Asking too much of Whole Foods

August 12, 2011
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While I have no particular interest in whether or not Whole Foods moves into Jamaica Plain, I find I am wondering what other new businesses in Jamaica Plain have been placed under such scrutiny. Why has it been asked to set up an affordable housing trust fund; undertake a traffic study; commit to a...

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Get sandwich boards off sidewalks

August 12, 2011
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In response to Sandra Storey’s “JP Observer” piece (“JP streets: The orderly and the ugly,” July 22) that pointed out that City-planted trees and their “pits” use up too much sidewalk width and obstruct pedestrian traffic, I would like to suggest a faster solution. The City should enforce its law prohibiting sidewalk sandwich-board advertising...

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Bus yard grant includes building demo

August 12, 2011
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STONYBROOK—The MBTA last month submitted a $155.5 million federal grant application to fund construction of the Arborway Yard bus facility. In a last-minute surprise, the application proposes demolishing the T’s 500 Arborway office building. Residents years ago proposed demolishing 500 Arborway, an office building that sits at the heart of the proposed bus facility...

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Students build bikes in new program

August 12, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

BPS students are building bikes—one for themselves, one for donation—in a new partnership with Bikes Not Bombs, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, and Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that launched last month. By Alicia Perez Special to the Gazette The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and...

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Happenings

August 12, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for Happenings listings is noon, Aug. 23 for the Aug. 26 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Keepin’ Cool...

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Mail delivery spotty after route cuts

August 12, 2011
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Parts of Jamaica Plain are experiencing irregular mail delivery as a result of a route reshuffling in the United States Postal Service (USPS). Homes in central JP—on Rockview Street, Parley Avenue, Parley Vale, Burr Street, Grovenor Road and St. John Street—are receiving their mail as late as 7 p.m., due to a new mail...

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Doc’s office to become home

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—The recently closed Atreva Health Care doctor’s office at 770 Centre St. will become a private home for former owner Dr. Francisco Trilla’s children, he told the Gazette. Trilla still lives in Jamaica Plain, but now works in California as chief medical officer at a chain of community health centers. He closed Atreva...

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Cop catches escaped bird

August 12, 2011
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A pet bird named Hope who escaped her Jamaica Plain home last month was captured in Hyde Park by a Boston School Police officer. The 3-ounce cockatiel, an Australian bird, was found in Ross Field. That’s four miles away as the crow—er, cockatiel—flies. Hope escaped July 13 while trying to land on the shoulder...

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Serial rapist guilty in ’91 attacks

August 12, 2011
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A serial rapist last month admitted to committing three rapes 20 years ago, including attacks in JP and Jackson Square’s Academy Homes. Jerry Dixon, 38, formerly of Dorchester, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to the brutal rapes and was sentenced to three consecutive 10-year prison terms. He has already been in custody for...

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JPNC forms team for Whole Foods deal

August 12, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) will aim to negotiate some form of community benefits agreement (CBA) with the Whole Foods Market coming to Hyde Square, and on July 26 appointed a five-member team to cut the deal. The team includes JPNC chair Andrea Howley, who said she already has a meeting with Whole...

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Man charged with carjacking

August 12, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—A Brockton man is facing charges that he carjacked two people at gunpoint after asking to bum a cigarette on July 27 at Centre and Lamartine streets, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Orlando Pizzaro, 34, is charged with armed carjacking, assault with intent to murder, unlawful gun possession and possession of...

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JP Music Fest is built to last

August 12, 2011
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Jamaica Plain is rich with musicians, but low on venues. Semi-secret house shows and gigs outside the neighborhood are the norm. Enter the First Annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, which will shine a huge spotlight on the local music scene on Aug. 20 at the Pinebank ballfield at Jamaica Pond Park. “It is our...

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE

August 12, 2011
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RED, WHITE AND BLUE

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SNAP benefits good at farmers market

August 12, 2011
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For the second year in a row, the Community Servings farmers market is this year providing access to fresh produce for low-income families who receive federal food subsidies. The farmers market—which happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Community Servings’ parking lot at 18 Marbury Terrace—is accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)...

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Latino grocer plan is dead; doctors may move in

August 12, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Plans for a Latino grocery store at 363 Centre St. are dead, and the Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare (BIDHC) Jamaica Plain doctor’s office is looking to move in instead, according to the property’s owner. The BIDHC move could come by year’s end, according to Richard Thal, executive director of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood...

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Church must hide crosses for school use

August 12, 2011
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Church must hide crosses for school use

First Baptist Church will have to hide crosses and other religious symbols to avoid violating the Constitution when Bridge Boston Charter School operates in its worship space starting next month. Separation of church and state could mean that First Baptist has to cover a cross-bearing plaque next to its front door and skip any...

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Agenda

August 12, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 23 for the Aug. 26 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Casey Overpass Community Meetings, Working...

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Chang-Díaz: No refusal in JPNC talks

July 27, 2011
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The office of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is slapping down the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) claim that she “refused” to speak with its members about a possible community benefits agreement with Whole Foods Market. “There definitely was not a flat-out refusal,” Chang-Díaz spokesperson Katherine Adam told the Gazette. But Adam also could not...

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JPNC candidate deadline is Aug. 5

July 27, 2011
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Potential candidates for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) have until Aug. 5 to submit their nomination papers. The JPNC is an elected, 20-member neighborhood association that represents all of Jamaica Plain. Its biannual election will be held on Sept. 24. The JPNC has five neighborhood-wide “at-large” seats and 15 seats representing three subsections,...

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Police look at Hyde/Jackson Main Street books

July 22, 2011
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Director resigns Boston police and the Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) board of directors began an investigation July 12 into alleged “discrepancies in the financial statements” of the local Main Street organization’s books, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Mayor Thomas Menino has also ordered an investigation. HJSMS Executive Director Carlos Schillaci told...

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Census sheds new light on JP

July 22, 2011
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New U.S. Census data provides a detailed picture of JP’s population characteristics. The BRA last month released a series reports analyzing Boston neighborhoods based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS information is a “five-year estimate” based on data collected between 2005 and 2009. According to the report, during that period:...

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Candles in the dark

July 22, 2011
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Candles in the dark

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Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

July 22, 2011
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Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

FOREST HILLS—Design sketches for possible replacements for Shea Circle and re-routing of Morton Street were presented to the Casey Overpass replacement project’s Working Advisory Group (WAG) at its July 13 meeting. The WAG supported turning Shea Circle, the rotary at the eastern end of the Casey Overpass, into a signalized intersection and turning Morton...

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Límitesen mapa asunto divisor

July 22, 2011
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“Boston debería ser el distrito de mayoría de minorías”. Dicho así por la directora ejecutiva de ¿Oíste? y otras instituciones que han tomado liderazgo en el debate sobre la redistribución de los distritos electorales, todo parece fácil. Sin embargo el asunto se complica cuando se ven las propuestas, los mapas o las explicaciones que...

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