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Status of Casey historic review unclear

February 1, 2013
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The current status of a historical impact review of Casey Arborway’s Shea Circle redesign is unclear. The Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) requested in a Jan. 8 letter that the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) reconsider discarded alternatives for the plan to turn Shea Circle into a signalized intersection. It is unclear if that could...

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Ex-mayoral candidate makes movie

February 1, 2013
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Kevin McCrea, who ran for mayor in 2009 and once successfully sued the Boston City Council for Open Meeting Law violations, is making a documentary movie about “inequality in America,” he told the Gazette. “America: Tom & Me” is about “how the rich get richer and the poor get screwed,” said McCrea, himself a...

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Nazareth to host new K1 classes

February 1, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson recently announced an expansion of early education opportunities in the city, including in Jamaica Plain. Grant funds will be funneled to several community-based organizations, including the Nazareth Child Care Center in Jamaica Plain, to create new kindergarten classes for four-year-olds, which are called...

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Dance Partner

February 1, 2013
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Concrete falls from Forest Hills Station

February 1, 2013
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Small pieces of concrete fell from the ceiling Jan. 29 at the commuter rail platform at the Forest Hills Station, but no one was injured and there were no delays, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. Pesaturo said in an email to the Gazette that the MBTA Engineering & Maintenance Department is inspecting the...

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225 Centre developers report on minority hiring

February 1, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Following protests and setbacks, developers for the housing and retail tower going up at 225 Centre St., the first major piece of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment plan, presented what steps they are taking to improve minority hiring practices at a Jan. 16 Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. The developers, The...

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Animal attractions slated for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2013
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Sweethearts can spend Valentine’s Day with the animals at two local events—a flower and chocolate fund-raiser at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and a racy sex lecture at the Franklin Park Zoo. The MSPCA’s annual “Kitty & Puppy Love” fund-raiser at its 350 S. Huntington Ave. headquarters on Feb....

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School fitness program OK after review

February 1, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—Following a Boston Public Schools (BPS) review of its business practices, a physical fitness program at Greater Egleston Community High School (GECHS) is still under way. Generation Fitness, or Gen/Fit, is GECHS Dean of Students Kwadwo Mike Thompson’s program. Students sign up for off-campus, non-team activities like rock-climbing and other challenges, led by...

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Consultant hired for Blessed Sacrament church

February 1, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has hired a consultant for the Blessed Sacrament Church building to vet alternative options for its future, it was announced during a Jan. 17 community meeting at the Julia Martin House. The name of the consultant was not revealed during the meeting. The current plan is to...

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Latino grocer backs out of 225 Centre

February 1, 2013
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The Latino grocery store chain that was considering moving into 225 Centre St. in a controversial move has withdrawn from negotiations. Developer spokesperson Dave Traggorth announced the change at last month’s Jackson Square Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. The CAC is a City-appointed group that reviews redevelopment in the area. The supermarket made the...

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