161 S. Huntington project vote canceled

September 14, 2012
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The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. was removed from yesterday’s Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board meeting agenda, where it would likely have received an approval. The change was announced Monday. “The developer needs to do more work on it,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. “That’s great news....

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Election results: Hennigan wins clerk race

September 14, 2012
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The Sept. 6 primary election results have been counted, and in the most contentious local race, the incumbent retained the seat. Robert Dello Russo was attempting to unseat Jamaica Plain resident Maura Hennigan for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court. But Hennigan garnered 63 percent of the vote,...

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Menino vetoes redistricting plan

September 14, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino on Sept. 6 vetoed the City Council’s redistricting plan, citing a lack of diversity in districts. The council had passed the plan by a 7-6 vote on Aug. 22 and must now go back to the drawing board. The vetoed map did not change Jamaica Plain, but a new map could....

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Warren meets with Latino leaders

September 14, 2012
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PARKSIDE—Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, met privately with Latino community leaders at the home of longtime Jamaica Plain activist Jaime Rodriguez in April. “I really like her,” said Rodriguez, who invited Warren to meet with various leaders at his Montebello Road home. “People are really happy with her.” “They discussed a...

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Ready to Walk

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BPS: Buses will run on time

September 14, 2012
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Boston Public School (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson discussed plans to improve busing schedules this school year that include addressing a street closure in Jamaica Plain during a roundtable interview with reporters last week. BPS’s new transportation director, Carl Allen, a JP resident, and Johnson have been hard at work on getting bus schedules timed...

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Whole Foods adds seating

September 14, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Whole Foods Market debuted outdoor and indoor seating at its 413 Centre St. grocery store on Sept. 10. The store received City approval earlier this year for 16 outdoor and 22 indoor seats. The store issued a photo showing metal chairs and small metal tables.

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Arboretum Place Harvest opening delayed

September 14, 2012
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Arboretum Place Harvest opening delayed

FOREST HILLS—The opening for the new Arboretum Place Harvest Co-op Market on Washington Street has been delayed to December. Harvest Director of Membership and Community Relations Chris Durkin told the Gazette that pushing the opening from September to December was the result of construction delays. Arboretum Place is located at the corner of Ukraine...

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Garden Winners

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Body found in Jamaica Pond

September 14, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A person found dead in Jamaica Pond on Aug. 31 apparently was the victim of an accidental or self-inflicted drowning, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Detectives are investigating the death as a “non-homicide,” according to BPD. The body was found around 8 a.m. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene,...

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Pop-up parklets may come Sept. 21

September 14, 2012
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Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is allowing community members to claim parking spaces as temporary parklets on Sept. 21. This is a separate movement from the City’s parklet program, which is expected to create a semi-permanent parklet on Seaverns Avenue next year. Sept. 21 observes “Park(ing) Day”, an international movement to reclaim parking spaces as...

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Fallen officers to be honored

September 14, 2012
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Wreaths will be placed on three signs in Jamaica Plain that mark spots where police officers died in the line of duty as part of a Boston Police Department (BPD) memorial motorcycle ride on Sun., Sept. 16. The “Ride to Remember” will be a motorcycle parade from Fenway Park to BPD’s Mobile Operations headquarters...

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JP library closing for electrical upgrade

September 14, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) at 12 Sedgwick St. will be closed from Nov. 17 to Dec. 3 to undergo electrical upgrades. The JP Branch will also have all its lighting fixtures rebuilt and rewired to accommodate higher efficiency bulbs. The work was approved as part of $75,000...

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JP Historical Society turns 25, aims for nonprofit status

September 14, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is turning 25 this year and working to become an official nonprofit to celebrate. This year will also see the return of Historical Society-organized lectures and a film screening about the elevated Orange Line to be held in JP this fall. “We’ve been kicking around the idea [of making...

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Sedgwick Slog

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Adult ELL program defunded

September 14, 2012
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La Alianza Hispana, a prominent Latino community nonprofit based in Roxbury, is on the brink of closing its English Language Learning (ELL) program following the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) decision to cut the organization’s funding. The defunding was due to DESE’s determination that La Alianza’s “services are not at the...

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Eliot School teacher continued legacy of longevity

September 14, 2012
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Old Eliot School teachers never die, they just fade away into the woodwork. And so it goes with Charlie Sandler, who retired in May after teaching woodworking at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts since 1966. The school specializes in such handicrafts as woodworking and is located at 24 Eliot St. “I...

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Jackson Sq. playground delayed again

September 14, 2012
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A playground designed by members of the community planned for Jackson Square has been delayed a third time. The delay is due to a lengthier safety coordination process between the project team and the MBTA. Because the playground will stand near and over underground MBTA tracks, the MBTA had to make sure that neither...

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T station gallery changes hands

September 14, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—The art gallery in the Green Street T Station has been taken over by the Jamaica Plain-based organization Boston Cyberarts following the end of its former owner, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media. The new Boston Cyberarts Gallery will hold its first show in November, according to Boston Cyberarts Director George Fifield....

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Campaign Dog

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BPS: Quality schools may not be local

September 14, 2012
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The new school choice plan currently under development by the Boston Public School (BPS) system will focus on quality schools close to home, but during a meeting last month, members of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) did not address Jamaica Plain’s recent school shake-up. Following the closure of the Agassiz School on Child Street,...

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JP Open Studios: Many paths to see art

September 14, 2012
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The annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), a celebration of the arts in JP that invites the public into local artists’ studios and group shows, is returning next weekend, Sept. 22 and 23. Maps and detailed viewing information will be available at venues and are already available at jpopenstudios.com. But with over 50 JPOS...

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Bike Breakfast

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Condo Facelift

September 14, 2012
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Photos Courtesy Andrew Hatcher CONDO FACELIFT  The old front porches (left) on the Huntington Hill West Condominium at 321 S. Huntington Ave. looked shabby and went unused for years until a recent facelift enclosed them with Tudor/Jacobean Revival-style windows (right). Resident Andrew Hatcher, who led the renovation plan, said the design was partly inspired...

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