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Bromley-Heath residents pick new advisory board

June 21, 2013
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Residents of the Bromley-Heath housing development went to the polls May 30 and picked a new eight-member Local Tenant Organization, an advisory board that will report to the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The board replaces the Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which was the tenant group for many years and had a rocky relationship with...

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Sorella’s celebrates 30 years in Hyde Sq.

June 21, 2013
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HYDE SQ.— Known for their expansive and unusual menu ingredients and long brunch lines, Jamaica Plain landmark Sorella’s is celebrating 30 years of serving up omelets and pancakes to hungry neighbors. Ellie and Antoinette “Toni” Elias, sisters and owners of Sorella’s restaurant at 388 Centre St., opened their doors in 1983. Sorella’s, Italian for...

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Centre/South to get new trash cans

June 21, 2013
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JP SOUTH—Centre and South streets were expected to get seven new trash cans this week. Following Gazette questions as to the location of several trash cans purchased by Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) about five years ago and since misplaced by the City, City Department of Public Works (DPW) spokesperson Tim McCarthy told the Gazette...

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MassDOT chief meets with Casey critics

June 21, 2013
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State Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Richard Davey met with Bridging Forest Hills (BFH) members Jeffrey Ferris and Kevin Moloney to listen to their advocating for a bridge replacement for the Casey Overpass last month. Davey maintained that the decision for a surface street network is final, according to a spokesperson. Joined by MassDOT...

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Music Fest Shindig

June 21, 2013
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Police Spotlight: Scam targets businesses’ utility bills

June 19, 2013
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The Boston Police Department is warning small business owners about an ongoing scam where a caller demands a utility bill payment via a Green Dot prepaid card. Utility companies never request payment by such cards. The scam has hit at least 50 businesses–15 of them in Boston–over the past several months, and stolen more...

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Jackson Square CAC disbanded

June 13, 2013
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Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which was formed in 2006 to oversee a massive redevelopment of the area, has been disbanded by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), according to that agency and to Rodney Singleton, the former chair of the group. The reasoning behind why the group was disbanded is disputed. It is...

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Politics as Unusual: Look who’s filling the mayoral campaign war chests

June 12, 2013
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It’s both sad and typical that candidates with fat pockets are always considered frontrunners, both in the current sprint for Boston City Hall and in any other race. More often than not, those sitting on the tallest money piles are the most likely to do damage in the name of despicable private interests, from...

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Judge explains why JPNC is not a gov’t body

June 7, 2013
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The written opinion tossing out the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) lawsuit includes a point-by-point demolition of its claim to be a government body. The ruling appears to clarify the status of other neighborhood councils around the city as well. While destroying the JPNC’s argument, Justice Linda Giles’s May 16 opinion also praises the...

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Court: Open Meeting Law may apply to JPNC

June 7, 2013
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A court recently shot down the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial claim in a lawsuit that it is a “municipal board” of the City of Boston empowered to sue over a zoning decision. But in the same decision, the court speculated without ruling that the state Open Meeting Law may still apply to...

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