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Hurricane begins hitting JP

October 29, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy is already affecting Jamaica Plain with high wind gusts that will increase as the day goes on. Trees and tree limbs are likely to blow down. Power outages are a serious possibility. Residents should stay indoors if at all possible. The storm is forecast to produce winds up to 65 m.p.h. in...

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Forest Hills, Woodbourne may move out of council district; Arroyo protests

October 28, 2012
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As the Boston City Council’s redistricting process speeds toward a likely approval of a final map on Wednesday, proposals on the table would move the entire Forest Hills and Woodbourne areas out of the local Jamaica Plain district into Dorchester/Mattapan’s District 4. That would mean City Councilor Charles Yancey would represent them instead of...

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Hurricane may strike area; state offers tips

October 26, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy may strike the Boston area early next week as a major storm with heavy rain and strong winds. Even if the storm does not directly hit Massachusetts, it still may have significant local impact. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says that residents should prepare now for possible power outages, flooding and...

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Report: Police spies called anti-war event ‘criminal’

October 26, 2012
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A 2007 anti-war event at a Jamaica Plain church was labeled a possible “criminal act” by “extremists” in a secret Boston Police Department (BPD) file, according to a report that accuses BPD of illegal spying on peaceful protest groups for years. Speakers at the event included famed activist Cindy Sheehan as well as City...

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Safety report: Casey often drops debris

October 26, 2012
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The most recent Casey Overpass state inspection report states that the safety netting currently installed over parts of the overpass is catching concrete debris that would otherwise fall to the ground. But the fabric itself is suffering from “scattered minor tears.” The Structures Inspection Field Report, prepared by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT)...

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Photojournalist recalls path from JP to Iraq and beyond

October 26, 2012
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A photojournalist who got his start in the pages of the Gazette before covering such global hotspots as Afghanistan and Kosovo has published a hard-hitting memoir called “All the Kennedys Are Dead.” Darren McCollester lived in Jamaica Plain for nearly 20 years before moving to Winthrop a couple of months ago. His book is...

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Wood thieves damage trees

October 26, 2012
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Trees in Jamaica Plain and around the city have been damaged in recent weeks by wood thieves who hack off large knobs known as burls. A Dorchester man was arrested Oct. 3 in the Fenway on burl-stealing charges, but officials are warning residents to stay alert to any suspicious tree-cutting. Burls are abnormal growths...

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BRA approves S. Huntington project

October 26, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted to approve a controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. at its Oct. 18 board meeting. The project is expected to come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the next step in getting the City’s approval, on Nov. 13. “This project is really for...

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Warren stops by Doyle’s

October 26, 2012
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U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 23. Warren, a Democrat running against Republican incumbent Scott Brown, was greeted by about 100 vocal supporters and was joined by several local elected officials, including City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley, and state...

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S. Huntington ‘corridor plan’ in the works

October 26, 2012
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—Following months of community outcry and a recent statement of support by Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade, the BRA started to create a “corridor plan” for the S. Huntington Avenue area last week. The “corridor plan” for the area will outline parameters for...

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