Transit Police seek suspect in Forest Hills beating

July 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Transit Police are seeking a man who allegedly punched and knocked out another man at the Forest Hills T Station on July 16. After allegedly accusing the victim of attempting to “steal” his girlfriend, the suspect exited the station at the lower busway onto Washington Street. The suspect is described as...

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Goddard House nursing home to shut down

July 12, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, an enormous nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave., will close forever in September. The shutdown leaves about 100 seniors looking for new homes and puts a question mark on the future of the 2-acre site and its historic 1927 building. It’s just the latest...

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Gang has a violent history

July 9, 2012
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The Egleston Square-based Boylston Street gang targeted by today’s drug raid is known for its violent feud with Hyde Square’s Mozart Street gang, which allegedly has spread mayhem for years not only in Jamaica Plain, but even internationally. The year 2010 was an especially bloody one between the gangs, according to the Boston Police...

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JP gang targeted in massive drug bust; two locals arrested

July 9, 2012
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EGLESTON/HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s notorious Boylston Street gang, known for a murderous feud with a Mozart Street gang, was targeted by a massive drug raid this morning that has landed two JP residents behind bars. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican cocaine...

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Church sale looms as developers plan

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. could be sold within weeks. At least two would-be developers are scrambling to draw up plans that could turn it into market-rate condos or a multi-use community space. A community use is supported by the Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit youth organization...

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Best Seat in the House

July 6, 2012
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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first “parklets” next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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Community centers may lack written deals

July 6, 2012
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It remains unclear what, if any, operating agreement there is between the City and the local organizations that help run community centers. The only known document covering their operation dates to the 1970s. Earlier this year, a committee was formed to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City’s Boston Centers for Youth...

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La venta de una iglesia se avecina

July 6, 2012
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El antiguo edificio de Blessed Sacrament Church en 365 de la Centre Street podría venderse entre semanas. Por lo menos dos promotores inmobiliarios están apresuradamente planeando para convertir el espacio en condominios comerciales o un centro comunitario con múltiples usos. El Hyde Square Task Force, una organización de jóvenes y inquilino en el campus...

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Bromley Basketball

July 6, 2012
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A team featuring players from JP’s District E-13 Police Station and the state Probation Department won the 6th annual Meet the Face Behind the Badge basketball tournament June 23-24 at the Bromley-Heath housing development in Jackson Square. The tournament pits public safety officials against civilian teams as a way to build bridges with the...

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Arborway Yard cleans up its act

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Arborway bus yard is undergoing improvements in an effort to be a better neighbor after being criticized by City inspectors late last year. New, higher-security fencing, gates and video surveillance are all part of the effort to clean up and curb illegal dumping at the facility located at the corner of...

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Mighty Oak

July 6, 2012
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Car-free ‘Open Streets’ details announced

July 6, 2012
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The “Open Streets” car-free event on the Green Street corridor on Sun., July 15, will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, along with parking and traffic restrictions. Part of a new program called Circle the City, Open Streets will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Glen Road and Green, Myrtle and...

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‘Sanctuary’ restaurant planned for Blessed Sacrament

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A new restaurant is planned for the corner of Creighton and Centre streets on the Blessed Sacrament campus. Centre Street Sanctuary, an “American-style bistro with a little bit of twist,” is expected to open at 365 Centre St. by Oct. 1, owner Adam Rutstein told the Gazette. Sanctuary is planned to accommodate many...

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JP Library gets $75k in fixes; renovation on hold

July 6, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) will receive $75,000 from the City for improvements in the next fiscal year, $50,000 short of what BPL trustees requested, but a full renovation remains on hold. That follows a tantalizing hint dropped by Mayor Thomas Menino in May, suggesting that the branch...

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Criminal complaints fly in pizza shop shutdown

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former owner of the Slice O’ Pie pizza shop and his ex-landlord have filed criminal complaints against each other for alleged larceny and threats following the shop’s abrupt shutdown in late May. Meanwhile, an ex-employee says the workers were never told the closure was coming and remain unpaid after losing their jobs....

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Political Notes

July 6, 2012
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Councilor wants school recycling bins Next time a student uses an empty water bottle as a basketball, City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo wants the target to be a recycling bin. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, has introduced a hearing order to bring single-stream recycling to the Boston Public Schools system, according to a press...

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Casey peer review released, gives thumbs-up

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Following strong community pressure, state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials posted traffic analyses and a peer review of the Casey Arborway project online last week. The peer review states that the traffic analysis done by the state’s team was “performed in a professional manner.” Some community and Design Advisory Group (DAG) members are...

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Wine and beer store to debut

July 6, 2012
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Streetcar Wine & Beer, a new store focused on higher-end products from small producers, will hold its grand opening on July 14. Michael Dupuy, owner of the store at 488 Centre St. at the corner of Kingsboro Park, said the starting inventory will include an emphasis on “Old World” wines from such places as...

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BPS program provides summer meals for youths

July 6, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) Summer Food Service Program is once again offering free breakfast and lunch to youngsters this summer. “It’s a great program that kids don’t have to be signed up for,” said Debra Korzec-Ramirez, the nutrition education coordinator for BPS and a JP resident. “They just go in and get the...

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Park Painter

July 6, 2012
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Three lots in JP to remain open space

July 6, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain will likely remain open space, according to Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) Director Evelyn Friedman. “The overwhelming response was for the sites to be used as open space,” Friedman said of the reaction at a community meeting held June 21 on proposals...

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JPNDC program helps out low-income families

July 6, 2012
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With many families still suffering effects from the Great Recession, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is rolling out the Family Prosperity Initiative, a program aimed at teaching families how to manage their finances. “There are a lot of JP families who are low-income and struggling,” said Anna Waldron, director of programs for...

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Q Salon opens doors

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Q Salon opened its doors in late May at 676 Centre St., the space formerly occupied by Jamaicaway Books. Q Salon, named after owner Jennifer Lydon’s middle name and grandmother’s maiden name, Quinlan—“We were very close,” she said—is currently offering hair services. Nail services are expected to start next week and spa services...

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