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T chief: Our plan kills my own bus ride

February 3, 2012
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The scores of T riders who complained to MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis about proposed service cuts at a Jamaica Plain meeting on Feb. 1 probably did not know that they were speaking to one of their own. The MBTA’s universally hated plan would kill the 326 express bus from Medford that Davis...

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Hundreds protest T cuts

February 3, 2012
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A parade of 75 speakers, including many Jamaica Plain officials and residents, blasted the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts at a Roxbury Community College meeting on Jan. 19. Another meeting was slated to be held Wednesday night in JP as the Gazette went to press. At least 250 people attended the Jan....

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Overpass delay continues amid debate

February 3, 2012
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Traffic study is reviewed FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) decision on the future of the Casey Overpass is still delayed, largely due to state Rep. Liz Malia’s pushing for further study of MassDOT’s data. Meanwhile, some Working Advisory Group (WAG) members are starting to worry that continued delays might jeopardize the project....

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LGBT seniors fund to launch

February 3, 2012
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(Image Courtesy MAD STU Media) Partners Alexandre Rheaume (left) and Lawrence Johnson in the film “Gen Silent.”

Ethos, the Jamaica Plain-based senior care organization, is launching a groundbreaking fund to assist the neglected population of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders. The Ethos Equality Fund will be formally announced at a Feb. 16 event at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, along with the screening of a documentary film that...

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Cientos llegan a denunciar el T

February 3, 2012
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Un desfile de 75 oradores, incluso muchos oficiales y residentes de Jamaica Plain, denunciaron la propuesta del MBTA a subir precios y cortar servicios en una reunión en Roxbury Community College el 19 de enero. Había otra reunión el miércoles por la noche. Por lo menos 250 personas asistieron a la reunión del 19...

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Housing planned for children’s home

February 3, 2012
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A major developer of multi-family housing will acquire the 3.5-acre Home for Little Wanderers campus on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a company spokesperson. Boston Residential Group “is planning to develop” the children’s home property at 161 S. Huntington Ave., said spokesperson Janey Bishoff. Company CEO Curtis Kemeny was not immediately available for comment,...

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Homeless care project wins in court

February 3, 2012
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PARKSIDE—After nearly a year in court, the developers of a care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have won the right to proceed with construction. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House at...

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Former Mayor White dies; helped change JP

February 3, 2012
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Former Boston Mayor Kevin White, whose decentralized city government gave more power to Jamaica Plain, died at age 82 on Jan. 27. “He was a great man,” said Larry DiCara, a JP resident who served as a city councilor for 10 years during White’s administration. White spent part of his childhood in Pondside and...

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BPL: No money for JP Branch plan

February 3, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s long-sought renovation is still on ice due to lack of funds, Boston Public Library (BPL) officials said last week, despite their enthusiasm for the project. BPL Chief Financial Officer Sean Nelson explained during a meeting discussing the BPL’s financial status at the JP library that the library’s capital budget...

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Nonprofits make ‘tax’ payments

February 3, 2012
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Details still unclear Big nonprofit institutions recently paid $9.4 million in tax-like contributions under the City of Boston’s reformed “payment in lieu of taxes” or PILOT system. That is a 24 percent boost to income from the old system, according to a press release from Mayor Thomas Menino’s office. But it remains unclear what...

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