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Housing Help

July 18, 2014
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Housing Help

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Famous graves, historic gardens: 165 years at Forest Hills Cemetery

July 18, 2014
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The stone gate at the entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

Right in the heart of the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain, nestled between Franklin Park and the Arnold Arboretum, one of the nation’s first garden cemeteries can be found: Forest Hills Cemetery. The 195 Forest Hills St. landmark was established in 1848 as a municipal cemetery for the City of Roxbury, then a...

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JP History: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

July 18, 2014
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JP History: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

On those sultry summer days, some people might eye that crystal-clean body of water known as Jamaica Pond and ponder the prohibition that prevents them from taking a refreshing dip. For centuries, generations of sweltering Bostonians swam in the pond. Swimming was shut down only about 40 years ago. The City says that that...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 18, 2014
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 years ago: 2009 City Councilor and mayoral candidate Sam Yoon called for the creation of a city “Department of Neighborhood Associations”; a city budget process that includes extensive community meetings; and the formation of a charter commission to consider fundamental changes to the...

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Editorial: Rattling the chains

July 18, 2014
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JP debating the arrival of a multinational chain store is nothing new. But in the ever-speeding Manhattan-ization of Boston, the context is now different, and it may well be that such chains are here to stay. The wild gentrification of local housing gets a lot of attention, but it also spurs commercial gentrification. As...

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Detectives investigate larceny at smoke shop

July 17, 2014
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Detectives investigate larceny at smoke shop

Detectives at Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 are investigating a larceny that occurred Sunday July 13 at the Smoke Shop Variety at 666 Centre St., according to bpdnews.com. Responding officers were informed that a suspect had walked behind the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register while the store employee was...

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Washington/Green project dropped from agenda

July 15, 2014
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The status of a proposed development along Washington and Green streets is unclear, as it was supposed to appear for the second time before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on July 16 before being pulled from the agenda. The project is scheduled to appear before the City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBA)...

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Man shot at Stony Brook T Station

July 7, 2014
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A man was shot around 8 p.m. tonight near the entrance to the Stony Brook T Station, according to MBTA Transit Police. The 23-year-old victim suffered a wound that Transit Police described as apparently non-life-threatening. Transit Police detectives are investigating. Anyone with information can contact the Criminal Investigation Unit at 617-222-1050 or anonymously by texting...

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BLC holds demo delay hearing tomorrow

July 7, 2014
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) will hold a demolition delay hearing on 213 Lamartine St. tomorrow evening at City Hall, according to the BLC meeting agenda. The plan would demolish the existing two-family house and replace it with a three-unit building. The demolition delay ordinance, which is Article 85 of the zoning code, requires...

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Washington/Green project pulled from Zoning agenda

July 7, 2014
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A revived proposal for a mixed-use redevelopment of properties at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. have been withdrawn from the agenda of the July 16 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting. The withdrawal came at the request of project attorney Joseph Feaster, according to Zoning Committee chair Dave Baron. Two other...

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