Letter: Overpass traffic questions still not answered

February 17, 2012
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As a Casey Overpass Working Advisory Group (WAG) member, representing the Stonybrook Neighborhood, I have participated in a year’s worth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) meetings. During that time, traffic flow has been a major concern, especially for those representing nearby neighborhoods and commuters through and to Forest Hills. The WAG has spent...

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Letter: Thanks for holiday help

February 17, 2012
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The holiday season at the Elizabeth Stone House began with our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Staff and board members served over 125 adults and children, which included current residents, past residents and members of our community groups. Dinner was provided by one of our Natixis charitable partners, Community Work Services. Adults and children shared what they were thankful for...

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Letter: Traffic calming should be part of overpass project

February 17, 2012
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As advocates and residents who care deeply about the future of the Forest Hills area, we believe that our neighborhood streets are a vital element of a vibrant community. Every day, though, we see on those streets the unwanted impact of poor driver behavior, including increased commuter traffic, unsafe vehicle speeds and driver inattention...

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Letter: Forest Hills should have beautiful bridge

February 17, 2012
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I don’t live near Forest Hills, but I feel that the future of the Casey Overpass is important to all Jamaica Plain residents and not just those who live in or commute through Forest Hills. The current bridge is unattractive and, according to MassDOT, “structurally deficient.”  But why is the DOT’s vision limited to...

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Letter: In support of ‘three strikes’

February 17, 2012
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Potential conservatives have been described as liberals who haven’t been mugged yet. If so, the six-dozen or so attendees of a recent Jamaica Plain Forum and Union of Minority Neighborhoods meeting in Jamaica Plain have the potential of being de facto conservative recruiters by advocating leniency for habitual criminals. (“Officials rally against ‘three strikes,’”...

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Invitación, 2/17

February 17, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 28 de febrero para la publicación del 2 de marzo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.   Reuniones JPNC Zoning Committee, 8 y 21 marzo, 11 y 26 abril....

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Sights and sounds, 2/17

February 17, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Feb. 28 for the March 2 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Tropical Fiesta, annual fundraiser for Spontaneous Celebrations, Sat., Feb 18. Family fiesta with arts & crafts, puppets, aerialists, rumba, 5-9pm, adults...

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Agenda, 2/17

February 17, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Feb. 28 for the March 2 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, normally first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info:...

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Bromley-Heath leader to retire; BHA to take over

February 9, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The leader and co-founder of the Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March, and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will take over, according to a BHA press release. The tenant group will continue to advise the BHA, but will no longer have a management role, BHA...

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Officials pledge T budget fix amid protests

February 3, 2012
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Local officials pledged to come up with a budget solution. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation circulated a petition. Bikes Not Bombs announced a night of political lobbying. Occupy JP held up signs saying, “Increase fairness, not fares.” The tactics varied, but the response from over 150 people was the same: a rejection of...

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T chief: Our plan kills my own bus ride

February 3, 2012
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The scores of T riders who complained to MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis about proposed service cuts at a Jamaica Plain meeting on Feb. 1 probably did not know that they were speaking to one of their own. The MBTA’s universally hated plan would kill the 326 express bus from Medford that Davis...

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Hundreds protest T cuts

February 3, 2012
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A parade of 75 speakers, including many Jamaica Plain officials and residents, blasted the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts at a Roxbury Community College meeting on Jan. 19. Another meeting was slated to be held Wednesday night in JP as the Gazette went to press. At least 250 people attended the Jan....

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Overpass delay continues amid debate

February 3, 2012
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Traffic study is reviewed FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) decision on the future of the Casey Overpass is still delayed, largely due to state Rep. Liz Malia’s pushing for further study of MassDOT’s data. Meanwhile, some Working Advisory Group (WAG) members are starting to worry that continued delays might jeopardize the project....

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LGBT seniors fund to launch

February 3, 2012
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(Image Courtesy MAD STU Media) Partners Alexandre Rheaume (left) and Lawrence Johnson in the film “Gen Silent.”

Ethos, the Jamaica Plain-based senior care organization, is launching a groundbreaking fund to assist the neglected population of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders. The Ethos Equality Fund will be formally announced at a Feb. 16 event at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, along with the screening of a documentary film that...

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Cientos llegan a denunciar el T

February 3, 2012
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Un desfile de 75 oradores, incluso muchos oficiales y residentes de Jamaica Plain, denunciaron la propuesta del MBTA a subir precios y cortar servicios en una reunión en Roxbury Community College el 19 de enero. Había otra reunión el miércoles por la noche. Por lo menos 250 personas asistieron a la reunión del 19...

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Housing planned for children’s home

February 3, 2012
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A major developer of multi-family housing will acquire the 3.5-acre Home for Little Wanderers campus on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a company spokesperson. Boston Residential Group “is planning to develop” the children’s home property at 161 S. Huntington Ave., said spokesperson Janey Bishoff. Company CEO Curtis Kemeny was not immediately available for comment,...

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Homeless care project wins in court

February 3, 2012
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PARKSIDE—After nearly a year in court, the developers of a care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have won the right to proceed with construction. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House at...

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Former Mayor White dies; helped change JP

February 3, 2012
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Former Boston Mayor Kevin White, whose decentralized city government gave more power to Jamaica Plain, died at age 82 on Jan. 27. “He was a great man,” said Larry DiCara, a JP resident who served as a city councilor for 10 years during White’s administration. White spent part of his childhood in Pondside and...

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BPL: No money for JP Branch plan

February 3, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s long-sought renovation is still on ice due to lack of funds, Boston Public Library (BPL) officials said last week, despite their enthusiasm for the project. BPL Chief Financial Officer Sean Nelson explained during a meeting discussing the BPL’s financial status at the JP library that the library’s capital budget...

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Nonprofits make ‘tax’ payments

February 3, 2012
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Details still unclear Big nonprofit institutions recently paid $9.4 million in tax-like contributions under the City of Boston’s reformed “payment in lieu of taxes” or PILOT system. That is a 24 percent boost to income from the old system, according to a press release from Mayor Thomas Menino’s office. But it remains unclear what...

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Officials rally against ‘three strikes’

February 3, 2012
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A panel discussion about controversial prison sentencing reforms—including the “three strikes” laws—turned into a political strategy rally by several prominent Boston elected officials on Jan. 27 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. Dramatic moments included a convicted felon tearfully describing the impacts of a throw-away-the-key approach to sentencing, and local state Sen....

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100 low-income units to be renovated

February 3, 2012
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A hundred affordable rental apartments in 14 local buildings are undergoing major renovations this year in two separate, multi-million-dollar projects. Urban Edge, a Jackson Square-based community development corporation, is now renovating 82 units in 10 buildings in the Brookside, Hyde Square and Egleston Square areas. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), another CDC,...

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Showa Boston seeks expansion

February 3, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture aims to add dorm beds, classrooms and cafeteria space to its 420 Pond St. complex. Showa Boston President Ron Provost said that the expansion is necessary to keep up the institution’s financial health in tough economic times. Showa Boston is a branch of a Japanese women’s...

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Staying Afloat

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Protesters, including some from JP’s City Life/Vida Urbana, demonstrate in downtown Boston against “underwater” mortgages, where the mortgage debt exceeds the value of the home, on Jan. 30. City Life was joined by Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street, MassUniting and Chelsea Collaborative in the protest.

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