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JPNDC files Jackson Square project

January 18, 2013
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The Jackson Square redevelopment recently took another step as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) filed plans for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The project, which was part of the first phase of the Jackson Square redevelopment master plan that was approved by the...

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Cemetery seeks funds to replace trees

January 18, 2013
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Three months after controversy following the cutting and removal of many trees on its property, Forest Hills Cemetery (FHC) is asking for donations to help reforest the 275-acre historic property. According to a letter sent out by the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) Dec. 21, the cemetery’s “anticipated reforestation will be costly.” The cemetery...

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Amid protests, 225 Centre hiring diversity rises

January 18, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—The housing and retail tower going up at 225 Centre St., the first major piece of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment plan, has set itself to a high standard of hiring diversity. In part, that is because it sits at the heart of a low-income community linking Jamaica Plain and Roxbury that sorely...

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JP chef cooks at (your) home

January 18, 2013
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Personal chef Jen Rogers wants you to have dinner with your family, even if she has to be the one to cook it. “I had been listening to families who struggled every day to sit down to dinner together,” the JP resident told the Gazette. “I decided that it was time to go ...

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T restores Green Line runs, but more cuts loom

January 18, 2013
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch The MBTA has quietly restored some of the Green Line streetcar’s runs to Heath Street, which had been eliminated last year as part of controversial budget-related service cuts. But the MBTA’s budget crisis hasn’t gone away and it may face “unpleasant choices” again this year, according to spokesperson...

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Lynch may be in, Capuano out for Senate run

January 18, 2013
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With John Kerry, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, expected to be confirmed soon as the next U.S. secretary of state, elected officials are gearing up for another special election. U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (5th District) has declared his intention to run, while U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District), who represents a portion of...

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Former JPNC chair backs lawsuit

January 18, 2013
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Kevin Moloney, a former chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), has been “consulting” with the JPNC in support of its controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. housing development, he told the Gazette. He defended the JPNC’s claim in the lawsuit that it is a government body, explaining that it arguably...

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BRA ‘still listening’ on S. Huntington plan

January 18, 2013
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The community again asked the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for height and materials restrictions for new projects in the S. Huntington Avenue area, along with more local retail space and integrated affordable housing, during the second community meeting Jan. 9 about creating a “corridor vision.” The BRA is conducting its “corridor study” in response...

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Match Day School may move

January 18, 2013
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The Match Community Day School, currently at 86 Wachusett St., may have found its new home in Mattapan. While a purchase and sale agreement has been signed, Match Chief Operating Officer Mike Larsson said, it does not mean the move is certain. “It allows us to do our due diligence,” Larsson said. “Obviously, many...

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State shuts down hair salon; reopening planned

January 18, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—State regulators yesterday shut down the Amp Hair Studio salon at 482 Centre St. for operating without a license. Owner Aura Peguero told the Gazette that she applied for the license today and expects to be back in business in about two weeks. But there is no guarantee she will get the license,...

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