Report: Boston 2024 underestimated cost of Olympics

August 28, 2015
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While the Boston 2024 Olympic bid has been withdrawn, a recently completed analysis of the proposal suggests cost estimates for hosting the Olympics were almost $1 billion short of a more realistic prediction. State leaders had commissioned the Brattle Group for the analysis, and although the bid was withdrawn, the report was completed and...

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JP Music Festival arrives Sept. 12

August 28, 2015
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The 5th annual JP Music Festival will be on Sept. 12, with 22 acts, 2 stages and 7 hours of non-stop local Jamaica Plain music, according to a press release. The free festival will be held at Pinebank Field at Jamaica Pond and all performers will be residents or workers in JP. Noteworthy performers...

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JP Observer: Food pantry in, by and for JP needs support

August 28, 2015
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The historic First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, whose clock looks out over the Monument Square Historic District, also houses a unique human service effort. Seventeen volunteers from JP manage and staff a food pantry there that provides basic staples for free to other local people who are in need. The church, the...

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Water ban at Jamaica Pond lifted

August 28, 2015
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The ban for people and pets from the water in Jamaica Pond was lifted Aug. 12 on the recommendation of the state Department of Public Health (DPH), according to a Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) press release. Fishing, boating and any other kind of water contact was banned at the pond since July 20...

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105A S. Huntington Ave. developer proposes moving affordable units off-site

August 28, 2015
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The developer of a proposed 195-unit apartment building at 105A S. Huntington Ave. is attempting to move all the affordable units off-site, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Jamaica Pond Association (JPA) member and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) chair Kevin Moloney. The developer, Anthony Nader, did not respond to a request...

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Three shot in Egleston Square, two fatally

August 28, 2015
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Three men were shot, including two fatally, in Egleston Square on Aug. 12, according to bpdnews.com. The incident was part of a spate of violence that left five dead in one night in the Boston area. According to bpdnews.com, Boston Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a radio call of shots fired in the...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 28, 2015

August 28, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 7 for the Sept. 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Open House at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, 43 Lochstead Ave, Join for conversation and light refreshments and an opportunity to...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 28, 2015

August 28, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 7 for the Sept. 11 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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Q. and A. with writer Michelle A. Gabow

August 28, 2015
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Q. and A. with writer Michelle A. Gabow

Michelle A. Gabow, a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain, is a playwright and actor who recently penned her first book, “God is a Dog: Lost and Found in Paris.” The Gazette recently conducted a question-and-answer session with her through email about the new book. (The session has been edited.) What prompted you to write...

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Terrance Williams takes second shot at Councilor Yancey

August 28, 2015
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Terrance Williams takes second shot at Councilor Yancey

Dorchester resident Terrance Williams is taking another shot at dethroning longtime District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey. He says he is running because he wants to assist people in the community. Williams lost to Yancey in the 2013 election, garnering 31 percent of the voters to councilor’s 68 percent. He faces Yancey and two...

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Obituary: Rev. Terry Burke

August 28, 2015
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Obituary: Rev. Terry Burke

Rev. Terry Mark Burke, who led the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist for 31 years before retiring last year, died surrounded by his family on Aug. 15. Burke, a Roslindale resident, was 61 years old. Born and raised in Flint, Mich., Burke came to the area in 1971 and never left. He...

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Invitacion, Aug. 28, 2015

August 28, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 8 de Septiembre al mediodía para la publicación del 11 de Septiembre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones La policía del distrito E-13, , 10 sep, 7pm, Nate Smith House, Lamartine/Boylston Sts.; reunión de planificación estratégica,...

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Editorial: Gentrifying Egleston Square

August 28, 2015
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The 3200 Washington St. project and its approval by the Boston Redevelopment Board is just another reminder that the neighborhood and city is rapidly changing. Activists fought to keep Egleston Square affordable to friends, family and themselves, only to began to feel the first waves of gentrification hit that area. Those activists are part...

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Letter: Another successful Regan League year

August 28, 2015
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The 46th season of the JP Regan Youth League has come to a close with another great year of close pennant races, exciting playoff games, and new friendships and memories. The League continued to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, with 850 boys and girls playing more than 300 games on fields across Jamaica...

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Letter: The BRA is lost

August 28, 2015
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Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), where are you going? After two years of requests from Egleston Square groups for help in neighborhood planning, you finally show up with a full-scale “Open House,” an approach to help out the neighborhood create a comprehensive plan for revitalizing the neighborhood in a healthy way for everyone. Then, two...

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Guest Op-Ed: Mayor’s New Number is 311

August 28, 2015
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Bostonians are the eyes and ears of their communities. That’s why, in every neighborhood, I’m always asking residents what we can do better. I count on your responses to make our city services the best they can be. But I can’t take every request myself. That’s why the mayor’s 24-hour...

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JPNDC files Heath St. affordable housing project

August 7, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for a $16.4 million affordable rental development at City-owned land formed by the triangle of Heath, New Heath and Bromley streets. The JPNDC, a community development corporation, is partnering with Back of the Hill Community Development...

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Developer plans 20 units for Allandale St.

August 7, 2015
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A Dorchester-based developer has filed a project notification form (PNF) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for a 20-unit development at 64 Allandale St. The property at 64 Allandale St. is on the border of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. It is part of the West Roxbury Neighborhood District, as a matter of zoning,...

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Local reaction supports USOC ending Boston 2024’s Olympic bid

August 7, 2015
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The United States Olympic Committee has withdrawn Boston 2024’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, citing the lack of public support, according to a statement released by USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun on July 27. Franklin Park was slated to host several Olympic events, such as the pentathlon and equestrian events. Jamaica...

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USOC retira la oferta olímpica de Boston 2024

August 7, 2015
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El comité olímpico estadounidense (USOC) ha retirado la oferta de Boston 2024 de albergar los Juegos Olímpicos del verano de 2024, citando la falta de apoyo público, según una declaración del jefe ejecutivo de USOC Scott Blacknum el 27 de julio. Franklin Park fue una posible sede para varios eventos olímpicos, como el pentatlón...

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Walsh announces the creation of 175 more youth jobs

August 7, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced on August 3 the creation of 175 additional youth summer jobs for nine community-based organizations, according to a press release. The jobs were created through $230,000 in corporate and individuals sponsorships to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Fund. “Jobs provide Boston youth with meaningful work experience,” said Walsh, according to the...

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BHA issues RFP for 125 Amory St.

August 7, 2015
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The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) issued last month a request for proposals (RFP) to renovate 125 Amory St. and possibly add market-rate units at the site, according to BHA spokesperson Lydia Agro. The development at 125 Amory St. currently provides housing for seniors and people with disabilities, Agro said that consistent federal budget cuts...

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Bicon’s permits still an issue for neighborhood group

August 7, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association is saying that it is still awaiting a response from the City’s Inspectional Service Department over concerns it has raised over Bicon Dental Implants’ occupancy permits. But a spokesperson for ISD said that an inspection of the company was conducted in June and no violations were found. Bicon,...

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O’Malley calls for hearing on gas leaks

August 7, 2015
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Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley last month filed an order for a public hearing on the problem of natural gas leaks in the city, according to a press release. A public hearing has been scheduled for September. Gas leaks have been a concern for some residents in Jamaica Plain. Some residents say the...

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