Affordable housing, racial justice discussed at State of Our Neighborhood

May 12, 2017
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The 7th annual State of Our Neighborhood event was held on April 27 at the Curley K-8 School where topics discussed ranged from affordable housing to racial justice. The event was sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), as well as other local organizations. “We started the State of the Neighborhood events...

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ZBA approves variances for 3353 Washington St. project despite opposition

May 12, 2017
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Despite opposition, the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) during a May 9 hearing approved variances for Mordechai Levin’s 3353 Washington St. project. As part of the project, two existing buildings will be demolished and five parcels of land will be combined into one. The project needed several variances, including for exceeding height limit...

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Friends of the Library

May 12, 2017
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Friends of the Library

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Parkman/Perkins improvement project clears key hurdle

May 12, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette The long-awaited improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street cleared a key hurdle last month as the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) approved the proposal. The Parkman/Perkins proposal is part of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) parkway improvement project....

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Evento anual explora la justicia racial, vivienda económica y otros asuntos

May 12, 2017
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El 27 de abril, la escuela Curley presentó el séptimo anual Estado del Vecindario donde los residentes de Jamaica Plain podían compartir ideas sobre asuntos sociales como la vivienda económica y la justica racial. El evento fue organizado por Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) junto con otras organizaciones locales. “Iniciamos el Estado del...

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Renovated library equipped for hearing aide system

May 12, 2017
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The renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library will have a technology called a looping system to help those with hearing loss, according to Susan Jacoby, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America-Boston Chapter, which is the group that helped get the system installed. A dedication of the new looping system will be held...

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Sights and Sounds, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. May 23 for the May 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Wake up the Earth, festival has been rescheduled for Sat. May 13. Parade starts at 10:30 at Curtis Hall. Sweet...

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No decision on DCR’s dog park

May 12, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has not made a decision about its proposal for a dog park in the Southwest Corridor Park, according spokesperson Mark Steffen. DCR held a public meeting on April 5 to propose building an off-leash dog park within the Southwest Corridor Park near Anson Street. The plan...

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Invitacion, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017
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Plazo para calendario de eventos: 23 de mayo para la edición del 26 de mayo. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones Comité de avisos comunitarios (Policía de Boston E-13), martes, 16 may, 6.30pm, estación E-13, 3347 Washington St. Reunión mensual de la policía de distrito...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee to review Forest Hills project

May 12, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee will review “The Residences at Forest Hills” project at 3694 Washington St. during its May 17 meeting. “The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form (PNF) by Criterion Development Partners and was approved by...

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Q. and A. with local author Randy Susan Meyers

May 12, 2017
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“The Widow of Wall Street” is the latest novel from author Randy Susan Meyers, a Jamaica Plain resident. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Meyers about her new novel. (The session has been edited.) For more information about the book or Meyers, visit randysusanmeyers.com. Q: Where did the inspiration for the...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Check-in with RVMS

May 12, 2017
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Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) has been diving into spring by hosting family-friendly events in vacant buildings and planning a local business forum and farmers market. RVMS is an independent nonprofit that aims to bring together local volunteers, businesses, and public agencies to strengthen Roslindale Village economically and aesthetically. Alia Hamada Forrest, executive director...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Walk Hill St. development heads to BPDA board

May 12, 2017
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The 289 Walk Hill St. residential development in Roslindale is slated to go before the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board, according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. The BPDA board will review the project during its May 11 meeting, which is after the Gazette deadline, and will likely approve it. The BPDA staff...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Under Construction

May 12, 2017
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Roslindale Neighbors: Under Construction

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie city councilor might face challengers

May 12, 2017
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Roslindale City Councilor Tim McCarthy might face two foes in his reelection bid, as Hyde Park resident Justin M. Murad and Mattapan resident Jean-Claude Sanon have pulled nomination papers. Sanon is a familiar challenger for McCarthy, as the two faced off against each other in the 2015 election with the councilor garnering 64 percent...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Art in Adams Park

May 12, 2017
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Roslindale Neighbors: Art in Adams Park

These ceramic sculptures are by artist Alan Kaplan. They were put up in Adams Park as part of ArtWeek in Boston. Gazette Photos by Peter Shanley

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24-unit development proposed for Lotus Street

May 12, 2017
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A development team is proposing a 24-unit development on Lotus Street, according to Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) member Ralph Daniels. He said that the development team, which is Waypoint Ventures, LLC, and Buildex Real Estate Ventures, LLC, presented plans for the development during an April 24 SNA meeting. Daniels sent along the plans that...

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JP Agenda, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. May 23 for the May 26 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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JPNC’s Zoning Committee gives green light to 1785 Columbus Ave. project

May 12, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on May 3 voted to recommend for approval the 1785 Columbus Ave. project, according to committee chair Dave Baron. Baron said in an email that the approval is contingent on that “Chilacates be the take-out use for the project.” The developer for the project is Horizons Watermark...

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Former James’s Gate co-owner opens new bar

May 12, 2017
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The Gate Bar and Restaurant, owned by one of the co-owners of the now closed James’s Gate, opened on Washington Street in Egleston Square on May 5, according to a press release. The opening of the restaurant brings an Irish pub to the Egleston Square neighborhood. Paul Byrne, who co-owned and operated James’s Gate...

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AVIATION AND MARITIME STEM EXPO

May 12, 2017
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AVIATION AND MARITIME STEM EXPO

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Letters:

May 12, 2017
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Educational activism As the son of two retired BPS educators, I was proud to see Jamaica Plain activate in support of our students and teachers in overwhelmingly rejecting Ballot Question 2 last November. Our organizing saved the state from turning down a dangerous path that would have drained our public school systems of hundreds...

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Op-Ed: Investing in Jamaica Plain

May 12, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh This month, I am proud to put forth a budget for the City of Boston that will make Boston a better place to work, live, and raise a family. At City Hall, we’ve created a plan for our City that will keep Boston financially sound, while making targeted investments towards...

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JP has many community gardens, but vacant spots hard to come by

April 28, 2017
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As spring is upon us, Jamaica Plain residents are sure to be actively tending their many community gardens. Community gardening has been popular in the neighborhood, but newly interested residents may have a long wait before an available spot becomes available. According to Chuck Collins, who has been involved in a garden at the...

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