Editorial: The City’s new smoke-filled room

April 24, 2015
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There are many perplexing ironies to Mayor Walsh’s rapid embrace of the Olympics bid. Elected as a populist, collaborative leader focused on the city’s working and middle classes, Walsh has made many strides on that platform—yet he inexplicably linked up with the elitist, exclusive, secretive Boston 2024. Nowhere is the irony more dissonant than...

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Letter: Gazette’s Wilkerson coverage was an insult to JP

April 24, 2015
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I was disappointed that the Gazette thought running an article on Dianne Wilkerson was good news and that she deserved a photo on the front page. (“The return of Dianne Wilkerson,” March 27.) In addition, your article seemed to offer support for her to get back into politics. Dianne Wilkerson deserves a new start,...

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Letter: Gazette’s JP@Home coverage was too narrow

April 24, 2015
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While Peter Shanley’s article about the launch of JP@Home is accurate as far as it goes (“JP@Home senior living group launches,” April 20), it’s missing some important ingredients. The article described the purpose of the group as “enabling to live in private housing rather than a nursing home.” Typical of many scenarios about...

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JP Library renovation to begin Aug. 1; will involve long closure

April 10, 2015
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After over a decade of waiting, the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will undergo its first major renovation in 50 years beginning Aug. 1. But while welcomed locally, the work will require an 18- to 24-month closure. “While having the JP Branch Library closed for 18 to 24 months will be tough, the amazing building...

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Film on Marathon hero, peace activist nears completion

April 10, 2015
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Carlos Arredondo in Sept. 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

A documentary about Carlos Arredondo, the Boston Marathon bombing rescue hero and peace activist with strong Jamaica Plain ties, is nearing completion after a decade in the works. “The Man in the Cowboy Hat,” a documentary by JP resident Janice Rogovin, has been in production since Rogovin filmed her first interview with Arredondo in...

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Good Friday

April 10, 2015
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Good Friday

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Franklin Park get key role, but no answers, in Olympics debate

April 10, 2015
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The contentious Olympics meeting last month at Franklin Park has become a key moment in the bid’s plummeting public image, with Boston 2024 apologizing for the process’s failings in a prominent March 30 Boston Globe story. Yet Boston 2024 has not changed its process, and has not offered new information to the Franklin Park...

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Franklin Park tiene un papel clave en el debate olímpico

April 10, 2015
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La reunión contenciosa del mes pasado en Franklin Park se ha convertido en un momento clave para la imagen pública de la apuesta olímpica. Boston 2024 se disculpó por las deficiencias del proceso en un artículo prominente en la edición del 30 de marzo del Boston Globe. No obstante, Boston 2024 no ha cambiado...

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Where City Councilors stand on Olympics

April 10, 2015
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With the Olympics bid facing increasing questions from the public, the Gazette checked in with all 13 Boston city councilors to see where they stand. Only six councilors were willing to comment. All of them have a position of “maybe” to hosting the Olympics, but with varying degrees of enthusiasm and skepticism. The councilors...

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Franklin Park struggles with snow piles

April 10, 2015
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Following a record-setting winter, Franklin Park is reeling from the mess left behind by snow piles created by City snow crews. Franklin Park served as one of the city’s many snow farms, receiving excess snow from other parts of the city. Now that that surplus snow is melting, Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) President Christine...

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Bridge Champ

April 10, 2015
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Bridge Champ

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Yancey wants hearings on Casey project

April 10, 2015
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City Councilor Charles Yancey, who represents parts of Forest Hills and Woodbourne, has filed a hearing order to review the Casey Arborway project and the impact it will have on the surrounding area. Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that night work will take place for the project starting Mon., April 13....

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Councilor blasts ‘insulting’ house demo plan

April 10, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has blasted Bicon Dental Implants for “insulting” actions and a “level of deceit” for its proposed demolition of a historic house at 21 Yale Terrace. The Mayor’s Office is setting up a neighborhood meeting. Pressley made the comments in an April 6 letter calling on the City’s Inspectional...

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JP@Home senior living group launches

April 10, 2015
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, is “up and running,” according to Ethos executive director Dale Mitchell. The group was scheduled to have a formal launch party April 9, after the Gazette deadline. JP@Home, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, lets...

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Art ‘grove’ coming to Franklin Park

April 10, 2015
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Franklin Park will host a “pop-up art grove,” a temporary art installation, during the month of August. And it’s seeking artists to join in. The City issued a call for artists’ proposals late last month. The program will include a selection of outdoor art installations, public talks and artist-led youth workshops, all sited in...

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School Founder

April 10, 2015
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School Founder

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Blessed Sacrament Church’s future unclear

April 10, 2015
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More than a year has transpired since the sale of the historic former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St., but its future remains unclear. Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a youth-oriented nonprofit, finalized in February 2014 the purchase of the building from Church Square Partners, which is a partnership between the Jamaica...

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Guitar Concert

April 10, 2015
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Guitar Concert

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Sights and Sounds, April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., April 21 for the April 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Music Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society fundraising concert, $10 donation, to benefit JP Branch Library, Sat., April 11, 7pm, JP BPL,...

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JP Agenda, April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015
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  The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., April 21 for the April 24 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., April 15, 7pm, agenda to include 209 Chestnut Ave/ (extend living space into basement from Unit...

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Faulkner Doc

April 10, 2015
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Faulkner Doc

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Plainfield development likely to restart soon

April 10, 2015
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Plainfield development likely to restart soon

Following two years of work and a stop-work order from the City, the development at 22-26 Plainfield St. is likely to get the green light to resume construction soon. Following neighborhood concerns about the plans for a new three-unit, three-story townhouse, the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) issued a stop-work order pending review and...

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Zoning Comm. OK’s South St. renovation project

April 10, 2015
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Zoning Comm. OK’s South St. renovation project

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee approved in February a developer’s plan to turn a house at 67 South St. into condominiums, according to chair Dave Baron. He said there was no opposition to the plan at the meeting. The developer, Liam Lydon, said in an email to the Gazette he plans to...

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No new tenant for South St. Harvest spot

April 10, 2015
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No new tenant is lined up to replace Harvest Co-op Market when it leaves 57 South St. later this month, according to landlord Dean Rusk. Rusk said that the real estate company Boston Urban Partners has been “showing it a lot” but no tenant has been found. Harvest will cease operations mid-month, as the...

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