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State puts 4 small parcels up for bids

May 10, 2013
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The state put four small, vacant parcels along the Southwest Corridor in Jamaica Plain up for bid on April 26. The pieces of land—in Central JP, JP South and Sumner Hill—are leftover property seized decades ago by the state to construct what is now the Southwest Corridor MBTA and train line and the Southwest...

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Jackson Sq. residents surveyed about quality of life

May 10, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge, a nonprofit community development corporation, is undertaking a detailed survey of Jackson Square’s property and residents. Required by NeighborWorks America, an affordable housing coalition that is a major Urban Edge donor, the survey will result in a report on area quality of life and resident needs that will be available to...

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JP hosts first mayoral forum

May 10, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Nine mayoral candidates attended a forum organized by the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association this week. It was the first open candidate forum held for mayoral candidates in this year’s race. City Councilors Felix Arroyo, John Connolly and Rob Consalvo; Boston School Committee member John Barros; former Boston Police officer and co-owner of...

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ABCD might go to ‘The Cave’

May 10, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), an antipoverty nonprofit, might soon be providing services at the youth center “The Cave” at the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) spokesperson Lydia Agro. Agro said Big Brother Big Sister Association and the Girl Scouts currently use the space at “The Cave,” but...

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JPNDC lowers asking price for church

May 10, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is continuing negotiations over the Blessed Sacrament Church with a potential buyer, the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), and has lowered its asking price, according to a spokesperson. Jason Hutchinson, who also put in a bid for the church, has withdrawn his offer, according to JPNDC....

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Peace symbol of flowers blooms at pond

May 10, 2013
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PONDSIDE—Call it peace on Earth. Daffodil flowers planted in the shape of a peace symbol are blooming bright yellow on an embankment at Jamaica Pond Park in an unofficial, guerrilla landscaping. Next to the peace symbol is what appears to be a yin-yang symbol of white and red tulips that did not grow in...

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Opening Day

May 10, 2013
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Gazette writer pens marathon bombing ebook

May 10, 2013
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Chris Faraone, a Jamaica Plain journalist who writes the Gazette’s “Politics as Unusual” column, has published an ebook of essays and photos about the week of the Boston Marathon bombing. “Heartbreak Hell: Searching for Sanity in Boston through a Week of Tragedy & Terror” is available for free at a dedicated website, heartbreakhell.marquee.by. A...

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JP artist creates poster to aid bombing victims

May 10, 2013
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Jamaica Plain artist Nancy Marks has created a poster honoring the Boston Marathon bombing victims and raise money for them via The One Fund. Each victim will be offered a free print as well. “The Extra Mile,” a mixed-media and acrylic painting, depicts various pieces of Boston architecture along with candles for the victims,...

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Bombing memorial comes down

May 10, 2013
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The makeshift memorial to Boston Marathon bombing victims in Monument Square, partly by bombing rescue hero Carlos Arredondo, was removed on May 6, apparently by its creators. The memorial had some changes over its two weeks of existence, including the addition of an Islamic symbol that reportedly was vandalized. The memorial honored the three...

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