Letter: More delivery problems

January 8, 2016
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In this neighborhood mail delivery has been averaging four days a week, even during the Christmas rush. People with their names clearly visible on their boxes find their mail thrown on the ground or delivered to the wrong address. What the Sam Hill is going on with our post office? David A. Mittell, Jr....

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Letter: Better post office leadership needed

January 8, 2016
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In our fifteen years on Hampstead Hill in Forest Hills, we have had two people deliver our mail. First, we had the nonpareil Lynette Dion, who retired after 26 years with full honors from all the people and pets on our hill. Now we have Shawn Connolly, who is Lynette’s worthy successor: the mail...

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Letter: Taxes too high

January 8, 2016
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I am fuming mad after receiving my latest real estate tax bill. It is up 14.5 percent from my 2015 tax bill, which was up 12.2 percent from my 2014 tax bill, which was up 6 percent from my 2013 tax bill… and on and on accordingly. I am not one of these crazy...

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Obituary: Howard R. Leibowitz

January 8, 2016
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Obituary: Howard R. Leibowitz

Jamaica Plain resident Howard R. Leibowitz, an adviser to Mayors Ray Flynn and Tom Menino, died suddenly on Dec. 27. He was 63. For 29 years, the beloved husband of Constance Jane Doty. Dear son of Laurie (Berman) Leibowitz and the late Sumner Leibowitz. Devoted brother of Steven, Laurence and Peter Leibowitz and his...

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Neighbor has issues with Goddard House project

December 18, 2015
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The owner of Olmsted Place at 161 S. Huntington Ave. has written a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) expressing concerns over the proposed Goddard House project and complaining that he was not notified of any public meetings about the project or the S. Huntington Avenue corridor study. Olmsted Place, which was a...

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MassDEP to survey 64 Allandale St. site

December 18, 2015
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The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will conduct a survey of the 64 Allandale St. project site to determine whether it falls under the state Wetlands Protection Act after receiving an appeal from the developer, according to MassDEP spokesperson Joe Ferson. Ferson said that the survey will happen today, Dec. 18. He did...

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

December 18, 2015
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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MassDEP revisará el proyecto en 64 Allandale St.

December 18, 2015
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El departamento estatal para la protección del medio ambiente (MassDEP) realizará una revisión del proyecto en 64 Allandale St. después de recibir una apelación de su promotora para averiguar si la propiedad está protegida por el acto para la protección de los humedales, según el portavoz de MassDEP Joe Ferson. Ferson dijo que se...

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BRA board’s vote on S. Huntington Ave. guidelines delayed

December 18, 2015
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By Emily Resnevic and Peter Shanley Gazette Staff The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board’s vote on the S. Huntington Ave. guidelines has been delayed so the agency can further discuss them with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. The BRA board was slated to vote on the guidelines during...

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Operation Exit expands

December 18, 2015
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Operation Exit, the City’s reentry program for people with criminal backgrounds, will be expanding by including opportunities in the technology industry through a partnership with Resilient Coders, according to a press release. “Operation Exit is a true example of what can be achieved when people are given second chances and opportunities for a fresh...

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JP Observer: Going national for gun control (and more)

December 18, 2015
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Some terrific people represent Jamaica Plain in the United States Congress. Oddly enough, that can be frustrating at times. When our team votes our way, but Congress itself doesn’t, what can we do? Efforts to strengthen gun restrictions in the U.S. offer a classic case. Both of JP’s representatives in the House, Stephen Lynch...

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BRA board approves Heath St. project

December 18, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the $17.4 million General Heath Square Apartments during its meeting on Dec. 10, according to a press release. The General Heath Square Apartments will be built on City-owned land formed by the triangle of Heath, New Heath, and Bromley streets, and is expected to created 42 construction jobs....

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JP Agenda, Dec. 18, 2015

December 18, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 5 for the Jan. 8 issue. Send listings to [email protected] 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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Invitacion, Dec. 18, 2015

December 18, 2015
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 5 de enero para la edición del 8 de enero. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión organizada por residentes sobre 64 Allandale, una reunión informacional para revisar el proyecto en 64 Allandale,...

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British School to collaborate with Juilliard School

December 18, 2015
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British School to collaborate with Juilliard School

The British International School of Boston (BISB) will be collaborating with the Juilliard School, a renowned performing arts conservatory in New York, to enhance their music and performing arts curriculum starting in Sept. 2016. The Juilliard School is a world-renowned performing arts conservatory in New York with notable alumni, such as Robin Williams, Miles...

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Q. and A. with Kameel Nasr, author of museum book

December 18, 2015
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Author Kameel Nasr recently penned “The Museum Heist: A Tale of Art and Obsession,” which is based on the famous 1990 art theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with him through email about the book. (The session has been edited.) For more information, visit kameelnasr.com or themuseumheist.com....

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CHAPTER AND VERSE

December 18, 2015
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CHAPTER AND VERSE

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 18, 2015

December 18, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan. 5 for the Jan. 8 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song, myths, legends, and tales accompanied by traditional and original music and song, Fri....

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SELFIE WITH THE MAYOR

December 18, 2015
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SELFIE WITH THE MAYOR

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JP resident appointed commissioner of the City’s Environment Department

December 18, 2015
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Carl Spector, a Jamaica Plain resident, was recently appointed commissioner of the Environment Department for the City of Boston, according to a press release. Spector joined other leaders from the City and around the globe in Paris at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP21), where Boston was a C40 Cities Award finalist for its...

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URBAN IMPROV

December 18, 2015
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URBAN IMPROV

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“SOUP FOR SYRIA” FUNDRAISER

December 18, 2015
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“SOUP FOR SYRIA” FUNDRAISER

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Editorials

December 18, 2015
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Happy Holidays With the holiday season drawing to a close, we wish you a happy and safe close to the year. We’ll see you in 2016. Twilight Zone: Olmsted Place against Goddard House Upon hearing of Boston Residential Group CEO Curtis Kemeny, owner of Olmsted Place, raising issues such as affordability and density about...

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Letter: Post Office still great

December 18, 2015
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Residents who have written in defense of the JP post office branch are right, we are looking at our local postal workers all wrong, we should be grateful for the opportunity to let go of the illusion of control, which is so distracting in the hectic pace of the modern world. Understand, instead, that...

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