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‘Parcel U’ sale to be finalized this month

March 29, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Developer Urbanica is expecting to sign a purchase and sale agreement with the MBTA by the end of this month, finalizing the sale of “Parcel U” and clearing the way for 120 new housing units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. Vacant “Parcel U,” encompassing about 2.8 acres, is one of a...

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City website’s mystery address turns out to be real

March 29, 2013
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An unusual street address used as a sample on a City real estate website turns out to be linked to a real-life condo recently involved in a mold cleanup problem. The sample address on the City’s Assessing Department site was intended to be fictional, and it is a “complete accident, a complete fluke” that...

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Source: Mayor Menino will not run for reelection

March 27, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino, who has served a record-breaking 20 years in office as perhaps the city’s most popular and influential leader, has told close allies that he will not run for reelection and will announce that tomorrow, according to a source close to the mayor. “It’s a colossal moment,” said the source, who spoke...

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Connolly pledges ‘new energy’ as mayor, blasts Menino

March 27, 2013
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City Councilor John Connolly pledged to improve everything from public schools to the arts scene, while blasting incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino’s City Hall as lacking vision and transparency, in Connolly’s first major interview about his mayoral campaign. “While I deeply respect the mayor’s commitment to the city, we need an infusion of new energy...

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Former Martha Eliot official questions ending service

March 27, 2013
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A Jamaica Plain doctor who is a former official at Martha Eliot Health Center in a letter to the Gazette is questioning Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) decision to end adult service at the health center. Dr. John Jewett, who worked at MEHC for 13 years, including three years as the director of adult medicine,...

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Woman knocked down, robbed on Arborway

March 26, 2013
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ARBORWAY—A woman was knocked down and robbed by two suspects on the Arborway near the Jamaica Place intersection on the evening of March 20, according to Boston Police reports confirmed to the Gazette by Capt. Paul Russell, commander of Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. One suspect knocked the woman to the ground and...

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Casey opposition gets louder, but doesn’t sway officials

March 15, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Opponents of the Casey Arborway plan are turning out in greater numbers, though they are no closer to overturning the state’s decision, according to key elected officials. Despite the vocal opposition, local elected officials, including state reps. Russell Holmes and Liz Malia, who are critical of the at-grade plan, and Boston Mayor Thomas...

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Death of a Tree

March 15, 2013
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Death of a Tree

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Green Line extension to Hyde Square proposed

March 15, 2013
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The Arborway Committee, a transit advocacy group, recently released a report advocating for the extension of Green Line streetcar service to Hyde Square. The report includes various alternatives, including one routing the streetcar through the Hyde Square rotary. The Gazette learned of the report during the State of Our Neighborhood forum Feb. 26. “The...

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Ex-Mayor Flynn backs JPNC lawsuit

March 15, 2013
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Former Mayor Raymond Flynn supports the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) right to sue the City in its controversial lawsuit, he told the Gazette in a phone interview March 8. Flynn created the JPNC and other neighborhood councils around the city in the 1980s to advise City Hall. He said he did not consider...

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