Eatery gets OK for food truck

November 23, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A local restaurant recently ran into trouble for opening a food truck as a kind of second kitchen in its parking lot. Yely’s Coffee Shop will run a food truck just outside its 284 Centre St.  location again, following a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) decision to grant the eatery conditional approval to...

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JP court has high acquittal rate for OUI cases

November 23, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain-based West Roxbury District Court at 445 Arborway has one of the highest acquittal rates in the state when it comes to jury-waived operating under the influence (OUI) trials, according to a special report commissioned by the state Supreme Judicial Court. The report was commissioned after a Boston Globe investigation found high...

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Veterans Day

November 23, 2012
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Court orders retrial in gang murder

November 23, 2012
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The state’s highest court has ordered a new trial for a Jamaica Plain street gang member previously convicted of murder in an infamous 2006 mistaken-identity killing. Lamory S. “Lawz” Gray of 934 Parker St. in the Bromley-Heath housing development was a member of the Heath Street gang. In 2009, he was convicted of first-degree...

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English High to get new field

November 23, 2012
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The English High School at 144 McBride St. is slated to receive a new turf field that will be ready for the fall 2013 sport season, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. The field, which is used for football, baseball and soccer games, is in such bad shape the school...

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Editorial: S. Huntington achievements

November 23, 2012
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The City’s approval of 161 S. Huntington in the face of heavy neighborhood opposition has surprised, and perhaps demoralized, many people. But the big-picture rationales for the project were so strong as to make approval virtually inevitable. Opponents should recognize their significant achievements—including more affordable units and a S. Huntington “corridor plan”—and push for...

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Editorial: Giving thanks

November 23, 2012
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Over the past 12 months, the Gazette has worked hard to bring you in-depth local news. The Casey Overpass decision, the Blessed Sacrament redevelopment, all of the major plans for S. Huntington—you heard about them here first. We did that work not only for JP, but with JP. Many of our stories happen because...

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Letter: Thanks for Halloween party success

November 23, 2012
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The Connolly Branch Library and the Hyde Square community celebrated their 5th annual Halloween Party and Parade on Oct. 31.  Hundreds of children and adults enjoyed a costume party with food and activities before parading through Hyde/Jackson Squares, stopping at 34 local businesses and organizations: Volunteers of America; Peter J. Hanley, DMD; Guardian Health...

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Letter: Hardware store deserves praise

November 23, 2012
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I want to praise the Yumont Hardware store, 702 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain. It is a long-overdue recognition for all the employees, past and present. I have been a customer, as well as my family, at the store for a long time. It does not make a difference if we buy a lot...

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Letter: Gazette should demand more from officials, not from JPNC

November 23, 2012
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I am a member of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, and I am perplexed by the Gazette’s call for the resignation of Ben Day, the JPNC’s chair. (“Editorial: JPNC chair should resign,” jamaicaplaingazette.com, Nov. 1.) Day released a statement cataloging campaign donations by developers and their agents at the time the developers were seeking city...

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Letter: A few Casey Arborway questions

November 23, 2012
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A few questions about the proposed elimination of the Casey Overpass: Why is a group of bicyclists passing through our community given priority over long-term, politically active and concerned residents living with the threat of this disastrous plan? Why does the Department of Transportation cloak their preference for the cheap solution over the promised,...

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Letter: What was the point of S. Huntington input?

November 23, 2012
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The following letter was sent to local elected officials: I am a resident of S. Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain, and I felt compelled to write to you about the poorly-handled Boston Redevelopment Authority approval process for the housing development at 161 S. Huntington Ave. As I understand it, the developer, Boston Residential Group...

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Letter: Gazette was unfair about advocate

November 23, 2012
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I was disturbed to see the Gazette make an unwarranted connection between Peter Roth, developer, and Peter Roth, chair of the Board of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) when BPA submitted a letter opposing demolition of the Knight Building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. (“One developer under fire puts heat on another,” Oct. 12.) The letter...

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JP resident debuts record label with own album

November 23, 2012
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Eli Schwartz is pulling a little double duty when it comes to the music business. The Jamaica Plain resident is both the co-founder of the new Mountain of Leopards Company and is the musician behind the company’s recently released first album, “Poison Packets.” Mountain of Leopards, which name comes from the Song of Solomon...

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Faulkner received drugs from tainted company; none sick

November 23, 2012
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JAMAICA PLAIN—Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital at 1153 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain received four medications from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, which is at the heart of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 30 people. But according to Faulkner spokesperson David Goldberg, only one of those medications was injectable,...

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Invitación, Nov. 23, 2012

November 23, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 4 de diciembre para la publicación del 7 de diciembre. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones District E-13 Police, reunión mensual sobre relaciones comunitarias, jueves, 6 diciembre, 7pm,...

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Sights and Sounds, Nov. 23, 2012

November 23, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 4 for the Dec. 7 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Bella Luna’s Birthday Bash, superhero costume party, $75 prize for best costume, with DJ Brent Covington, Boyfriends, DJ Stella. 21+, Fri.,...

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JP Agenda, Nov. 23, 2012

November 23, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 4 for the Dec. 7 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda to include new member applications, likely to include S. Huntington & Norbert School developments and Arboretum’s Bussey...

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Food, heating help requests skyrocket

November 21, 2012
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Fuel assistance and food bank referrals at Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) offices, including Jamaica Plain APAC, are at an “all-time high,” and the anti-poverty nonprofit has launched a “Winter Emergency Campaign” in response. ABCD is seeking donations of all kinds, such as new winter clothing, blankets and non-perishable food, for an expected...

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Gift drive moves from S. Huntington site

November 21, 2012
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The Home for Little Wanderers is holding its annual Big Wishes gift drive again this season, starting Nov. 26. But it is alerting generous Jamaica Plain residents that its recently closed 161 S. Huntington Ave. location and its traditional “Toy Room” is no longer a drop-off spot. Instead, a new “Toy Room” drop-off will...

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State makes Casey MEPA filing

November 21, 2012
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The state filed a required Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office report this month for the Casey Overpass replacement project that identifies no major environmental impacts. The MEPA filing was required as part of the Casey Overpass demolition and ensuing redevelopment of the surrounding area. Such filings are required for nearly all road works...

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Crane, early deliveries heading to VA garage site

November 20, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large crane will be moved to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center garage construction site at 150 S. Huntington Ave. on Mon., Nov. 26. Delivery of large sections of pre-cast concrete, some of which must happen in the 5-7 a.m. hour, will begin Nov. 28 and run through Dec. 21, the VA said...

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JPNC seeks new members

November 20, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has five vacant seats and is welcoming any nominees interested in joining the council to attend its Nov. 27 meeting, according to chair Ben Day. The JPNC is an elected 20-member community organization that advises City government about local issues. It reviews zoning and licensing requests and serves...

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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington site

November 14, 2012
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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington site

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—About 10 dolls adorned with protest signs are arranged around a tree at the Home for Little Wanderers at 161 S. Huntington Ave., an effort carried out by a new Occupy JP-affiliated group called Babies Against Boondoggles, according to an Occupy JP member. The display is...

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