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Guide to JP: Mayor: JP’s business areas have special delights

September 14, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

By Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Special to the Gazette   Jamaica Plain has become an even livelier place to visit lately! One reason is the extension of the very popular JP Centre/South Main Streets’ First Thursdays into a year-round event. The stroll has grown a great deal in the seven years since it began...

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Guide to JP: What Makes JP Unique

September 14, 2012
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JP boasts a diverse population of about 38,000, according to the 2010 census: 54 percent white; 25 percent Hispanic/Latino; 13 percent African-American; and 4 percent Asian. JP has a large gay and lesbian population and is home to several prominent GLBT rights activists. Once called “The Eden of America” by a visitor, according to...

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Guide to JP: JP is Green

September 14, 2012
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Though Jamaica Plain is part of the city of Boston, the parks, urban wilds, playgrounds and community gardens, many supported by the city and state, allow an escape from an overdose of urban life. JP is bordered on three sides by green space, including several jewels of the Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law...

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Guide to JP: JP Places and Politics

September 14, 2012
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Just as Jamaica Plain’s population is composed of a wide range of people and groups, the Boston neighborhood is divided into various sections for different purposes. Subneighborhoods Jamaica Plain is divided into 11 major sub-neighborhoods  recognized on the Boston Redevelopment Authority zoning map and largely used by locals. Within each sub-neighborhood there are other,...

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Guide to JP: A Brief History of JP

September 14, 2012
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Once referred to as “the Eden of America,” Jamaica Plain is a unique section of the City of Boston. It was part of the Town of Roxbury until 1848. It was then part of West Roxbury, until it finally became Jamaica Plain. Legend has it that the name Jamaica Plain came from the fondness...

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T police warn of Orange Line bike thefts

September 13, 2012
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A rash of bicycle thefts is hitting the MBTA Orange Line stations in Jamaica Plain, according to the MBTA Transit Police. “They’re stealing these bikes in less than two minutes,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury of the thieves. The Transit Police have some suspects in the ongoing thefts, he added. The Transit Police...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Several people have recently contacted the Gazette to complain about tree removal taking place at the Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. Forest Hills is a historic garden cemetery founded 1848 and is...

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161 S. Huntington project vote delayed

September 10, 2012
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The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. is no longer up for an approval vote at the Thurs., Sept. 13 Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board meeting. The BRA announced that the project would be on the agenda last week. “The developer needs to do more work on it,” BRA spokesperson...

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Election results: Hennigan wins clerk race

September 7, 2012
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The Sept. 6 primary election results have been counted, and in the most contentious local race, the incumbent retained the seat. Robert Dello Russo was attempting to unseat Jamaica Plain resident Maura Hennigan for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court. But Hennigan garnered 63 percent of the vote,...

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161 S. Huntington project up for BRA vote

September 6, 2012
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The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. will be heard and voted on by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board Thurs., Sept. 13. It has a high likelihood of being approved, as BRA staff only submits projects to the board when it considers the plans ready for approval. The developer,...

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