BRA will hold meeting for Washington St. development

November 20, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will hold a community meeting Dec. 4 for a developer’s plan to turn 3383-3389 Washington St. into a mixed-use development. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall. The site, which covers three parcels, is currently vacant. It includes the former Royal Fried Chicken restaurant, a long-shuttered...

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‘A giant is gone’: Locals remember Mayor Menino

November 7, 2014
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‘A giant is gone’: Locals remember Mayor Menino

By Rebeca Oliveira, Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff Former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who led the city for an unprecedented 20 years before choosing not to run again last year, died Oct. 30 after a long and public battle with cancer. Menino, 71, won his first term as mayor in 1993. For...

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Washington St. project divides community

November 7, 2014
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Washington St. project divides community

A proposed development along Washington and Green streets that has stirred controversy for more than two years continued to do just that during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) community meeting Oct. 30. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four...

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City Realty, Egleston businesses strike deal

November 7, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—Following public protests, a city council hearing and involvement from various neighborhood advocacy groups and elected officials, six businesses in Egleston Square are finalizing negotiations with new landlord City Realty to remain in their longtime locations. City Realty bought two foreclosed buildings at 3106-3108 and 3152-3160 Washington St. in April. Those two buildings...

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Family Ride

November 7, 2014
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Family Ride

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‘Se fue un gigante’: Residentes rinden homenaje a Menino

November 7, 2014
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De Peter Shanley, Rebeca Oliveira y John Ruch/Personal de Gazette   Una “leyenda”. Un “gigante”. Un “representante de los desamparados”. Como las siguientes citas demuestran, el antiguo alcalde Thomas Menino, quien murió el 30 de octubre, fue descrito así.   El Representante del Estado Jeffrey Sánchez “Un gigante ha dejado la tierra, pero sigue...

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MassDOT approves Casey bid

November 7, 2014
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors voted to approve a contractor for the Casey Arborway project last month. Demolition of the existing Casey Overpass likely will begin before year’s end. Traffic detours and the date for closure of the bridge are not yet determined. The project required a vote because the...

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101 Brookley Road could see construction soon

November 7, 2014
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STONYBROOK—A proposed housing development on a 1-acre site at 101 Brookley Road is getting a second look from the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the neighborhood association, and the developer could begin construction on two of 12 triple-deckers soon. Residents say they’re happy they’re getting some influence on the developer thanks to ISD’s...

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A journalist’s view from the Menino beat

November 7, 2014
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I knew and covered Tom Menino, first when he was the District 5 city councilor from Readville/Hyde Park, and later when he was mayor—28 years. The first time I interviewed him, I asked him, a councilor, what he thought about having a neighborhood council in Hyde Park. He made a loud snoring sound, then...

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Landlord blasted at City Council hearing

November 7, 2014
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The locally controversial firm City Realty was among corporate landlords blasted by activists, officials and disgruntled tenants at an Oct. 20 City Council hearing. Egleston Square-area Councilor Tito Jackson called the hearing. The JP-based housing rights organization City Life/Vida Urbana, as well as Boston-based Chinese Progressive Association and the national Right to the City...

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Feds: Police officer aided street gang

November 7, 2014
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Mel Steele, a former Boston police officer who worked in Jackson Square, was charged last month with making false statements to the FBI, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office. Steele, who was on the Boston Police Department (BPD) Youth Violence Task Force, allegedly made the false statements to the FBI...

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Church Update

November 7, 2014
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Church Update

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Sights and Sounds, Nov. 7, 2014

November 7, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 18 for the Nov. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Fall Bazaar, Ukrainian foods, baked goods, crafts, raffles, dollar tables.  Sat. Nov. 15, 10am to 3pm, Sun. Nov. 16, noon...

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Halloween Firefighter

November 7, 2014
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Halloween Firefighter

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JP Agenda, Nov. 7, 2014

November 7, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 18 for the Nov. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Branch Library renovation, Weds., Nov. 12, 6pm, Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053. JPNDC & Back of...

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Art Corridor

November 7, 2014
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Art Corridor

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Baker wins close election

November 7, 2014
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In one of the closest gubernatorial elections in recent memory, Republican Charlie Baker squeezed out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley during the Nov. 4 general election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, Democrat  state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) trounced Republican David James Wyatt. The senator garnered 90 percent of the...

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‘Shelter’ plans to open in Central JP house

November 7, 2014
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A nonprofit serving the homeless plans to create some sort of group home or shelter of 16 to 18 beds at 221 Chestnut Ave. in an unannounced move into a house owned by the controversial firm City Realty. Neighbors and officials met on Oct. 28 to discuss the impending arrival of the shelter, operated...

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JP Porchfest starts fundraiser

November 7, 2014
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The organizers of the JP Porchfest have started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $10,000. JP Porchfest, which had its first event this year with bands playing on porches throughout JP, is expected to grow in size in 2015. “The funds we raise will cover basic costs like printing and office...

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Townhouse to replace fire-damaged building

November 7, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A vacant property at 306 South St. and 39 Asticou Road that was site of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a two-family house more than a year ago appears set to have a new structure placed on it. William Spinale has applied for a permit on Oct. 17 to build a two-family townhouse...

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JP@Home reaches 100 pledges

November 7, 2014
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, has reached its goal of having 100 pledges to join about a year after starting the drive. The group, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, lets members join in a group purchase of such services...

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Centre Street Cafe

November 7, 2014
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Centre Street Cafe

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Hyenas come to Franklin Park Zoo

November 7, 2014
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Hyenas come to Franklin Park Zoo

Spotted hyenas joined the roster at Franklin Park Zoo last month. Thika, age 15, and Kai, age 5, are settling in to their new home, the exhibit that was previously occupied by African painted dogs. Because African painted dogs are pack animals, the decision was made to relocate Brahma, the lone African painted dog...

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Loring-Greenough concerts turn 15

November 7, 2014
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Loring-Greenough concerts turn 15

The Sunday Afternoons at the Loring-Greenough House concert series is celebrating its 15th season this year with seven more dates through May. The historic house museum at 12 South St. in Monument Square has hosted the parlor concert series since its inception in 2000. Katharine Cipolla has organized them from the beginning. This year’s...

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