City census finds zero homeless on JP streets

August 3, 2012
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The number of homeless people living on the City streets dipped to the lowest level since 1997, according to the City’s 2011 homeless census. And in Jamaica Plain, no homeless people were found on Jamaica Plain streets on the night of the census, said a City official. The census, which is normally released during...

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30th anniversary for South St. businesses

August 3, 2012
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Joy Silverstein, owner of Fresh Hair salon at 62 South St., and Jeffrey Ferris, owner of Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 66 South St., are celebrating 30 years of doing business in Jamaica Plain this year. The celebration, scheduled to coincide with First Thursday on Aug. 2, after the Gazette’s deadline, was expected to...

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Obituary: Warren Hagar; raised in JP

August 3, 2012
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Warren Arnold Hagar, 99, loving father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on July 13, 2012, at Park Lane Assisted Living, Monterey, Calif. He led a full life as manager of J.J. Newberry’s; high school English teacher, Yucaipa, Calif.; state rehabilitation counselor, Riverside; social worker, Redlands, Calif.; top salesperson, Encyclopedia Britannica; member of the...

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Editorial: Remembering Fred Ciampa

August 3, 2012
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One lunch hour at Same Old Place, a clumsy guy, who today happens to edit this newspaper, dropped a freshly made Italian sub all over the counter and floor. From his perch behind the cash register, owner Fred Ciampa teased the customer relentlessly about how everyone’s a food critic. Then he offered up another,...

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Editorial: JPNDC’s crisis of faith

August 3, 2012
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Blessed Sacrament is looking more like Cursed Development for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, an affordable housing organization that is being criticized by longtime friends for selling much of the church campus to luxury builders. The JPNDC itself is clearly not thrilled about it. It struggled, delayed and cajoled its for-profit partner for...

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Letter: Seize the chance to improve our streets

August 3, 2012
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In Jamaica Plain, we are fortunate to enjoy not just world-class green spaces, but also a lush and vibrant streetscape. Our public ways are the seams that bind our civic lives together: culture to culture, “1 percent” to “99 percent,” young to old. When an opportunity to rejuvenate a neglected part of our streetscape...

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Letter: The easy way to regain Casey trust

August 3, 2012
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MassDOT admits that there are trust issues with the community regarding the Casey Overpass (“MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue,’” July 20). They say they want to regain the community’s trust. It’s quite simple: Stop manipulating the traffic counts, pay attention to the buses, treat the citizens of the advisory group and their elected...

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Letter: The JPNDC’s bigger picture on Blessed Sacrament

August 3, 2012
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We, the board members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), write to clarify issues that have arisen about the redevelopment of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Since 2005, 81 affordable homes, green space, retail space and youth program space have been developed on the Blessed Sacrament campus—tremendous accomplishments achieved during the worst economic...

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Letter: S. Huntington needs master plan, affordability

August 3, 2012
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We have lived in Jamaica Plain for 26 years and have witnessed the rise in housing prices, which inevitably means some, like our own son, cannot find affordable housing here. We also rent part of our property and we see that there is a high demand for reasonably priced housing here. We are concerned that the area...

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Letter: Sen. Brown is wrong on health care law

August 3, 2012
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In July 15 op-ed in the Metrowest Daily News, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown wrote that the Affordable Care Act is bad for Massachusetts. He’s wrong. The Affordable Care Act gives me and my family peace of mind. I live with a pre-existing condition (asthma) and will now have the security that insurers will no...

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Letter: Thanks for Tenant Coalition support

August 3, 2012
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Everyone here at the Boston Tenant Coalition would like to send out a thank you to those in the community who helped to make our Karaoke for a Kause event a great success! We would like to send a special thank you to the Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge. We would also like to...

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Letter: Low-income housing should be priority on City lots

August 3, 2012
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Regarding the City’s likely sale of lots on Boylston and Dalrymple streets for open space (“Three lots in JP to remain open space,” July 6): The City policy for disposition of publicly owned vacant lots should be for highest and best public use. If the City follows the lead of the community for gardens,...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 3, 2012

August 3, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Summer Nights Out, carnival, fitness, sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force, Wed., Aug. 8 and 15, 6pm, Blessed Sacrament patio, 365...

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Invitación, Aug. 31, 2012

August 3, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 14 de agosto para la publicación del 17 de agosto. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda incluye la petición de JP Kitchen’s (3510...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 3, 2012

August 3, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda to include JP Kitchen’s (3510 Washington St.) request for common victualler license with 11:30pm closing...

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Police Spotlight: Beware of fake utility workers

August 2, 2012
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Local residents should be alert for thieves posing as utility workers who knock on people’s doors to get inside the house, according to Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. In a July 27 incident in JP, two men knocked on the victim’s door and said they needed to check the water pressure in her...

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Surprise concerts planned for JP streets

July 31, 2012
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August Noise JP, a series of nine surprise street concerts that are announced only just before they happen, is returning to Jamaica Plain this month for its second year. The first concert is slated for Weds., Aug. 1. The concerts are intended to “bring the joy of unexpected music into everyday life,” said series...

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Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies

July 23, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, the long-time owner of Same Old Place pizza parlor at 662 Centre St, died unexpectedly last night. He was 69. “He was a healthy man. It was sudden,” daughter Gina Ciampa said when asked about the cause of death. Funeral services are still begin planned, Ciampa added. “They built Jamaica Plain around...

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Church to become high-end condos

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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Candle in the Dark

July 20, 2012
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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 20, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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Goddard House nursing home to shut down

July 20, 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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Iglesia se convertirá en condominios

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—El antiguo Blessed Sacrament Church en 361 de la Centre St. probablemente se convertirá en condominios de lujo con precios hasta 725.000 dólares, ya que el codueño de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) ha aceptado una oferta de su socio New Atlantic Development. Richard Thal, el director ejecutivo de JPNDC, dijo que...

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JP gang targeted in drug raid

July 20, 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 on July 9 that included the arrests of two JP residents. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican...

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