Court clerk violated campaign law, must pay $2K

April 18, 2012
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Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County criminal court system and a JP resident, violated campaign finance law last year and must pay $2,000, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance ruled yesterday. Hennigan had court employees label envelopes intended for sending out her political campaign materials, with the work done in...

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Construction chopper to slow J-way traffic on Sunday

April 17, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A helicopter is slated to land at Daisy Field and haul equipment to the roof of the 30-story Jamaicaway Tower on Sun., April 22, resulting in some traffic restrictions on the Jamaicaway, according to the president of the tower’s board of directors. The $100,000 helicopter ride is the only way to get a new...

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Apartments slated for Indian site

April 13, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large apartment complex with 190 to 200 units is being planned for a parcel next to the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week by Cedar Valley Development. The multi-building development will include...

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Residente de JP es nuevo representante latino

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by Luzportfolio Boston) Miguel Chávez.

Residente de JP Miguel Chávez ha sido seleccionado como el nuevo representante latino para el alcalde Thomas Menino. La comunidad latina ha crecido durante años y tiene mucho que hacer, dijo Chávez al Gazette. El será un vínculo entre los latinos de Boston y el alcalde. “Quiero darle la bienvenida a Miguel a mi...

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Casey Arborway adds 7th lane

April 13, 2012
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(Image from MassDOT) This view of a MasDOT Casey Arborway illustration, magnified by the Gazette, shows the “seventh lane” to the right of the Washington Street intersection. The lane is barely noticeable in the original illustration.

The latest sketch for the Casey Arborway project shows a new, additional turning lane. The so-called seventh lane, which allows westbound buses to turn south from Route 203 into the lower busway at Forest Hills station, was shown but not announced at the public meeting on March 29 at English High School. The change...

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Cemetery chief talks future of art programs

April 13, 2012
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The abrupt, mysterious suspension of popular arts programs at Forest Hills Cemetery last year was actually part of a “positive” reevaluation process that is getting the programs back on track, cemetery CEO George Milley told the Gazette this week in the first detailed interview given by any insider in the controversy. “I think it’s...

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Ula owner talks menu hits and misses

April 13, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Rhubarb-cardamom quick bread cake and an iced latté from the Ula kitchen.

After five years in their Brewery Complex home, Ula Café owners Korinn Koslofsky and Kate Bancroft have perfected dozens of recipes, including some that were never loved very much outside the kitchen. Koslofsky’s favorite “failure” was a childhood-inspired treat: vanilla wafer banana butterscotch pudding. “It just did not sell. We never knew what it...

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Sweet Symphony

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident William Banfield (above), founder of the Africana Studies program at Berklee College of Music, teamed with the famous a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock on a new work called “Symphony 10: Affirmations for a New World,” which premieres April 13 and 14 at the Kennedy Center in New York City.

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Court clerk under fire, trades jabs with opponent

April 13, 2012
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Already under investigation for alleged campaign violations and blasted by a recent TV news report for leaving the office during the work day, Clerk of Criminal Courts and JP resident Maura Hennigan told the Gazette that politics are behind the budding scandals. She and one would-be opponent in this fall’s election, Robert Dello Russo,...

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Parents create designs for school relocation

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The parents’ design, showing a Mission K-8 School entrance to the Agassiz building on Carolina Avenue.

Three parents at the Mission Hill K-8 School—two of them architects—have drawn up the school’s own designs for its new home in Jamaica Plain, where it will controversially move as soon as September. The free designs, complete with floor plans, were submitted to Boston Public Schools in January. They aim to improve conditions at...

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Apartment plan draws opposition

April 13, 2012
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The high-end apartment building planned for the Home for Little Wanderers site is drawing opposition from the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) and Occupy JP. The influential BPA is against demolishing the existing buildings at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for a 196-unit modern apartment building. “JP has many fine examples of creative...

