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JP writer masks identity to publish crime novel

August 1, 2014
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JP writer masks identity to publish crime novel

A Jamaica Plain-based author released a pulp-fiction crime thriller last year under a pen name, due to its “dark scenes.” Going by J.M. Taylor, the author of “Night of the Furies” works as a secondary English teacher in a neighboring suburb. The Gazette agreed to keep his real identity secret. “I wouldn’t want my...

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ZBA to work more, appear on TV

August 1, 2014
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals will hold longer hearings that will be televised and live-streamed online, in a move to boost speed and transparency. Mayor Martin Walsh and the City’s Inspectional Services Department announced the changes, effective Aug. 5. Currently, applicants seeking zoning variances face a wait list of up to six months...

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New beetle infestation pesters Arboretum

July 30, 2014
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Jamaica Plain is facing another infestation of a tree-killing beetle, just months after the end of a multi-year quarantine related to a different insect. A single specimen of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was found in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, and was confirmed by federal officials on July...

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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

July 18, 2014
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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

EGLESTON SQ.—A block of Washington Street that includes former plumbing company and car garage is being eyed for an energy-efficient, mixed-use development. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and Paul Iantosca are looking to redevelop the 3190-3204 block of Washington Street, between Montebello and Iffley roads, into ground-level retail and housing with “some sustainability and energy conservation...

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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

July 18, 2014
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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

More than 30 bands are set to jam for the first annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, which will kickoff tomorrow, July 19. The event will have bands play on the porches of houses throughout JP. Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried are organizing the music event, which is similar to the Somerville Porchfest. “This is a...

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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

July 18, 2014
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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

A “rogue operation” by unknown dirt-bikers created an illegal dirt-bike path in the woodlands next to the Francis Parkman Memorial. The City is saying it has not given anyone permission to build such a path and are looking into fixing the problem. The Parkman Memorial woodland is located next to Jamaica Pond and is...

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Cuadra de Egleston posible sitio para proyecto masivo multiuso

July 18, 2014
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Cuadra de Egleston posible sitio para proyecto masivo multiuso

EGLESTON SQ.— Se quiere convertir una cuadra de Washington Street que incluye una compañía de plomería y un garaje en una instalación eficiente multiuso. Según su abogado Joe Hanley de McDermott, Quilty & Miller, los diseñadores Dan Mangiacotta y Paul Iantosca buscan convertir la cuadra en 3190-3204 de Washington Street — entre las calles...

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2 wounded in shooting incidents

July 18, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—Two recent shooting incidents in Egleston Square left two men wounded, according to MBTA and Boston police. Coming on the heels of a fatal shooting in that area last month, the gunfire is spurring crime concerns. Local City Councilor Matt O’Malley is holding a community meeting about the issue on July 21. On...

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JP BAPA joins chain café opposition

July 18, 2014
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Following in the footsteps of other JP business organizations, the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) has penned a letter of opposition to the opening of a U.K.-based coffee franchise on Centre Street. Caffè Nero is planning on opening its second American location at 733 Centre St., the former home of the...

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Hyde Sq. residents weigh in on improvement plan

July 18, 2014
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The City held on July 8 its second meeting on the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects, which focused on the Hyde Square portion of the project. Attendees’ suggestions for improvement ranging from raised crosswalks to making the area the entryway to the Latin Quarter. About 15 people attended the meeting at the Kennedy Elementary School....

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