Making your home more energy-efficient

October 7, 2011
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A Boston city program, a Massachusetts state program and several utility company programs want to make your house cool—or warm, depending on the weather. In an effort to improve efficiency in heating and electricity systems, utility companies and the city program Renew Boston are providing free services to Boston residents. The services range from...

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Housing Success

October 7, 2011
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Housing Success

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Curley House revival presses forward

October 7, 2011
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PONDSIDE—It is taking a little longer than expected, but plans to revive the long-underused historic home of legendary Boston Politician James Michael Curley are moving forward. Richard Dennis, head of the Friends of the James Michael Curley House, which is spearheading the revival effort, said that the group’s plans to take over operations at...

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Bartlett Square nears completion

October 7, 2011
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Barlett Square, a 13-unit condo building with three ground-floor retail units, will be completed by early next year, Chris DeSisto of Maple Hurst Builders told the Gazette last week. . The new development is on Green Street between Amory Street and Brookside Avenue. “We are hoping to be done by year’s end. It will...

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City halts dental business construction

October 7, 2011
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City halts dental business construction

FOREST HILLS—Bicon Dental Implants, a 501 Arborway business that has a history of zoning controversies and refusing to meet with neighbors about construction on its property, had its latest construction project halted by the city last week. The stop-work order followed a Gazette visit to the site and request for comment from the city...

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Neighbors propose McBride St. project changes

October 7, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Neighbors to a proposed mixed-used development at Washington and McBride streets have created a counter-offer design that shows changes the neighbors would like to see integrated into the project. The changes would reduce parking and replace a commercial building with a mixed-use building. “We at the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association have a pretty big interest...

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Arboretum Place construction begins

October 7, 2011
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Construction for a new Harvest Co-op is already under way, in anticipation of a September 2012 opening. The new Harvest and possibly a Commonwealth Cooperative Bank will be housed at the Arboretum Place development on Washington Street, just south of Ukraine Way. Harvest General Manager Mike St. Clair said in a Sept. 21 presentation...

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Curtis Hall to reopen by next month

October 7, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—Curtis Hall, a city-run community center at 30 South St.. will officially reopen Nov. 19 after being closed for renovations for over a year, and could open sooner. Boston Center for Youth and Families spokesperson Sandy Holden told the Gazette last week that a reopening celebration for the community center is scheduled for...

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Hay There, Big Guy

October 7, 2011
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Hay There, Big Guy

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¿Hasta cuándo?…

October 7, 2011
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“Es una indiecita” – Dice un dominicano indicando a una muchachita de un color oscuro que nada tiene que ver con la raza afro-americana. Lo repite porque es una costumbre, más que una situación razonada. Pero. Quienes quieran responder, no se deben sentir mal porque, igual, gente con muchos estudios o con gran formación...

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Photo feature

October 7, 2011
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Photo feature

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Oil protest

October 7, 2011
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Oil protest

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New JPNC quiet on Whole Foods

October 7, 2011
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By Rebeca Oliviera and David Taber Little discussion about Whole Foods took place at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) first meeting Sept. 27, despite the fact that at least two of the newly elected council members are vocal opponents of the grocer’s planned move to Hyde Square. A report from a JPNC committee...

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Lasting honor

October 7, 2011
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Lasting honor

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Editorial: Take a pass on an overpass

October 7, 2011
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All things being equal, replacing the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills with surface streets rather than another bridge is the better option. A surface solution would untangle some of the insane intersections in the area. It would be friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists, who are treated like targets in the current configuration. It would...

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Editorial: Justice and mystery

October 7, 2011
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Clerk Surendra Dangol died on the floor of the Monument Square Tedeschi’s in 2009 for no reason at all. JP isn’t supposed to be like that. Life isn’t supposed to be like that. A court restored a sense of order last week by sending Edward Corliss to prison for life for killing Dangol during...

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Letter: Thanks to a great librarian

October 7, 2011
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I am writing to publicly thank Laraine Hall, who recently retired from the Boston Public Library Jamaica Plain Branch. As a regular BPL visitor, I can’t thank Laraine enough for her wonderful years of public service working at the circulation desk. Laraine knew all the regulars; always had a smile and a kind word;...

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Letter: Replace overpass with streets

October 7, 2011
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Over the last five months of meetings about the future of the Casey Overpass site, I have come to recognize this project’s enormous potential to transform the area for the better, and I have become increasingly convinced that a street-level solution would be the best outcome for the entire community. As a member of...

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Letter: Thanks for a great JPNC election

October 7, 2011
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Thanks to everyone in JP who took time out to vote on Saturday in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council election. The turnout was by far more than the last vote. The JPNC will work for you and hopefully make voting even easier two years from now. Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up...

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Letter: Wine store plan could go wrong

October 7, 2011
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I am a resident and parent of young children. I am very upset to find out that a new wine and beer store is being proposed across the street from the Curley School where I in fact attended middle school. Jamaica Plain has numerous places to purchase wine, beer and alcohol. To allow a...

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Invitación, 10/7/11

October 7, 2011
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Centenario 100. Todo un día de actividades tendrán niños y adultos con motivo del centenario de la Bibloteca de Jamaica Plain Sábado 22, 7-9:30pm. 12 Sedgwick St. Info: friendsjplibrary.org. Historia. Si quiere conocer detalles de la historia de la Biblioteca de Boston, vaya a la actividad que organiza la Sociedad Histórica el miércoles 13,...

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Sights and Sounds, 10/7/11

October 7, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 18 for the Oct. 21 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Extreme Esteem Awards,...

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Agenda, 10/7/11

October 7, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Oct. 18 for the Oct. 21 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee,...

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Whole Foods hosts job fairs

September 30, 2011
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In preparation for opening the new Jamaica Plain store, Whole Foods Market will be hosting a series of three job fairs at the JP Branch Library. The job fairs will be held  Oct. 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.;  Oct. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and  Oct. 4 from 1 p.m....

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