STAR STRUCK

March 11, 2016
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STAR STRUCK

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JP Agenda, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 22 for the Mar. 25 issue. Send listings to [email protected] 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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An Open Letter from Jamaica Plain clergy on Black Lives Matter

March 11, 2016
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We love Jamaica Plain. Nowhere else in Boston is there such a diverse mix of peoples and cultures so close together. The community we share is, for us, a little taste of Eden in America, to invoke the old 19th century appellation for our neighborhood. But as people of faith, we are not blind...

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Letter: Mental health

March 11, 2016
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I recently read a letter to the editor on these pages in which the writer stated she opposed the criminalization of mental health. The writer states she is a graduate social work student and states there has been “a growing number of people with mental illness in our jails and prisons since deinstitutionalization took...

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Letter: Destruction of Jamaica Pond wall

March 11, 2016
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On Feb. 16, a DCR work crew demolished a section of historic Jamaica Pond stone retaining wall to drain backed up rainwater from Frances Parkman Drive. To date, there has been no explanation, apology, or repair. This confirms, if more evidence were needed, that DCR cannot be trusted to conserve our community’s historic resources....

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Letter: Be honest, Mayor Walsh: What are your plans?

March 11, 2016
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The recent proposed budget cuts in the Boston Public Schools, and the subsequent articles and interviews that followed only underscore what a disservice we, as a city, are doing to our children. Mayor Martin Walsh has indicated that the school department has a bloated budget. The school department, he reasoned, needs to become more...

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Unanimous disapproval at MBTA fare hike meeting

February 26, 2016
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There was unanimous disapproval from community members and elected officials to the MBTA proposal to raise fares during a Feb. 10 meeting. Dozens of attendees shared their concerns about the potential fare increase. Nobody at the meeting supported any fare raise. About 50 people attended the meeting at the Roxbury Community College In efforts...

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

February 26, 2016
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BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Residents mostly supportive of 35 S. Huntington Ave. proposal

February 26, 2016
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By Josie Grove Special to the Gazette Most attendees at a Feb. 9 meeting on the mixed-use development proposal for 35 S. Huntington Ave. were supportive, but some questioned whether Jamaica Plain neighborhood groups should be able to weigh-in on the project. About 20 people attended the meeting at the Parker Hill Branch Library....

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Desaprobación unánime en reunión de la ATMB

February 26, 2016
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En una reunión el 10 de febrero de miembros de la comunidad y oficiales electos, había una desaprobación unánime de la propuesta subida de tarifas de la ATMB (la Autoridad de Transporte de Massachusetts Bay). Alrededor de 50 personas asistieron a la reunión en Roxbury Community College. Docenas de asistentes compartieron sus preocupaciones sobre...

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Voters head to the poll for March 1 primary

February 26, 2016
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Jamaica Plain residents will have numerous presidential candidates to choose from when they head to the polls for the March 1 Massachusetts primary election. On the Republican side, many names will appear on the ballot, but only five candidates are still running: real estate mogul Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben...

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Centre/South Main Streets begins search for new director

February 26, 2016
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Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has started a search for a new executive director, according to board member Michael Reiskind. CSMS previous executive director, Andrew Zarro, left in 2014. When asked why the organization is just now starting to look for a new director, Reiskind responded that Boston Main Streets wanted...

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New tool for City’s summer job program

February 26, 2016
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City youths can now use a new online tool, SuccessLink, to register for summer jobs, according to a press release. The application will be available until midnight on Friday, March 25. Applicants who register with SuccessLink will be connected with Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Division of Youth Engagement and Employment’s other...

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JP Observer: JP has experienced ‘accidental security’

February 26, 2016
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When Jamaica Plain economics are discussed these days, especially regarding housing, the phrase “accidental security” comes to mind. That concept goes a long way toward explaining changes that seem beyond our control in the neighborhood and might help us deal with some of them. No wonder we as a community feel so anxious about...

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VA hospital temporarily closed

February 26, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain campus of VA Boston Hospital was closed over Valentines Day weekend after frigid temperatures made pipes burst, causing major water damage, according to a press release. Access to the facility was restricted as staff and contractors worked to recover the hospital and bring it back to full use. Employees of that...

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JP Agenda, Feb. 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 8 for the Mar. 11 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Egleston YMCA, meeting discussing plans to develop the area around Egleston Sq. through the City’s JP/Rox initiative. Residents have the opportunity...

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Invitacion, Feb. 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 8 mar para la edición del 11 mar. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Egleston YMCA, reunión para hablar de planes para crecer el área de Egleston Sq con la iniciativa de JP/Rox....

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A NEW DAWN

February 26, 2016
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A NEW DAWN

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Goddard House project goes before City’s design commission

February 26, 2016
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The Goddard House project is slated to go before the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) on the night of Feb. 23, after the Gazette deadline, according to Boston Redevelopment Authority spokesperson Nick Martin. The BCDC reviews the project for the design of the building and its impact on public spaces and streets. Eden Properties...

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Mar. 8 for the Mar. 11 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Franklin Park February Winter Fun Days, sledding and games, Saturdays 10am-12pm, Feb. 27. William J. Devine Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit...

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O’Malley introduces ‘Puppy Mill Bill’

February 26, 2016
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O’Malley introduces ‘Puppy Mill Bill’

Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley introduced an ordinance nicknamed the “Puppy Mill Bill” on Feb. 22 that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in Boston, according to a press release. O’Malley introduced the ordinance at the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in JP. The ordinance would not affect...

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SMART FROM THE START

February 26, 2016
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SMART FROM THE START

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Egleston Square YMCA head picked to lead BCYF

February 26, 2016
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William Morales, who is the executive director of the Egleston Square YMCA, has been appointed as commissioner of the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), which provides vital resources to Boston’s youth and senior populations, according to a press release. The BCYF commissioner works within Mayor Martin Walsh’s Health and Human Services Cabinet...

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BRA board approves S. Huntington Ave. guidelines

February 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board voted during its monthly meeting on Feb. 11 to approve the S. Huntington Avenue guidelines, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. Martin said that the guidelines will next go before the Zoning Commission on March 9. The guidelines are supposed to address the types of developments preferred by...

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