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Footlight Club fundraising for total renovation

July 4, 2014
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The Footlight Club—America’s oldest community theater— is working on raising up to $186,000 to upgrade its fire alarm and safety systems as part of a massive renovation to its Eliot St. home. Maria Wardwell, Footlight Club board president, told the Gazette that, while the building is safe and has all its safety permits, the...

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Suspect arrested in Arboretum sexual assault

July 4, 2014
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ARBORWAY—A suspect has been arrested in a June 25 sexual assault and robbery at the Arnold Arboretum, according Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect, 23-year-old Ashton Davis, was arrested the following day by the Boston Police Department (BPD). Data from a GPS bracelet that Davis was wearing due to another case helped lead...

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Teardown projects return to agenda

July 4, 2014
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Three different controversial plans to tear down existing buildings and replace them with denser development return July 16 to the agenda of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee. And another teardown project at 213 Lamartine St. goes before the Boston Landmarks Commission on July 8. The teardown projects on the Zoning Committee’s agenda...

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No parklet space found yet

July 4, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—The City still hasn’t found a new location for Jamaica Plain’s parklet, months after it was planned to return. future of JP’s parklet. Boston Transportation Department spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos told the Gazette that “BTD is still working to find a parklet location in Jamaica Plain.” Due to ongoing utility work on Centre Street...

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Census of 7K Emerald Necklace trees completed

July 4, 2014
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The Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) and its partners have sponsored an extensive census of the Emerald Necklace’s trees as a starting point for a long-term management plan. Co-sponsored by the Arborway Coalition, the ENC, the Friends of Jamaica Pond, the Friends of Olmsted Park Boston and Olmsted 2022, the census surveyed 7,000 trees and...

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Boston shortlisted to bid for 2024 Olympics

July 4, 2014
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Boston has been shortlisted as a possible U.S. host for the 2024 Summer Olympics, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Jamaica Plain-based City Councilor Matt O’Malley has been a supporter of exploring the possibility. “The U.S. Olympic Committee was very keen on Boston,” O’Malley told the Gazette last week. “There are...

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Book Party

July 4, 2014
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Book Party

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JPNC supports Green Line extension

July 4, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted during its meeting last month to support the proposal to extend the Green Line to Hyde Square, according to JPNC member Michael Reiskind. But the MBTA said now is not the time to do such a proposal. “The MBTA is pleased that the neighborhood would like to...

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Casey Protest

July 4, 2014
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Casey Protest

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City adds South St. to street redesign project

July 4, 2014
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The City has heeded Jamaica Plain residents’ concerns and will include South Street in the upcoming street redesign project that will now go from Jackson Square to Forest Hills, according to Rachel Szakmary of the Boston Transportation Department. The City will hold a meeting July 8 at the Kennedy Elementary School on the Hyde...

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