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Survey finds some JP residents struggling

July 6, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), a community development corporation based on Amory Street, recently conducted a survey that found some residents are still struggling despite the Great Recession officially ending in 2009. Richard Thal, executive director of JPNDC, said the organization surveyed about 250 residents in the Hyde and Jackson Squares areas...

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Pond island eyed for erosion fix

July 6, 2012
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PONDSIDE—The island in Jamaica Pond may be shrinking, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is evaluating it while working on a plan to fix other erosion elsewhere in the park. Park advocates, including members of the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA) and Friends of Jamaica Pond, met with a Parks Department official at the...

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City, state to hold solar power workshop

July 6, 2012
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A workshop on installing solar power systems on homes and business will be held July 11 at Curtis Hall by the City and state as part of the new “Solarize Mass-Boston” program. The program aims to double the amount of small-scale solar power installations in Boston as part of a larger state effort. The...

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Man injured rescuing woman, baby

July 6, 2012
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A good Samaritan injured his hand while rescuing a woman and a 1-year-old baby from a rollover car accident at Green Street and Brookside Avenue on June 9, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The accident happened around 1:15 p.m. when the woman reportedly attempted to pass a taxi with her vehicle, according...

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Staff meals foster restaurant family

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Every day at 3:45 p.m., the staff at the Grass Fed burger restaurant stops working and sits down for their staff meal, a requirement and tradition in food service. Most staff meals—a legal benefit for most food service employees who work enough hours—are last night’s leftovers. Some staff meal menus can be unorthodox,...

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Police Spotlight: Burglars like unlocked windows

July 6, 2012
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While JP has not had an overall increase in burglaries, the warm weather has brought several recent incidents of criminals entering homes through open and unlocked windows. Capt. Paul Russell, commander of the local District E-13 Police Station, advises residents to close and lock all doors and windows. Also, do not hesitate to call...

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BPS: JP picks safety over proximity for school choice

July 6, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has completed the first phase of the attempt to craft a new student-assignment plan and is now reporting back the feedback it collected from community meetings and an online survey. The feedback, which is compiled in a report released two weeks ago that can be found at bostonschoolchoice.org, includes...

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Gunfire wounds another victim at Bromley-Heath

July 3, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The wave of gun violence sweeping the Bromley-Heath housing development hit another victim on July 2, when a 19-year-old man was shot and wounded at 960 Parker St., according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Police officers patroling around 12:30 a.m. reportedly heard the gunshots that left the unidentified victim with wounds that BPD...

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Protesters want security at Bromley-Heath

July 3, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—About 20 people gathered today at the Bromley-Heath housing development to protest what they called the lack of response to recent violence there. Protesters said there have been nine shootings at Bromley Heath in recent weeks. “Every day we have a shooting,” said Mildred Hailey, former executive director and founder of Bromley-Heath Tenant...

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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

June 27, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first parklets next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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