Irish pub opens

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Eugene O’Neill’s Irish pub opened Sept. 17 after over a year of work. The pub and restaurant at 3700 Washington St. does not yet have set hours. It starts serving lunch at 11:30 a.m. and may stop serving anywhere from 9 to 11 p.m. until the hours are finalized. “Last night was wonderful,”...

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On-street parking coming to Arboretum Place

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The City Public Improvement Commission just approved half-a-dozen new on-street parking spaces on Washington Street just south of Ukraine Way to accommodate customers for the Arboretum Place development. “The plan is not yet finalized as we continue to work to incorporate proper pavement markings and associated bike lanes in order to ensure that...

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Radio show focuses on JP Chinese takeout

September 28, 2012
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Hyde Square’s Food Wall restaurant is among the Chinese eateries highlighted in “Planet Takeout,” a new WGBH 89.7 Radio program debuting Oct. 1. The program documents the role that Chinese takeout restaurants play in neighborhood life, immigration and other aspects of culture. It is an unusual participatory documentary that allows anyone to share their...

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Drug lab had chemist scandal in 1985

September 27, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The tainted-evidence scandal that recently shuttered the Jamaica Plain-based state drug lab is not the first time that a chemist there has been accused of wrongdoing. In 1985, a similar scandal erupted when a chemist was charged with stealing cocaine in 11 criminal cases after testing it at the State Laboratory Institute at...

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GOP opens JP campaign office

September 24, 2012
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GOP opens JP campaign office

The state Republican Party has entered the lion’s den of traditionally liberal, Democratic Jamaica Plain by opening a campaign office in Hyde Square. “We’re opening offices in corners of the state we never have before,” said Massachusetts Republican Party spokesperson Tim Buckley in a Gazette interview, adding that the GOP is growing rapidly throughout...

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Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 24, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino today vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote last Wednesday a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District 4 and reiterated those concerns with the latest...

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Blessed Sacrament owners: We apologize for lack of input

September 19, 2012
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HYDE SQ.–The owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church complex apologized for their secrecy in planning high-end housing on the site, and pledged to hear out any alternative ideas, at a meeting tonight to address community controversy. But they also indicated that the plans basically remain the same unless someone comes up with millions of...

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DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

September 17, 2012
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DPH head resigns in drug lab scandal

State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner John Auerbach, a Jamaica Plain resident, resigned today amid the growing scandal surrounding the now-closed state drug lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in JP. The drug lab, which was located at the Institute at 305 South St. and examined drug evidence in criminal...

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State Lab head quits in drug-testing scandal; other labs still open

September 14, 2012
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The state investigation that shut down the drug testing lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute is not looking into the 17 other labs in the building, which include disease control and racehorse drug testing labs. Dr. Linda Han, who oversaw all 18 public labs in the building as director of Bureau...

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Blessed Sacrament meeting slated for Sept. 19

September 14, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has scheduled a meeting for Wed., Sept. 19 to review controversial high-end apartment and condo plans for the Blessed Sacrament Campus. The meeting was posted on the BRA’s website Sept. 14 but was not formally announced. The meeting is reconvening a community advisory committee (CAC) that  helped develop the campus...

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State: Casey is safe after emergency repairs

September 14, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) maintains the Casey Overpass is safe to drive on and under, following emergency repairs that closed one direction of traffic on Aug. 31. Protective fabric shielding to contain debris previously had been installed on other areas of the overpass. But fabric will not be placed on the...

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JP Music Festival

September 14, 2012
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Photos by Daniella Rascon The second annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival drew hundreds of people to see two-dozen local bands play at Jamaica Pond Park on Sept. 8. The show went on despite bouts of rain. The music fest is already joining the ranks of beloved local traditions, as attested by former JPer Courtney...

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Green prez nominee: Why JP should vote for me

September 14, 2012
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Jamaica Plain should be voting Green, not Democratic, this fall if it really wants to see its famous progressive ideals in action, said Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein in an exclusive Gazette interview. “I think Jamaica Plain is really at the cutting edge of the progressive movement,” said Stein, a Lexington resident...

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Resident pens Forest Hills history book

September 14, 2012
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The debate over the Casey Overpass’s fate has drawn passionate activism from some Jamaica Plain residents. Not so for Richard Heath. Instead, it propelled him to write a book about the history of Forest Hills, a neighborhood in JP that the overpass spans. The overpass, which was built in the 1950s, is the State...

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Programa de ingles pierde sus fondos

September 14, 2012
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La Alianza Hispana, una prominente organización latina sin fines de lucro basada en Roxbury está al punto de cerrar su primer programa tras una decisión de Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) de cortar sus fondos. El retiro se debe a la opinión de DESE que los servicios de La Alianza ya...

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161 S. Huntington project vote canceled

September 14, 2012
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The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. was removed from yesterday’s Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board meeting agenda, where it would likely have received an approval. The change was announced Monday. “The developer needs to do more work on it,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. “That’s great news....

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Election results: Hennigan wins clerk race

September 14, 2012
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The Sept. 6 primary election results have been counted, and in the most contentious local race, the incumbent retained the seat. Robert Dello Russo was attempting to unseat Jamaica Plain resident Maura Hennigan for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court. But Hennigan garnered 63 percent of the vote,...

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Menino vetoes redistricting plan

September 14, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino on Sept. 6 vetoed the City Council’s redistricting plan, citing a lack of diversity in districts. The council had passed the plan by a 7-6 vote on Aug. 22 and must now go back to the drawing board. The vetoed map did not change Jamaica Plain, but a new map could....

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Warren meets with Latino leaders

September 14, 2012
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PARKSIDE—Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, met privately with Latino community leaders at the home of longtime Jamaica Plain activist Jaime Rodriguez in April. “I really like her,” said Rodriguez, who invited Warren to meet with various leaders at his Montebello Road home. “People are really happy with her.” “They discussed a...

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Ready to Walk

September 14, 2012
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BPS: Buses will run on time

September 14, 2012
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Boston Public School (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson discussed plans to improve busing schedules this school year that include addressing a street closure in Jamaica Plain during a roundtable interview with reporters last week. BPS’s new transportation director, Carl Allen, a JP resident, and Johnson have been hard at work on getting bus schedules timed...

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Whole Foods adds seating

September 14, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Whole Foods Market debuted outdoor and indoor seating at its 413 Centre St. grocery store on Sept. 10. The store received City approval earlier this year for 16 outdoor and 22 indoor seats. The store issued a photo showing metal chairs and small metal tables.

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Arboretum Place Harvest opening delayed

September 14, 2012
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Arboretum Place Harvest opening delayed

FOREST HILLS—The opening for the new Arboretum Place Harvest Co-op Market on Washington Street has been delayed to December. Harvest Director of Membership and Community Relations Chris Durkin told the Gazette that pushing the opening from September to December was the result of construction delays. Arboretum Place is located at the corner of Ukraine...

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Garden Winners

September 14, 2012
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