JPCC chair criticizes City partnership

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain Community Centers (JPCC) chair Kerry Costello is criticizing the relationship between Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) and the local councils that run the community centers, saying the City is attempting to garner more power over the partnership. The partnership is still governed by a 1974 “Plan of Operations” document. The...

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Open Street

July 20, 2012
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JP projects named in City’s 2013 budget

July 20, 2012
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Several Jamaica Plain-based projects were approved in the City’s fiscal year 2013 capital budget. Ward’s Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace’s Olmsted Park and JP’s border with Brookline, is due for boardwalk improvements. “The original boardwalk lifted and shifted during a flood several years ago,” said Jacque Goddard, a spokesperson for the Boston Parks...

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JP Observer: JP needs to honor local peace hero

July 20, 2012
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Not many neighborhoods can boast that a Nobel Peace Prize winner was born there—no more than 101 in the world, to be exact; that’s how many people have won the prize since it was established in 1901. Jamaica Plain can make such a claim, but looking around, one wouldn’t know it. Little in the...

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Health Team

July 20, 2012
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Casey may lose bike lanes

July 20, 2012
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In response to new analyses and expert input, the state Casey Arborway design team introduced an “opening year” design variation last month that removes on-street bike lanes. Off-road multi-use paths are still in place. The “opening year” variation, created to enhance pedestrian safety, is so called because it is aimed at accommodating 2016 levels...

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Homeless census results still missing

July 20, 2012
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The City has yet to release its 2011 homeless census, despite the fact it released previous census results during the winter months. The census has been conducted for 32 straight years, with the last several showing a drop in the homeless population. The City uses the census to help determine homeless programs and funding....

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Out in JP

July 20, 2012
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Eight Lives Left

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105A S. Huntington project filed

July 20, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A plan for luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave. was filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) late last week, just after the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) had its first meeting. The 195 luxury units in the multi-building development would include townhouses and apartment buildings...

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BHA: Drug deal sparked Bromley violence

July 20, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The recent violence at the Bromley-Heath housing development is the result of a drug purchase gone awry, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle. “That’s what I’m getting from my police,” he said. “There might be other theories out there.” The BHA and other...

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Councilor joins condo opponents

July 20, 2012
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GLENVALE PARK—City Councilor Matt O’Malley has joined the chorus of opposition to a developer’s controversial housing project at 207-209 Chestnut Ave. “I do have some serious concerns about this,” O’Malley told the Gazette. “I do oppose it as it’s currently being developed.” Developer Pat McKenna plans to demolish an existing vacant house and replace...

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Live at ‘Dead’ Show

July 20, 2012
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Project stalls after pollution found

July 20, 2012
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STONYBROOK—Over a year after it was first proposed, a mixed-use development on Washington Street has been stalled since November, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site. Stonybrook Neighborhood Association member Fred Vetterlein, who has been part of the community team advising the developers of the project since it was first proposed, told...

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Former JP coach charged with attempted child sex

July 20, 2012
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A Roslindale coach who for years ran a youth baseball league that played in Jamaica Plain was charged this week with “grooming” a child for sex. Jose Ortega, 41, was the “commissioner” of the Hyde Park-based Boston Broncos, which appears to have been active since 1999 and at times used a JP mailing address....

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Medical marijuana goes on the ballot

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will soon have an opportunity to help decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. The issue has been placed as a question on the state ballot for November. Supporters of the measure had to gather 79,000 signatures to get the question placed on the ballot. But local state Rep. Jeffrey...

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Sorry, No Drive-Thru

July 20, 2012
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Parklet may come to JP in September

July 20, 2012
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According to the City’s Transportation Department (BTD), a parklet, previously announced for next year, may come to JP in September for one day as part of a pilot program. The one-day test would inform a larger pilot program that would create four parklets throughout the city. JP is expected to see a two-space parklet...

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Medal of Honor sought for JP war hero

July 20, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A Middleboro man is spearheading the charge to gain the American Legion Post 76’s namesake an upgrade to a Medal of Honor. U.S. Army Cpl. Michael O’Connell, who lived at 79 Carolina Ave. in Jamaica Plain, joined the military in World War I. Along with Sgt. Simeon Nickerson of Middleboro and Pvt. Thomas...

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Unsolved murders that haunt JP

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has seen its share of murders over the years, most of them followed by swift justice for the guilty. But JP remains haunted by some of the chilling cases where a killer got away with it. It is too late to convict anyone for the crime that, nearly 150 years later, remains...

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Editorial: A S. Huntington vision

July 20, 2012
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It’s time for the City to create a S. Huntington Avenue master plan, or for residents to do so if the City refuses. For a century, the S. Huntington strip north of Bynner has been home to institutions serving the poor and the ill. At a stunningly rapid pace and grand scale, it is...

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Editorial: Good riddance, gang

July 20, 2012
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Boston Police Department, the FBI and the Department of Correction deserve JP’s thanks for the investigation that appears to have gutted the brutal Boylston Street gang. The band of killers and dope-slingers has been a menace to our neighborhood for far too long. It is notable that...

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Editorial: Dogs as vandalism

July 20, 2012
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Boston policing involves heavy targeting of “quality-of-life” crimes on the theory that squashing them prevents more serious crime. In practice, it really means targeting quality-of-life crime committed by the politically powerless, while the well-to-do are free to spoil the neighborhood. Graffiti is a major target. The people arrested for it are usually college kids...

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Letter: JPNDC is betraying the working-class trust

July 20, 2012
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The latest issue of the Gazette reported on the potential sale of the Blessed Sacrament church to New Atlantic Development and Peter Roth (“Church sale looms as developers plan,” July 6). The plan calls for the church to be turned into 32-34 market-rate condos, an announcement that comes on the heels of the news...

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