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Goddard House gets set for closure

August 31, 2012
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The ultimate fate of the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center building at 201 S. Huntington Ave. remains a mystery as it prepares for its closing date of Sept. 8. Goddard House spokesperson Diana Pisciotta, said that after the closure, the building will be cleaned for several weeks. Then the building will be...

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Sánchez backs therapy some call torture

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez is backing a controversial shock therapy that many officials are trying to ban. Some people claim the procedure is tantamount to torture. Bill Allan, a Jamaica Plain resident and activist at the Disability Policy Consortium, said that Massachusetts is the only...

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Sen. Brown visits JP, backs vets memorial

August 31, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown visited Jamaica Plain on Aug. 16, meeting with organizers of a Puerto Rican veterans memorial at the landmark restaurant El Oriental de Cuba at 416 Centre St. “The good senator has committed to help us raise $100,000 for the monument,” said Tony Molina, a JP resident and the project...

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A brief history of S. Huntington

August 31, 2012
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How the institutions came to town S. HUNTINGTON—S. Huntington Avenue, after nearly a century of heavy institutional use, is readying for fast changes: two 200-unit luxury apartment buildings are under consideration by the City, and a new boutique hotel just opened. At the turn of the 20th century, however, S. Huntington Avenue was home...

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JP Observer: Living with wildlife in our urban area

August 31, 2012
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As though on cue, as the sun fell on the evening of July 31, the crickets began chirping in Jamaica Plain for the first time this year—signaling that summer is waning. Right around the same time, another Jamaica Plain insect made the news as mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were found here, something that...

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Scholarship Star

August 31, 2012
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MIT prof sees beauty in overpass

August 31, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The Casey Overpass is doomed to demolition and widely considered one of the ugliest structures in Jamaica Plain. But a professor of architectural history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spotted beauty and drama in the overpass’s massive piers and subtle curve. This spring and summer, David Friedman captured some of those...

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New bar replaces the Old Stag

August 31, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Coco’s Bar & Lounge recently opened at 3171 Washington St., the former location of the Old Stag Tavern. Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, said there was a soft opening on July 20 and a grand opening the next day. She said owners Jose de la Rosa and Leoni Pascasio...

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Day at the Beach

August 31, 2012
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BRA won’t analyze latest census data

August 31, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will not create a local report of the latest U.S. Census data, according to BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. “Those facts and figures had been recently released,” said Schuler, referring to the 2010 U.S. Census, though that is not the most recent census data. The BRA will not analyze the...

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