners of the state we never have before,” said Massachusetts Republican Party spokesperson Tim Buckley in a Gazette interview, adding that the GOP is growing rapidly throughout...

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JP has loved Obama, loathed Romney

September 28, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has a history of strong reactions to current major-party presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, generally loving the Democrat and loathing the Republican. A review of Gazette archives found that during his 2003-2007 stint as Massachusetts governor, Romney drew fire from JP residents and officials, especially for his attempts to thwart...

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Congressional candidates spar

September 28, 2012
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The two candidates for the U.S. Congressional 8th District seat are painting different pictures of themselves heading into the Nov. 6 election. Incumbent Stephen Lynch said he is moderate Democrat who tries to work across the aisle, but also is willing to fight Republicans who want to cut social programs for the poor and...

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JPNDC isn’t thrilled about church plan, either

September 28, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has been under fire for its plan to deal away the remaining Blessed Sacrament campus buildings for expensive housing. But critics can count the JPNDC itself as among those unhappy with the plan. “Would it be anybody’s first choice the NDC? No,” said JPNDC...

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Church owners sorry for lack of input

September 28, 2012
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HYDE SQ.–The owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church complex apologized for their secrecy in planning high-end housing on the site, and pledged to hear out any alternative ideas, at a Sept. 19 meeting to address community controversy. But they also indicated that the plans basically remain the same unless someone comes up with millions...

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