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Health center parking boost OK’d

July 8, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted at its June 28 meeting to support the Brookside Community Health Center’s request to add 15 parking spaces to its 51-space parking lot that runs along Ackley Place. The council approval followed JPNC Zoning Committee approval of the proposal earlier this month. Zoning Committee chair David Baron...

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Route 39 work may start in spring

June 24, 2011
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Harvest bus stop may stay Web Exclusive MBTA senior planner Greg Strangeways told the Gazette last night that planned changes to the MBTA’s bus Route 39—three years in the making—may not happen until next spring. The project includes the elimination of some stops and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions and improved amenities like new shelters and...

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MATCH finds a new home

June 24, 2011
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PARKSIDE—The MATCH Charter Public School is creating a new elementary school in Jamaica Plain for K1 students and 2nd graders later this year. It will also move its middle school from Wachusett Street to 215 Forest Hills St. for the 2012 school year, as Parkside Academy moves out. The school recently signed a purchase...

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T: Maybe we can fund Arborway Yard

June 24, 2011
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The MBTA may have found a way to fund the long-stalled Arborway Yard bus depot project at Washington Street and the Arborway by using a grant provided by the Federal Transit Administration. The idea was announced during a City Council hearing on the environmental impact of the temporary facility on June 13, held by...

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Good Taste

June 24, 2011
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Good Taste

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‘SoMo’: A South St. nickname is born

June 24, 2011
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“SoMo”—short for “south of the Monument”—is a new name for South Street’s burgeoning business district being pitched to early praise—and some ridicule—by the local McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate office. “As a lifelong JP resident, kind of faded into the background,” said Karen McCormack, the real estate firm’s co-owner. “SoMo” came...

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Masters of disguise

June 24, 2011
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Masters of disguise

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Innovative climbing wall delays playground

June 24, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE A community-designed playground planned for Jackson Square is still going ahead, despite being delayed by safety concerns. Construction was originally slated to happen last month, but is now scheduled for the fall. Because plans for the playground include an innovative play structure, the design team has had to spend longer than anticipated...

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Gentrification in focus at forum

June 24, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE Gentrification—a hot topic in Jamaica Plain because of Whole Foods—was the focus of the latest JP Forum. But panelists said to not blame Whole Foods. Panelist Steve Meacham, tenant organizing director at JP-based City Life/Vida Urbana, made the point that the upcoming Whole Foods Market is a symptom of JP’s current shifts,...

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Connolly focuses on education

June 24, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

WEB EXCLUSIVE If At-Large City Councilor John Connolly had his way, Boston Public Schools would be radically different. A former middle school teacher and chair of the City Council’s Education Committee, “I would pilot the whole system,” Connolly said in an interview at the Gazette office earlier this month, referring to pilot schools—BPS schools...

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