Repair shop gets JPNC Zoning approval

April 25, 2014
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West Cork Auto at 600 Centre St. received support to expand its repair bays from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee on April 16. The car repair shop was to expand its building to create an additional repair bay for a total of three. The addition would follow the existing walls and increase...

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On the Police Beat, April 6-20, 2014

April 25, 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. April 20: Vandalism, Gay Head St.; unarmed robbery, 125 Amory St.; larceny from vehicle, 41 Greenough Ave.; breaking...

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Casey project going out to bid tomorrow

April 11, 2014
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FOREST HILLS– The massive state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) project to demolish the Casey Overpass and replace it with an at-grade street network will be going out to bid tomorrow, April 12, following Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) review of the plan to turn Shea Circle into a signalized intersection called Shea Square. A draft...

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Casey project moves ahead; Shea Sq. approved

April 11, 2014
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After months of delays, the Casey Arborway project is heading out to construction bids following state approval to turn the Shea Circle rotary into an intersection. A Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) review of the “Shea Square” plan held up the Casey project. At an April 4 meeting, the MHC announced there is no “prudent...

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Fair Time

April 11, 2014
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Car lot project gets major revisions

April 11, 2014
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Car lot project gets major revisions

STONYBROOK—Three years after it was first proposed, a stalled mixed-use development on Washington Street has been revived with major changes, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site in 2011. The project proposed for the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company location at 3521-3529 Washington St. is now planned to include a...

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Researcher: Whole Foods ‘decimated’ JP Latino culture

April 11, 2014
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An upcoming academic study on Whole Foods Market’s impact on Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square will report that the upscale grocer’s arrival “decimated” the Latino community’s “cultural ecology,” its lead researcher told the Gazette. The sociology study, titled “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” is being conducted by researchers at...

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Investigador: Whole Foods ‘diezmó’ la cultura latina en JP

April 11, 2014
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Un inminente proyecto de estudio sobre el impacto de Whole Foods Market en Hyde Square revelará que la llegada del supermercado de lujo “diezmó” la “ecología cultural” de la comunidad latina, dijo el investigador principal al Gazette. El estudio sociológico titulado “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” se realiza...

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Bus yard demo leaves hole in plans

April 11, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Despite the MBTA’s surprise plan to demolish the soon-to-be vacant 500 Arborway office building this year, the plans for the overdue Arborway Yard bus facility have not been revised to reflect that major change. The 500 Arborway building demolition leaves a hole in the center of the planned bus facility, and there is...

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U.K. café chain looks at JP location

April 11, 2014
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A U.K.-based coffee franchise is looking to open one of its first U.S. locations in Jamaica Plain. Caffè Nero, similar to Starbucks or Au Bon Pain, is planning on opening its first American store at 733 Centre St., the former home of the Commonwealth Bank, according Centre/South Main Streets Executive Director Andrew Zarro. “I...

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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

April 11, 2014
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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

A neighborhood group is forming around the Wachusett and Wenham streets area over concerns with proposed developments, especially a project to demolish at historic house at 57 Wachusett Street, according to local resident Tess Pope. Meanwhile, Greg Galer, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA), said he has spoken to the developer of...

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Rangers Mounted Unit tries to avoid sunset ride

April 11, 2014
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The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit—stabled at Franklin Park—is once again trying to avoid a sunset ride into retirement. A fundraiser and auction, organized by the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, is aiming to keeping the horses on the force for another year by raising $25,000 by the end of the...

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JPNC chair seeks Forest Hills development committee

April 11, 2014
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Chair Kevin Moloney and member Bernard Doherty want to form a council committee to give Forest Hills-area residents a forum to discuss the numerous developments in that area. But some residents say that Doherty and Moloney are exceeding their authority and trying to reopen debate on the Casey Arborway...

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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

April 11, 2014
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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

Carl Sciortino, a former state representative from Medford, is hitting the ground running after becoming the new executive director of the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. AIDS Action, which moved to 75 Amory St. in 2009, is described as New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. The nonprofit, which was founded...

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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

April 11, 2014
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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a group of local Jewish and Palestinian artists is creating a mosaic “peace” mural at the studio Spontaneous Celebrations at 45 Danforth St. “We don’t want war. We don’t want kids to die. We want a good life...

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City seizes apartments, plans affordable housing

April 11, 2014
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City seizes apartments, plans affordable housing

The City is seizing a six-unit apartment building on Montebello Road for back taxes and will likely turn it into affordable housing, the Gazette has learned. The long-vacant building at 52 Montebello Road is in the midst of being seized by the City for over $250,000 in unpaid taxes. Four units have already been...

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Charter schools compromise fails

April 11, 2014
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The state Legislature’s Joint Committee of Education, which local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz co-chairs, failed to reach a compromise last month on the lifting the cap on charter schools in Boston and several other urban school districts. But state Rep. Alice Peisch, the other co-chair of the Joint Committee of Education, filed legislation in...

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Walsh announces housing task force

April 11, 2014
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced a new City Housing Task Force during the ground-breaking for a new affordable senior housing residence in Mission Hill on March 29. “We’re here to celebrate the creation of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force,” Walsh said at the event, explaining it will focus on boosting affordable housing. The formation of...

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Mayor cuts ribbon for Hyde Sq. businesses

April 11, 2014
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Mayor cuts ribbon for Hyde Sq. businesses

Mayor Martin Walsh cut the ribbon on six recent and brand-new businesses and nonprofits in the former Blessed Sacrament Church site in a March 29 event. The event marked the full occupancy of a 7,500-square-foot retail space at Centre and Creighton streets created by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and New Atlantic Development....

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Parks Party

April 11, 2014
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Parks Party

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Sights and Sounds, April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., April 22 for the April 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Easter Egg-stravaganza, crafts, basket-making, egg hunt, Sat. April 12, 9:30-11:30am, River of Life Church, 440 Center St. Info: 894-4358. Wood...

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Historic Eliot School undergoes renovation

April 11, 2014
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North Bennett Street School students Mindy Otten-Chen (left) and Brahm Wilson at work on the Eliot School cupola. (Photo by Julio Fuentes)

By Bonnie McBride/Special to the Gazette PONDSIDE—Working in a maze of scaffolding high above Jamaica Plain’s Eliot Street, two women from North Bennet Street School’s (NBSS) Preservation Carpentry program are restoring the cupola on the historic 1831 schoolhouse of the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts. Students Mindy Otten-Chen and Brahm Wilson are...

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Local rocker to release 14th album

April 11, 2014
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Local rocker to release 14th album

Jamaica Plain’s resident rock star Rick Berlin is releasing his 14th album, “When We Were Kids,” on April 18. Known for his songwriting, Berlin is currently playing with the Nickel and Dime Band. The new release includes an ode to JP, “I Love My Street.” It will be his first release on Teenage Hearts...

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Firefighter Memorial

April 11, 2014
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Firefighter Memorial

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