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Guide to JP: A Brief History of JP

September 14, 2012
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Once referred to as “the Eden of America,” Jamaica Plain is a unique section of the City of Boston. It was part of the Town of Roxbury until 1848. It was then part of West Roxbury, until it finally became Jamaica Plain. Legend has it that the name Jamaica Plain came from the fondness...

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T police warn of Orange Line bike thefts

September 13, 2012
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A rash of bicycle thefts is hitting the MBTA Orange Line stations in Jamaica Plain, according to the MBTA Transit Police. “They’re stealing these bikes in less than two minutes,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury of the thieves. The Transit Police have some suspects in the ongoing thefts, he added. The Transit Police...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Several people have recently contacted the Gazette to complain about tree removal taking place at the Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. Forest Hills is a historic garden cemetery founded 1848 and is...

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161 S. Huntington project vote delayed

September 10, 2012
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The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. is no longer up for an approval vote at the Thurs., Sept. 13 Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board meeting. The BRA announced that the project would be on the agenda last week. “The developer needs to do more work on it,” BRA spokesperson...

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Election results: Hennigan wins clerk race

September 7, 2012
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The Sept. 6 primary election results have been counted, and in the most contentious local race, the incumbent retained the seat. Robert Dello Russo was attempting to unseat Jamaica Plain resident Maura Hennigan for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court. But Hennigan garnered 63 percent of the vote,...

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161 S. Huntington project up for BRA vote

September 6, 2012
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The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. will be heard and voted on by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board Thurs., Sept. 13. It has a high likelihood of being approved, as BRA staff only submits projects to the board when it considers the plans ready for approval. The developer,...

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Casey Overpass repairs completed

September 5, 2012
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The emergency repairs to the Casey Overpass have been completed, but future maintenance will likely be needed, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesperson Michael Verseckes. The eastbound lane was closed for approximately 12 hours on Aug. 31 for repairs after debris fell from a section of the overpass over the T station property...

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Body found in Jamaica Pond

August 31, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A person found dead in Jamaica Pond this morning apparently was the victim of an accidental or self-inflicted drowning, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). BPD detectives are investigating the death as a “non-homicide,” according to BPD. The body was found around 8 a.m. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene,...

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Casey Overpass partly closed for repairs

August 31, 2012
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Casey Overpass partly closed for repairs

FOREST HILLS—The eastbound lane of the Casey Overpass is closed for emergency repairs after debris reportedly fell from the crumbling bridge. The overpass is the State Route 203/Arborway bridge over Washington Street and New Washington Street. Work is expected to begin shortly and last until around 11 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Department of...

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Clerk’s race tops Sept. 6 primary battles

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Sept. 6 primary election is fast approaching and several local elected officials will be facing challengers. The most contentious race is for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court, where Democrats Robert Dello Russo, a former clerk, and office-holder Maura...

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