Community skeptical of Franklin Park Olympics use

March 6, 2015
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Boston 2024 underwent a barrage of aggressive questioning from community members about its proposed use of Franklin Park as an Olympics venue at a meeting last night, March 5. The majority of the roughly 80 attendees at the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC)-hosted meeting ranged from skeptical to outright hostile about the Olympics plan. Boston...

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2nd suspect charged in Centre St. murder

February 27, 2015
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A second suspect has been charged in the Feb. 11 shooting death of Kenneth Lamour, a 21-year-old Hyde Park resident who was working as a snow-shoveler at 891 Centre St. at the time of his murder. Donte Henley, 24, of South Boston allegedly “called in the hit” on Lamour, according to the Suffolk County...

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Arborway bike plan includes major rotary redesigns

February 27, 2015
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A proposed bicycle-oriented redesign of the Arborway between Murray and Kelley Circles would replace the historic rotaries with modern roundabouts. Created and advertised as a plan to create and improve bicycle facilities on the Arborway, the plan would replace Murray Circle with two smaller, modern roundabouts, replace Kelley Circle with one roundabout, and redirect...

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Pond Snow

February 27, 2015
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Pond Snow

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JP resident appointed to School Committee

February 27, 2015
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JP resident appointed to School Committee

Jamaica Plain resident Miren Uriarte, a University of Massachusetts-Boston professor and active member of the Latino community, was appointed to the Boston School Committee earlier this month, according to a press release. Uriarte replaces JP’s Claudio Martinez, who resigned in December from the School Committee and from the Hyde Square Task Force for personal...

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Bus stop to move for tower

February 27, 2015
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The “Serenity” development at 105a S. Huntington Ave. recently appeared before the City’s Public Improvement Commission (PIC), gaining approval for several aspects of the proposal, including moving a MBTA bus stop. But it is unclear where the overall project’s progress stands. The 195-unit, multi-building development will include townhouses and apartment buildings of one-, two-...

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Residente de JP nombrada al comité de escuelas

February 27, 2015
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Residente de JP nombrada al comité de escuelas

Miren Uriarte, una profesora de la Universidad de Massachusetts-Boston y un miembro activo de la comunidad latina, fue nombrada al comité de escuelas de Boston a principios de este mes, según un comunicado de prensa. Uriarte, una residente de Jamaica Plain, reemplaza a Claudio Martínez, que renunció en diciembre al comité de escuelas y...

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EHS senior awarded football scholarship to UMaine

February 27, 2015
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EHS senior awarded football scholarship to UMaine

Emmanuel Almonte, a senior and football quarterback at English High School (EHS) at 144 McBride St., signed a Letter of Intent to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Maine (UMaine) earlier this month. Almonte told the Gazette last week that he was accepted into UMaine before his football career became...

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ZBA hearing for City Realty dev. postponed

February 27, 2015
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A Zoning Board of Appeals hearing for a proposed development at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. that was originally scheduled for earlier this month has been delayed until March 24 because of a snowstorm. City Realty plans to turn 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. into a three-storey building with six residential units above a first-floor commercial...

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IAG for 3200 Washington St. project formed

February 27, 2015
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An Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed development on the 3190-3204 block of Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley roads has been created as a result of the developers filing a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The proposed 76-unit, six- to seven-story development was proposed by developers Dan Mangiacotti...

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Urban Edge developing affordable rentals

February 27, 2015
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EGLESTON SQ.—Urban Edge is planning on developing 40 to 50 affordable rental units in Egleston Square, adjacent to the Egleston Square Branch Library at 2044 Columbus Ave. Urban Edge planned to host a community meeting at the Library Feb. 28, after the Gazette’s deadline, to discuss the project with the neighborhood. According to Urban...

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JP Observer: How to really deal with winter’s roof and T troubles

February 27, 2015
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Ice dam solutions Fill women’s pantyhose with calcium chloride (ice melt) and place them on your roof so they overhang the gutters. Or do the same with men’s discarded socks. You will need either a low roof and a good throwing arm or a tall ladder that you gradually move around the house. You...

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Coldwell reaches deal over discrimination allegations

February 27, 2015
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, which has a location at 713 Centre St., has entered into a settlement agreement with the state Attorney General’s (AG) Office over allegations that it discriminated against families with children in housing rentals, according to a press release. The JP location was at the center of the allegations, which said...

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Dedicated customers help weather-stricken businesses

February 27, 2015
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The record snow and arctic cold this winter has affected all facets of life, including putting a dent in local businesses’ bottom line. But some owners and business associations say that has been helped by dedicated customers. David Doyle, owner of Tres Gatos and Centre Street Cafe, said in an email to the Gazette...

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Rockland Trust Arrives

February 27, 2015
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Rockland Trust Arrives

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 27, 2015

February 27, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 10 for the March 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Pond & Gerry Wright celebration, celebrating 80th birthday of longtime activist and head of Friends of Jamaica Pond, Sun.,...

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New Landmarks Commission head is named

February 27, 2015
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New Landmarks Commission head is named

Rosanne Foley was appointed last month to be the next executive director of the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), according to a press release. Foley takes over for Jamaica Plain resident Ellen Lipsey, whose employment was ended by the City late last year. The BLC has played a prominent role JP, overseeing landmark designations on...

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City unveils new online tools for teen summer jobs

February 27, 2015
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The City recently announced a new online tool called “SuccessLink” that allows teenagers to apply for summer jobs, according to a press release. SuccessLink, which replaces Boston Youth Fund’s HOPELINE, also allows applicants to connect with the City’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment and its services, which include peer-led personal and career development...

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Franklin Park’s golf course still a treasure, 119 years in

February 27, 2015
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With Franklin Park’s White Stadium and William J. Devine Golf Course potentially hosting Olympic events in 2024—and possibly shuttered to local users for a year or more—the Gazette set out to learn some of the Devine course’s history. The proposed plans for those facilities include hosting various events in a renovated stadium, and temporarily...

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JP resident co-edits compilation by bisexual men

February 27, 2015
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JP resident co-edits compilation by bisexual men

International LGBT activist and JP resident Robyn Ochs has co-edited an anthology documenting the experience of men who are bisexual or identify with the “middle sexualities” between gay and straight. “Both bi erasure and anti-queer sentiment continue to take a toll on folks who identify in the middle sexualities,” Ochs, who identifies as bi,...

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Fire and Ice

February 27, 2015
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Fire and Ice

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JP Agenda, Feb. 27, 2015

February 27, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 10 for the March 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Monthly meeting, March 5, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Latino monthly meeting, Thurs., March 12, Nate...

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Skeleton Crew

February 27, 2015
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Skeleton Crew

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2 face charges in JP store robberies

February 27, 2015
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Two men are in custody and facing charges in two of Jamaica Plain’s recent store robberies, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Heath Carson, 35, of Quincy, and Richard Perry, 41, of Taunton, are accused of committing a Jan. 22 hold-up at the Tostado Sandwich Bar at 300 Centre St. in Jackson...

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