400 fish die in Jamaica Pond

June 6, 2014
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About 400 dead fish washed ashore in Jamaica Pond over the Memorial Day weekend, a massive die-off apparently caused by warmer temperatures, according to the Boston Parks Department. The fish were mostly perch that had just been placed in the pond in April as part of an annual state fish-stocking program, according to Parks...

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JP Park Party

June 6, 2014
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JP Park Party

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Sights and Sounds, June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 17 for the June 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Annual Neighborhood 5K Run/Walk, led by the Hyde Square Task Force Rookie Runners, to benefit HSTF, Sat., June 7, 8:30am...

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Residents led to Egleston association regroup

June 6, 2014
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About 30 residents gathered in Pablo Calderon’s house in March and told him the Egleston Square area needed a group to help improve the neighborhood. That led to reformation of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA), which Calderon said has drawn about 100 attendees during its first two meetings. “The new Egleston Square Neighborhood...

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Book Box

June 6, 2014
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Book Box

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Parklet could come to Aurum restaurant

June 6, 2014
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JP’s parklet, located last year at 349 Centre St., could find a temporary home this year at Aurum Restaurant at 377 Centre St. Due to ongoing utility work on Centre Street that regularly takes over parking lanes, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will not be able to install the parklet at its original location outside...

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Regan League to hold end-of-year parade

June 6, 2014
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After canceling its annual Opening Day parade due to weather, the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold an “End of Year” Parade on June 28, organizer Harry Smith told the Gazette. The parade will include fire truck and police escort, music, and players from 53 teams marching from the...

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500 Arborway demo timeline coming

June 6, 2014
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The MBTA will issue the timeline for demolition of its office building at 500 Arborway in the next few weeks, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the Gazette. No specific dates are yet known, though Pesaturo previously said demo work would begin this summer. The demolition is part of site preparation for a new bus...

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Baseball Champs

June 6, 2014
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Baseball Champs

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DND holds Heath St. parcels meeting

June 6, 2014
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Following a Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting in April where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND slated a follow-up on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models. The meeting, scheduled after the Gazette deadline, was...

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Meat CSA offered at JP Crossfit

June 6, 2014
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JP Crossfit at 54 Hyde Park Ave. offers something most other Crossfit gyms don’t: a monthly meat-purchasing pick-up. Walden Local Meat Co. offers it wares through a “community-supported agriculture” (CSA) deal, an agreement between farmers and consumers where the customer pre-pays for a share of the farmer’s crop. Walden supplies only grass-fed beef and...

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Library renovation options presented

June 6, 2014
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Various options for the planned renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick Street were shown to the community at a community meeting on May 21. Because of the branch’s age and historic significance, none of the proposed plans can accommodate all the good ideas the team has had, Boston Public Library...

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Memory fragment leads to adoption revelation

June 6, 2014
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Memory fragment leads to adoption revelation

Just a fragment of memory was all that decided whether Jamaica Plain resident Barbara Ohrstrom would find out who her birth parents were. Ohrstrom, who was adopted as a child, has detailed that quest in her book “Searching for the Castle.” “I thought about my birth parents: Who are you? What happened? How did...

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Egleston Sq. businesses could become housing

June 6, 2014
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Egleston Sq. businesses could become housing

Egleston Square’s business district might get a new housing development at 3152-3160 Washington St., according to developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group. Starikov bought the property during an auction in April and told the Gazette he might turn the property into a housing development, as it is “a nice site and right near...

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First Communion

June 6, 2014
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First Communion

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Residents object to Forest Hills development

June 6, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group presented plans to turn 38-42 Hyde Park Ave., at the intersection with Weld Hill Street, into a four-story, mixed-use building during a community meeting May 22. Local residents voiced opposition to the fourth floor, which would need a variance as the area is zoned for three...

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JP Agenda, June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 17 for the June 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., June 18, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St., agenda to include 66 Wyman Street (total renovation of...

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JP First Responders: JP EMS garage is ready for anything

June 6, 2014
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Capt. Robert Haley shows off “The Bear,” an armored emergency vehicle, during a Gazette visit to the EMS garage on Bragdon Street on May 16. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

If disaster strikes, Jamaica Plain will be prepared, courtesy of an unmarked brick building at 85 Bragdon St.: the Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Special Operations garage. EMS has three branches, Special Operations Division Capt. Robert Haley told the Gazette on a recent visit: the emergency medical technicians (EMTs)—aka the Field Division—who drive ambulances...

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Editorial: Thank you, first responders

June 6, 2014
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In late 2012, the Gazette staff decided to create this annual special section of stories about JP’s first responders—the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who keep us safe, yet often work unnoticed and un-thanked. Since then, the months just before the special section’s annual publication have been marked by tragic disasters that put gratitude...

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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

In 1872, Jamaica Plain was part of the Town of West Roxbury, and its police station was based in what is now a condo building at 28 Seaverns Ave. According to a police incident log for several months of that year preserved in archives, it appears that police work of the time consisted mostly...

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JP First Responders: Fallen firefighters to be honored at June 8 JP event

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: Fallen firefighters to be honored at June 8 JP event

The second Sunday of June marks the day when members of the Boston Fire Department (BFD) and others gather at the Firemen’s Memorial at Forest Hill Cemetery to pay tribute to those firefighters who have died. This year’s event on June 8 will be especially poignant given the recent deaths of BFD Lt. Edward...

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JP First Responders: In new novel, JP-based cop is back fighting crime

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: In new novel, JP-based cop is back fighting crime

Jamaica Plain-based English cop Jim Grant is back fighting crime, this time taking his talents to Los Angeles, in author Colin Campbell’s latest thriller “Montecito Heights.” Grant was introduced to readers in Campbell’s previous novel, “Jamaica Plain.” Campbell, who is a former English police officer, said in an email to the Gazette that his...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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On the Police Beat, May 20-June 1, 2014

June 6, 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. June 1: Assault and battery, 230 South St.; assault and battery, 3 Boylston Place; larceny from vehicle, 92...

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