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Menino, others mum on mayor’s race

November 23, 2012
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As Will Dorcena gears up his 2013 mayoral campaign, incumbent Thomas Menino and other possible contenders—including Jamaica Plain’s City Councilor Felix Arroyo—are not definitively saying “yes” or “no” to a run. Asked whether Menino intends to run for re-election, spokesperson Dot Joyce noted that she cannot answer campaign-related questions due to ethics laws. But...

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New crosswalk signs installed

November 23, 2012
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JP CENTER—New signs planted in the middle of the road on Centre Street to warn drivers to stop for pedestrians were installed earlier this month after an effort by local residents and City Councilor Matt O’Malley. Called “traffic delineators,” the bright, upright signs note the $200 fine for entering a crosswalk with a pedestrian...

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Café/bar coming to Arboretum Place

November 23, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A 700-square-foot café and bar is planned to open in April at Arboretum Place. The “Simpli Café” would be owned and managed by Jamaica Plain-based WCI Corp., which is the developer of the Washington Street site. It will be WCI’s first foray into owning a restaurant or café, though employees and owner Kevin...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street debuts director, open house

November 23, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has introduced its new executive director, Gerald Robbins, after several months on the job. HJSMS also announced it will hold an “open house” Dec. 6. Main Street is a program introduced by Mayor Thomas Menino to revitalize the city’s neighborhood commercial districts through design, technical and financial support, according...

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BRA to present draft ‘corridor plan’

November 23, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host a community meeting to present a first draft for a S. Huntington Avenue “corridor plan” by the end of the month, BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. “A great team of planners and designers have been selected,” she said. “We’re confident that we’ll be able to...

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Emerging Leader

November 23, 2012
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Centre/South Main Streets head resigns

November 23, 2012
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JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) Executive Director Randace Moore resigned earlier this month after nearly five years in the chair. “It was time to move on and explore other career options,” Moore told the Gazette. “I’m taking a much needed rest.” CSMS programs are expected to continue as planned, CSMS Board President Richard Downey...

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JPNC seeks new members

November 23, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has five vacant seats and is welcoming any nominees interested in joining the council to attend its Nov. 27 meeting, according to chair Ben Day. The JPNC is an elected community organization that advises City government about local issues. It reviews zoning and licensing requests and serves as...

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JP voters favor liberal candidates, causes

November 23, 2012
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Jamaica Plain remained one of the highest-turnout neighborhoods in the city in the Nov. 6 election and continued its liberal voting streak. About 70 percent of Jamaica Plain registered voters turned out for the election, up 5 percent from the city as a whole. They voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, U.S. Senate candidate...

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Gym replaces martial arts studio

November 23, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A longtime landmark of the Forest Hills area, Yang’s Martial Arts Association at 38 Hyde Park Ave. has closed its Jamaica Plain doors and set up shop in Roslindale Village. Part of the space previously occupied is already home to a new crossfit gym, JP Crossfit. Classes continue as scheduled at Yang’s new...

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