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Cops: Baby kidnapped from JP home

April 27, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—An Allston woman allegedly kidnapped an 8-month-old baby from a Jamaica Plain home on April 17, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The baby was recovered safely at 70 Weaver Court in Jackson Square’s Academy Homes housing development. Andrea K. Martin, 25, was arrested and charged with kidnapping. An unidentified caregiver was...

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Duck houses installed in park

April 27, 2012
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PONDSIDE—Boxes intended as homes for wood ducks have been installed in Olmsted Park in an attempt to help the colorful, formerly rare bird bounce back in the area. Two wooden boxes mounted atop poles were installed late last month, one in Ward’s Pond and one in Leverett Pond, by Jamaica Plain and Brookline park...

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Ross seeks Green Line traffic cameras

April 27, 2012
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City Councilor Mike Ross is attempting to apply the brakes to motorists who speed by the Green Line while passengers enter and exit the trolley. He has filed a home-rule petition in the City Council that would install trolley cameras intended to capture the law-breaking culprits. “This is such a public safety need,” said...

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Condo project talks continue

April 27, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Attorney Peter Fenn aims to have an updated plan this summer to demolish his 71 South St. law office and replace it with a five-unit condo building, he told the Gazette. Some neighbors expressed concerns about the proposal’s density and parking when Fenn announced it in December 2011. The existing property includes a...

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Chef, author injured in bike crash

April 27, 2012
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CANARY SQ.—A Jamaica Plain chef and bestselling cookbook author was injured April 6 when her bicycle hit a car door at Centre and Moraine streets. Didi Emmons said she spent a night in the hospital with a concussion after the accident in a post on her Facebook page. She noted that she fell in...

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Fire leaves 14 homeless

April 25, 2012
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A porch fire at an 83 Paul Gore St. residential building has left 14 people homeless until repairs are made. The Boston Fire Department did not respond to Gazette questions about the cause of the April 20 fire. A fund to assist the residents has been set up through the Neighbors for Neighbors organization...

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Jackson Sq. property to become parking lot

April 25, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Local developer Mordechai Levin is planning on turning the property at 41 Amory St. into an 84-vehicle parking lot. “To be honest with you, much of Jamaica Plain needs more parking. Much of the city needs more parking. It’s an old city,” said Levin. The site was previously used for “wrecking, dismantling and...

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Police seek school sex crime suspect

April 25, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—A man exposed his genitals to children outside a local school on April 24 and is being sought by police, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The suspect, described as a short white male in blue jeans, reportedly approached children playing outside the Hollow Reed School at 93 Sedgwick St. around 10:30...

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Court clerk violated campaign law, must pay $2K

April 18, 2012
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Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County criminal court system and a JP resident, violated campaign finance law last year and must pay $2,000, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance ruled yesterday. Hennigan had court employees label envelopes intended for sending out her political campaign materials, with the work done in...

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Construction chopper to slow J-way traffic on Sunday

April 17, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A helicopter is slated to land at Daisy Field and haul equipment to the roof of the 30-story Jamaicaway Tower on Sun., April 22, resulting in some traffic restrictions on the Jamaicaway, according to the president of the tower’s board of directors. The $100,000 helicopter ride is the only way to get a new...

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