Un perfume obliga mudarse a los bibliotecarios

March 2, 2012
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Dos bibliotecarias del Connolly Branch Library fueron obligadas a mudarse temporalmente después de sufrir unos síntomas de malestar causados por un perfume fuerte llevado por unos clientes. El grupo Friends de la biblioteca se está quejando. El grupo Friends quiere prohibir las fragancias fuertes para que regresen las bibliotecarias Amy Manson y Jane Bickford....

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Seaverns Ave. trees to return

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Two mature trees were cut down to accommodate construction on Seaverns Avenue last month. The property owner told the Gazette that new trees will be planted.

A construction project at 21 Seaverns Ave. has caused the felling of two trees, causing neighbor complaints. New trees will be planted, the property owner told the Gazette. Owner Paul Donovan said his project spent a year being vetted in neighborhood processes. He cut down the trees to install a driveway and parking area....

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Pedestrian Struck

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Firefighters treat a woman lying on Greenough Avenue at Centre Street after she was struck by a car while walking on the morning of Feb. 15. The unidentified woman, believed by the Boston Fire Department to be in her 80s, was strapped to a backboard and had a neck brace applied before being taken to a hospital. No citations or charges were issued against the driver, according to the Boston Police Department.

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Editorial: Thanks to Casey activists

March 2, 2012
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Debate about the Casey Overpass replacement project has been heated, and when the state’s decision comes, one side is going to win and one side is going to lose. That could produce bitterness. We hope that instead, activists on both (or all) sides will appreciate how much their friends and foes accomplished in this...

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Editorial: Community policing

March 2, 2012
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A few months ago, the South Street area was hit with a string of disturbing burglaries. The local E-13 Police Station responded by hosting a community meeting and parking a patrol car in the area to squash the crimes. It worked. Now the criminals are back—and so are the cops to tamp them down...

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Editorial: Primary voting

March 2, 2012
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On Tuesday, the presidential primary election, which helps nominate political party candidates, finally comes to Massachusetts. We’ll forgive you if you are not very excited. Most of the Founding Fathers believed that political parties were an evil to avoid. The broken presidential primary system and the two-party straitjacket show why. Early-voting states, most of...

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Letter: News shows JP gentrification

March 2, 2012
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I couldn’t help but notice the irony on the front page of the Feb. 17 edition. At the top of the page is the line, “Is JP gentrified? Numbers say no”; yet your front-page stories are about “a groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March” (“Bromley-Heath leader retires; BHA...

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Letter: In support of a skate park

March 2, 2012
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I’m writing in support of the improvised skate park in the old roller hockey rink on the Southwest Corridor (“Skate park may be coming to SWCP,” Feb. 17). It’s disappointing that neighbors complained to the Department of Conservation and Recreation about the “debris” and had it removed. The kids who were constructing that park were exercising...

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Letter: ‘Three strikes’ is too expensive

March 2, 2012
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For now, let’s leave aside the disproportionate effects the “three strikes” legislation would have (“In support of ‘three strikes,’ letter, Feb. 17). This is all about the numbers. Many of the legislators in favor of this bill would have us believe that the net effect of three strikes combined with other provisions would be...

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Letter: Disappointed in Malia’s Casey stance

March 2, 2012
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The following letter was sent to state Rep. Liz Malia: I live in the Jamaica Plain section that is represented by Jeffrey Sánchez. However, I have heard you speak in the past and have been impressed with the representation you provide to Jamaica Plain. So I am sorry to know that you have accused the Mass. Department...

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Sights and Sounds, 3/2/12

March 2, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, March 13 for the March 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit fundraiser, Jacob Wirth Restaurant, 31 Stuart St., Mon., March 5, 6-8pm. Under 35,...

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Invitación

March 2, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 13 de marzo para la publicación del 16 de marzo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones JPNC Public Service Committee, 6 marzo, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St....

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Agenda, 3/2/12

March 2, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, March 13 for the March 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings    JP Republicans (Wards 10, 11, 19), to discuss and organize for the March 6 ward and state committee elections....

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State will skip overpass decision deadline

February 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will miss its own deadline this week for making the decision about the Casey Overpass replacement project, a spokesperson told the Gazette. There is no new timeline for an announcement and MassDOT offered no explanation for the further delay. “We’re still looking to make a decision soon,”...

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Burglaries return to JP South

February 28, 2012
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The area of the Arborway, Jamaica Street and St. Rose Street, which had a string of burglaries last fall, is seeing another increase in residential break-ins. Most of the crimes have been committed by people who walk around the neighborhood and knock on doors until they find a residence with no one home. They...

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Overpass decision to come this month

February 17, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will announce the decision for the future of the Casey Overpass by the end of the month, the Gazette has learned. MassDOT has also posted answers online to some of the burning questions about the Casey replacement project posed by elected officials and the community since mid-November. MassDOT...

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Bromley-Heath leader retires; BHA takes over

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The leader and co-founder of the Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March, and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will take over. The tenant group will continue to advise the BHA, but will no longer have a management role, BHA spokesperson Lydia Agro told the Gazette....

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Illicit chickens roost in JP’s back yards

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Roslindale resident Benjamin Geffken is covered in chickens raised by neighbor Steven Gag last year.

Chickens may be legally welcome back in the City of Boston soon, much to the delight of Jamaica Plain chicken-keepers. JP has a concentration of secret chickens—in back yards, basements and converted lawn furniture—as chicken-keeping is not allowed under the current zoning code. But the growing interest in urban agriculture has pushed the city...

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BHA absorbe Bromley-Heath

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.— La líder y cofundadora de la corporación innovadora del complejo Bromley-Heath, dirigido por los mismos residentes, se jubila a finales de marzo y Boston Housing Authority tomará el mando. El grupo de inquilinos continuará aconsejando a BHA, pero ya no tendrá el rol de administración, dijo portavoz de BHA al Gazette. Mildred...

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190-200 rental units planned for Home site

February 17, 2012
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A huge, high-end apartment building with 190 to 200 units is being proposed for the Home for Little Wanderers complex at 161 S. Huntington Ave. “It will extend the residential character of JP down to where it really hasn’t been before,” said Curtis Kemeny, president and CEO of Boston Residential Group, in an interview...

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New overpass group draws fire

February 17, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—As the decision for the future of the Casey Overpass lingers in limbo with no announcement date set, community members push for various options. A new group, Bridging Forest Hills (BFH), consisting of community members and Working Advisory Group (WAG) members, has formed to “share our opinion that neither option presented thus far...

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JP seeks MBTA cuts solution

February 17, 2012
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Local officials pledged to come up with a budget solution. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation circulated a petition. Bikes Not Bombs announced a night of political lobbying. Occupy JP held up signs saying, “Increase fairness, not fares.” The tactics varied, but the response from over 150 people was the same: a rejection of...

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Why a T gas tax doesn’t fly out West

February 17, 2012
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A gas tax hike is being pushed by most Jamaica Plain elected officials and many residents as a key fix for the MBTA’s budget woes. Rural and suburban legislators have become the villains of the piece, with local officials urging citizens to put pressure on them. But some of those Western Mass. officials actually...

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T chief: Our plan kills my ride

February 17, 2012
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The scores of T riders who complained to MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis about proposed service cuts at a Jamaica Plain meeting on Feb. 1 probably did not know that they were speaking to one of their own. The MBTA’s universally hated plan would kill the 326 express bus from Medford that Davis...

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