New schools raise traffic concerns

August 27, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—One of two schools opening next week in the former Agassiz building at 20 Child St. will use a Carolina Avenue entrance for drop-off and pick-up for the first time, raising traffic concerns among local residents, who include state Rep. Liz Malia. Boston Public Schools (BPS) will hold a meeting tomorrow, Aug. 28,...

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Motorcycle hits T van, killing 1

August 20, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A motorcyclist died after running into an MBTA RIDE van this morning at the corner of Park Lane and Walnut Avenue, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The motorcyclist was identified as Juan Feliz, 35, of Boston by the Boston Police Department (BPD). The van contained no passengers at the time and its driver...

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Cuban baseball greats to play in JP

August 17, 2012
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Cuban baseball greats to play in JP

A team of senior Cuban baseball players, including several major league and national team legends, will play softball against an American senior team at Jamaica Pond Park on Sat., Aug. 25 as part of a “Friendship Games” visit to Boston. Tony Gonzalez and Reinaldo Linares are among the legends of 1960s Cuban baseball who...

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Sen. Brown visits JP to support vets memorial

August 17, 2012
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Sen. Brown visits JP to support vets memorial

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown visited Jamaica Plain on Aug. 16, meeting with organizers of a Puerto Rican veterans memorial at the landmark restaurant El Oriental de Cuba at 416 Centre St. “The good senator has committed to help us raise $100,000 for the monument,” said Tony Molina, a JP resident and the project...

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JP man charged in strip club shooting

August 17, 2012
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Lived at eviction dispute house A Jamaica Plain man is charged with assault with intent to murder in the shooting of two men inside a downtown strip club on Aug. 8. Steve Gayle, 34, was a resident of a house at the center of a prominent eviction controversy that included the arrest of local...

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Study: JP friendships unusually diverse

August 17, 2012
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Friendships in Jamaica Plain are unusually diverse, apparently because of the high value JPers place on the ideal of diversity, according to a new study by Wellesley College psychology professor Angela Bahns. “People in Jamaica Plain said they value diversity more,” Bahns told the Gazette. “They have motivation…to step outside their comfort zones.” “Diversity”...

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Casey Overpass to survive in model train set

August 17, 2012
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Casey Overpass to survive in model train set

FOREST HILLS—Model train enthusiast, Casey Arborway design team member and Jamaica Plain resident Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis is honoring the soon-to-be demolished Casey Overpass with a miniature version of the overpass in his model train set. “The idea isn’t to create an exact replica of Forest Hills down in the basement, but to do sort of...

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Estudio: Amistades en JP son diversas

August 17, 2012
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Según un estudio de Angela Bahns, una profesora de sicología en Wellesley College, las amistades en Jamaica Plain son más diversas que en otras partes, debido al hecho de que los residentes de JP valoran la diversidad como un idea. “La gente de JP dice que valora la diversidad, y por eso están motivados...

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Church housing plan to get BRA review

August 17, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will hold at least one community meeting and reconvene a community advisory committee (CAC) to review a controversial high-end apartment plan at the Blessed Sacrament Church site, assuming the plan is officially filed. But another controversial plan—the construction of luxury condos in the main church building—will undergo only...

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Goddard House says most residents have new homes

August 17, 2012
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The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 201 S. Huntington Ave., which announced in July that it would be closing forever in September, has found new homes for most of its residents and is helping find employees new work. Meanwhile, a local elected official is expected to meet with the Goddard House...

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MBTA war memorials may move for Casey project

August 17, 2012
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MBTA war memorials may move for Casey project

FOREST HILLS—Two memorials for MBTA employees who served in both World Wars and other wars may need to be relocated during demolition and construction of the new Casey Arborway. Traffic will be rerouted from the Casey Overpass to a temporary roadway north of the overpass during construction, which is expected between 2014 and 2016....

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Hotel Opening

August 17, 2012
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Hotel Opening

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Political Notes: Chang-Díaz votes for school discipline reform bill

August 17, 2012
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The state Senate recently approved a school discipline reform bill that reduces unnecessary school suspensions and expulsions, and ensures educational services for many of the state’s most vulnerable students, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz voted for the legislation. The House also approved the bill and Gov. Deval Patrick signed...

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Police abuse case partly upheld, appealed

August 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Boston Police internal investigation of a 2011 police brutality incident in Jackson Square has ended with a charge of abusive language upheld, but a more serious excessive force complaint ruled unproven, according to the victim, Jamaica Plain teacher Michael Pearlstein-Gluck. Pearlstein-Gluck said the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, the Boston Police Department’s (BPD)...

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Art installation protests eviction

August 17, 2012
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Art installation protests eviction

EGLESTON SQ.—City Life/Vida Urbana member Heather Gordon collaborated with an artist in protesting her recent eviction at her former home at 3 Mendell Way on Aug. 7. Gordon and video artist John Hulsey worked together in creating a video of Gordon handwriting a letter that tells her foreclosure story. The video was then projected...

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Sights & Sounds, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Aug. 28 for the Aug. 31 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Boston Carnival Village, annual Caribbean festival in Franklin Park: Kiddies Carnival Festival with parade, music and children’s activities, Sun., Aug. 19,...

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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

August 17, 2012
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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

The annual Caribbean festival returns to Franklin Park next week, and dazzling costumes made by a Jamaica Plain club will be a big part of the fun. The Trinidad & Tobago Social Club at 16 Glen Road makes hundreds of bikini-style costumes bedecked in sequins and colorful feathers. The club has won top performer...

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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

August 17, 2012
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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

SUMNER HILL—A community-wide art collaboration is under way to create mosaic art for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. A collaboration between ceramic artist and sculptor Bette Ann Libby and the community will result in a piece of ceramic artwork that will make its home in the library’s downstairs auditorium. The...

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Solar Power

August 17, 2012
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Solar Power

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105A S. Huntington project draws praise, concerns

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community feedback for the proposed luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., named “The Serenity,” is split between support for the developer and criticisms over the appearance of the project. At a community meeting on July 31 at Back of the Hill Apartments, the developer was...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new head

August 17, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) reportedly has a new executive director, though the chair of the business promotion organization’s board did not respond to requests for confirmation. A man identifying himself as HJSMS’s new executive director contacted the Gazette in late July, but declined to speak about the position on the record pending an...

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Rescue Me

August 17, 2012
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Rescue Me

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Criminal complaints dropped in pizzeria dispute

August 17, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—All criminal complaints have been dropped in the heated dispute over the former Slice o’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St., according to landlord John Meehan. An Aug. 1 court hearing where Meehan faced a charge of making threats in the dispute ended with no criminal charges filed, according to a West Roxbury...

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JP’s Gentleman Farmer

August 17, 2012
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Some people switch careers with the changing of the wind. Not Jim Buckle. He’s a farmer for life. “It’s a good, clean way to make a living,” said Buckle. “I love growing food. I’m never going to give this up. I’ll go broke before I do.” Buckle, who lives in Jamaica Plain, owns and...

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