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City services truck to make JP stops

July 5, 2013
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira/Gazette Staff “City Hall to Go,” a truck offering various City of Boston resident services, will make regular Jamaica Plain stops starting today, July 5. The first stop will be at 12:30 p.m. at 3091 Washington St. in Egleston Square. The second stop will be 4 p.m. at Centre...

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A JP win in Supreme Court DOMA decision

July 5, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down a core section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that previously had been successfully challenged by Jamaica Plain residents. DOMA unconstitutional benefits provision banned same-sex married couples from receiving various benefits that opposite-sex married couples do. The Supreme Court ruled that the 1996...

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Historic demolition process reviewed

July 5, 2013
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After a historic house in Jamaica Plain recently was partially demolished without Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) review, the City regulation controlling such acts has been thrust into the spotlight. Meanwhile, the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) is in discussions with the City about the possibility about strengthening the regulation, as other cities have done. Article...

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JP remains beetle-free

July 5, 2013
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Two years after Jamaica Plain first saw Asian longhorned beetles (ALB), the neighborhood remains free of any further sightings of the tree-killing insect. If this season’s inspections turn up no further evidence of ALB by early next year, quarantine measures will be lifted. After six infected trees were discovered at Faulkner Hospital in 2010,...

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Surprise Star

July 5, 2013
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Surprise Star

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101 Brookley Road is sold

July 5, 2013
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A long-vacant property at 101 Brookley Road was sold late last week for over $2 million to a limited liability company (LLC). Chestnut Hill-based Buildex Real Estate, LLC bought the property from Boston-based Planet Street, LLC on June 27 for $2.18 million, according to public land records. “We’re really interested to hear what that...

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Jackson Sq. development gets added units

July 5, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (JPNDC) plan for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. has changed slightly since it was filed with the City in January, as two units have been added to the proposal. “Basically, we are trying to get the greatest number of units within the envelope of the...

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Troubled mansion under repairs

July 5, 2013
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SUMNER HILL—A decaying and vacant mansion at 28 Alveston St. is undergoing repairs, though neighbors remain unhappy at how fast they are happening. The house used to belong to Ellen Robinson until her death last year. Christopher Robinson, the representative of her estate, is her nephew and is heading the property’s cleanup. The house...

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Men’s boutique opens on Centre St.

July 5, 2013
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JP CENTER—A new men’s clothing and accessory boutique opened at 606 Centre St. early last month. Caramelo Clothing Company, named after the Spanish word for caramel, offers designer clothing, accessories and body care products, many of which are created in Massachusetts. “Caramels are sweet, warm and delicious and the good ones stick with you...

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Goddard House property sale process continues

June 26, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The sale process of the former Goddard House property is moving forward, but the exact status of where it stands is disputed. According to a developer, the property is under agreement to be sold to an unknown buyer. But Diana Pisciotta, spokesperson for the Goddard House, said the property is “not yet” under...

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