Letter: Thanks for supporting Taste of JP

December 7, 2012
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We are writing on behalf of ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.) Board of Directors and staff to thank all who were responsible for making ESAC’s 17thAnnual Taste of JP such a successful event. This was an important event for us as we also celebrate our 47 years of serving the community. The event...

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Letter: Gazette is right about need for planning agency

December 7, 2012
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I am so impressed with the balanced assessment of the 161 S. Huntington project in your editorial. (“Editorial: S. Huntington achievements,” Nov. 23.) Rarely are issues evaluated as fairly and as cogently as in your editorial. Your appeal for a freestanding planning commission is especially appropriate and overdue. Jeff Cronin Jamaica Plain

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Letter: JP Citizen was a friend to Franklin Park

December 7, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Citizen was not only the newspaper of record for Jamaica Plain for half a century, it was a partner in making Jamaica Plain a better place to live as well. (“JP Citizen, historic newspaper, ceases publishing,” Nov. 9.) When Franklin Park had seemingly been abandoned by Jamaica Plain in the 1970s,...

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Letter: Casey Arborway is about money, not best solution

December 7, 2012
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It is time for JP’s silent majority to weigh in on the Casey Overpass. The public process on what solution will best serve JP and the region has not ended. With any project this large, the old saying, “The devil is in the details” is writ large. Now that real-world details are finally emerging...

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Letter: Citizen United ballot question skipped the details

December 7, 2012
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The Gazette’s summary of the Nov. 6 election gave a good overview of the issues we faced that day, but the descriptions of the Citizens United case and the corresponding ballot question missed the mark on key points. (“JP voters favor liberal candidates, causes,” Nov. 23.) The crux of the case wasn’t about “independent political...

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Family Dollar won’t open at JP site

December 7, 2012
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WASHINGTON ST.—Family Dollar, a national discount-goods chain, is giving up a potential Jamaica Plain location at 3383-3389 Washington St. because of community opposition. “The development team is trying to figure out what we can do with that property that isn’t offensive to the neighborhood,” developer Peter McLoughlin of Boston Property Development LLC told the...

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Soldier completes Army training

December 7, 2012
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Army National Guard Pvt. Angel L. Ortiz of Jamaica Plain recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Ortiz is a 2008 graduate of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and this year earned an associate’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. From press materials.

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National Grid warns of bill pay scam

December 7, 2012
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The utility company National Grid is warning its customers of a bill-payment telephone scam being operated by criminals in the New England area. The scammers call a customer and ask them to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak pre-paid credit card to pay a balance or pay for replacing a faulty meter. The scammer then...

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JP man is human guinea pig

December 7, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Christopher Gussis, aged 84, has found a new calling in his retirement: human guinea pig. A former health science teacher, Gussis was volunteering at Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology several years ago, “because of my background,” he said, “when I got these flyers coming across my desk” for medical research. He...

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 7, 2012

December 7, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 18 for the Dec. 21 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., Jan. 3, 6-8pm. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org. Mayor’s Trolley Tour...

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JP Agenda, Dec. 7, 2012

December 7, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 18 for the Dec. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings District E-13 Police, Latino Monthly meeting, Thurs., Dec. 13, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St., Monthly strategic meeting, Thurs., Dec. 20,...

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Invitación, Dec. 7, 2012

December 6, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 18 de diciembre para la publicación del 21 de diciembre. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Reunión de BRA Corridor Plan, BRA presenta su primer borrador del plan...

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Bike shop to host tax-cut petition tomorrow

December 5, 2012
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There will be a petition drive to extend the middle-class tax cuts tomorrow at the Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 66 South St. Middle-class tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress acts. “We need the tax break. We can’t be taxed anymore,” said Jeffrey Ferris, owner of...

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BRA ‘corridor plan’ meeting scheduled

November 28, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host a community meeting Dec. 12 to “start the conversation” on the first draft of a S. Huntington Avenue “corridor plan,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Hennigan School at 200 Heath St. The first community meeting about...

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Dorcena runs for mayor to end ‘dictatorship’

November 23, 2012
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Will Dorcena has come out swinging in his campaign for the Mayor’s Office, calling incumbent Thomas Menino a “teddy-bear tyrant” who runs a “dictatorship,” with Jamaica Plain’s S. Huntington Avenue and Casey Overpass controversies as prime examples. In an interview last week at the Gazette office, Dorcena, an energetic, 40-year-old Hyde Park resident, matched...

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Kids’ theater class teaches ‘Magic & Mayhem’

November 23, 2012
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New theater classes for 3- to 5-year-olds, called Magic & Mayhem, have come to Spontaneous Celebrations and Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. The classes include movement, music and storytelling games and grow into creating productions—writing, costuming and performing—completely from scratch. From pretending to walk across a room full of chocolate pudding, to creating dances...

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BTD chief: Mayor won’t oppose Casey plan, backs process

November 23, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Mayor Thomas Menino will not oppose the Casey Arborway plan despite a petition calling for him to do so, and he backs the state’s ongoing planning process, the City’s transportation commissioner told the Gazette. “I know folks want the mayor to come in and say, ‘Hey, I absolutely support ’ or...

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Main Street presenta a su nuevo director

November 23, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) presenta a su nuevo director ejecutivo, Gerald Robbins, quien asumió el puesto hace varios meses. La organización anunció que tendrá una casa abierta el 6 de diciembre. HJSMS es una programa iniciada por el alcalde Thomas Menino para fortalecer los distritos comerciales de JP mediante el apoyo monetario, técnico...

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State makes Casey MEPA filing

November 23, 2012
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The state filed a required Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office report this month for the Casey Overpass replacement project that identifies no major environmental impacts. The MEPA filing was required as part of the Casey Overpass demolition and ensuing redevelopment of the surrounding area. Such filings are required for nearly all road works...

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Youth Vote

November 23, 2012
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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington

November 23, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—About 10 dolls adorned with protest signs were arranged around a tree at the Home for Little Wanderers at 161 S. Huntington Ave. last week, an effort carried out by a new Occupy JP-affiliated group called Babies Against Boondoggles, according to an Occupy JP member....

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Police Spotlight: Drop off old meds at police station

November 23, 2012
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Residents can now safely dispose of unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs at the local District E-13 Police Station at 3345 Washington St., where a kiosk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Expired or unused medical drugs are a big source of drug abuse when they are not disposed of properly....

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Volleyball All-stars

November 23, 2012
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S. Huntington project approved by City

November 23, 2012
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The City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted last week to approve the variances requested by the developers of the luxury apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. in the midst of great community opposition. That, along with the expected approval from the Parks Commission this week, were the last steps in approving the...

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