Changing JP, one house meeting at a time

July 8, 2011
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Changing JP, one house meeting at a time

WEB EXCLUSIVE HYDE SQ.—Alison Yoos lives in a house full of graduate students that get together and talk about all sorts of things. Unlike most graduate students, however, Yoos and her housemates then get up and take action. The housemates all study different things—there are students of journalism, public health, social work, philosophy, international...

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Overpass team presents designs

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project presented three at-grade design sketches and twin bridges sketch already discussed in previous Working Advisory Group (WAG) meetings at a June 29 community meeting held at English High. Audience suggestions focused on other areas included a pedestrian overpass over Shea Circle at...

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New cops trained on JP bikes

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE This year’s Boston Police Academy graduates were the first entire class to be trained in bicycle patrols, thanks to an unusual donation that allowed police bikes to be purchased from JP’s Ferris Wheels Bike Shop. “This is truly a milestone class of cadets, as each one is fully trained on the use...

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Girls soccer team wins BAYS cup

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE By Mary Battenfeld As the Bruins skated to the Stanley Cup last month, a group of Jamaica Plain girls were passing and kicking their way to a Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) Cup. The Girls U-11 Jamaica Plain Tigers ended the season with a division leading record of 7 wins, 2 losses...

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Pro-Whole Foods slate to run in JPNC election

July 8, 2011
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Rick Stockwood, founder of the pro-Whole Foods group JP For All, told the Gazette last week that his group is planning to run a slate to unseat the current members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council in the September election. “Among our supporters, a number of people are interested in running,” Stockwood told the...

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JPNC accepts Whole Foods report

July 8, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Ad Hoc Whole Foods Committee submitted its completed report on the potential impact of the grocery store’s planned move to Hyde Square to the neighborhood council June 28. The report includes a number of proposals for a possible community benefits agreement with Whole Foods, including that Whole Foods...

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Whole Foods protesters head to court

July 8, 2011
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Three protesters arrested at a June 2 Whole Foods meeting likely will have their first court hearings late this month, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD), which is pursuing criminal charges. Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, all of JP, were arrested at a rowdy meeting hosted by Whole Foods at the...

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Council meeting mystery solved

July 8, 2011
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A June 1 item on the City of Boston’s calendar looked like the stuff of conspiracy theory: an apparently private State House meeting between the Boston City Council and Boston state representatives about redistricting—the annual redrawing of electoral districts. The meeting was slated for the “Members Lounge” at the State House, where the state...

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Councilors testify in Open Meeting lawsuit

July 8, 2011
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Face new claims of secrecy Boston City Council President Steve Murphy and two other councilors took the stand in a June 20 court hearing about allegations that the council continues to violate the state Open Meeting Law, the Gazette has learned. The Suffolk County Superior Court hearing marks the final chapter in a six-year-old...

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Grant could fully fund Arborway Yard

July 8, 2011
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The federal grant for which the MBTA is applying in hopes of finally building the Arborway bus yard, located at Washington Street and the Arborway, could provide the $200 million to $220 million necessary to completely fund the project. The announcement on whether the MBTA wins the grant and if so, how much money...

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Thrift shop to close for fix-up

July 8, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—Boomerangs, the popular thrift store at 716 Centre St., will be closed for renovations July 11-21. A reopening will follow on July 22. The work will be mainly cosmetic interior work, according to spokesperson Susan Ryan-Vollmar. The storefront will not change. A discount sale is under way, and donated items are not being...

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Laundromat to reopen

July 8, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The laundromat at 410 Centre St. whose closure last month sparked concerns of gentrification will reopen soon, according to landlord John Demopoulos, whose own family will operate it. “New machines—everything new,” said Demopoulos on June 22 while standing outside the former Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre, its old washers and dryers gone...

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ATM closes for new storefront

July 8, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Boston Private Bank ATM at 403-405 Centre St. is shut down until about July 20 while the building gets a glassy new storefront, according to landlord Mordechai Levin. While the ATM will immediately reopen when work is done, there are still no new tenants for the main building—the former home of the...

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Health Champion

July 8, 2011
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Health Champion

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Bus stop changes pushed back again

July 8, 2011
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Harvest stop may stay MBTA senior planner Greg Strangeways told the Gazette June 23 that planned changes to the MBTA’s bus Route 39—three years in the making—may not happen until next spring. The project includes the elimination of some stops and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions and improved amenities like new shelters and benches at others....

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When MATCH moves in, other groups move out

July 8, 2011
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PARKSIDE—MATCH Charter Public School’s upcoming move into 215 Forest Hills St. was met with general neighborhood approval at a June 27 meeting at the property, which MATCH recently agreed to buy. But the MATCH move also means that next year, two schools and two nonprofit organizations will be booted from the site and looking...

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Restaurant seeks license 5 years late

July 8, 2011
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WOODBOURNE—After owning Los Bendecidos Pizza & Restaurant at 264 Hyde Park Ave. for five years, owner Freddy Nuñez is finally seeking the city license required to run it. “The person I bought the restaurant from didn’t have it and I didn’t know I was supposed to have it,” Nuñez told the Gazette. “I had...

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Anti-beetle treatment wraps up

July 8, 2011
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JAMAICA HILLS—Approximately 1,921 trees were treated with pesticide in a plan to control the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) that wrapped up June 24, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA originally estimated that 3,200 trees needed treatment under the plan, which began June 6. The actual number of vulnerable trees turned out...

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Kitten Care

July 8, 2011
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Kitten Care

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Paddling for a cure

July 8, 2011
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Paddling for a cure

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Good Thoughts

July 8, 2011
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Good Thoughts

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New music fest to rock the pond

July 8, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The first annual JP Music Festival will rock Jamaica Pond Park on Aug. 20 with about two-dozen local bands in a free concert. The festival has been established as a nonprofit organization with the intention of making it an annual event. It was founded by well-known JP musician Rick Berlin; Shamus Moynihan, the music...

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Ready for market

July 8, 2011
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Ready for market

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Recuperado festival

July 8, 2011
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Hay una serie de cambios en el Festival Puertorriqueño de Boston este año. Pero , quizá, sea mejor decir que se está recuperando. La primera novedad es que recupera sus tres días y ya podemos estar separando el 22, 23 y 24 de este es para llegar a las instalaciones del Franklin Park que...

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