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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JPNDC takes heat for church plan changes

August 3, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The unexpected addition of luxury housing to community-supported development plans for the Blessed Sacrament campus in Hyde Square have roused the ire of some Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) supporters. “The basic frustration is that the community got left out,” said Richard Heath, who was highly involved with the development of the...

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JPNDC suscita críticas por plan de iglesia

August 3, 2012
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HYDE SQ. Los partidarios del Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation están enojados con La inesperada adición de condominios de lujo a los planes para el campus de Blessed Sacrament. La frustración es debida a que se olvidaron de la comunidad, dijo Richard Heath, quien se involucró en el plan original de desarrollo en 2006....

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O’Malley: Council nearing a redistricting plan

August 3, 2012
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The City Council is nearing a compromise on redistricting the City’s nine districts, according to Councilor Matt O’Malley. And JP’s leadership is unlikely to change. “There are still a number of steps to be taken, but short answer: Some consensus is being built,” said O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain. The City...

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Casey demolition schedule laid out

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The Casey demolition and construction plan, outlined by color. Temporary streets, to be used during demolition, are shown in green. The first stage of demolition is shown in yellow, followed by light orange, then dark orange.

FOREST HILLS—The Casey Arborway design team presented its proposed demolition and construction schedule at the latest Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting on July 18. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) team outlined the two-and-a-half-year, seven-stage demolition and construction plan, noting that it is liable to change, depending on weather and contractor suggestions. The first...

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Baseball Champ

August 3, 2012
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Revised plans for 161 S. Huntington filed

August 3, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Developers for the luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. have filed an updated plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in response to strong community feedback. The updated plan includes a revised facade with a public pocket park facing S. Huntington Avenue, five new three-bedroom “family” units, reduced parking and...

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