Police spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests

June 3, 2014
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A controversial Boston Police spy agency tracked the local Occupy JP events, Whole Foods Market protests, and a vigil for the suicidal son of acclaimed marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo, recently released secret documents reveal. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) documents, dating to 2011, put a new context on the Boston Police’s unprecedented,...

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400 fish die in Jamaica Pond

May 30, 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 Department...

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DND Heath St. parcels meeting scheduled for June 5

May 30, 2014
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Following an April 30 Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND has scheduled a follow-up meeting on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30...

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Walsh backs off call for Casey review

May 23, 2014
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Walsh backs off call for Casey review

Mayor Martin Walsh backed off a campaign statement calling for the state to reconsider the Casey Arborway project when pressed by activists at a Jamaica Plain community coffee hour on May 13. During his mayoral campaign last year, Walsh issued a statement saying, “I am calling on MassDOT to fairly evaluate the option of...

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Yancey opposes bus yard move

May 23, 2014
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City Councilor Charles Yancey came out in opposition of a proposed plan to relocate the proposed permanent Arborway bus yard facility to American Legion Highway, in his district, at a May 14 community meeting. Earlier this year, JP resident Allan Ihrer proposed that the long-delayed and still-funded future MBTA bus maintenance yard be built...

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JP Shines

May 23, 2014
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JP Shines

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Gov. candidates answer JP questions

May 23, 2014
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The state Democratic Convention is around the corner on June 14, where the five Democratic candidates for governor will fight to garner the 15 percent of delegate votes needed for a spot on the primary ballot. The Gazette recently checked in with the five candidates—Joe Avellone, Don Berwick, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, state...

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NACA ahora en 225 Centre St.

May 23, 2014
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De Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff JACKSON SQ.— Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), una organización sin fines de lucro que ha sido desplazado de su larga estancia en Washington Street, va a ser el primer inquilino comercial en el edificio multiuso recién construido en 225 Centre Street. NACA es una organización de...

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Neighbors want BRA to review 101 Brookley

May 23, 2014
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Neighbors want BRA to review 101 Brookley

STONYBROOK—The process to create a dozen triple-deckers on a long-vacant lot at 101 Brookley Road are being questioned by the Stonybrook Neighborhhod Association (SNA). Yan Schecter, manager of Buildex Real Estate Ventures LLC, the lot’s owner, has already subdivided the large property into 12 parcels and plans to erect a three-family building on each...

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JP is officially beetle-free

May 23, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on May 12 that the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has been eradicated from Jamaica Plain. The tree-killing insects, an invasive species, were first identified in Boston in 2010, in six trees at Faulkner Hospital, just across the street from the...

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JPNC creates Forest Hills committee

May 23, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted to create an ad hoc committee about various developments proposed and already underway for the Forest Hills area at its April 29 meeting. “The idea is to take into account the multitude of construction projects already approved, some en route, some already started” and have a unified...

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Gazette founder to be named JP ‘champion’

May 23, 2014
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Sandra Storey, who founded the Gazette and now writes its “JP Observer” column, will be named ESAC’s “Community Champion” of the year at a June 17 celebration. ESAC is a social services nonprofit agency founded nearly 50 years in Egleston Square. It recently moved to Dorchester, but remains active in Jamaica Plain. The “Community...

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Parklet will move this year

May 23, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—Even though Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is ready to bring back Jamaica Plain’s parklet, that won’t happen at its original location this year due to utility work on Centre Street. Instead, BTD is looking for alternate locations in Hyde Square and in the Centre/South corridor. The parklet debuted last year outside Old Havana...

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NACA finds new home at 225 Centre St.

May 23, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff JACKSON SQ.—The nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), which is being pushed out of its longtime home on Washington Street, has found a new residence, becoming the first commercial tenant at the recently completed mixed-use 225 Centre St. building. NACA is an advocacy organization and mortgage...

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JP Observer: Join JP activists to expand the Bottle Bill

May 23, 2014
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The Massachusetts legislature failed to pass the “Updated Bottle Bill” by May 7. According to the rules, advocates now have just over a month to collect 12,000 valid signatures (or 22,000 total, to be safe) to put the issue on the general election ballot on Nov. 4. Right now, consumers pay 5-cent deposits on...

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Conservation Conversation

May 23, 2014
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Conservation Conversation

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Regan League parade won’t reschedule

May 23, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league’s annual Opening Day Parade will not be rescheduled, according to a main participant. It was originally scheduled for late April, but was cancelled due to rain. Longtime participant Michael Frank told the Gazette that the parade would not be rescheduled. Regan League organizer Harry...

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Mayor marks Small Business Week in JP

May 23, 2014
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Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated National Small Business Week in JP on May 13, announcing that the Department of Neighborhood Development’s (DND) Office of Business Development (OBD) will be more than doubling its budget to $250,000 for its One-on-One Small Business Assistance program. “Boston is the hub of small business and entrepreneurship, and today’s expansion...

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DCR to study Arborway bike lanes

May 23, 2014
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Bikers might soon be able to traverse the Arborway a little more easily, as the state is looking into installing bike lanes on the roadway. Bill Hickey, spokesperson for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which manages the Arborway, said the department will start early in the next fiscal year to study the...

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Rt. 39 improvement delayed again

May 23, 2014
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The Route 39 bus improvement project remains to be finished, as the last part—the “bump-out” curb extension at the Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue stop—was delayed again last month, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The “bump-out” curb extension was also delayed last fall. “The contractor, LM Heavy Civil Construction of Quincy, tells us...

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Leadership Award

May 23, 2014
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Leadership Award

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‘4Ws’ association to hold meeting

May 23, 2014
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A new neighborhood association for the “4Ws” area of Forest Hills will hold an organizational meeting May 31. The “4Ws” refers to Wenham, Wachusett, Walk Hill and Weld Hill streets. The association’s area also includes Tower, Woodlawn, Leland and Barlow streets. It currently does not have a neighborhood association. Prompted by proposed redevelopments at...

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Puppet Master

May 23, 2014
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Puppet Master

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Sights and Sounds, May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 3 for the June 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events The Emancipated City: Reimagining Boston final event, showcasing work from Urbano Project’s three spring classes, May 27, 5:30pm, 29 Germania...

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