CPCAY to dig deeper into bus yard move

January 31, 2014
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The Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) will further investigate a plan to move a MBTA bus yard facility a mile away from the Forest Hills area to the American Legion Highway, according to CPCAY member Allan Ihrer. A new bus yard is slated to replace the temporary bus facility currently located...

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Local marathon bombing hero to attend State of Union

January 27, 2014
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Local marathon bombing hero to attend State of Union

Carlos Arredondo, a well-known local peace activist and a hero of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, will be a special guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow night. Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, the bombing victim whose life Arredondo helped save, will be guests of First Lady Michelle Obama, according to the...

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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

January 27, 2014
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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

The word “Oreo” is being scrubbed from any J.P. Licks ice cream shop flavor names after the cookie company demanded a fee for use of its brand. Oreos can still be used in the store’s recipes, but such flavor names as “Oreo Cookie Dough” have to go. The store is holding a contest through...

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City’s Onein3 Council accepting applications

January 22, 2014
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The City’s ONEin3 Council, comprised of Boston residents aged 20 to 34, is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 term. “It’s very important to us that the council is comprised of people from all neighborhoods in Boston and reflects the diverse make up of the city,” council manager Chloe Ryan told the Gazette. “It’s...

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Historic zoo cages decaying in park

January 17, 2014
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A large section of bars is seen missing from one of the bear cages in Franklin Park on Jan. 14.

Century-old zoo cages for bears in Franklin Park, abandoned for decades, are decaying—the iron bars either collapsing or being stolen for scrap—with no signs of security or repair. Large sections of ironwork from the ornate stone-and-metal cages near Seaver Street, known as the Bear Dens, have gone missing as recently as last fall. But...

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Eagle Eyed

January 17, 2014
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Eagle Eyed

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Arroyo is new City Health and Human Services chief

January 17, 2014
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Arroyo is new City Health and Human Services chief

City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, was named the the City’s new chief of Health and Human Services by Mayor Martin Walsh. Arroyo, who started the job Jan. 6, was not immediately available for comment. Arroyo ran his own mayoral campaign last year. After losing in the preliminary election, he became...

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You Said It, JP!: 2013 in Quotes

January 17, 2014
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“The family homes of the better-off. Jamaica Plain. The face of Middle America. Peaceful America.” The neighborhood as described in “Jamaica Plain,” a crime novel set in JP and written by English former police officer Colin Campbell. “Absolutely not.” City Councilor Matt O’Malley on whether he is too old to go sledding in Jamaica...

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Judge rules Charlestown council is public body; cites JPNC case

January 17, 2014
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) is a “public body” that must obey the state Open Meeting Law, a judge ruled last month. Whether the ruling will affect the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), which unsuccessfully claimed to be a “municipal board” in another lawsuit this year, and similar councils around the city is unclear....

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State Lab shapes up after drug-testing scandal

January 17, 2014
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The state Department of Public Health (DPH) says that the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain has improved management in the wake of the Annie Dookhan drug-testing scandal. The State Lab has implemented recommendations from a critical report and has been given satisfactory marks by several inspection agencies. DPH oversees the...

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MBTA won’t move Arborway Yard

January 17, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has decided against pursuing a new location for a permanent bus yard in Jamaica Plain. In November, JP resident Allan Ihrer, a member of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), suggested to the MBTA that a long-planned new bus yard be created on American Legion Highway instead of...

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JPNC nixes Washington/Green project

January 17, 2014
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By Peter Shanley and Rebeca Oliveira/Gazette Staff The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee voted during its Jan. 8 meeting to deny support for a proposal for two buildings containing 20 residential units and more than 5,000 square feet of commercial space at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. When the Gazette called...

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New Curley School field nears goal

January 17, 2014
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Following a second $50,000 donation, the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is nearing its $260,000 goal to replace an asphalt lot with an artificial turf field and track for recess use. As of this week, the school had raised $175,000 of its goal. “We’re getting very close,” campaign parent co-chair Kieran Fitzgibbon...

