Flaherty eager for another term

October 7, 2011
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Flaherty eager for another term

Two years after challenging Mayor Thomas Menino in one of the closest races the mayor has ever faced, former At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty wants his old job back. “It was never an option for me to take my ball and go home. I am not interested in sitting in the bleachers,” Flaherty said...

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JP nonprofit boosts women’s self-esteem

October 7, 2011
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Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute (SEB) does work that is often trying to undo decades of harm. SEB, a nonprofit training provider based in Jamaica Plain, is dedicated to preparing low-income and at-risk women for social and economic success by helping them improve their self-esteem. “We work in recovery programs, transitional programs. We go...

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14 JP priests on sex abuser list

October 7, 2011
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A total of 14 priests from all Jamaica Plain parishes appear on a long-awaited list of 159 Boston Catholic clergy convicted or accused of child sexual abuse released Aug. 25 by the Archdiocese of Boston. They include John Geoghan, the notorious child molestor whose crimes at St. Andrew the Apostle in Forest Hills were...

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Store clerk killer imprisoned for life

October 7, 2011
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Store clerk killer imprisoned for life

Edward Corliss was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole last week for the 2009 shooting of store clerk Surendra Dangol during an armed robbery of the Tedeschi’s Food Shop at 783 Centre St. At the time of the slaying, Corliss, 65, was living in Roslindale, and on parole for...

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O’Malley calls for snow removal hearing

October 7, 2011
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It’s not too early to be investigating snow removal problems, according to local City Councilor Matt O’Malley. O’Malley last month called for a hearing into city and state agencies’ problems removing snow from public property. Last winter, bus stops, sidewalks and other areas in Jamaica Plain were heaped with snow while agencies disputed whose...

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Alleged drug trafficker arrested in JP

October 7, 2011
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A major drug bust that included an arrest in a JP restaurant on Sept. 7 led to the seizure of over 3 kilos of cocaine. Adriano Pena, 35, of Roslindale and Wiston Pena, 42, of Dorchester, were arrested after allegedly exchanging more than 200 grams of cocaine. Adriano Pena was arrested at El Embajador...

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Teen charged with firing gun during chase

October 7, 2011
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A Jamaica Plain youth was held on $100,000 bail after being charged with firing an unlicensed handgun while being chased by police last month. According to a press release, Boston Police were in the area of Academy Homes in Jackson Square at midday Sept. 9 when they saw Tyre Wade, 19, touching the area...

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Landmark laundry returns to Hyde Sq.

October 7, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—A laundromat that has served as a basic community resource and chatting spot for decades re-opened last week after changing owners and a four-month closure and remodel. The Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre at 410 Centre St. closed in late May. The new owners, the Demopoulos family, have installed new washers and dryers and...

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Parking lot repairs see the light

October 7, 2011
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PONSIDE—After a month without power, the parking lot between Thomas and Burroughs streets regained illumination on Sept. 30. The parking lot behind Blanchards Wines and Spirits had been without power since Sept. 2, following a car accident that damaged a control box. “It’s dangerous. It’s been getting dark earlier and earlier,” said John Matthews,...

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Hospital ranked a ‘top performer’

October 7, 2011
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JAMAICA HILLS—Faulkner Hospital last month was named one of the nation’s top performers on key health care quality measures by The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals. Faulkner was recognized for high performance with procedures that improve outcomes for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Faulkner was one of 405 hospitals nationwide earning the distinction....

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Former nursing home head accused of Medicaid fraud

October 7, 2011
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The former owner of the privately run Pond View Nursing Home at 81 S. Huntington Ave. was indicted for alleged Medicaid fraud last week as part of an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office. Carolyn Wetterberg co-owned the nursing home with her husband, Leonard Wetterberg, until 2008. According to a press release from...

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Senior car service heads to JP

October 7, 2011
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A low-cost private taxi service for seniors and people who are visually impaired is aiming to serve JP by December, and may even be based here. “We’re really looking forward to serving Jamaica Plain and connected areas of Boston,” said Jean Patel Bushnell, executive director of the nonprofit ITNGreaterBoston, which will operate the service....

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Crime Scene

October 7, 2011
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Crime Scene

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Councilors push for drug drop-offs

October 7, 2011
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Local City Councilor Matt O’Malley and Councilor Rob Consalvo are calling for a year-round program to let residents drop off unwanted prescription drugs. The city and other agencies currently hold occasional drug drop-off days at a few locations. Some type of prescription drug recycling may be on the table as well. Consalvo has been...

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Color play

October 7, 2011
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Color play

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The art of storytelling is alive and well

October 7, 2011
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The art of storytelling is alive and well

Drunken underage little sisters, haunted trees, incontinence and world travelers featured in stories that regaled an audience of about 50 at Doyle’s Café on Washington Street at the first night of massmouth’s third season of story slams. “‪Storytelling is an essentially human art and it creates a deep connection between talker and listener. People...

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Thanks for serving

October 7, 2011
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Thanks for serving

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Fishing tip

October 7, 2011
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Fishing tip

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Making your home more energy-efficient

October 7, 2011
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A Boston city program, a Massachusetts state program and several utility company programs want to make your house cool—or warm, depending on the weather. In an effort to improve efficiency in heating and electricity systems, utility companies and the city program Renew Boston are providing free services to Boston residents. The services range from...

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Housing Success

October 7, 2011
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Housing Success

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Curley House revival presses forward

October 7, 2011
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PONDSIDE—It is taking a little longer than expected, but plans to revive the long-underused historic home of legendary Boston Politician James Michael Curley are moving forward. Richard Dennis, head of the Friends of the James Michael Curley House, which is spearheading the revival effort, said that the group’s plans to take over operations at...

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Bartlett Square nears completion

October 7, 2011
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Barlett Square, a 13-unit condo building with three ground-floor retail units, will be completed by early next year, Chris DeSisto of Maple Hurst Builders told the Gazette last week. . The new development is on Green Street between Amory Street and Brookside Avenue. “We are hoping to be done by year’s end. It will...

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City halts dental business construction

October 7, 2011
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City halts dental business construction

FOREST HILLS—Bicon Dental Implants, a 501 Arborway business that has a history of zoning controversies and refusing to meet with neighbors about construction on its property, had its latest construction project halted by the city last week. The stop-work order followed a Gazette visit to the site and request for comment from the city...

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Neighbors propose McBride St. project changes

October 7, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Neighbors to a proposed mixed-used development at Washington and McBride streets have created a counter-offer design that shows changes the neighbors would like to see integrated into the project. The changes would reduce parking and replace a commercial building with a mixed-use building. “We at the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association have a pretty big interest...

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