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JP Shines to brighten neighborhood

March 29, 2013
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A new Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) initiative called JP Shines to keep local streets clean will kick off April 11. “We’re launching it around the Boston Shines effort,” said Kim Mitchell, owner of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop at 667 Centre St. “We hope this is a long-term initiative.” Boston Shines...

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Parklet site changed to Hyde Sq.

March 29, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Centre Street across from Wyman Street in Hyde Square will likely get one of the city’s first “parklets” later this year, not central JP, as previously expected. The parklet will be installed in the fall, not the spring as previously announced. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck,...

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Defendants: JPNC lawsuit boosts project costs

March 29, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project is boosting construction costs by $560,000 a month, assuming it is eventually built, according to an affidavit recently filed by the defendants. That claim was made as part of a debate about some Charlestown residents seeking to merge...

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Peace Garden redesign discussed

March 29, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—Tables to play dominoes and more community events were two of many ideas tossed around during a March 13 brainstorming session on the redesign of the Egleston Square Peace Garden, which is located at the corner of Washington and School streets. About 15 people attended the meeting at the Egleston Square YMCA. Other...

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Flute Concert

March 29, 2013
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Community centers MOU fate unclear

March 29, 2013
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A rough draft of the new operating agreement between the City and community centers was expected to be in place by now, but it’s unclear whether it is finished. The City had said in December that it anticipated having the document ready early this year. But repeated Gazette phone calls and emails to the...

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Vacant house faces new lien

March 29, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—A vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place is facing a new lien after going to housing court last year. The owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling, has previously been cited by ISD for improper trash storage, overgrown weeds and for failing to secure the property, the charge that took him...

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Women making history

March 29, 2013
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JP artist prints out Atomic Age jewelry

March 29, 2013
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Jamaica Plain artist Bob Field is combining his long-time love of natural shapes and traditional art with new technologies to create and sell something that sound like they’re from out of the 23rd century: 3-D-printed earrings. Much like a traditional printer lays down layer after layer of ink on paper, a 3-D printer creates...

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Buses still parking in illegal former stop

March 29, 2013
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MONUMENT SQ.—MBTA buses are still frequently parking in a former Monument Square bus stop that was shut down four months ago due to its illegal location and dangers to drivers and pedestrians. The practice continues despite repeated warnings from MBTA management. “Old habits die hard, but we are working diligently to remind operators...

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