Community skeptical of Franklin Park Olympics use

March 13, 2015
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Boston 2024 underwent a barrage of aggressive questioning from community members about its proposed use of Franklin Park as an Olympics venue at a meeting March 5. The majority of the roughly 80 attendees at the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC)-hosted meeting ranged from skeptical to outright hostile about the Olympics plan. Boston 2024 suggested...

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Egleston History

March 13, 2015
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Egleston History

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Connolly has new kids’ librarian

March 13, 2015
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Connolly has new kids’ librarian

After seven months without a children’s librarian, the Connolly Library at 433 Centre St. welcomed Sujei Lugo to the position in January. Lugo previously lived and worked in Somerville before relocating to JP, within walking distance to her new library. “I moved when I started here,” she told the Gazette last week. “I haven’t...

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New BPS superintendent is chosen

March 13, 2015
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In a 5-to-2 vote on March 3, the Boston School Committee named Dr. Tommy Chang the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS). “Dr. Chang will provide the leadership that our school system needs and I am confident that his innovative views on education will move our students forward. We need a transformative leader...

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Comunidad escéptica acerca de las Olimpiadas

March 13, 2015
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En una reunión el 5 de marzo, Boston 2024 recibió una oleada de interrogación de miembros de la comunidad sobre su uso propuesto de Franklin Park como uno de las sedes olímpicas. La mayoría de los ochenta asistentes a la reunión presentada por la coalición de Franklin Park (FCP) fue escéptica e incluso hostil...

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Snow delays Casey project to May

March 13, 2015
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The record snowfall the area has received has pushed back the closure of the Casey Overpass until the end of May, said officials at the second construction update meeting hosted by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on March 9. Officials also responded to concerns raised over asbestos and dust contamination. They said that...

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DCR extends Arborway comment period

March 13, 2015
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A proposed bicycle-oriented redesign of the Arborway between Murray and Kelley Circles that would replace the historic rotaries with modern roundabouts has had its public comment date extended to March 20. Created and advertised as a plan to create and improve bicycle facilities on the Arborway, the plan would replace Murray Circle with two...

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English High alumnus Leonard Nimoy dies

March 13, 2015
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Leonard Nimoy, an English High School alumnus and best known for playing the part-human, part-alien Spock in the 1960s “Star Trek” series, died Feb. 27. He was 83. Nimoy died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he blamed on his years of smoking. He announced last year that he had the disease. Born...

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BRA to create a citywide master plan

March 13, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority soon will begin creating the first citywide land-use master plan in more than a half-century, spokesperson Nick Martin told the Gazette. The effort will tie into smaller-scale neighborhood plans as well—including a long-awaited plan for Jamaica Plain’s Washington Street corridor. “It’s really sort of a monumental effort on our part,”...

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EHS staffer charged with shooting student

March 13, 2015
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An employee of JP’s English High School (EHS) is charged with attempting to murder an EHS student in Roxbury on March 3 in a shooting related to drug-dealing, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Shaun Harrison, 55, was working as “dean of academy” at EHS at 144 McBride St. at the...

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ESMS to host music series

March 13, 2015
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Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) will host a music series this summer after being one of five Main Street districts receiving a total of $22,500 in grant money, according to a press release. Main Street is a business-promotion organization. The grant money is from the Boston Main Streets Foundation. “We’re very excited about the...

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Concert Time

March 13, 2015
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Concert Time

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Sights and Sounds, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 24 for the March 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Plain Porchfest fundraiser, with summer menu of Porch Tapas, BBQ, ribs, watermelon and summer-themed cocktails, $12.50/ahead, $15/door, Mon., March...

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JP Reads flash fiction contest begins

March 13, 2015
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JP Reads, the local literary organization, is holding its annual “flash fiction” contest. Entries are due April 6, and the winners will be published in the Gazette. JP Reads stages an annual event series encouraging Jamaica Plain residents to all read and discuss the same book. This year’s book is “The Song of Achilles,”...

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Gallery, store close down; bike shop to expand

March 13, 2015
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The Hallway Gallery and the Room 68 furniture store closed down on Dec. 31. An expansion of the neighboring Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, as well as a marketing firm, are taking over their South Street storefronts. Brent Refsland ran the Hallway at 66a South for six years, and with partner Eric Portnoy, operated Room...

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Wright Stuff

March 13, 2015
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Wright Stuff

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50-52 Montebello won’t mix with bigger project

March 13, 2015
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The proposed development on the 3200 block of Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley roads will not include the properties at 50-52 Montebello Road, as originally suggested by the developers. Instead, the City Department of Neighborhood development (DND) will offer a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of the month for renovations of...

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JP Agenda, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 24 for the March 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings 3200 Washington St. IAG, March 16, 6:30-7:30pm, Boston Police District E-13 Jamaica Plain, 3345 Washington St. Info: 918-4251. JPNC Housing &...

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Forbes Fire

March 13, 2015
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Forbes Fire

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Senior Life: Dedicated staff help seniors during record snow

March 13, 2015
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Dedicated personnel for the Springhouse Retirement Community and Ethos helped deliver services to seniors during the recent record snowfall that hit the area. Karen Pollack, spokesperson for the Springhouse Retirement Community on Allandale Street in Jamaica Hills, said that everyday service was “100 percent not affected” because the staff went “above and beyond.” She...

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Senior Life: City plans a senior-friendly future

March 13, 2015
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The City’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly has recently launched the “Age Friendly Boston” initiative, aimed at making transportation, public meetings and public spaces more accessible and respectful to Boston’s older denizens. It all ties into the City’s coordinated development of improvements for the future Boston of 2030. “Mayor Walsh is committed to...

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BPS eyes JP school closure and move

March 13, 2015
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BPS eyes JP school closure and move

Citing budget woes, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is calling for closure of the Community Academy at 25 Glen Road at the end of the school year. Another possible change: the Margarita Muñiz Academy at 20 Child St. may be relocated to the building currently occupied by the Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park in...

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Post office running short on time for move decision

March 13, 2015
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With its lease set to expire in less than two months, the Jamaica Plain post office still has no resolution over whether it will move or shrink. “As it stands, we are looking at all the best available opportunities for both our operations in JP and the customers we serve. I will be in...

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Invitacion, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 24 de marzo al mediodía para la publicación del 27 de marzo. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones 3200 Washington St. IAG, 16 mar, 6:30-7:30pm, policía de Boston de Distrito E-13, Jamaica Plain, 3345 Washington St....

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