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T to demolish 500 Arborway building

March 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA will issue a “site preparation” contract this summer for the Arborway Yard that includes demolishing the now vacant 500 Arborway office building. But the full reasons and funding for the work remain mysterious, as it is preparation for building a still unfunded $200 million bus maintenance facility—a plan that has stalled...

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Zoo to build ‘learning playground’

March 28, 2014
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Zoo to build ‘learning playground’

Franklin Park Zoo announced last week plans to replace its children’s zoo section with a $6.6 million “learning playground” project called “Nature’s Neighborhoods.” The “nature-based educational exhibit for children,” as described by Zoo New England’s Vice President for Development Suzanne Thompkins, will compare various ecosystems to neighborhoods. Grasslands, woodlands and wetlands will form the...

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Forum brings state candidates to JP

March 28, 2014
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Following its successful governor candidate forums last fall, the JP Progressives recently brought to JP several Democratic state office-seekers for lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer. At a March 19 forum at Doyle’s Cafe, attorney general (AG) candidate and former Jamaica Plain resident Maura Healey spoke about her experience fighting for equality in the...

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Sportsmanship Winner

March 28, 2014
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Sportsmanship Winner

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Zoo a construir un ‘patio de aprendizaje’

March 28, 2014
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Franklin Park Zoo anunció la semana pasada su plan de sustituir la sección del zoológico para niños por un ‘patio de aprendizaje’ llamado “Nature’s Neighborhoods” valorado en $6.6 millones. La vicepresidente de desarrollo del zoo, Suzanne Thompkins, la describió como “una exhibición educativa para niños basada en la naturaleza.” Comparará varios ecosistemas con vecindarios....

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State rep. to lead AIDS Action Committee

March 28, 2014
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State rep. to lead AIDS Action Committee

State Rep. Carl Sciortino will be the new executive director of Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and will resign from office April 4 to take the job, the nonprofit announced March 25. Sciortino is openly gay and is living with HIV, he said in a press release. He takes over for Rebecca...

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Egleston Sq. Main Street hires new executive director

March 28, 2014
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Egleston Sq. Main Street hires new executive director

Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS), a business promotion organization, has hired Luis Edgardo Cotto as its new executive director, according to a press release. Cotto will take over March 31 from interim Executive Director Giovanna Tapia, who in turn replaced Betsy Cowan when she left last fall to join the City’s Department of Neighborhood...

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First Thursday relaunches with new art, reduced schedule

March 28, 2014
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CENTRE/SOUTH—Centre/South Main Streets’ (CSMS) flagship event, the monthly neighborhood art walk First Thursday, has been retooled with a new April-to-October schedule in a more structured format. Held on the First Thursday of each month, the evening event features art exhibits in local businesses along with live entertainment. In recent years, it has been a...

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JP has new police captain

March 28, 2014
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Jamaica Plain has a new police commander who grew up in the neighborhood. Capt. Alfredo Andres took over for Capt. Paul Russell earlier this year at District E-13 Police Station, which is located at 3345 Washington St. Andres was not immediately available for an interview. According to Boston Police Department (BPD) spokesperson Sgt. Mike...

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Legal clinic offers free workshops in basic law

March 28, 2014
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A Harvard Law School clinic in Jamaica Plain is offering free workshops in basic law tomorrow. The Legal Services Center (LSC) at 122 Boylston St. offers low-cost legal services that cover a wide range of civil services, like divorce, representation for veterans and suing predatory lenders. The LSC will be holding its Second Annual...

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