Abutters file lawsuit over 3353 Washington St. project

June 23, 2017
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A group of abutters to the 3353 Washington St. project is suing the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and the limited liability company (3353 Washington LLC) of the developer, Mordechai Levin. The ZBA last month granted several variances for the project, including for exceeding height limit and for not meeting the minimum parking...

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Informe: Se ve progreso, límites en la representación latina en el gobierno

June 23, 2017
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Se ha expandido la representación latina en el gobierno de la ciudad, pero se puede expandir aún más, según un informe publicado durante una conferencia de prensa el 15 de junio en Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) de Jamaica Plain. El informe, “The Silent Crisis II”, fue comisionado por Greater Boston Latino Network, un...

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Report: Some progress in increasing Latinos in government, but more work needed

June 23, 2017
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Some progress has been made in increasing Latino representation in city government, but more work needs to be done, according to a report released during a June 15 press conference at the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) in Jamaica Plain. The report, titled “The Silent Crisis II,” was commissioned by the Greater Boston Latino...

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ZBA approves 1785 Columbus Ave. project

June 23, 2017
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals during a hearing last month approved the 1785 Columbus Ave. project, according to Inspectional Services Department (ISD) spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA. The developer for the project is Horizons Watermark LLC, which is a joint venture between Horizons for Homeless Children and Watermark Development Inc. Horizons...

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JP Observer: Holiday decorations come from collaboration

June 23, 2017
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‘Tis the season to talk about holiday decorations in the Jamaica Plain business districts. What?! Temperatures are in the 80s and 90s these days! Strange as it seems—just as retail stores look ahead when ordering stock—the local business associations have to start thinking about decorating the business districts now for the winter holidays near...

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Forest Hills project heads to ZBA

June 23, 2017
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“The Residences at Forest Hills” project will appear before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals on June 27, according to Inspectional Services Department spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA. “The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form (PNF) by Criterion...

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BPD to host family-friendly fishing derby at Jamaica Pond

June 23, 2017
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The first of possibly many annual fishing derbies will be held at Jamaica Pond on June 24, and will be a free family event, according to a press release. The “Catch & Release with the Boston Police” is the first annual fishing derby hosted by the officers and staff of the Boston Police District...

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Elected officials, residents to mingle at hot dog night

June 23, 2017
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Summer Hot Dog Nights at the South Street housing development are returning with a kickoff celebration launched by local state Rep. Liz Malia and Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley, according to a press release. The event was started as a means of bringing neighbors together and forming community. Elected and public safety officials...

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Q. and A. with homework mentor Mollie Ockene

June 23, 2017
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Mollie Ockene, a senior in high school, recently wrapped up a three-year stint as a homework mentor at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL). The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Ockene to discuss the program and her time as a mentor. (The session has been edited.) Q.: When/why...

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Sights and Sounds, June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. July 11 for the July 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Arts and culture JPAA Spring Members Show, visual art by more than 25 Boston artists featured in Eliot Hall at the Footlight...

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Parkman/Perkins improvement project heads to BCC

June 23, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has submitted its notice of intent to the Boston Conservation Commission (BCC) for its improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street. BCC is expected to review the project during its July 5 meeting. DCR held a meeting in Jamaica Plain on...

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ENGLISH HIGH GRADUATION

June 23, 2017
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ENGLISH HIGH GRADUATION

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JP Pets: Still no decision from DCR on dog park proposal

June 23, 2017
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It has been over two months since state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) public comment period ended in response to a proposal for a dog park to be built in Jamaica Plain, and the state agency still has yet to release any sort of decision on the matter. Responding to a resident demand...

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JP Pets: MSPCA-Angell advocates for animals

June 23, 2017
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Jamaica Plain’s local Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell (MSPCA-Angell) branch has been focused on advocating for public access to animal records. MSPCA was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. as part of a bipartisan briefing regarding the removal of the reports on June 8. The briefing followed the U.S. Department...

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JP Pets: Keeping dogs tick-free and healthy

June 23, 2017
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JP Pets: Keeping dogs tick-free and healthy

With warm weather arriving, owners should monitor their dogs for fleas and ticks to keep them happy and healthy. “Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance to pet owners and their pets; they pose a major health threat to the animals if they are not treated right away,” said Yessy Feliz, owner...

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JP Agenda, June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. July 11 for the July 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Obituary: Leola MacDonald, a former JP resident, dies

June 23, 2017
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Obituary: Leola MacDonald, a former JP resident, dies

Leola M. “Lee” MacDonald, 75, of W. Wareham and formerly of Jamaica Plain, died on June 5 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham after a brief illness.  She was the wife of the late Robert D. MacDonald. Born in Jamaica Plain, she was the daughter of the late Frederick J. and Florence E. (Harding) Morlock....

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Invitacion, June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017
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Plazo para calendario de eventos: 11 de julio para la edición del 14 de julio. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones Clase de vivienda, con empleados de la oficina de la estabilidad de vivienda para hablar sobre sus necesidades de vivienda estable. 6 jul, 7pm,...

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Letters:

June 23, 2017
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Immigrants in a climate of fear This winter I was getting a haircut in Jamaica Plain. The barbers usually weave in and out of Arabic and English, but on this day there was little English. Rancorous debate filled the room. I could understand the emotions (not the words): Fear, uncertainty, frustration. They explained, “We...

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Op-Ed: State House update

June 23, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the House passed H.3736, an act relative to language opportunity for our kids, a bill that I sponsored to address the disparities in school performance between English Language Learners (ELL) and their native English-speaking peers. ELL students account for 20 percent of the...

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Hearing date set for motion to dismiss 64 Allandale St. lawsuit

June 9, 2017
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A hearing date has been set for the City’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit by a group of abutters over the 64 Allandale St. project, according to a court document. The hearing is slated to take place Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Suffolk County Superior Court before Judge Rosemary Connolly, according to...

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Melissa Ferrick to play Emerald Necklace summer series

June 9, 2017
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Grammy-nominated artist Melissa Ferrick will be performing at a free concert in Jamaica Plain this summer. The event is part of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy summer series, which is hosted by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a private nonprofit organization that advocates for the six Emerald Necklace parks. The series includes free yoga and six...

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Vigil

June 9, 2017
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Vigil

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Poetry installations brighten rainy days

June 9, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette On gloomy, rainy days, one usually doesn’t want to venture outside. But one art installation program is aiming to make those miserable days a little bit brighter. In a partnership between the City of Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Mayor’s Mural Crew, the Boston Art...

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