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DCR may manage completed Casey Arborway

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Shea Circle, along with the rest of the new Casey Arborway, will likely return to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) oversight and maintenance after the current project’s construction is over, the Gazette has learned. “There’s a very small, slim, minute possibility” that the new Casey Arborway will not return to DCR control,...

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Cemetery to get sign, lights

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The long, curving main drive for Forest Hills Cemetery soon will feature a cemetery sign for the first time, and Victorian-style streetlamps are coming by next year. The historic cemetery at 95 Forest Hills Ave. is also nearing completion on renovation of the public restrooms in its dramatic, Gothic-style main gate at the...

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Big Score

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The team Sake Madrid (above) was the Open Division champion in the IceBreaker charity soccer tournament held April 7 at Harvard University by the JP-based America SCORES Boston after-school soccer and literacy program. For more info, see americascoresboston.org.

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Hubway bike rentals could be coming to JP

April 13, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents might soon be able to rent bikes to cruise around the neighborhood. Hubway, the City’s bike-sharing program that began last summer, is looking to add 30 stations. Nicole Freedman, director of the Boston Bikes program, said officials “envision JP to be part of that.” She added exact locations have not been...

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JP man is mayor’s new Latino liaison

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by Luzportfolio Boston) Miguel Chávez.

JP resident Miguel Chavez has been named as the new Latino liaison in the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services by Mayor Thomas Menino. “The Latino community has spread our wings” in recent years and has even more to do, Chavez told the Gazette. He will serve as a connection between Latinos and the mayor....

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T to raise fares, trim Green Line

April 13, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase and will eliminate weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. The T also will kill the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus that serves the 125 Amory Street residence for seniors and...

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Church ponders fate of organ

April 13, 2012
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A local church is pondering what to do with a historic organ it has had dismantled in storage for six years that it is being prodded to move. The decision could mean a huge expense, or giving up the treasure. “This thing fills a semi,” said Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, pastor of First Baptist Church...

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Local bridge demolished

April 13, 2012
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WOODBOURNE—The Tollgate Bridge, a former pedestrian walkway across train tracks near Tollgate Cemetery, was demolished March 31, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson John Guilfoil. Guilfoil said the City was forced to remove the bridge because it was an aging structure it owned and Amtrak was concerned with having an unnecessary and out-of-service bridge over...

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Birth Notices

April 13, 2012
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Parents Alexandra and Benjamin Weber of Jamaica Plain and grandparents Blaise Mazzella and Phyllis Weber welcomed the birth of Hannah Dove Weber, a girl, on Oct. 27, 2011. Parents Sarah and Robert Hydon of Jamaica Plain and grandparents JoAnn and Hans Schaab and Jeanie and Charles Carroll welcomed the birth of Avery Margaret, a...

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Housing developer stirs more debate

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A housing developer who has sparked controversy for demolishing old homes and felling trees to build dense condo projects is stirring debate once again on Zamora Street. “Some residents went crazy,” said Brighton-based Pat McKenna about his 20 Zamora St. project. “The City approved it, but then I’m a bad guy for developing it.”...

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10 Loud Years

April 13, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Chris Viner) The JP-based band Aloud, shown above playing in Maine in February, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a party at Great Scott in Allston on April 26. For more info, see allthingsaloud.com.

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Parents complain about lack of school assignment details

April 13, 2012
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Some local parents voiced their displeasure during a Boston Public Schools (BPS) community meeting to discuss crafting a new student-assignment plan. About 30 people attended the March 31 meeting at English High School. James Lesnick, a Jamaica Plain resident with a son at West Roxbury’s Kilmer K-8 School, said there was a lack of...

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JP GOP talks gun rights, ‘stand your ground’ law

April 13, 2012
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A Second Amendment “civil rights” activist spoke to the Jamaica Plain Republicans this week to criticize gun ownership laws in Massachusetts. Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owner’s Action League (GOAL), the official state firearms association in Massachusetts, spent an hour with the JP Republicans at Doyle’s Café on Monday. Gun control and...

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