BRA: Washington St. planning study possible

June 6, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) might soon conduct a planning study that would encompass the Washington Street corridor between Egleston Square and Forest Hills, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. That section of Washington Street has several proposed projects on the horizon, including a 283-unit apartment project called “The Commons” at 3593-3615 Washington St....

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Connolly Children’s librarian to retire

June 6, 2014
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Connolly Children’s librarian to retire

HYDE PARK—The longtime children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, Laura Foner, will be retiring next month. Foner became a children’s librarian after having her first child and “falling in love with children’s books,” she told the Gazette. “I was doing a lot of reading with him and I was going to the library,...

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Bibliotecaria de Connolly se jubilará

June 6, 2014
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Bibliotecaria de Connolly se jubilará

HYDE PARK—Laura Foner, la bibliotecaria de literatura infantil del sucursal Connolly desde hace muchos años, se jubilará el próximo mes. Foner se hizo bibliotecaria de literatura infantil después de dar la luz a su primer hijo y enamorarse de la literatura infantil”, dijo al Gazette. “Leía mucho con él e iba a la biblioteca,...

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Shot fired at man on Heath St.

June 6, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—A hooded gunman fired a shot next to a man walking his dog on Heath Street on the night of May 28, according to a Boston Police report obtained by the Gazette. The unidentified victim was walking the dog around 10:40 p.m. in front of 106 Heath St., a building in the Bromley-Heath...

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The T’s Arborway Yard plan: a recap

June 6, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The planned, but long-stalled, new MBTA bus facility at the Arborway Yard, the property at Washington Street and the Arborway, has been in the news a lot recently. Most attention has focused on a Jamaica Plain resident’s alternative plan to build the still-unfunded facility on American Legion Highway instead. But it has been...

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First Church UU minister to retire

June 6, 2014
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First Church UU minister to retire

Terry Burke, minister of First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (UU) for the last 31 years, will retire this month. Burke told the Gazette that he is retiring to focus on his health. He was diagnosed with serious lung cancer in September. He said he’ll also work on writing a novel—and maybe get...

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Children’s Art

June 6, 2014
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Children’s Art

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400 fish die in Jamaica Pond

June 6, 2014
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About 400 dead fish washed ashore in Jamaica Pond over the Memorial Day weekend, a massive die-off apparently caused by warmer temperatures, according to the Boston Parks Department. The fish were mostly perch that had just been placed in the pond in April as part of an annual state fish-stocking program, according to Parks...

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JP Park Party

June 6, 2014
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JP Park Party

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Sights and Sounds, June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 17 for the June 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Annual Neighborhood 5K Run/Walk, led by the Hyde Square Task Force Rookie Runners, to benefit HSTF, Sat., June 7, 8:30am...

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Residents led to Egleston association regroup

June 6, 2014
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About 30 residents gathered in Pablo Calderon’s house in March and told him the Egleston Square area needed a group to help improve the neighborhood. That led to reformation of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA), which Calderon said has drawn about 100 attendees during its first two meetings. “The new Egleston Square Neighborhood...

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Book Box

June 6, 2014
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Book Box

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Parklet could come to Aurum restaurant

June 6, 2014
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JP’s parklet, located last year at 349 Centre St., could find a temporary home this year at Aurum Restaurant at 377 Centre St. Due to ongoing utility work on Centre Street that regularly takes over parking lanes, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will not be able to install the parklet at its original location outside...

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Regan League to hold end-of-year parade

June 6, 2014
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After canceling its annual Opening Day parade due to weather, the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold an “End of Year” Parade on June 28, organizer Harry Smith told the Gazette. The parade will include fire truck and police escort, music, and players from 53 teams marching from the...

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500 Arborway demo timeline coming

June 6, 2014
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The MBTA will issue the timeline for demolition of its office building at 500 Arborway in the next few weeks, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the Gazette. No specific dates are yet known, though Pesaturo previously said demo work would begin this summer. The demolition is part of site preparation for a new bus...

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Baseball Champs

June 6, 2014
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Baseball Champs

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DND holds Heath St. parcels meeting

June 6, 2014
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Following a Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting in April where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND slated a follow-up on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models. The meeting, scheduled after the Gazette deadline, was...

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Meat CSA offered at JP Crossfit

June 6, 2014
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JP Crossfit at 54 Hyde Park Ave. offers something most other Crossfit gyms don’t: a monthly meat-purchasing pick-up. Walden Local Meat Co. offers it wares through a “community-supported agriculture” (CSA) deal, an agreement between farmers and consumers where the customer pre-pays for a share of the farmer’s crop. Walden supplies only grass-fed beef and...

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Library renovation options presented

June 6, 2014
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Various options for the planned renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick Street were shown to the community at a community meeting on May 21. Because of the branch’s age and historic significance, none of the proposed plans can accommodate all the good ideas the team has had, Boston Public Library...

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Memory fragment leads to adoption revelation

June 6, 2014
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Memory fragment leads to adoption revelation

Just a fragment of memory was all that decided whether Jamaica Plain resident Barbara Ohrstrom would find out who her birth parents were. Ohrstrom, who was adopted as a child, has detailed that quest in her book “Searching for the Castle.” “I thought about my birth parents: Who are you? What happened? How did...

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Egleston Sq. businesses could become housing

June 6, 2014
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Egleston Sq. businesses could become housing

Egleston Square’s business district might get a new housing development at 3152-3160 Washington St., according to developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group. Starikov bought the property during an auction in April and told the Gazette he might turn the property into a housing development, as it is “a nice site and right near...

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First Communion

June 6, 2014
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First Communion

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Residents object to Forest Hills development

June 6, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group presented plans to turn 38-42 Hyde Park Ave., at the intersection with Weld Hill Street, into a four-story, mixed-use building during a community meeting May 22. Local residents voiced opposition to the fourth floor, which would need a variance as the area is zoned for three...

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JP Agenda, June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 17 for the June 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., June 18, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St., agenda to include 66 Wyman Street (total renovation of...

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