First Pitch

May 13, 2016
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First Pitch

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Tensions run high during Washington St. development meeting

May 13, 2016
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By Josie Grove Special to the Gazette Opposition to the proposed apartment building at 3353 Washington St. escalated into a confrontation between residents, the developer, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) during an April 28 community meet. About 40 residents gathered for the meeting to voice their opinions about the proposal at the English...

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HJSMS quiere luchar contra la construcción con eventos de promoción

May 13, 2016
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Para el tercer año, la construcción de carreteras se realiza en Centre Street en el área de Hyde Square y Jackson Square. Gerald Robbins, el director ejecutivo de Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), presentó una serie de promociones para invitar a la gente a continuar a frecuentar las tiendas a pesar de la construcción....

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ParkBoston app surges in use, producing huge revenue numbers

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Special to the Gazette Jamaica Plain drivers looking to avoid a parking ticket when heading downtown would do well to pick up their smart phones, and put away the rolls of quarters. City officials, and most especially thousands of drivers, are hailing the new ParkBoston smart phone application this spring, just...

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Casa Verde officially opens

May 13, 2016
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The Mexican restaurant Casa Verde at 711 Centre Street officially opened May 2 and business has been booming, according to co-owner David Doyle. “We’ve been busy right off the bat, and feel humbled by the huge amount of support and excitement shown by all of our guests, many of whom are regulars at Tres...

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LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

May 13, 2016
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LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

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HJSMS looks to combat construction with promotional events

May 13, 2016
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For the third year in a row, roadway construction is happening on Centre Street in the area of Hyde Square and Jackson Square. That has Gerald Robbins, executive director of the Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), rolling out a series of promotions to keep customers coming in despite the construction. This year, the Boston...

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Q. and A. with musician Nima Samimi

May 13, 2016
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Nima Samimi is a nine-year gardener at the Arnold Arboretum. He is also a musician who goes by the name Muhammad Seven. Samimi recently recorded a whole album just using his iPhone. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with him through email about the album. (The session has been edited.) Where did the idea...

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Sights and Sounds, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. May 24 for the May 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events JP Time Exchange: Garden Party & Swap, Sat. May 14, 10am-12pm, The Festival Garden, Southwest Corridor Park, Across from the...

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JP Agenda, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 24 for the May 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Police Monthly Meeting, Thu. June 2, 7pm, District E-13. Latino Monthly Meeting, Thurs. May 12, 7pm, Nate Smith House. Strategic Planning/NAC,...

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Invitacion, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 24 de mayo para la edición del 27 de mayo. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Plan JP/Rox, miércoles, 11 may, escucharemos el primer borrador del nuevo plan para nuestra vecindad, un plan...

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Scenes from Wake Up the Earth Festival

May 13, 2016
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Scenes from Wake Up the Earth Festival

The truly official arrival of spring in Jamaica Plain is the annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival, sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations, which made its 37th appearance May 7. These are some images taken at the festival grounds on the Southwest Corridor Park. The festival began as a celebration of a successful battle...

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Op-Ed: House budget supports mental health and substance abuse funding and boosts critical services

May 13, 2016
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Every year, the Massachusetts House begins the budget process by receiving the governor’s proposed budget. The House adjusts the budget to include items most needed by constituents. As chair of the Committee Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Boston’s 11th Suffolk District state representative, I heard your concerns and advocated for initiatives that will...

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TAKING STOCK

May 13, 2016
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TAKING STOCK

Gov. Charlie Baker came to Jamaica Pond on May 4 for the annual fish stocking of Jamaica Pond. One thousand trout, including 800 rainbow trout, 50 brook trout, 50 brown trout, and 100 tiger trout, were released into the pond. Joining Baker were other state and city officials and 35 second graders from the...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Check-in with RVMS director

May 13, 2016
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A veterinary clinic, new cafes, businesses in the Roslindale Substation, and the return of the farmers market are some of the new developments happening in Roslindale Village, according to Christina DiLisio, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). RVMS is a business promotion organization. “For a long time, Roslindale has been eager to...

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Roslindale Neighbors: New path proposed for connecting Roslindale Village to Arboretum

May 13, 2016
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WalkUP Roslindale and Rozzie Bikes have proposed the Roslindale Arboretum Gateway Path, an initiative which may lead to a new path connecting Roslindale Village to the Arnold Arboretum. Alan Wright, on behalf of WalkUP Roslindale and Rozzie Bikes, said in an email that the idea for the path has been percolating for many years...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Police body camera program faces questions

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Special to the Gazette Members of the City Council have held hearings all over the city recently to field concerns and comments regarding the police body camera program that will begin in all neighborhoods this summer, and the leader of that effort now says she has doubts as to whether serious...

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BRA: A litmus test for the BRA

May 13, 2016
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The 64 Allandale St. project is a litmus test for the Boston Redevelopment Authority—is it the old agency, working primarily for the rich and powerful developers in the city or is it the new, transparent organization that is responsive to the concerns of common citizens? It appears that it is the former, as the...

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Editorial: The BRA—a little less asinine

May 13, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently fixed an illogical irregularity that the proposed project on Mission Hill at 1470 Tremont St. brought to light. Before that project, the BRA did not have a policy on whether existing units on site would count towards the affordable-housing requirement of a new development. Taken to an extreme example,...

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Letter: Allandale St. project deserves green light

May 13, 2016
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Thank you for covering the controversy over the proposed development at 64 Allandale St. It is important to note a few things at the start of discussing the issue. First, something will be built on this privately-owned land and second, the proposal will not, as is implied by some, result in building on or...

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Letter: Early ed school funding crucial

May 13, 2016
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When we returned to Boston a year and a half ago, my son got a slot at the West Zone Early Learning Center in Jamaica Plain midway through his K2 year last year. He’s now a first grader there, and we are thrilled with the school and with the extended learning time he gets...

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Letter: Latin Quarter is welcoming

May 13, 2016
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In his recent letter to the Gazette, “Latin Quarter Name Change Risky” (4/29/2016), Frank Stone states, “The last thing JP needs is some thug or thugs who think only Latinos are allowed into the Latin Quarter.” He then expresses a fear that “we will retreat into cultural and racial divisions that took so very...

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Letter: Concerns remain for Allandale St. project

May 13, 2016
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We appreciate the Gazette’s continuing coverage of the proposed development adjacent to Allandale Woods. (“Abundant Displeasure Voiced over New Design of 64 Allandale Project,” 4/29/16) The piece correctly reports that the developer aims to spend 20 million dollars to build 20 units. The article also states that the units would sell for $700,000 to...

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Abundant displeasure voiced over new design for 64 Allandale St. project

April 29, 2016
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The developer for the 64 Allandale St. project presented a revised proposal during an April 25 community meeting, but most of the 100 attendees continued to oppose the project, citing concerns about the abutting natural resource, Allandale Woods, and density. Jacqueline Nunez, a Dorchester-based developer, filed a project notification form last summer with the...

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