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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Nursing home expansion OK’d

February 3, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—A minor expansion to the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was approved by the zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) and community groups in recent weeks. The nursing home at 431 Pond St. plans to to tack a 15-foot-long, two-story addition onto its existing building. At a Dec. 15 meeting of the Jamaica Plain...

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Laundry Winner

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Jo Anne Diaz (third from left) is awarded over $1,000 in free laundry service from store manager Karla Castellanos (far right) at the Jan. 16 grand opening of Jackson Square Laundromat at 270 Centre St. Joining Diaz (from left) are JP residents Christopher Newell and Merrill Atherton.

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Target to carry local pet shop’s gear

February 3, 2012
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Local pet snack bakery Polka Dog will debut a limited run of treats and other pet products at Target stores nationwide in May. The national chain’s new The Shops at Target program creates partnerships with small, independent businesses across the country to co-create limited-edition collections. “Someone I’ve never met before, who’s never heard of...

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Tax Expert

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident David Nagle, an attorney with Sullivan & Worcester LLP, was recently elected president of the Independent State and Local Tax Alliance, a not-for-profit focused on state and local tax issues.

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A ‘Haven’ for nonprofit meet-ups

February 3, 2012
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JP has a huge number of nonprofit organization employees, but they don’t have many venues for mingling and sharing ideas. A new lunchtime meet-up at a Hyde Square restaurant is changing that. A suggestion from JP’s Family Independence Initiative-Boston led The Haven, a Scottish eatery at 2 Perkins St., to seat employees from various...

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Cops: Woman aided fugitive boyfriend

February 3, 2012
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A local woman and her fugitive boyfriend were arrested on Lamartine Street last month after she allegedly joined him in a cross-country flight from drug possession charges. Jacquelyn Lungelow, 23, of 267 Centre St. in JP and Raymond Jeffreys, 24, of Worcester were arrested by Boston and state police officers in a Jan. 18...

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Ross will not run for Congress

February 3, 2012
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City Councilor Mike Ross has decided not to run for a U.S. Congress seat after openly considering the idea for weeks, according to a press release attributed to his campaign exploratory committee. “It wasn’t the right time for me, unfortunately,” said Ross, a Democrat who represents part of Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square. He was...

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Court clerk campaign investigated

February 3, 2012
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Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court for Criminal Business and a Jamaica Plain resident, is being investigated for an alleged campaign law violation, she confirmed to the Gazette. Hennigan confirmed a WCVB-TV report last month about a state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) investigation about a claim that...

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JP jaunts for last-minute Valentines

February 3, 2012
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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and fancy restaurant reservations disappearing just as quickly, the Gazette came up with a few ideas for the holiday. For the romantics: Pack a decadent picnic full of fancy cheese and wonderful wine. Enjoy it indoors, in front of a roaring fire. Where to go: City Feed for cheese,...

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Day of Service

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Elizabeth Warren (center), a candidate for U.S. Senate, was among more than 500 volunteers attending the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 16 at the Curley K-8 School on Centre Street, organized by Boston Cares. Joining her were (from left): Curley parent Julie Smiht-Bartoloni; City Year founder Alan Khazei and daughter Mirabelle; Malcolm Coles of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Boston Cares Executive Director Patrice Keegan; and Curley Principal Jeffrey Slater.

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Model Student

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Halle Edwards-McQuilton, daughter of Koreen McQuilton and a student at Chestnut Hill’s Brimmer and May School, represented Bolivia at Yale University’s Model United Nations conference on Jan. 19-22.

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Latino institute to study Whole Foods

February 3, 2012
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The gentrification controversy surrounding Whole Foods Market’s entry into Hyde Square last year may be studied by Latino policy researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “We are in the process of submitting proposal and we can’t really talk about the details yet,” said Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the Mauricio...

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Editorial: Make the Casey decision

February 3, 2012
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It is time for the state Department of Transportation to publicly announce a Casey Overpass replacement plan and then carry it out forthwith. MassDOT followed our advice in December to delay its decision until after the holidays so the community could have discussion and debate. That debate has occurred and it is time to...

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Editorial: The State House and the T

February 3, 2012
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We expect suburban and rural state legislators to hop on board with their Boston peers in fixing the MBTA’s budget woes. Most of them are Democrats, and Massachusetts Democrats believe in properly funding the MBTA. It says so right in their party platform, which supports “increasing investments and promotion of public transportation throughout the...

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Letter: Forest Hills needs 21st century plan

February 3, 2012
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In recent weeks many questions and concerns have arisen regarding the Working Advisory Group process about the Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain. There is a growing consensus within the affected communities and among the WAG participants that the process was defective, being neither inclusive nor transparent. Voices from the auto, rail and bus commuters...

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Letter: Mass. falls behind on medical marijuana

February 3, 2012
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I was really disheartened to see that state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez continues to block relief to some of his most hurting constituents and, for that matter, the entire state. (“Sanchez to halt medical pot bill,” Jan. 20.) One of my close friends has been suffering with cancer for years; his pain management is greatly...

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Letter: Overpass process was unfair, biased

February 3, 2012
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It appears that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is ready to announce a decision on the approach to be taken for the replacement of the Casey Overpass at Forest Hills. It is very likely that MassDOT will decide in favor of its “at-grade” plan to handle all of the east-west and north-south traffic...

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Letter: Surface option is good, fast and cheap

February 3, 2012
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I have attended all of the public meetings for the Casey Overpass Project. I believe both options that have been presented are a vast improvement over what is currently in place and that both designs will be able to accommodate all modes and capacities of traffic, per the information provided at these meetings. If I...

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Letter: Story should have focused on self-defense

February 3, 2012
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I greatly appreciate the Gazette’s efforts to inform the public about the details of the attempted assault at Jamaica Pond, but the headline and the first paragraph of the article are incomplete. (“Cops: Woman assaulted at pond,” Jan. 20.) A closer reading of the article reveals that this woman successfully defended herself by using her voice and...

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Letter: South End biolab risks are too high

February 3, 2012
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The proposed Bio Level 3 and 4 lab for Boston must be opposed. Despite the many safety precautions designed for the building, there would still be an unacceptable risk to the community if there was ever any outbreak of deadly pathogens. We cannot assume that the latest technology will eliminate all risks. I’m sure...

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Letter: Welcoming homeless housing

February 3, 2012
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I am writing to applaud the recent decision of the Superior Court to allow the development of the former Barbara McInnis House at 461 Walnut Ave. into affordable homes for homeless people to move forward. I also offer my congratulations to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Pine Street Inn and the Jamaica...

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Senior car service launches

February 3, 2012
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A low-cost taxi service for seniors and people who are visually impaired began serving Jamaica Plain with a soft launch in recent weeks. There was “no breaking a Champagne bottle over the hood of a car,” but the program is under way, said Dale Mitchell, a board member of ITNGreaterBoston, the new nonprofit offering...

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Invitación, 2/3

February 3, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 14 de febrero para la publicación del 17 de febrero. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones Reunión anual de JP Centre/South Main Streets, lunes, 6 febrero, 6:30-8pm, Casa...

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