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Pedestrian killed in Egleston Square

January 17, 2014
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A pedestrian died on Christmas Eve after being hit by a car in Egleston Square. Just after 8 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 24, a woman was hit near Amory Street and Columbus Avenue and taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Boston Police (BPD) is still investigating the incident....

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Chorus praises JP in song lyrics

January 17, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain-based choral group, SingPositive, featured a cover of a Disney song with lyrics adapted to highlight JP life in a concert last month. “Here in JP,” sung to the tune of “Under the Sea” from the movie “The Little Mermaid,” talks of JP’s parks, notable stores and restaurants like Kitchenwitch and Wonder...

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Youths talk education, jobs at Walsh forum

January 17, 2014
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Better educational opportunities, jobs and curbing violence were the prominent themes discussed during a public forum on youth issues held by Mayor Martin Walsh’s transition team at Jamaica Plain’s English High School on Jan. 9. Transition team member Charlotte Golar Richie, a former mayoral candidate who later endorsed Walsh, said at the beginning that...

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JP chef dishes on his New England cookbook

January 17, 2014
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JP chef dishes on his New England cookbook

A son of New England, Jamaica Plain resident and renowned chef Daniel Bruce recently came out with a cookbook based on the region he grew up in. From traditional regional fare, such as New England lobster and clam boil, to the more complex, such as cumin-rubbed roasted pork tenderloin with pear ginger compote, the...

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JP group objects to council president vote

January 17, 2014
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JP group objects to council president vote

City Councilor Bill Linehan of South Boston was elected earlier this month by a vote of 8-5 to be the council president despite an effort from several groups, including the JP Progressives, to block him from taking the reins. According to Linehan’s office, Councilors Mark Ciommo, Timothy McCarthy, Frank Baker, Sal LaMattina, Michael Flaherty...

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BAPA announces holiday window winners

January 17, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association (JP BAPA) chose 13 winners in its annual window decorating competition, with Caramelo Clothing Company at 606 Centre St. taking top prize. Eighty-three businesses in the Centre and South streets shopping district were seen to have decorations and were awarded points in three categories: most artistic, most...

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JP History: Breweries made their homes in Jamaica Plain

January 17, 2014
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American Brewery Lofts at 251 Heath St. this week. (Gazette Photo Rebeca Oliveira)

Jamaica Plain was the home of most of Boston’s 31 breweries before Prohibition outlawed the sale of alcoholic drinks in 1920. Twenty-four beer makers were located within a 1-mile radius of Columbus Avenue, Heath Street and Amory Street, and many of them have since been repurposed and found new lives as loft housing or...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

January 17, 2014
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history:   5 Years Ago: 2009 “Turner escapes council scrutiny” City Councilor Chuck Turner, who was under federal indictment for bribery, escaped an internal City Council review of his case and announced his bid for re-election. Turner won the contest, but was convicted and forced...

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 17, 2014

January 17, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 28 for the Jan. 31 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events The Ben & Eric Winter Warmer comedy show, Thurs., Jan. 23, Bella Luna and Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St....

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Mayor Menino’s names to linger on signs

January 17, 2014
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The “Welcome to Hyde Square” sign at Centre Street and S. Huntington Avenue still bears Mayor Menino’s name. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

After 20 years as mayor, Thomas Menino’s name is on official signs and notices all over Mission Hill and the rest of Boston. But new Mayor Martin Walsh has indicated he has no plans to update the signs anytime soon. Festooned on traffic light boxes, neighborhood welcome signs, illuminated maps, murals, trash barrels and...

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Coalition petitions Walsh for low-income housing

January 17, 2014
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A coalition of 13 housing organizations and advocates, including JP-based City Life/Vida Urbana and Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC), are criticizing the City’s plan for new housing creation and are petitioning new Mayor Martin Walsh to focus on lower-income residents. Former Mayor Thomas Menino was also addressed in the accompanying letter. The City’s current long-term...

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