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Officials rally against ‘three strikes’

February 3, 2012
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A panel discussion about controversial prison sentencing reforms—including the “three strikes” laws—turned into a political strategy rally by several prominent Boston elected officials on Jan. 27 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. Dramatic moments included a convicted felon tearfully describing the impacts of a throw-away-the-key approach to sentencing, and local state Sen....

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100 low-income units to be renovated

February 3, 2012
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A hundred affordable rental apartments in 14 local buildings are undergoing major renovations this year in two separate, multi-million-dollar projects. Urban Edge, a Jackson Square-based community development corporation, is now renovating 82 units in 10 buildings in the Brookside, Hyde Square and Egleston Square areas. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), another CDC,...

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Showa Boston seeks expansion

February 3, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture aims to add dorm beds, classrooms and cafeteria space to its 420 Pond St. complex. Showa Boston President Ron Provost said that the expansion is necessary to keep up the institution’s financial health in tough economic times. Showa Boston is a branch of a Japanese women’s...

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Staying Afloat

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Protesters, including some from JP’s City Life/Vida Urbana, demonstrate in downtown Boston against “underwater” mortgages, where the mortgage debt exceeds the value of the home, on Jan. 30. City Life was joined by Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street, MassUniting and Chelsea Collaborative in the protest.

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Nursing home expansion OK’d

February 3, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—A minor expansion to the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was approved by the zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) and community groups in recent weeks. The nursing home at 431 Pond St. plans to to tack a 15-foot-long, two-story addition onto its existing building. At a Dec. 15 meeting of the Jamaica Plain...

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Laundry Winner

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Jo Anne Diaz (third from left) is awarded over $1,000 in free laundry service from store manager Karla Castellanos (far right) at the Jan. 16 grand opening of Jackson Square Laundromat at 270 Centre St. Joining Diaz (from left) are JP residents Christopher Newell and Merrill Atherton.

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Target to carry local pet shop’s gear

February 3, 2012
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Local pet snack bakery Polka Dog will debut a limited run of treats and other pet products at Target stores nationwide in May. The national chain’s new The Shops at Target program creates partnerships with small, independent businesses across the country to co-create limited-edition collections. “Someone I’ve never met before, who’s never heard of...

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Tax Expert

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident David Nagle, an attorney with Sullivan & Worcester LLP, was recently elected president of the Independent State and Local Tax Alliance, a not-for-profit focused on state and local tax issues.

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A ‘Haven’ for nonprofit meet-ups

February 3, 2012
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JP has a huge number of nonprofit organization employees, but they don’t have many venues for mingling and sharing ideas. A new lunchtime meet-up at a Hyde Square restaurant is changing that. A suggestion from JP’s Family Independence Initiative-Boston led The Haven, a Scottish eatery at 2 Perkins St., to seat employees from various...

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Cops: Woman aided fugitive boyfriend

February 3, 2012
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A local woman and her fugitive boyfriend were arrested on Lamartine Street last month after she allegedly joined him in a cross-country flight from drug possession charges. Jacquelyn Lungelow, 23, of 267 Centre St. in JP and Raymond Jeffreys, 24, of Worcester were arrested by Boston and state police officers in a Jan. 18...

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