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Landlord blasted at City Council hearing

November 7, 2014
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The locally controversial firm City Realty was among corporate landlords blasted by activists, officials and disgruntled tenants at an Oct. 20 City Council hearing. Egleston Square-area Councilor Tito Jackson called the hearing. The JP-based housing rights organization City Life/Vida Urbana, as well as Boston-based Chinese Progressive Association and the national Right to the City...

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Feds: Police officer aided street gang

November 7, 2014
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Mel Steele, a former Boston police officer who worked in Jackson Square, was charged last month with making false statements to the FBI, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office. Steele, who was on the Boston Police Department (BPD) Youth Violence Task Force, allegedly made the false statements to the FBI...

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Church Update

November 7, 2014
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Church Update

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Halloween Firefighter

November 7, 2014
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Halloween Firefighter

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Art Corridor

November 7, 2014
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Art Corridor

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Baker wins close election

November 7, 2014
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In one of the closest gubernatorial elections in recent memory, Republican Charlie Baker squeezed out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley during the Nov. 4 general election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, Democrat  state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) trounced Republican David James Wyatt. The senator garnered 90 percent of the...

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‘Shelter’ plans to open in Central JP house

November 7, 2014
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A nonprofit serving the homeless plans to create some sort of group home or shelter of 16 to 18 beds at 221 Chestnut Ave. in an unannounced move into a house owned by the controversial firm City Realty. Neighbors and officials met on Oct. 28 to discuss the impending arrival of the shelter, operated...

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JP Porchfest starts fundraiser

November 7, 2014
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The organizers of the JP Porchfest have started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $10,000. JP Porchfest, which had its first event this year with bands playing on porches throughout JP, is expected to grow in size in 2015. “The funds we raise will cover basic costs like printing and office...

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Townhouse to replace fire-damaged building

November 7, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A vacant property at 306 South St. and 39 Asticou Road that was site of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a two-family house more than a year ago appears set to have a new structure placed on it. William Spinale has applied for a permit on Oct. 17 to build a two-family townhouse...

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JP@Home reaches 100 pledges

November 7, 2014
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, has reached its goal of having 100 pledges to join about a year after starting the drive. The group, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, lets members join in a group purchase of such services...

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