Hope Lodge offers support for patients, locals

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge at 125 S. Huntington Ave. wants to connect with the community while serving its mission to provide free housing for out-of-town cancer patients. By offering free community meeting space, encouraging volunteerism and hosting twice-yearly art openings for local and regional artists—many from Jamaica Plain—the Hope Lodge staff...

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Bromley-Heath police tactics protested

August 17, 2012
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Protesters at the Bromley-Heath housing development July 27 claimed the Boston Police Department (BPD) is using overly aggressive tactics, while BPD is saying it is targeting known troublemakers. Other residents support the increased BPD presence. One Bromley-Heath resident questioned the police tactics in a recent phone interview with the Gazette. “Violence is everywhere, but...

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More city councilors oppose condos

August 17, 2012
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At-Large Boston City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley joined the opposition to condo buildings proposed for 207-209 Chestnut Ave. in a letter sent last month to the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD). City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who already opposed the project, also signed the letter. Developer Pat McKenna told the Gazette this week...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda 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. Meetings   Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda tba, Tues., Aug. 28, 7pm, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St. Info: jpnc.org. District...

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Free Ride

August 17, 2012
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Free Ride

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Editorial: JP diversity

August 17, 2012
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A study has found that JP friendships are unusually diverse in terms of political, religious and social attitudes. That’s a sign of more than token respect for individual differences, and that’s a great thing for any neighborhood and any relationship. JP prides itself on diversity. In some ways, the local definition of diversity is...

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Editorial: Policing Jackson Square

August 17, 2012
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Police officers perform an incredibly difficult job. They put their lives on the line just by wearing the badge. They make dozens of potentially life-changing judgment calls every day. They try to keep order while respecting and protecting civil liberties in a free society that can and does throw just about anything at them....

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Letter: Same Old Place owner will be missed

August 17, 2012
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Fred Ciampa made many wonderful memories for my children. (“Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies,” Aug. 3.) We had pizza night when we could, when Mom needed a break from preparing meals, and when we all needed a treat. What a sweet event it was, marching down Centre Street to the Same...

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Letter: Wage theft is a widespread problem

August 17, 2012
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A father of three told me: “This man was looking for people to paint cars in his body shop after hours. He said he’d pay $20 an hour, so I went there after my regular job. I worked there six hours a night. I was there for two weeks and then I asked him...

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Letter: Goddard House closure a moral tragedy

August 17, 2012
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I am personally saddened by the news that Goddard House will be closing forever in September; an irreversible decision, I believe made too quickly. (“Goddard House nursing home to shut down,” July 20.) Since my days as a young pastor 40 years ago, continuing through my current role at the Mount Pleasant Home next...

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Letter: HIV test expansion law is a key step

August 17, 2012
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If you don’t know your HIV status, you should. Today, it’s easier than ever in Massachusetts to learn your status through your doctor thanks to a change in the state’s HIV testing law that went into effect on July 26. This new law, “An Act to Increase Routine Screening for HIV,” modernizes the Commonwealth’s...

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Letter: Sánchez wrong to support ‘three strikes’

August 17, 2012
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Regarding the “three strikes” bill, my rep., Jeffrey Sánchez, voted in favor of this bill, thus abandoning his confreres in the state Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, common sense and me. (“Local officials split on three strikes bill,” Aug. 3.) Across the land for decades, mandatory sentencing...

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VA garage work annoys neighbors

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Weekend and early-morning construction work on the new Veterans Affairs hospital garage at 150 S. Huntington Ave. is annoying neighbors. The VA has set a 7 a.m. weekday start time, but some weekend work is unavoidable, according to spokesperson Diane Keefe. “We are doing our best to limit weekend work,” she said. “We...

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South St. condo plan rejected

August 17, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Controversial plans to demolish a lawyer’s office and replace it with a five-unit condo building were rejected earlier this month by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee and the City’s zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). It is unclear what will happen to attorney Peter Fenn’s plan for 71 South St. Fenn did...

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Invitacion, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 28 de agosto para la publicación del 31 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 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda pendiente, martes, 28 agosto, 7pm, Julia Martin...

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Grocery trucks park illegally in bus stops

August 17, 2012
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Grocery trucks park illegally in bus stops

Two local grocery stores have been caught with food trucks parked illegally in MBTA bus stops while making deliveries. John Rowse, who lives on Paul Gore Street, took pictures on July 13 and 20 of food trucks parked illegally in the MBTA bus stop in front of Whole Foods at 413 Centre St. during...

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New plan, same criticism for 161 S. Huntington

August 16, 2012
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Opposition to the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project remains high despite changes made by the developer, Boston Residential Group, after an initial round of public comment on the project. Most of the about 40 attendees who spoke during a community meeting at the Back of the Hill Apartments on Aug. 15 voiced much...

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DA: Accused shooter lived at controversial eviction house

August 8, 2012
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Steve Gayle, the Jamaica Plain resident charged in a double shooting at a strip club today, was a resident of a house at the center of a prominent eviction controversy that included the arrest of local state Rep. Liz Malia earlier this year, according to Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Jake Wark. Gayle’s...

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JP man charged in double shooting at strip club

August 8, 2012
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A Jamaica Plain man is charged with assault with intent to murder in the shooting of two men inside a downtown strip club earlier today. Steve Gayle, 34, allegedly was still carrying a handgun that was cocked and ready to fire when he was arrested by Boston Police officers following the double shooting at...

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Voter registration deadline nears for Sept. 6 primary election

August 7, 2012
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The state’s primary election will be held Sept. 6, and the voter registration deadline is on Aug. 17. A voter registration table operated by the Secretary of State’s Office will be at the Forest Hills T Station on Weds., Aug. 8, 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. The primary election helps select political party nominees...

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AG Coakley to campaign for Warren in JP

August 3, 2012
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State Attorney General Martha Coakley will campaign in Jamaica Plain tomorrow on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, according to the group JP for Elizabeth Warren. Coakley will meet with supporters at a 21 Lochstead Ave. home on the morning of Sat., Aug. 4 and then join in a door-knocking campaign. Warren, a...

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Local officials split on three strikes bill

August 3, 2012
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Local elected officials are split on “Melissa’s Bill,” a so-called “three strikes” crime reform bill that imposes mandatory sentences on repeat violent offenders. The bill is named after Melissa Gosule, a 27-year-old Jamaica Plain resident who was raped and murdered by a paroled violent criminal in 1999. Gosule had submitted travel pieces to the...

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Puerto Rican Pride

August 3, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies

August 3, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, the long-time owner of Same Old Place pizza parlor at 662 Centre St., died unexpectedly on July 22. He was 69. “He had a heart attack,” daughter Regina Ciampa said. “He was a hard worker and we believe that had a lot to do with it.” “He’ll be remembered for all the...

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