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Ready to Work

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP youths march in Downtown Crossing as part of a Youth Jobs Coalition rally downtown and at the State House on Feb. 23. More than 1,200 youths from across the state demanded more government and corporate youth jobs programs and tax increases to pay for them. Local groups involved included Beantown Society, Franklin Park Coalition, Hyde Square Task Force, JP Youth Health Equity Coalition, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, South Street Youth Center, Spontaneous Celebrations and Teen Empowerment.

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BPS bus-arrival time improving

March 2, 2012
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School buses in Jamaica Plain are running more punctually than earlier in the school year when they were arriving as late as an hour. “They fixed it three or four weeks ago,” said JP parent Marc Lipsitch, a parent of two children at the Hernandez School, whose bus was running 30 minutes late in...

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Digging in

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Chris Alspach) Young Reya Weintroub digs into some ice cream at J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. on Feb. 20.

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Seaverns Ave. trees to return

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Two mature trees were cut down to accommodate construction on Seaverns Avenue last month. The property owner told the Gazette that new trees will be planted.

A construction project at 21 Seaverns Ave. has caused the felling of two trees, causing neighbor complaints. New trees will be planted, the property owner told the Gazette. Owner Paul Donovan said his project spent a year being vetted in neighborhood processes. He cut down the trees to install a driveway and parking area....

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Pedestrian Struck

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Firefighters treat a woman lying on Greenough Avenue at Centre Street after she was struck by a car while walking on the morning of Feb. 15. The unidentified woman, believed by the Boston Fire Department to be in her 80s, was strapped to a backboard and had a neck brace applied before being taken to a hospital. No citations or charges were issued against the driver, according to the Boston Police Department.

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State will skip overpass decision deadline

February 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will miss its own deadline this week for making the decision about the Casey Overpass replacement project, a spokesperson told the Gazette. There is no new timeline for an announcement and MassDOT offered no explanation for the further delay. “We’re still looking to make a decision soon,”...

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Burglaries return to JP South

February 28, 2012
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The area of the Arborway, Jamaica Street and St. Rose Street, which had a string of burglaries last fall, is seeing another increase in residential break-ins. Most of the crimes have been committed by people who walk around the neighborhood and knock on doors until they find a residence with no one home. They...

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Overpass decision to come this month

February 17, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will announce the decision for the future of the Casey Overpass by the end of the month, the Gazette has learned. MassDOT has also posted answers online to some of the burning questions about the Casey replacement project posed by elected officials and the community since mid-November. MassDOT...

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Bromley-Heath leader retires; BHA takes over

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The leader and co-founder of the Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March, and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will take over. The tenant group will continue to advise the BHA, but will no longer have a management role, BHA spokesperson Lydia Agro told the Gazette....

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Illicit chickens roost in JP’s back yards

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Roslindale resident Benjamin Geffken is covered in chickens raised by neighbor Steven Gag last year.

Chickens may be legally welcome back in the City of Boston soon, much to the delight of Jamaica Plain chicken-keepers. JP has a concentration of secret chickens—in back yards, basements and converted lawn furniture—as chicken-keeping is not allowed under the current zoning code. But the growing interest in urban agriculture has pushed the city...

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