Op-Ed: Helping Boston’s homeowners

January 13, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh When I ran for mayor, I knew I wanted to make Boston a city where every resident can afford to live, work, and raise a family. Since I’ve been elected, Boston has grown—fast. Our population is expanding rapidly and we’re expected to reach over 700,000 residents by 2030. Our tech...

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Obituary: Georgi Erica Scarpelli

January 13, 2017
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Obituary: Georgi Erica Scarpelli

Georgi Erica Scarpelli, of Worcester and former Jamaica Plain resident, died on Jan. 6. Beloved daughter of the late George Vega and Louise Scarpelli. Loving sister of Toni Ann Komst (retired Boston EMS) of Mission Hill, Ed Komst of Pennsylvania, GiGi Florence and her husband Oscar of Worcester, Marcia Lawrence of Worcester and Aaron...

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Obituary: Jeanette P. Murphy

January 13, 2017
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Obituary: Jeanette P. Murphy

Jeanette P. Murphy, 70, died on Dec. 19. Beloved mother of Jamie and Lauren and grandmother to Daniel and Paige Johnston and Ryan and Kyle Carroll. Almost as important in her life, were her dogs Zoey and Onx and her bird, Andrew, of 24 years. We will always remember Jeanette for her confidence, directness,...

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ZBA approves 64 Allandale St. project

December 23, 2016
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With the mayor’s backing, the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved more than 50 variances for the 64 Allandale St. project on Dec. 13. A spokesperson for an opposition group said they are “disappointed” with the mayor’s decision to back the project and for the ZBA approving it. Jacqueline Nunez, the developer of...

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Bag ban on hold

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette   The City Council moved to keep an ordinance that would tax plastic bags in file under the Government Operations Committee until the New Year at the recent hearing held on Dec.14. The move comes as the Walsh administration has said that it does not support the...

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50TH REUNION

December 23, 2016
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50TH REUNION

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JP dog park proves elusive

December 23, 2016
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After an unofficial dog park closed this summer in Jamaica Plain, City and state officials began a search to find an area for one in the neighborhood, but scant progress has been made. Since the closing of Beecher Street Park to unleashed dogs, many dog owners have had nowhere to go to let their...

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Nuevo estudio investiga los impactos del ruido en los residentes

December 23, 2016
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De Beth Treffeisen Especial a la Gaceta El ruido de la construcción, los aviones, las bocinas de los coches y la música alta, todos contribuyen al paisaje sonoro de Boston que afecta a la gente que vive y trabaja en la ciudad. Erica Walker, una estudiante de doctorado en Harvard T.H. Chin School of...

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Noise impacts to residents are mapped out in new study

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette Construction sites, planes flying over head, cars honking, loud music blasting, all contribute to the soundscape that make up Boston and in turn affect the residents who live and work in the city. Erica Walker, a doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chin School of Public Health, has...

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JP Observer: Part of historic house could be renovated for better use

December 23, 2016
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Jamaica Plain depends on dozens of separate buildings to act as its “arts centers,” so it’s exciting to learn that additional space may be opening up in one of them. The Revolutionary War-era Loring-Greenough House (LGH) across from the Civil War Monument on South Street hosts many community events—focused on arts, history, and culture—that...

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BPDA approves 3353 Washington St. project

December 23, 2016
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its Dec. 15 meeting approved the $18 million, mixed-used project at 3353 Washington St. The project has changed slightly since it was last presented to community members, many of whom criticized the earlier proposal. It is unclear why the BPDA did not bring the project...

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City Council passes gas leaks ordinance

December 23, 2016
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City Council passes gas leaks ordinance

The City Council during a Dec. 14 passed by a 12-1 vote a city ordinance aimed at addressing natural gas leaks in Boston, according to a press release. The ordinance was sponsored by Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley. Gas leaks have long been a concern of some local residents and activists who say...

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JPNC Zoning Committee approves project at old James’s Gate site

December 23, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted during a Dec. 6 meeting in favor of recommending a mixed-use project at 5 McBride St. with some provisions. The 8-2 vote on the development gives the green light from the Zoning Committee to build an 11-unit, mixed-use development at the former site of James’s...

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JP Agenda, Dec. 9, 2016

December 23, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 10 for the Jan. 13 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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BPDA proposes changes to Plan: JP/Rox study

December 23, 2016
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is proposing changes to the Plan: JP/Rox study, including reducing the projected growth of the corridor by 1,000 units. BPDA has delayed a board vote on the plan several times over the past six months, as the agency and neighborhood groups continue talks over it. Plan: JP/Rox...

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SNA votes not to oppose 76 Stonley Road project

December 23, 2016
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The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) voted during a Dec. 12 meeting not to oppose the 76 Stonley Road project at a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing, according to SNA member Sue Cibulsky. The Boston Planning and Development Agency board during its Nov. 17 meeting approved the 76 Stonley Road project, but the proposal...

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City to lower speed limit

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette In an effort to improve roadway safety for people walking, driving, and bicycling on city streets Mayor Martin Walsh last week announced a reduction in the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph starting Jan. 9. If you don’t see a posted sign, the new...

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 23, 2016

December 23, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan. 10 for the Jan. 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Run for All, respond to the Trump inaugurations by standing up to civil liberties and raising money for the ACLU....

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Invitacion, Dec. 23, 2016

December 23, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 10 enero para la edición del 13 enero. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, a menos que haya otro código. Reuniones Jamaica Pond Association, lunes, 9 ene, 7-9 pm en Jamaicaway Towers, 111...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice

December 23, 2016
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President-elect Trump’s Department of Labor nominee is a man whose beliefs and actions demonstrate contempt for the basics working people need to lead a decent life. As the head of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food restaurants, Andrew Puzder has repeatedly argued against increases to the minimum wage or overtime pay for the women...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice, part II

December 23, 2016
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The appointment of the Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder will be devastating to working people’s health. Colleagues of mine at the NYC health department have reported, in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in June 2016, that “A $15 minimum wage could have averted 2800 to 5500 premature deaths between...

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Letter: Thank you

December 23, 2016
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We sincerely thank ten local store and restaurant owners who contributed gift certificates to First Church Unitarian Universalist’s annual Holiday Fair. In alphabetical order, they are: Boing! JP’s Toy Shop Cafe Beirut Caffe Nero Centre Street Cafe Ferris Wheels Bike Shop KitchenWitch La Rana Rossa On Centre Tails The Dogwood Cafe The proceeds from...

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Letter: Bag ordinance a good idea

December 23, 2016
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I recently read that Mayor Marty Walsh is opposed to the idea of a five-cent store bag fee as making no sense. I beg to differ. It would definitely reduce waste across the city. I totally agree with the idea being pushed by District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley. It does work and I...

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Community shares mixed responses to Forest Hills development

December 9, 2016
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At a Nov. 30 meeting, about 65 residents listened to Criterion Development’s proposal to construct a six-story, mixed-used development at the parking lot across the street from Forest Hills Station. Community responses to the proposed “Residences at Forest Hills” development were mixed. The development would have 252 residential rental units, 5,500 square feet of...

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