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Shattuck Hospital to close 10-story building

March 29, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Lemuel Shattuck Hospital has plans to “decommission” its Personnel Building, a 10-story tower on its campus that houses a child care facility, administrative offices and equipment and record storage. Shattuck Hospital is a state hospital that treats members of the public as well as prisoners in a secure psychiatric unit. Its main hospital...

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Former Martha Eliot official questions ending service

March 29, 2013
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A Jamaica Plain doctor, who is a former official at Martha Eliot Health Center, in a letter to the Gazette is questioning Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) decision to end adult service at the health center. Dr. John Jewett, who worked at MEHC for 13 years, including three years as the director of adult medicine,...

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Falling concrete at station might have been prevented

March 29, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The loose concrete that recently fell at the Forest Hills Station might have been prevented if an inspection report had been heeded. In early February, loose concrete was removed from the ceiling at the commuter rail platform at the Forest Hills Station, which is located in the southern section of Jamaica Plain near...

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JP Shines to brighten neighborhood

March 29, 2013
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A new Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) initiative called JP Shines to keep local streets clean will kick off April 11. “We’re launching it around the Boston Shines effort,” said Kim Mitchell, owner of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop at 667 Centre St. “We hope this is a long-term initiative.” Boston Shines...

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Parklet site changed to Hyde Sq.

March 29, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Centre Street across from Wyman Street in Hyde Square will likely get one of the city’s first “parklets” later this year, not central JP, as previously expected. The parklet will be installed in the fall, not the spring as previously announced. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck,...

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Defendants: JPNC lawsuit boosts project costs

March 29, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project is boosting construction costs by $560,000 a month, assuming it is eventually built, according to an affidavit recently filed by the defendants. That claim was made as part of a debate about some Charlestown residents seeking to merge...

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Peace Garden redesign discussed

March 29, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—Tables to play dominoes and more community events were two of many ideas tossed around during a March 13 brainstorming session on the redesign of the Egleston Square Peace Garden, which is located at the corner of Washington and School streets. About 15 people attended the meeting at the Egleston Square YMCA. Other...

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Flute Concert

March 29, 2013
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Community centers MOU fate unclear

March 29, 2013
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A rough draft of the new operating agreement between the City and community centers was expected to be in place by now, but it’s unclear whether it is finished. The City had said in December that it anticipated having the document ready early this year. But repeated Gazette phone calls and emails to the...

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Vacant house faces new lien

March 29, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—A vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place is facing a new lien after going to housing court last year. The owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling, has previously been cited by ISD for improper trash storage, overgrown weeds and for failing to secure the property, the charge that took him...

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