Bigger drug lab was rejected in 1986

November 9, 2012
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The William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 South St. has been thrust into the spotlight by the state drug lab scandal, but it is not the first time the site has been involved with controversy. About 25 years ago, the state planned to build a separate crime lab and state medical examiner’s...

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Polly Wants a Walk

November 9, 2012
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Polly Wants a Walk

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Winter farmers market to debut

November 9, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Jamaica Plain’s first cold-season farmers market will debut Nov. 10 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish Hall at 45 Brookside Ave. The Egleston Farmers Market will feature a wide variety of seasonal foods, including from such JP-based producers as Buckle Farms and Yard Birds. It will run two Saturdays a month in...

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Trees down as storm largely spares JP

November 9, 2012
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Trees and large limbs came down around Jamaica Plain and the rest of the city in the wake of Hurricane or “Superstorm” Sandy on Oct. 29. While the gigantic storm devastated New Jersey and New York City and killed people as far away as Toronto, it was not as strong as predicted here. Unlike...

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Latvian church condo conversion approved

November 9, 2012
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The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has approved the redevelopment of the former Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church at 98 Rockview St. into three condos. “The project was just approved” on Oct. 23, Robert Allan, attorney for the project, told the Gazette last week. In the next few months, owner Dennis Coghlan will prepare...

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JP Halloween

November 9, 2012
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Editorial: JPNC chair should resign

November 9, 2012
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Benjamin Day, the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, led an ill-informed smear campaign against the developers and elected officials involved in two housing developments that his council will review. He threw a bomb that backfired and damaged the JPNC. He should resign. This is a difficult call to make because Day has...

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Editorial: Honoring veterans

November 9, 2012
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As Veterans Day is observed Nov. 12, America is anticipating the official end of the Afghanistan war. Veterans will be welcomed home, but often to a lack of jobs and services. Veterans deserved thanks, but need much more than that. It is a good time to consider supporting Volunteers of America-Massachusetts or the Wounded...

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Letter: Gazette failed to report real S. Huntington news

November 9, 2012
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You and your reporters have failed to report the news. The editorial “JPNC chair should resign” (jamaicaplaingazette.com, Nov. 1) and article “Developers’ donations stir debate; JPNC chair’s role questioned” (jamaicaplaingazette.com, Oct. 31) contain misleading statements, and do not focus on what is truly newsworthy: 1) despite nearly total opposition to luxury condo developments at...

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Letter: Casey plan degrades all forms of transportation

November 9, 2012
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At the most recent planning meeting to eliminate the Casey Overpass, MassDOT announced its misguided “Complete Street” design, having degraded every form of transportation at Forest Hills. First, this meeting presented the elimination of on-street bike lanes along New Washington Street. This is being done because they have acknowledged that the six-lane roadway presents...

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Letter: Opposing housing for poor or rich is class warfare

November 9, 2012
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Hooray for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, Boston Health Care for the Homeless and the Pine Street Inn! (“Homeless care project wins appeal,” Oct. 26.) The state appellate court has ruled in favor of the 461 Walnut Ave. respite care facility. The plaintiffs argued that increased traffic and decreased property values would impact...

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Letter: Focus on developers, not critics

November 9, 2012
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Your recent editorial “JPNC chair should resign” (jamaicplaingazette.com, Nov. 1) as well as your article “Developer’s donations stir debate” (jamaicaplaingazette.com, Oct. 31) cast a critical light on JP residents volunteering to improve our neighborhood. Why didn’t you choose instead to aim your attention at heavyweight luxury housing developers rapidly encroaching in JP? The nearly...

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Letter: Higher standard needed in JPNC, S. Huntington debate

November 9, 2012
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Residents of Jamaica Plain are wrestling over who can lay claim to the neighborhood. At a time of declining and stagnating real estate values overall, when one-third of mortgage holders nationwide are underwater, prices here are steady and rising. Some will benefit and some will not. We are attracting heightened interest, including from far-flung...

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Letter: Put lights in windows for unity

November 9, 2012
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Be you a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jew or Shinto, this time of year has been sacred to man since before any religion was founded. Huge bonfires lit the night to tempt the Sun back. To light your windows is assumed a Christian tradition. Yet many Christians do not observe this way. Here in America,...

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On Stage

November 9, 2012
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On Stage

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JP Agenda, Nov. 9, 2012

November 9, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 19 for the Nov. 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings   Zoning Board of Appeals, Boston City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775. Tues., Nov. 13, 9:30am, Boston Residential Group seeks variances for floor-area...

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Invitación, Nov. 9, 2012

November 9, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 19 de noviembre para la publicación del 23 de noviembre. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Reunión para English High Turf, martes, 13 noviembre, 6:30pm, 6:30pm, Curtis Hall,...

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JP Citizen, historic newspaper, ceases publishing

November 9, 2012
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JP Citizen, historic newspaper, ceases publishing

The Jamaica Plain Citizen, the local newspaper of record from the 1940s into the 1980s before it faced competition from the Gazette, officially ceased publication last month along with several other papers in its parent company’s chain, according to an email from editor Alice O’Leary obtained by the Gazette. O’Leary of the South Boston-based...

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Casey Overpass safety report is available

November 8, 2012
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The Gazette reported last month about the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Jan. 16 safety inspection of the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills. (See jamaicaplaingazette.com/2012/10/26/safety-report-casey-often-drops-debris.) The safety report found, among other things, that debris regularly falls off the bridge into safety netting, and that some of its support structures are in such poor condition that...

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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

November 7, 2012
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Obama, Warren win as JP votes big

There was a large local turnout for the Nov. 6 election with Jamaica Plain residents facing long lines at some polling stations. President Barack Obama won reelection, challenger Elizabeth Warren topped incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and the state approved medical marijuana. JP residents also saw the beginnings of the 2013 mayoral race. Will...

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Underground music, arts venue Whitehaus to shut down

November 6, 2012
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Underground music, arts venue Whitehaus to shut down

The Whitehaus, an artist commune and influential underground music venue at 10 Seaverns Ave., is facing its final months after a police raid of an October show and the landlord’s decision not to offer a new lease, according to Whitehaus member Sam Potrykus. “Our time has come…It’s over,” said Potrykus, who was summoned to...

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Some JP residents missing ballot booklets

November 5, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch Some Jamaica Plain residents have not received the state booklet that details the three binding questions that will appear on the ballot tomorrow. A woman, who wished not to be named, called the Gazette to say that many residents at the 147-unit Forbes Building at 545 Centre St....

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Norbert project criticized for prices, parking

November 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Response was mostly critical of the proposed plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 market-rate studio and one-bedroom apartments during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) meeting Nov. 1 at the Hennigan Elementary School. About 45 people attended the meeting. The Norbert building, which is located at 26 Sunnyside St., is part...

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Editorial: JPNC chair should resign

November 1, 2012
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Benjamin Day, the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, led an ill-informed smear campaign against the developers and elected officials involved in two housing developments that his council will review. He threw a bomb that backfired and damaged the JPNC. He should resign. This is a difficult call to make because Day has...

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