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Options for JP Library renovation presented

January 18, 2013
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Three preliminary options for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) would add much-needed space to the building, while also sealing the current main entrance. The options were presented during a Jan. 10 community meeting. Which option is chosen will be heavily influenced by the Massachusetts Historical Commission...

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State questions Shea Circle plan

January 18, 2013
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) plan to turn Shea Circle into a standard signalized intersection is being questioned by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC). MassDOT has been told by the MHC that the planned future of Shea Circle—the intersection of the Arborway, Morton Street and Forest Hills Street—would create an “adverse effect” to...

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Centre/South Main Streets loses nonprofit status

January 18, 2013
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Regrouping to begin Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has lost its status as a nonprofit corporation and it is currently undergoing a reorganization. CSMS has not filed a legally required annual report since it organized as a nonprofit corporation in 2001, according to the Secretary of State’s website. The...

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MEPA Casey decision comes today

January 18, 2013
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The state Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office review of the expected environmental impacts resulting from the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Casey Arborway project is expected to be released today, Fri., Jan. 18. The MEPA review will decide if the project requires a more in-depth analysis called an environmental impact report (EIR) or if...

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Curley student shot in Roxbury

January 18, 2013
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A 13-year-old student at Jamaica Plain’s Curley K-8 School was shot and seriously wounded in Roxbury on Jan. 11, reportedly while walking to choir practice at his church. The victim was widely named in major media, but the Gazette generally does not name juvenile crime victims. The Boston Police Department (BPD) described the victim as...

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Café planned near Green St. T Station

January 18, 2013
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A new cafe and bakery operated by a Jamaica Plain resident is planned for the Bartlett Square building at 154 Green St., diagonally across Amory Street from the Green Street T Station. Phil Peterson told the Gazette he hopes to be open by June 1 and was scheduled to hold an informal community meeting...

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JPNDC files Jackson Square project

January 18, 2013
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The Jackson Square redevelopment recently took another step as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) filed plans for a low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The project, which was part of the first phase of the Jackson Square redevelopment master plan that was approved by the...

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Cemetery seeks funds to replace trees

January 18, 2013
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Three months after controversy following the cutting and removal of many trees on its property, Forest Hills Cemetery (FHC) is asking for donations to help reforest the 275-acre historic property. According to a letter sent out by the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) Dec. 21, the cemetery’s “anticipated reforestation will be costly.” The cemetery...

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Amid protests, 225 Centre hiring diversity rises

January 18, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—The housing and retail tower going up at 225 Centre St., the first major piece of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment plan, has set itself to a high standard of hiring diversity. In part, that is because it sits at the heart of a low-income community linking Jamaica Plain and Roxbury that sorely...

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JP chef cooks at (your) home

January 18, 2013
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Personal chef Jen Rogers wants you to have dinner with your family, even if she has to be the one to cook it. “I had been listening to families who struggled every day to sit down to dinner together,” the JP resident told the Gazette. “I decided that it was time to go ...

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