Election results: Hennigan wins clerk race

September 7, 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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161 S. Huntington project up for BRA vote

September 6, 2012
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The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. will be heard and voted on by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board Thurs., Sept. 13. It has a high likelihood of being approved, as BRA staff only submits projects to the board when it considers the plans ready for approval. The developer,...

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Casey Overpass repairs completed

September 5, 2012
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The emergency repairs to the Casey Overpass have been completed, but future maintenance will likely be needed, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesperson Michael Verseckes. The eastbound lane was closed for approximately 12 hours on Aug. 31 for repairs after debris fell from a section of the overpass over the T station property...

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Body found in Jamaica Pond

August 31, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A person found dead in Jamaica Pond this morning apparently was the victim of an accidental or self-inflicted drowning, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). BPD detectives are investigating the death as a “non-homicide,” according to BPD. The body was found around 8 a.m. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene,...

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Casey Overpass partly closed for repairs

August 31, 2012
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Casey Overpass partly closed for repairs

FOREST HILLS—The eastbound lane of the Casey Overpass is closed for emergency repairs after debris reportedly fell from the crumbling bridge. The overpass is the State Route 203/Arborway bridge over Washington Street and New Washington Street. Work is expected to begin shortly and last until around 11 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Department of...

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Clerk’s race tops Sept. 6 primary battles

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Sept. 6 primary election is fast approaching and several local elected officials will be facing challengers. The most contentious race is for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court, where Democrats Robert Dello Russo, a former clerk, and office-holder Maura...

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Island Tree

August 31, 2012
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New schools raise traffic concerns

August 31, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—One of two schools opening next week in the former Agassiz building at 20 Child St. will use a Carolina Avenue entrance for school bus drop-off and pick-up for the first time, raising traffic concerns among local residents, who include state Rep. Liz Malia. Malia and City Councilor Matt O’Malley both opposed the...

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Cuban baseball greats play in JP

August 31, 2012
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A team of senior Cuban baseball players, including several major league and national team legends, played softball against an American senior team at Jamaica Pond Park on Aug. 25 as part of a “Friendship Games” visit to Boston. The pick-up game was followed by a visit to Hyde Square’s landmark Cuban restaurant El Oriental...

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La contienda para clerk pronto terminará

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Los oficiales elegidos competirán en las elecciones primarias del 6 de septiembre. En la contienda polémica para elegir un clerk para la división criminal de Suffolk County Superior Court compiten los demócratas Robert Dello Russo, un antiguo clerk, y la actual, Maura Hennigan, una residente de...

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Music Leader

August 31, 2012
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Goddard House gets set for closure

August 31, 2012
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The ultimate fate of the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center building at 201 S. Huntington Ave. remains a mystery as it prepares for its closing date of Sept. 8. Goddard House spokesperson Diana Pisciotta, said that after the closure, the building will be cleaned for several weeks. Then the building will be...

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Sánchez backs therapy some call torture

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez is backing a controversial shock therapy that many officials are trying to ban. Some people claim the procedure is tantamount to torture. Bill Allan, a Jamaica Plain resident and activist at the Disability Policy Consortium, said that Massachusetts is the only...

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Sen. Brown visits JP, backs vets memorial

August 31, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown visited Jamaica Plain on Aug. 16, meeting with organizers of a Puerto Rican veterans memorial at the landmark restaurant El Oriental de Cuba at 416 Centre St. “The good senator has committed to help us raise $100,000 for the monument,” said Tony Molina, a JP resident and the project...

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A brief history of S. Huntington

August 31, 2012
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How the institutions came to town S. HUNTINGTON—S. Huntington Avenue, after nearly a century of heavy institutional use, is readying for fast changes: two 200-unit luxury apartment buildings are under consideration by the City, and a new boutique hotel just opened. At the turn of the 20th century, however, S. Huntington Avenue was home...

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JP Observer: Living with wildlife in our urban area

August 31, 2012
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As though on cue, as the sun fell on the evening of July 31, the crickets began chirping in Jamaica Plain for the first time this year—signaling that summer is waning. Right around the same time, another Jamaica Plain insect made the news as mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were found here, something that...

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Scholarship Star

August 31, 2012
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MIT prof sees beauty in overpass

August 31, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The Casey Overpass is doomed to demolition and widely considered one of the ugliest structures in Jamaica Plain. But a professor of architectural history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spotted beauty and drama in the overpass’s massive piers and subtle curve. This spring and summer, David Friedman captured some of those...

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New bar replaces the Old Stag

August 31, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Coco’s Bar & Lounge recently opened at 3171 Washington St., the former location of the Old Stag Tavern. Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, said there was a soft opening on July 20 and a grand opening the next day. She said owners Jose de la Rosa and Leoni Pascasio...

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Day at the Beach

August 31, 2012
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BRA won’t analyze latest census data

August 31, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will not create a local report of the latest U.S. Census data, according to BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. “Those facts and figures had been recently released,” said Schuler, referring to the 2010 U.S. Census, though that is not the most recent census data. The BRA will not analyze the...

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Motorcycle hits T van; 1 dead

August 31, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A motorcyclist died after running into an MBTA RIDE van at the corner of Park Lane and Walnut Avenue on Aug. 20, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The motorcyclist was identified as Juan Feliz, 35, of Boston by the Boston Police Department (BPD). The van contained no passengers at the time and its...

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JP Art

August 31, 2012
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New charter school opens, others swap spaces

August 31, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A new public charter school, KIPP Boston Middle School, has just opened at 215 Forest Hill St., sharing a building with the Match Charter Public Middle School. The Match Charter Public Middle School has just relocated to 215 Forest Hills St. from 86 Wachusett St., in a building swap with NAtch’s elementary school, which...

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