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Nonprofits pay ‘tax,’ show community benefits

July 6, 2012
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The City and local nonprofits alike are praising a new system of tax-like payments that saw Faulkner Hospital make the first such payment ever and revealed a wealth of community benefits provided by Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture. Those two nonprofits were the only ones in Jamaica Plain tapped to make the...

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Hennigan faces ethics investigation

July 6, 2012
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The State Ethics Commission (SEC) recently sent Maura Hennigan, clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court, a letter stating it has opened a “preliminary inquiry” into an earlier campaign violation, according to Hennigan. The state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) ruled in April that Hennigan had violated campaign...

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Turner unfairly ousted from City Council, court says

July 6, 2012
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner was ousted from his position illegally in 2010, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) opined earlier this month. The June 15 opinion was requested by federal Judge Mark Wolf, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, who will make the final ruling, Chester Darling, Turner’s civil attorney,...

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Pet supply store coming to Hyde Square

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A new doggie daycare and pet supply store will open in Hyde Square by summer’s end. Tails, which will serve cats and dogs, is expected to open at Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo’s old location at 380 Centre St. by the end of July, owner Yesse Feliz told the Gazette. “We serve people and...

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Food and art at Gail’s Café

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Gail’s looks out to Jackson Square from 268 Centre St.

JACKSON SQ.—A new eatery in Jackson Square is serving up comfort food for Jamaica Plain. Gail’s Café & Grille at 268 Centre St. just opened in April, and its menu includes such favorites as barbecue chicken and ribs, baked haddock, gyros, pulled pork sandwiches and cheeseburgers. Owner Lakis Vlahoulis told the Gazette that a...

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JP remains beetle-free

July 6, 2012
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Two years after Jamaica Plain first saw Asian longhorned beetles (ALB), the neighborhood remains free of any further sightings of the tree-killing beetle. JP can look forward to at least two more years of quarantine and possible pesticide treatments, despite the lack of new sightings since the Faulkner Hospital discovery two years ago this...

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Cops: Man carried gun, drugs

July 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Dorchester man was arrested in the Bromley-Heath housing development on June 19 for allegedly carrying a gun with altered serial numbers and prescription drugs. Jiwan Battiste, 33, “violently struggled” with police during the 9 p.m. arrest outside 940 Parker St., according to a Boston Police Department (BPD) report. Police officers reportedly questioned...

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Local official campaigns for Obama

July 6, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has been traveling to battleground states in the presidential election. He has been campaigning for Democrat President Barack Obama, talking about Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. “It’s been real interesting,” said Sánchez. Sánchez, who has traveled so far to North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado, said...

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JP counselor volunteers in Kenya slums

July 6, 2012
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Mark Blogier is not spending his summer break from Boston Latin relaxing. The guidance counselor and social worker is spending six weeks in the slums around Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, working to improve the lives of African teenagers. “The reality is, I don’t know exactly what I’m doing until I get there,” he told the...

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Tuesday Club seeks variance for market, food trucks

July 6, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, which owns and operates the Loring-Greenough House at 12 South S., is seeking a zoning variance from the City for food trucks and a farmer’s market at the historic property, according to Tuesday Club President Edward Stanley. The hearing is scheduled for July 10. The club needs the...

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