Op-Ed: Parents must demand real change from BPS

September 28, 2012
By

By City Councilor John R. Connolly, Special to the Gazette Two transformative opportunities for the Boston Public Schools hung in the balance as students began the new school year. First, students desperately needed a longer school day and a system that kept good teachers in the classroom. Unfortunately, this opportunity came and went, as...

Read more »

Letter: Good riddance to school’s racism-tainted name

September 28, 2012
By

I can only speculate why the Boston School Committee of the 1970s named a public school after a scientist who was one of the most outspoken proponents of the idea that Africans were a separate and inferior species. The Louis Agassiz Elementary School in Jamaica Plain was permanently closed in June 2011, may his...

Read more »

Letter: No to condos in church building

September 28, 2012
By

I think the Blessed Sacrament Church should be a community center so it can be for everyone. I don’t think it should be condos. I have lived in JP for about five years, and it would make me so sad to see the church turned into private, expensive condos. Tandin Johnson-Ward KidsArts! Multicultural After-School...

Read more »

Letter: Church would be more fun as community center

September 28, 2012
By

I think the Blessed Sacrament Church should be a community center so it’s still open to the public and it’s cheaper. I don’t think the church should be turned into expensive private condos. I also think JP would be more fun if the church became a community center. Carly Chung KidsArts! Multicultural After-School and...

Read more »

Letter: Thanks for covering the third-party campaigns

September 28, 2012
By

Thank you for your editorial on “JP’s presidential choice” and your front-page article about the candidacy of Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party nominee for president of the United States (“Green prez nominee: Why JP should vote for me,” Sept. 14). The article highlights one of the less obvious reasons that community newspapers like the JP...

Read more »

Kelley Circle fixes under way

September 28, 2012
By

Long-planned improvements to the Kelley Circle rotary at the Jamaicaway and Arborway are under way, aimed at slowing traffic and improving pedestrian and bike safety. The work, slated to wrap up early next month, will shorten the crossings at Parkman Drive and narrow the travel lane in the rotary. “I’m really happy about that,”...

Read more »

Sights and Sounds, Sept. 12, 2012

September 28, 2012
By

The deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 9 for the Oct. 12 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events First Thursday, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre and South streets, Thurs., Oct. 4, 6-8pm. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org. Lantern Parade, community...

Read more »

Invitación, Sept. 28, 2012

September 28, 2012
By

La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 9 de octubre para la publicación del 12 de octubre. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group, revisando el plan para el reemplazamiento del...

Read more »

JP Agenda, Sept. 28, 2012

September 28, 2012
By

The deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 9 for the Oct. 12 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group, reviewing plan for Casey Overpass replacement in Forest Hills, hosted by MassDOT, Mon., Oct. 1, 6pm, State...

Read more »

Irish pub opens

September 28, 2012
By

FOREST HILLS—Eugene O’Neill’s Irish pub opened Sept. 17 after over a year of work. The pub and restaurant at 3700 Washington St. does not yet have set hours. It starts serving lunch at 11:30 a.m. and may stop serving anywhere from 9 to 11 p.m. until the hours are finalized. “Last night was wonderful,”...

Read more »

On-street parking coming to Arboretum Place

September 28, 2012
By

FOREST HILLS—The City Public Improvement Commission just approved half-a-dozen new on-street parking spaces on Washington Street just south of Ukraine Way to accommodate customers for the Arboretum Place development. “The plan is not yet finalized as we continue to work to incorporate proper pavement markings and associated bike lanes in order to ensure that...

Read more »

Radio show focuses on JP Chinese takeout

September 28, 2012
By

Hyde Square’s Food Wall restaurant is among the Chinese eateries highlighted in “Planet Takeout,” a new WGBH 89.7 Radio program debuting Oct. 1. The program documents the role that Chinese takeout restaurants play in neighborhood life, immigration and other aspects of culture. It is an unusual participatory documentary that allows anyone to share their...

