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Gang has a violent history

July 9, 2012
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The Egleston Square-based Boylston Street gang targeted by today’s drug raid is known for its violent feud with Hyde Square’s Mozart Street gang, which allegedly has spread mayhem for years not only in Jamaica Plain, but even internationally. The year 2010 was an especially bloody one between the gangs, according to the Boston Police...

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JP gang targeted in massive drug bust; two locals arrested

July 9, 2012
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Defendant Thomas Lugo Jr. (Photo Courtesy Suffolk County DA's Office)

EGLESTON/HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s notorious Boylston Street gang, known for a murderous feud with a Mozart Street gang, was targeted by a massive drug raid this morning that has landed two JP residents behind bars. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican cocaine...

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Church sale looms as developers plan

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. could be sold within weeks. At least two would-be developers are scrambling to draw up plans that could turn it into market-rate condos or a multi-use community space. A community use is supported by the Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit youth organization...

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Best Seat in the House

July 6, 2012
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(Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox) Players from the JP Regan Youth League’s Knit and Stitch team join Red Sox catcher Jerrod Saltalamacchia at home plate in Fenway Park during the U.S. and Canadian national anthems before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 25. Sponsored by the Hood company, the visit was part of a program honoring Little League players who have overcome adversity or made significant contributions to their communities.

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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A “parklet” may go where two cars were parked last week on Seaverns Avenue near the Centre Street intersection.

CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first “parklets” next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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Community centers may lack written deals

July 6, 2012
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It remains unclear what, if any, operating agreement there is between the City and the local organizations that help run community centers. The only known document covering their operation dates to the 1970s. Earlier this year, a committee was formed to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City’s Boston Centers for Youth...

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Bromley Basketball

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photos by Courtney Sacco) The E-13/Probation team (in blue) battles Team Legacy on June 23.

A team featuring players from JP’s District E-13 Police Station and the state Probation Department won the 6th annual Meet the Face Behind the Badge basketball tournament June 23-24 at the Bromley-Heath housing development in Jackson Square. The tournament pits public safety officials against civilian teams as a way to build bridges with the...

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Arborway Yard cleans up its act

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Workers install a new, higher-security fence around the MBTA Arborway bus yard during a community walk-through on June 22.

FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Arborway bus yard is undergoing improvements in an effort to be a better neighbor after being criticized by City inspectors late last year. New, higher-security fencing, gates and video surveillance are all part of the effort to clean up and curb illegal dumping at the facility located at the corner of...

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Mighty Oak

July 6, 2012
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9Photo Courtesy Sarah Freeman) An enormous oak almost as wide a bicycle is among the trees that will be featured on the Arborway Tree Walk on July 17. Hosted by the Arborway Coalition and the Boston Nature Center, it will point out many interesting trees that people may not notice if they only drive on the parkway. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Car-free ‘Open Streets’ details announced

July 6, 2012
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The “Open Streets” car-free event on the Green Street corridor on Sun., July 15, will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, along with parking and traffic restrictions. Part of a new program called Circle the City, Open Streets will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Glen Road and Green, Myrtle and...

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