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Pro-bridge group petitions mayor to reboot Casey project

October 30, 2012
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Pro-bridge group petitions mayor to reboot Casey project

Bridging Forest Hills, the group that advocated unsuccessfully earlier this year for the Casey Overpass to be replaced by a new bridge instead of new surface streets, is circulating a petition to Mayor Thomas Menino that asks him to pressure the state to go “back to the drawing board.” “Please, Mr. Mayor, help stop...

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Fight to keep Forest Hills in JP council district under way; Woodbourne to switch

October 30, 2012
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Woodbourne appears likely to leave the Jamaica Plain Boston City Council district when the latest redistricting plan is voted on tomorrow during the City Council meeting. A question remains whether or not Forest Hill stays in JP, but there is an effort to make sure that happens. City Councilors Matt O’Malley, who lives in...

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Trees down as storm largely spares JP

October 30, 2012
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Trees down as storm largely spares JP

Trees and large limbs are down around Jamaica Plain and the rest of the city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy yesterday. While the gigantic storm devastated New Jersey and New York City and killed people as far away as Toronto, it was not as strong as predicted here. Unlike some coastal areas and...

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Hurricane begins hitting JP

October 29, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy is already affecting Jamaica Plain with high wind gusts that will increase as the day goes on. Trees and tree limbs are likely to blow down. Power outages are a serious possibility. Residents should stay indoors if at all possible. The storm is forecast to produce winds up to 65 m.p.h. in...

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Forest Hills, Woodbourne may move out of council district; Arroyo protests

October 28, 2012
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As the Boston City Council’s redistricting process speeds toward a likely approval of a final map on Wednesday, proposals on the table would move the entire Forest Hills and Woodbourne areas out of the local Jamaica Plain district into Dorchester/Mattapan’s District 4. That would mean City Councilor Charles Yancey would represent them instead of...

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Hurricane may strike area; state offers tips

October 26, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy may strike the Boston area early next week as a major storm with heavy rain and strong winds. Even if the storm does not directly hit Massachusetts, it still may have significant local impact. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says that residents should prepare now for possible power outages, flooding and...

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Report: Police spies called anti-war event ‘criminal’

October 26, 2012
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A 2007 anti-war event at a Jamaica Plain church was labeled a possible “criminal act” by “extremists” in a secret Boston Police Department (BPD) file, according to a report that accuses BPD of illegal spying on peaceful protest groups for years. Speakers at the event included famed activist Cindy Sheehan as well as City...

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Safety report: Casey often drops debris

October 26, 2012
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The most recent Casey Overpass state inspection report states that the safety netting currently installed over parts of the overpass is catching concrete debris that would otherwise fall to the ground. But the fabric itself is suffering from “scattered minor tears.” The Structures Inspection Field Report, prepared by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT)...

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Photojournalist recalls path from JP to Iraq and beyond

October 26, 2012
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A photojournalist who got his start in the pages of the Gazette before covering such global hotspots as Afghanistan and Kosovo has published a hard-hitting memoir called “All the Kennedys Are Dead.” Darren McCollester lived in Jamaica Plain for nearly 20 years before moving to Winthrop a couple of months ago. His book is...

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Wood thieves damage trees

October 26, 2012
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Trees in Jamaica Plain and around the city have been damaged in recent weeks by wood thieves who hack off large knobs known as burls. A Dorchester man was arrested Oct. 3 in the Fenway on burl-stealing charges, but officials are warning residents to stay alert to any suspicious tree-cutting. Burls are abnormal growths...

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