Pizzeria landlord to face threat charge

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The landlord involved in a heated dispute over the closure of the Slice O’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St. will face a criminal charge of making threats after failing to appear at a July 9 court hearing, according to a West Roxbury District Court official. John A. Meehan of Roslindale is scheduled...

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Sights and Sounds, 7/20/12

July 20, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, July 31 for the Aug. 3 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Summer Nights Out, carnival, salsa, fitness, Wed., July 25, Aug. 1, 8 & 15, 6pm, Blessed Sacrament patio, 365 Centre St....

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Agenda, 7/20/12

July 20, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 31 for the Aug. 3 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Landmarks Commission, advisory review for Church Square Partners LLC for condos at Blessed Sacrament Church, 361 Centre St., Tues.,...

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Invitación, 7/20/12

July 20, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 31 de julio para la publicación del 3 de agosto. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Boston Landmarks Commission, revision para Church Square Partners LLC para los condominios...

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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 17, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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Church to become high-end condos

July 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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Transit Police seek suspect in Forest Hills beating

July 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Transit Police are seeking a man who allegedly punched and knocked out another man at the Forest Hills T Station on July 16. After allegedly accusing the victim of attempting to “steal” his girlfriend, the suspect exited the station at the lower busway onto Washington Street. The suspect is described as...

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Goddard House nursing home to shut down

July 12, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, an enormous nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave., will close forever in September. The shutdown leaves about 100 seniors looking for new homes and puts a question mark on the future of the 2-acre site and its historic 1927 building. It’s just the latest...

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Gang has a violent history

July 9, 2012
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The Egleston Square-based Boylston Street gang targeted by today’s drug raid is known for its violent feud with Hyde Square’s Mozart Street gang, which allegedly has spread mayhem for years not only in Jamaica Plain, but even internationally. The year 2010 was an especially bloody one between the gangs, according to the Boston Police...

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JP gang targeted in massive drug bust; two locals arrested

July 9, 2012
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EGLESTON/HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s notorious Boylston Street gang, known for a murderous feud with a Mozart Street gang, was targeted by a massive drug raid this morning that has landed two JP residents behind bars. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican cocaine...

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Church sale looms as developers plan

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. could be sold within weeks. At least two would-be developers are scrambling to draw up plans that could turn it into market-rate condos or a multi-use community space. A community use is supported by the Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit youth organization...

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Best Seat in the House

July 6, 2012
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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first “parklets” next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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Community centers may lack written deals

July 6, 2012
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It remains unclear what, if any, operating agreement there is between the City and the local organizations that help run community centers. The only known document covering their operation dates to the 1970s. Earlier this year, a committee was formed to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City’s Boston Centers for Youth...

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La venta de una iglesia se avecina

July 6, 2012
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El antiguo edificio de Blessed Sacrament Church en 365 de la Centre Street podría venderse entre semanas. Por lo menos dos promotores inmobiliarios están apresuradamente planeando para convertir el espacio en condominios comerciales o un centro comunitario con múltiples usos. El Hyde Square Task Force, una organización de jóvenes y inquilino en el campus...

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Bromley Basketball

July 6, 2012
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A team featuring players from JP’s District E-13 Police Station and the state Probation Department won the 6th annual Meet the Face Behind the Badge basketball tournament June 23-24 at the Bromley-Heath housing development in Jackson Square. The tournament pits public safety officials against civilian teams as a way to build bridges with the...

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Arborway Yard cleans up its act

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Arborway bus yard is undergoing improvements in an effort to be a better neighbor after being criticized by City inspectors late last year. New, higher-security fencing, gates and video surveillance are all part of the effort to clean up and curb illegal dumping at the facility located at the corner of...

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Mighty Oak

July 6, 2012
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Car-free ‘Open Streets’ details announced

July 6, 2012
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The “Open Streets” car-free event on the Green Street corridor on Sun., July 15, will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, along with parking and traffic restrictions. Part of a new program called Circle the City, Open Streets will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Glen Road and Green, Myrtle and...

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‘Sanctuary’ restaurant planned for Blessed Sacrament

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A new restaurant is planned for the corner of Creighton and Centre streets on the Blessed Sacrament campus. Centre Street Sanctuary, an “American-style bistro with a little bit of twist,” is expected to open at 365 Centre St. by Oct. 1, owner Adam Rutstein told the Gazette. Sanctuary is planned to accommodate many...

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JP Library gets $75k in fixes; renovation on hold

July 6, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) will receive $75,000 from the City for improvements in the next fiscal year, $50,000 short of what BPL trustees requested, but a full renovation remains on hold. That follows a tantalizing hint dropped by Mayor Thomas Menino in May, suggesting that the branch...

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Criminal complaints fly in pizza shop shutdown

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former owner of the Slice O’ Pie pizza shop and his ex-landlord have filed criminal complaints against each other for alleged larceny and threats following the shop’s abrupt shutdown in late May. Meanwhile, an ex-employee says the workers were never told the closure was coming and remain unpaid after losing their jobs....

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Political Notes

July 6, 2012
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Councilor wants school recycling bins Next time a student uses an empty water bottle as a basketball, City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo wants the target to be a recycling bin. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, has introduced a hearing order to bring single-stream recycling to the Boston Public Schools system, according to a press...

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Casey peer review released, gives thumbs-up

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Following strong community pressure, state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials posted traffic analyses and a peer review of the Casey Arborway project online last week. The peer review states that the traffic analysis done by the state’s team was “performed in a professional manner.” Some community and Design Advisory Group (DAG) members are...

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