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Former JP coach charged with attempted child sex

July 20, 2012
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A Roslindale coach who for years ran a youth baseball league that played in Jamaica Plain was charged this week with “grooming” a child for sex. Jose Ortega, 41, was the “commissioner” of the Hyde Park-based Boston Broncos, which appears to have been active since 1999 and at times used a JP mailing address....

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Medical marijuana goes on the ballot

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will soon have an opportunity to help decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. The issue has been placed as a question on the state ballot for November. Supporters of the measure had to gather 79,000 signatures to get the question placed on the ballot. But local state Rep. Jeffrey...

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Sorry, No Drive-Thru

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Stavros Frantzis) A car remains smashed head-on into the Grass Fed burger restaurant at the corner of Centre and Pond streets after an accident around 1:30 a.m. on July 1. According to landlord Stavros Frantzis, the car almost perfectly squeezed into the doorway, doing little visible damage. Grass Fed was briefly closed for cleanup and is back in business now.

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Parklet may come to JP in September

July 20, 2012
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According to the City’s Transportation Department (BTD), a parklet, previously announced for next year, may come to JP in September for one day as part of a pilot program. The one-day test would inform a larger pilot program that would create four parklets throughout the city. JP is expected to see a two-space parklet...

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Medal of Honor sought for JP war hero

July 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Robert Lessard) This undated photo shows what appears to be the original Thomas Street location of American Legion Post 76, clearly named for Michael O’Connell.

FOREST HILLS—A Middleboro man is spearheading the charge to gain the American Legion Post 76’s namesake an upgrade to a Medal of Honor. U.S. Army Cpl. Michael O’Connell, who lived at 79 Carolina Ave. in Jamaica Plain, joined the military in World War I. Along with Sgt. Simeon Nickerson of Middleboro and Pvt. Thomas...

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Unsolved murders that haunt JP

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has seen its share of murders over the years, most of them followed by swift justice for the guilty. But JP remains haunted by some of the chilling cases where a killer got away with it. It is too late to convict anyone for the crime that, nearly 150 years later, remains...

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Super Teens

July 20, 2012
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(Photo by John Lynds) Dennis Kraez (second from left), president of Charlestown’s Super Tours, presents a $50,000 check to Mayor Thomas Menino (second from right) to fund the City’s SUPERTeens program, accompanied by youths in the program, at City Hall Plaza July 11. SUPERTeens is a new program that offers youths in JP and citywide jobs at City community centers, leadership training workshops, and scavenger hunt field trips to cultural institutions on Super Tours’ double-decker tour buses. Co-funded by BNY Mellon, the program “will play a vital role in reinforcing and strengthening our communities for years to come,” Menino said.

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Pizzeria landlord to face threat charge

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The landlord involved in a heated dispute over the closure of the Slice O’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St. will face a criminal charge of making threats after failing to appear at a July 9 court hearing, according to a West Roxbury District Court official. John A. Meehan of Roslindale is scheduled...

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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 17, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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Church to become high-end condos

July 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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