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JPNC seeks new members

November 20, 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 20-member community organization that advises City government about local issues. It reviews zoning and licensing requests and serves...

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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington site

November 14, 2012
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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington site

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—About 10 dolls adorned with protest signs are arranged around a tree at the Home for Little Wanderers at 161 S. Huntington Ave., an effort carried out by a new Occupy JP-affiliated group called Babies Against Boondoggles, according to an Occupy JP member. The display is...

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Police Spotlight: National Grid warns of bill pay scam

November 13, 2012
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The utility company National Grid is warning its customers of a bill-payment telephone scam being operated by criminals in the New England area. The scammers call a customer and ask them to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak pre-paid credit card to pay a balance or pay for replacing a faulty meter. The scammer then...

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S. Huntington project approved by City

November 13, 2012
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The City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted this morning to approve the variances requested by the developers of the luxury apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. in the midst of great community opposition. The project still needs approval from the city’s Parks Commission, tentatively scheduled for next week, Larry DiCara, the attorney...

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BTD chief: Mayor won’t oppose Casey plan, backs process

November 9, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Mayor Thomas Menino will not oppose the Casey Arborway plan despite a petition calling for him to do so, and he backs the state’s ongoing planning process, the City’s transportation commissioner told the Gazette today. “I know folks want the mayor to come in and say, ‘Hey, I absolutely support ’...

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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

November 9, 2012
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There was a large local turnout for the Nov. 6 election with Jamaica Plain residents facing long lines at some polling stations. President Barack Obama won reelection, challenger Elizabeth Warren topped incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and the state approved medical marijuana. JP residents also saw the beginnings of the 2013 mayoral race. Will...

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Local activists honor POW/MIAs

November 9, 2012
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Local activists honor POW/MIAs

The Jamaica Plain-based chapter of Rolling Thunder, a national nonprofit focused on supporting military veterans and retrieving prisoners of war (POW) and servicepeople missing in action (MIA), is bringing the New England Patriots a new accolade: the first team in the NFL to honor POW/MIAs in their home stadium with a chair. A POW/MIA...

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Pro-bridge group asks mayor to reboot Casey project

November 9, 2012
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Pro-bridge group asks mayor to reboot Casey project

FOREST HILLS—Bridging Forest Hills, the group that advocated unsuccessfully earlier this year for the Casey Overpass to be replaced by a new bridge instead of new surface streets, is circulating a petition to Mayor Thomas Menino that asks him to pressure the state to go “back to the drawing board.” “Please, Mr. Mayor, help...

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Proyecto de Norbert criticado por precios, estacionamiento

November 9, 2012
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Proyecto de Norbert criticado por precios, estacionamiento

HYDE SQ.—El plan para convertir el Norbert School en 21 departamentos comerciales recibió mucha crítica durante una reunión de Boston Redevelopment Authority el 1 de noviembre en el Hennigan School. Asistieron alrededor de 45 personas. El edificio, ubicado en 26 Sunnyside St, es parte del campus de Blessed Sacrament Church. Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development...

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Developers’ donations stir debate

November 9, 2012
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Campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects have become controversial after being spotlighted by local activists. Developer Curtis Kemeny has just been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to create 196 units of luxury apartments, mostly one-bedrooms, on the current site of...

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