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Super Teens

July 20, 2012
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(Photo by John Lynds) Dennis Kraez (second from left), president of Charlestown’s Super Tours, presents a $50,000 check to Mayor Thomas Menino (second from right) to fund the City’s SUPERTeens program, accompanied by youths in the program, at City Hall Plaza July 11. SUPERTeens is a new program that offers youths in JP and citywide jobs at City community centers, leadership training workshops, and scavenger hunt field trips to cultural institutions on Super Tours’ double-decker tour buses. Co-funded by BNY Mellon, the program “will play a vital role in reinforcing and strengthening our communities for years to come,” Menino said.

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Pizzeria landlord to face threat charge

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The landlord involved in a heated dispute over the closure of the Slice O’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St. will face a criminal charge of making threats after failing to appear at a July 9 court hearing, according to a West Roxbury District Court official. John A. Meehan of Roslindale is scheduled...

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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 17, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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Church to become high-end condos

July 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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Transit Police seek suspect in Forest Hills beating

July 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Transit Police are seeking a man who allegedly punched and knocked out another man at the Forest Hills T Station on July 16. After allegedly accusing the victim of attempting to “steal” his girlfriend, the suspect exited the station at the lower busway onto Washington Street. The suspect is described as...

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Goddard House nursing home to shut down

July 12, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, an enormous nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave., will close forever in September. The shutdown leaves about 100 seniors looking for new homes and puts a question mark on the future of the 2-acre site and its historic 1927 building. It’s just the latest...

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Gang has a violent history

July 9, 2012
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The Egleston Square-based Boylston Street gang targeted by today’s drug raid is known for its violent feud with Hyde Square’s Mozart Street gang, which allegedly has spread mayhem for years not only in Jamaica Plain, but even internationally. The year 2010 was an especially bloody one between the gangs, according to the Boston Police...

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JP gang targeted in massive drug bust; two locals arrested

July 9, 2012
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Defendant Thomas Lugo Jr. (Photo Courtesy Suffolk County DA's Office)

EGLESTON/HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s notorious Boylston Street gang, known for a murderous feud with a Mozart Street gang, was targeted by a massive drug raid this morning that has landed two JP residents behind bars. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican cocaine...

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Church sale looms as developers plan

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. could be sold within weeks. At least two would-be developers are scrambling to draw up plans that could turn it into market-rate condos or a multi-use community space. A community use is supported by the Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit youth organization...

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Best Seat in the House

July 6, 2012
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(Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox) Players from the JP Regan Youth League’s Knit and Stitch team join Red Sox catcher Jerrod Saltalamacchia at home plate in Fenway Park during the U.S. and Canadian national anthems before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 25. Sponsored by the Hood company, the visit was part of a program honoring Little League players who have overcome adversity or made significant contributions to their communities.

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