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JP Observer: Young adults drive the neighborhood

June 22, 2012
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Jamaica Plain is getting younger and younger. Or it seems that way to residents who have lived here for a while. Although JP is diverse in terms of race, ethnic groups and incomes, the truth is that young adults have dominated the neighborhood’s economy and culture for more than 30 years. Nearly one-third of...

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Senior’s lonely death repeats history

June 22, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An elderly woman living alone at 40 Sheridan St. was found dead there this month, almost exactly 12 years after a similar death at the address drew attention to neglected senior citizens. Authorities have been unable to officially identify the woman. But the U.S. Postal Service letter carrier whose curiosity led the discovery...

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Hopping to the Rescue

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Three-year-old JP resident Riley Carey-Brown is swarmed by reporters at the Green Street T Station on June 7 as she clutches Nummy the toy bunny, whom T dispatcher Rhiannon Bernier and conductor Frank Limoni (not pictured) rescued from a fall onto the Orange Line tracks the previous day by stopping a train. Joining her are her parents (from left), Michelle and Casey Carey-Brown. Nummy had no comment about the close call.

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Vacant house is secured

June 22, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of a vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place returned to housing court last week and proved he had secured the house. The owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling, was ordered to secure the property from invaders at a May 21 hearing. “We also asked an inspector go by...

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Three wounded in shooting

June 22, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Three men were wounded in a shooting on the night of June 14 at 279 Centre St. in the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The three unidentified victims all had injuries described as “non-life-threatening,” according to BPD. One victim is 22 years old, another 27, and the age...

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Apartment project IAG forming

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for an apartment building project at 105A S. Huntington Ave. is currently being assembled by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). An IAG is a city-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the city on potential impacts of building projects. The project would build 190 to...

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‘Extreme ironing’ steams into JP

June 22, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Rhea Becker) Anne McKinnon irons a shirt in front of the South Street Mall on June 1.

Anne McKinnon wants to raise the standards for the “slobs of the world.” Jamaica Plain resident McKinnon partakes in “extreme ironing”—a new sport that takes the often-dreaded laundry chore and does it in unexpected and possibly dangerous places. A cursory Google search shows participants ironing garments on mountains, on kayaks and strapped to the...

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State reps. urge teacher contract resolution

June 22, 2012
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Several local elected officials, including state Reps. Jeffrey Sánchez, Russell Holmes and Liz Malia, have signed on to a letter sent to Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) saying they are “disappointed” an agreement has not been reached in contract negotiations. The letter, which was dated June 6, calls for...

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Rt. 39 bus bump-outs questioned

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A Route 39 bus blocks a crosswalk on June 13 while using a Monument Square bus stop set to be relocated.

A major facet of the Route 39 bus renovation plan might be in jeopardy as the project’s start date approaches. The Route 39 bus is slated to undergo changes starting this fall, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new shelters and benches and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions. But the MBTA has...

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Stepping Up

June 22, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Manning Elementary School students (front row, from left) Alida Wetherill, Rory Zaisser and Ricardo Dominguez Jiminez were the top walkers in Partners Step It Up, a collaborative program with JP’s Faulkner Hospital to encourage kids to exercise. The program, run by Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health, outfitted students with a wireless device that monitored how many footsteps they took. In total, Manning School students walked 14.7 million steps, or roughly 4,900 miles, in the eight-week program that ended June 11. Also pictured are: (front) teacher Maria Karloutsos and Partners’ Sherrie MacDonald; (back, from left) Principal Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes; Partners’ Maggie Corcoran and Tracey Benner; librarian Patti Cahill; Faulkner’s Tracy Sylven; and Partners’ Karen Chase.

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