City parks plan update still underway

May 23, 2014
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The City’s Parks Department is on track to finish updating its massive “Open Space Plan,” which will guide parks policy from 2015 to 2021, by the end of the year. Parks spokesperson Jon Seamans told the Gazette last week that the “massive document,” which requires input from multiple agencies, will use an updated map...

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Boylston St. Orchard is sold

May 23, 2014
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The Boylston Street Community Orchard at 195 Boylston St. has been sold to the nonprofit Commonwealth Land Trust (CLT) to preserve it as an orchard. Department for Neighborhood Development (DND) project manager Bernard Mayo confirmed that the parcel will remain an orchard. He said CLT has been working with the Egleston Square Community Orchard...

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Spring Greens

May 23, 2014
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Spring Greens

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Editorial: NACA’s home

May 23, 2014
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The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America’s post-eviction move to another JP location is good news for the local nonprofit sector, for the Jackson Square redevelopment, and for the stability of a nationally important organization that called out predatory lending before it was hip to do so—including when it was happening right here out of...

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Editorial: Arborway Yard detour

May 23, 2014
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We’ve said before that the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard should focus on shedding light on the existing bus yard plan and mysterious work underway regarding it. That goes double as its recent public meeting found it distracted by an interesting, but largely abstract, alternative location plan. The MBTA already said it...

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Editorial: Remember the living, too

May 23, 2014
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Memorial Day is a time to remember the incredible sacrifice and loss of war. It is also a time to reflect on how it is part of what made our neighborhood, our city and our country what it is today. The most obvious influence on JP is Monument Square, so named for the prominent...

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Invitacion, May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 3 de junio al mediodía para la publicación del 6 de junio. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council reunión mensual, agenda incluye nombramientos, entrevistas y elección de un puesto vacío en Area...

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Competitive spirit leads to fighting cancer

May 23, 2014
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Competitive spirit leads to fighting cancer

Jamaica Plain resident Trinity Peacock-Broyles first became involved with Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s (MBCC) “Against the Tide” athletic fundraising event several years ago because she was interested in the competitive aspect of it. But as she became more involved with MBCC, which is an organization that seeks the causes and prevention of breast cancer,...

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Bilingual organization helps vets

May 23, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—With the United States set to celebrate Memorial Day, eyes will fall upon the veterans who have served our country. One organization, which has a branch in Hyde Square, seeks to ensure those eyes are not diverted and that attention is focused on supporting our veterans. The Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts,...

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JP man guilty in 2011 killing

May 23, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain man and another defendant pleaded guilty to a 2011 Charlestown killing on May 7, the day their trial was set to begin. Jose Mercado, 20, of JP and Prince Denis, 23, of Dorchester pleaded guilty to manslaughter, unlawful firearm possession and witness intimidation, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office....

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On the Police Beat, May 5-18, 2014

May 23, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. May 18: Assault and battery, 1998 Columbus Ave.; explosives turned in/found, 25 Rosemary St.; larceny, 1890 Columbus Ave.;...

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Gazette founder to be named JP ‘champion’

May 14, 2014
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Sandra Storey, who founded the Gazette and now writes its “JP Observer” column, will be named ESAC’s “Community Champion” of the year at a June 17 celebration. ESAC is a social services nonprofit agency founded nearly 50 years in Egleston Square. It recently moved to Dorchester, but remains active in Jamaica Plain. The “Community Champion”...

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Flash beacon, curb extensions suggested to improve Arborway crosswalk

May 14, 2014
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A community meeting was held May 6 where a presentation was given on improving the crosswalk on the Arborway near the main entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. It suggested a three-tier approach that includes curb extensions and a flash beacon. To view the presentation, visit 1.usa.gov/1mVFajr. The public comment period ends May 20. The...

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Hyde Sq., Centre St. design plans coming

May 9, 2014
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Long-stalled plans to improve the Hyde Square rotary and the Centre Street sidewalks area in Hyde/Jackson Squares will hit official drawing boards over the next year, City officials said an April 28 meeting. But they also revealed that a similar Monument Square facelift might not happen, while attendees pressed for South Street improvements to...

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JP activists featured in same-sex marriage exhibits

May 9, 2014
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JP activists featured in same-sex marriage exhibits

May 17 marks the 10th anniversary of legal same-sex marriages in Massachusetts and the United States—an achievement rooted in a lawsuit brought by seven couples, three of whom lived in Jamaica Plain. Those activists and other local couples are featured in two photo exhibits commemorating the anniversary at the Boston Center for Adult Education...

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Wake Up the Earth

May 9, 2014
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Serah Holley of JP shows off her costume on stilts. (Photo by Stacey Rupolo)

The truly official arrival of spring in Jamaica Plain is the annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival, sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations, which made its 35th appearance May 3. These are some images taken during the Monument Square parade, one of three separate parades that met at the festival grounds on the Southwest...

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WIT students create Stonybrook master plan

May 9, 2014
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An illustration suggesting how pedestrians and diners might enjoy the exposed Stony Brook in the master plan. (Courtesy Image)

Hypothetical master plans for the Stonybrook neighborhood area and the Arborway Yard site—featuring dense buildings, plazas and a rebirth of the buried Stony Brook—were created by Wentworth Institute of Technology students this year. The plans were a final group project in the design studio class for fourth-year architecture students. The nature of the class...

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Investigación revela los afectos del aburguesamiento

May 9, 2014
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Un tesis doctoral de 2012, escrito por la residente de JP Jen Douglas, destaca el impacto del aburguesamiento en Hyde Square y posibles remedios para frenar el proceso. El tesis de Douglas es citado en el próximo estudio sobre el impacto de Whole Foods Market en las demográficas de Hyde Square, como ya se...

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Casey project to begin prep this fall

May 9, 2014
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The as-yet unselected contractor for the Casey Arborway project is expected to begin site preparation work early this fall and demolition is expected to begin over the winter. The completion of the project, which will replace the 50-year-old Casey Overpass with a six- to eight-lane surface road, is still expected to take place by...

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Controversial house projects to get more local input

May 9, 2014
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Proponents of two controversial construction projects announced at the April 16 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting that they would postpone their hearings with the City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to consult further with the community. The project at 266 Lamartine St., proposed to raze an existing building and erect a new,...

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Wu holds roundtable for small businesses

May 9, 2014
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At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu held a roundtable discussion for small-business owners May 1 in Jamaica Plain, where complaints were launched about a complex licensing process and burdensome inspections, according to a recap provided by Wu spokesperson Henry Cohen. About 20 small businesses, including owners of restaurants, art businesses and tech startups, attended the...

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Classic Cleaners sold

May 9, 2014
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Classic Cleaners sold

After 61 years of keeping JP’s shirts clean and trousers pressed, the family-owned Classic Cleaners at 650 Centre St. has been sold. The last day the local Pavone family operated the cleaners was May 3. The new owners, the Hong family, own other cleaners in the area, including some in Brookline and Ideal Cleaners...

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DCR willing to consider bus yard move

May 9, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff A proposed plan to relocate the as-yet-unfunded permanent MBTA bus maintenance yard from its 500 Arborway site to an alternate location at 415 American Legion Highway would have the “full cooperation” of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the site’s owner. Earlier this year, JP...

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Egleston association regroups

May 9, 2014
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The Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) is regrouping after being dormant for several years, according to a press release. “ESNA had been inactive for many years, but with the ever-pressing need to improve the quality of life in the Egleston Square neighborhood, neighbors need and want a vehicle to express their issues and concerns...

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