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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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Community center rates an issue again

January 18, 2013
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A local youth basketball tournament almost did not happen because of an unexpected fee at the Hennigan Community Center (HCC), but the chair of the organization that oversees HCC says the rules were followed. Rob Lewis, who runs the tournament, said he thought he might have to cancel the tournament when he heard he...

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JP History: Jamaicaway Tower built in familiar controversy

January 18, 2013
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Fifty years ago, in the early 1960s, the Jamaicaway was caught in a familiar struggle. Would a proposed housing development permanently change the face of the neighborhood? Just like today’s S. Huntington area debate, the proposed Jamaicaway Tower and Townhouses would demolish a historic building and impact the Emerald Necklace in order to create...

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