Police Spotlight: National Grid warns of bill pay scam

November 13, 2012
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The utility company National Grid is warning its customers of a bill-payment telephone scam being operated by criminals in the New England area. The scammers call a customer and ask them to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak pre-paid credit card to pay a balance or pay for replacing a faulty meter. The scammer then...

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S. Huntington project approved by City

November 13, 2012
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The City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted this morning to approve the variances requested by the developers of the luxury apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. in the midst of great community opposition. The project still needs approval from the city’s Parks Commission, tentatively scheduled for next week, Larry DiCara, the attorney...

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BTD chief: Mayor won’t oppose Casey plan, backs process

November 9, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Mayor Thomas Menino will not oppose the Casey Arborway plan despite a petition calling for him to do so, and he backs the state’s ongoing planning process, the City’s transportation commissioner told the Gazette today. “I know folks want the mayor to come in and say, ‘Hey, I absolutely support ’...

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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

November 9, 2012
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There was a large local turnout for the Nov. 6 election with Jamaica Plain residents facing long lines at some polling stations. President Barack Obama won reelection, challenger Elizabeth Warren topped incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and the state approved medical marijuana. JP residents also saw the beginnings of the 2013 mayoral race. Will...

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Local activists honor POW/MIAs

November 9, 2012
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Local activists honor POW/MIAs

The Jamaica Plain-based chapter of Rolling Thunder, a national nonprofit focused on supporting military veterans and retrieving prisoners of war (POW) and servicepeople missing in action (MIA), is bringing the New England Patriots a new accolade: the first team in the NFL to honor POW/MIAs in their home stadium with a chair. A POW/MIA...

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Pro-bridge group asks mayor to reboot Casey project

November 9, 2012
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Pro-bridge group asks mayor to reboot Casey project

FOREST HILLS—Bridging Forest Hills, the group that advocated unsuccessfully earlier this year for the Casey Overpass to be replaced by a new bridge instead of new surface streets, is circulating a petition to Mayor Thomas Menino that asks him to pressure the state to go “back to the drawing board.” “Please, Mr. Mayor, help...

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Proyecto de Norbert criticado por precios, estacionamiento

November 9, 2012
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Proyecto de Norbert criticado por precios, estacionamiento

HYDE SQ.—El plan para convertir el Norbert School en 21 departamentos comerciales recibió mucha crítica durante una reunión de Boston Redevelopment Authority el 1 de noviembre en el Hennigan School. Asistieron alrededor de 45 personas. El edificio, ubicado en 26 Sunnyside St, es parte del campus de Blessed Sacrament Church. Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development...

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Developers’ donations stir debate

November 9, 2012
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Campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects have become controversial after being spotlighted by local activists. Developer Curtis Kemeny has just been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to create 196 units of luxury apartments, mostly one-bedrooms, on the current site of...

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JPNC chair’s role in donation debate questioned

November 9, 2012
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The head of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has stirred controversy—including the resignation of a longtime member of the JPNC and questions over his own role as chair—after issuing a report about campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects that are up...

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Casey bike upgrades, busway discussed

November 9, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Casey Arborway design team announced bicycle amenities planned to be incorporated into the new Casey Arborway at a Nov. 1 community advisory meeting. Cyclists who use the corridor can look forward to two-way off-street bike paths similar to those on the Southwest Corridor Park on both sides...

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Norbert project criticized for prices, parking

November 9, 2012
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Norbert project criticized for prices, parking

HYDE SQ.—Response was mostly critical of the proposed plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 market-rate studio and one-bedroom apartments during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) meeting Nov. 1 at the Hennigan Elementary School. About 45 people attended the meeting. The Norbert building, which is located at 26 Sunnyside St., is part...

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Underground music, arts venue Whitehaus to shut down

November 9, 2012
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Underground music, arts venue Whitehaus to shut down

JP CENTER—The Whitehaus, an artist commune and influential underground music venue at 10 Seaverns Ave., is facing its final months after a police raid of an October show and the landlord’s decision not to offer a new lease, according to Whitehaus member Sam Potrykus. “Our time has come…It’s over,” said Potrykus, who was summoned...

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JP council district retains Forest Hills, loses Woodbourne

November 9, 2012
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The City Council approved by an 11-2 vote on Oct. 31 a redistricting plan that will retain Forest Hills in the Jamaica Plain council district, while also adding Egleston Square and Mission Hill’s Back of the Hill, according to At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo. Woodbourne will leave JP’s district under the plan. Woodbourne is...

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‘Serenity’ under BRA review

November 9, 2012
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The Serenity, a proposed luxury apartment building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., is still under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). “The BRA is working with the developer to incorporate public comments” into the project, BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette last week. The project is not currently scheduled for a BRA...

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Early learning center breaks ground in Bromley-Heath

November 9, 2012
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Early learning center breaks ground in Bromley-Heath

JACKSON SQ.—After a year in delays, a $16 million early learning and community services center broke ground in Bromley-Heath last week. It is expected to open at 33-41 Bickford St. in early 2014. When completed, the Bromley-Heath Learning Center, developed by the Associated Early Care and Education (ACE) program, is expected to serve 175...

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Health Award

November 9, 2012
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Health Award

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English High Sports: Football team winning, but obstacles remain

November 9, 2012
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The English High School football team this year has reversed course from previous woeful seasons, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy. “We are absolutely on the right track, but there has been challenges. You don’t control what’s on the track,” said Blue and Blue head coach Chris Boswell, whose team was 3-4 when...

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Goddard House transferring bed licenses

November 9, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House is in the process of transferring its licenses for nursing beds at its recently shuttered Jamaica Plain facility to another provider to use elsewhere, according to spokesperson Diana Pisciotta. “It’s not a particularly big deal,” she said. Pisciotta said the state licenses each bed and said that the Goddard House...

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K-9 Unit

November 9, 2012
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K-9 Unit

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AIDS Action wins social justice award

November 9, 2012
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AIDS Action wins social justice award

Eastern Bank honored the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee and its president and CEO, Rebecca Haag, with the 24th annual Wainwright Social Justice Award at a downtown ceremony Oct. 4. AIDS Action is New England’s largest AIDS service organization. The Social Justice Award recognizes nonprofits and affiliated individuals who have achieved outstanding success in addressing...

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LGBT seniors supper club launches

November 9, 2012
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LGBT seniors supper club launches

Ethos, a Jamaica Plain-based senior care organization, has launched a new program to build and support the LGBT seniors community: Out4Supper, a monthly dinner club, hosted by Mount Pleasant Home. Out4Supper is aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people aged 60 or over, though younger people are welcome as companions or guests. There...

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Alternative music agency helps the local scene

November 9, 2012
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A new local booking agency called the Music and Arts Matrix is helping to get bands from Jamaica Plain’s burgeoning music scene into traditional and alternative venues alike. “It’s a promotion agency with a heart,” said Lisa Fraggos, a 32-year-old Hyde Square resident who founded the company about eight months ago. She has already...

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Sights & Sounds, Nov. 9, 2012

November 9, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 19 for the Nov. 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Taste of Jamaica Plain, culinary tour of JP restaurants to support ESAC, Thu., Nov. 15, 6:30pm, Cedars Hall, 61 Rockwood St....

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JP-based web shop sells vintage-flavored fashions

November 9, 2012
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Good Manners, a new web-based store operated by two Pondside residents, focuses on Victorian-flavored modern fashion for men and women. The shop launched this week at goodmannersboston.com. Operators Andrew Anissi and Jennifer Tran aim to restore the virtues of “ladylike” clothing for women and pride in appearance for men, according to a press release....

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