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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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BRA approves S. Huntington project

October 26, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted to approve a controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. at its Oct. 18 board meeting. The project is expected to come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the next step in getting the City’s approval, on Nov. 13. “This project is really for...

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Warren stops by Doyle’s

October 26, 2012
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U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 23. Warren, a Democrat running against Republican incumbent Scott Brown, was greeted by about 100 vocal supporters and was joined by several local elected officials, including City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley, and state...

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S. Huntington ‘corridor plan’ in the works

October 26, 2012
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—Following months of community outcry and a recent statement of support by Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade, the BRA started to create a “corridor plan” for the S. Huntington Avenue area last week. The “corridor plan” for the area will outline parameters for...

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Stained-glass window to be preserved

October 26, 2012
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The fate of the historic building at 161 S. Huntington Ave., the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers, is still undecided. But even if the 1914 building is cleared away for luxury apartments, one piece of history will not be destroyed. A Tiffany & Co. stained-glass window that depicts Jesus Christ blessing...

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Former Main Street director charged with larceny

October 26, 2012
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Carlos Schillaci, former executive director of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), was arraigned on Oct. 17 on larceny charges for allegedly stealing nearly $20,000 from the nonprofit, according to a press release. Schillaci left HJSMS in summer 2011 amid accusations that money that was intended for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) had...

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Nov. 6 election to decide president, Senate races

October 26, 2012
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The days are dwindling away to the Nov. 6 election, where Jamaica Plain residents will have four different candidates to choose from for the U.S. presidency. JP residents will also help decide a U.S. Senate race and several ballot questions. U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the candidates for...

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Coworker: Dookhan lied, cut corners at prior lab job

October 26, 2012
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Disgraced state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan lied about her degree and made a minor corner-cutting of procedure in her previous job at a vaccine-making lab, according to a former coworker, who called on authorities to check Dookhan’s work. The former coworker, who spoke to the Gazette on the condition of not being identified,...

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