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Arroyo, Ross join crowded mayoral race

April 12, 2013
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City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, and City Councilor Mike Ross, who represents part of the neighborhood, joined the mayoral race this week. At least two other JP-area officials—state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and City Councilor Charles Yancey—are still considering a run. “I will bring my skills as a community organizer, my experience...

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Consalvo: Mayor’s Office is about helping people

April 12, 2013
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City Councilor and mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo pledged to bring a mix of innovation—including naming a “technology czar”—and old-fashioned public service to the Mayor’s Office in his first major campaign interview. “We’ll fistfight over who’s the biggest visionary,” Consalvo said of the mayoral candidates in the exclusive interview April 5 at the Gazette office....

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Bromley-Heath to get new advisory board

April 12, 2013
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Residents of the Bromley-Heath housing development will go to the polls on May 30 to elect a new tenant advisory board, according to a Boston Housing Authority (BHA) official. Once elected, the new advisory board will replace the Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which was the tenant group for many years and had a rocky...

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Resident considers lawsuit against Casey project

April 12, 2013
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Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group (DAG) member Bernard Doherty told the Gazette he is considering filing an injunction against the project to protect his neighborhood. “No one prefers to go that route if there’s a reasonable solution,” he told the Gazette this week. “But all our arrows are in our quiver.” Doherty, a member...

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Boston Shines comes to JP

April 12, 2013
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Boston Shines, the City of Boston’s annual cleanup event, will be held Sat., April 27. Organizations and individuals can volunteer to help spruce up city streets and public spaces. In JP, Boston Shines collaborates with a longtime neighborhood cleanup and is among the most popular local volunteer events. The City or local organizers can...

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Owners: Homes rotting after 10 years

April 12, 2013
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Owners of Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)-constructed homes on Mission Hill’s Back of the Hill area are claiming that shoddy construction is responsible for a myriad of problems, including leaky roofs and rotting porches. They are considering legal action against the developers. JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal denied any culpability, but said the...

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Drumming Up Support

April 12, 2013
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BRA head backs Green Line extension

April 12, 2013
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Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade is in favor of the concept of extending the MBTA Green Line to Hyde Square, according to a BRA spokesperson. “The BRA would be in support of the extension,” said BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. She noted that it would increase the economic development of the area. But,...

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City: Norbert School project still needs variances

April 12, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The City has again ruled that the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments needs variances in order to proceed. The developer, Norbert School Associates, had re-filed the project after City said the initial proposal needed two variances. The City rejected the latest proposal, saying it needs three variances. The...

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Curley principal resigns

April 12, 2013
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The principal of the Curley K-8 School at 40 Pershing Road will not return to the school following vacation week. Principal Jeff Slater announced his impending move to California with a letter to Curley parents posted on the Curley School blog April 5. His last day will be Friday, April 12. According to the...

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