Read more »

Drug lab had chemist scandal in 1985

September 27, 2012
By

FOREST HILLS—The tainted-evidence scandal that recently shuttered the Jamaica Plain-based state drug lab is not the first time that a chemist there has been accused of wrongdoing. In 1985, a similar scandal erupted when a chemist was charged with stealing cocaine in 11 criminal cases after testing it at the State Laboratory Institute at...

Read more »

GOP opens JP campaign office

September 24, 2012
By
GOP opens JP campaign office

The state Republican Party has entered the lion’s den of traditionally liberal, Democratic Jamaica Plain by opening a campaign office in Hyde Square. “We’re opening offices in corners of the state we never have before,” said Massachusetts Republican Party spokesperson Tim Buckley in a Gazette interview, adding that the GOP is growing rapidly throughout...

Read more »

Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 24, 2012
By

Mayor Thomas Menino today vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote last Wednesday a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District 4 and reiterated those concerns with the latest...

Read more »

Blessed Sacrament owners: We apologize for lack of input

September 19, 2012
By

HYDE SQ.–The owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church complex apologized for their secrecy in planning high-end housing on the site, and pledged to hear out any alternative ideas, at a meeting tonight to address community controversy. But they also indicated that the plans basically remain the same unless someone comes up with millions of...

Read more »

DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

September 17, 2012
By
DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner John Auerbach, a Jamaica Plain resident, resigned today amid the growing scandal surrounding the now-closed state drug lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in JP. The drug lab, which was located at the Institute at 305 South St. and examined drug evidence in criminal...

Read more »

State Lab head quits in drug-testing scandal; other labs still open

September 14, 2012
By

The state investigation that shut down the drug testing lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute is not looking into the 17 other labs in the building, which include disease control and racehorse drug testing labs. Dr. Linda Han, who oversaw all 18 public labs in the building as director of Bureau...

Read more »

Blessed Sacrament meeting slated for Sept. 19

September 14, 2012
By

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has scheduled a meeting for Wed., Sept. 19 to review controversial high-end apartment and condo plans for the Blessed Sacrament Campus. The meeting was posted on the BRA’s website Sept. 14 but was not formally announced. The meeting is reconvening a community advisory committee (CAC) that  helped develop the campus...

Read more »

State: Casey is safe after emergency repairs

September 14, 2012
By

FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) maintains the Casey Overpass is safe to drive on and under, following emergency repairs that closed one direction of traffic on Aug. 31. Protective fabric shielding to contain debris previously had been installed on other areas of the overpass. But fabric will not be placed on the...

Read more »

JP Music Festival

September 14, 2012
By

Photos by Daniella Rascon The second annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival drew hundreds of people to see two-dozen local bands play at Jamaica Pond Park on Sept. 8. The show went on despite bouts of rain. The music fest is already joining the ranks of beloved local traditions, as attested by former JPer Courtney...

Read more »

Green prez nominee: Why JP should vote for me

September 14, 2012
By

Jamaica Plain should be voting Green, not Democratic, this fall if it really wants to see its famous progressive ideals in action, said Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein in an exclusive Gazette interview. “I think Jamaica Plain is really at the cutting edge of the progressive movement,” said Stein, a Lexington resident...

Read more »

Resident pens Forest Hills history book

September 14, 2012
By

The debate over the Casey Overpass’s fate has drawn passionate activism from some Jamaica Plain residents. Not so for Richard Heath. Instead, it propelled him to write a book about the history of Forest Hills, a neighborhood in JP that the overpass spans. The overpass, which was built in the 1950s, is the State...

Read more »

Programa de ingles pierde sus fondos

September 14, 2012
By

La Alianza Hispana, una prominente organización latina sin fines de lucro basada en Roxbury está al punto de cerrar su primer programa tras una decisión de Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) de cortar sus fondos. El retiro se debe a la opinión de DESE que los servicios de La Alianza ya...

Read more »

Archives