MBTA war memorials may move for Casey project

August 17, 2012
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MBTA war memorials may move for Casey project

FOREST HILLS—Two memorials for MBTA employees who served in both World Wars and other wars may need to be relocated during demolition and construction of the new Casey Arborway. Traffic will be rerouted from the Casey Overpass to a temporary roadway north of the overpass during construction, which is expected between 2014 and 2016....

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Hotel Opening

August 17, 2012
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Hotel Opening

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Political Notes: Chang-Díaz votes for school discipline reform bill

August 17, 2012
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The state Senate recently approved a school discipline reform bill that reduces unnecessary school suspensions and expulsions, and ensures educational services for many of the state’s most vulnerable students, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz voted for the legislation. The House also approved the bill and Gov. Deval Patrick signed...

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Police abuse case partly upheld, appealed

August 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Boston Police internal investigation of a 2011 police brutality incident in Jackson Square has ended with a charge of abusive language upheld, but a more serious excessive force complaint ruled unproven, according to the victim, Jamaica Plain teacher Michael Pearlstein-Gluck. Pearlstein-Gluck said the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, the Boston Police Department’s (BPD)...

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Art installation protests eviction

August 17, 2012
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Art installation protests eviction

EGLESTON SQ.—City Life/Vida Urbana member Heather Gordon collaborated with an artist in protesting her recent eviction at her former home at 3 Mendell Way on Aug. 7. Gordon and video artist John Hulsey worked together in creating a video of Gordon handwriting a letter that tells her foreclosure story. The video was then projected...

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Sights & Sounds, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Aug. 28 for the Aug. 31 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Boston Carnival Village, annual Caribbean festival in Franklin Park: Kiddies Carnival Festival with parade, music and children’s activities, Sun., Aug. 19,...

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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

August 17, 2012
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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

The annual Caribbean festival returns to Franklin Park next week, and dazzling costumes made by a Jamaica Plain club will be a big part of the fun. The Trinidad & Tobago Social Club at 16 Glen Road makes hundreds of bikini-style costumes bedecked in sequins and colorful feathers. The club has won top performer...

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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

August 17, 2012
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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

SUMNER HILL—A community-wide art collaboration is under way to create mosaic art for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. A collaboration between ceramic artist and sculptor Bette Ann Libby and the community will result in a piece of ceramic artwork that will make its home in the library’s downstairs auditorium. The...

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Solar Power

August 17, 2012
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Solar Power

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105A S. Huntington project draws praise, concerns

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community feedback for the proposed luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., named “The Serenity,” is split between support for the developer and criticisms over the appearance of the project. At a community meeting on July 31 at Back of the Hill Apartments, the developer was...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new head

August 17, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) reportedly has a new executive director, though the chair of the business promotion organization’s board did not respond to requests for confirmation. A man identifying himself as HJSMS’s new executive director contacted the Gazette in late July, but declined to speak about the position on the record pending an...

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Rescue Me

August 17, 2012
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Rescue Me

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Criminal complaints dropped in pizzeria dispute

August 17, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—All criminal complaints have been dropped in the heated dispute over the former Slice o’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St., according to landlord John Meehan. An Aug. 1 court hearing where Meehan faced a charge of making threats in the dispute ended with no criminal charges filed, according to a West Roxbury...

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JP’s Gentleman Farmer

August 17, 2012
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Some people switch careers with the changing of the wind. Not Jim Buckle. He’s a farmer for life. “It’s a good, clean way to make a living,” said Buckle. “I love growing food. I’m never going to give this up. I’ll go broke before I do.” Buckle, who lives in Jamaica Plain, owns and...

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Hope Lodge offers support for patients, locals

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge at 125 S. Huntington Ave. wants to connect with the community while serving its mission to provide free housing for out-of-town cancer patients. By offering free community meeting space, encouraging volunteerism and hosting twice-yearly art openings for local and regional artists—many from Jamaica Plain—the Hope Lodge staff...

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Bromley-Heath police tactics protested

August 17, 2012
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Protesters at the Bromley-Heath housing development July 27 claimed the Boston Police Department (BPD) is using overly aggressive tactics, while BPD is saying it is targeting known troublemakers. Other residents support the increased BPD presence. One Bromley-Heath resident questioned the police tactics in a recent phone interview with the Gazette. “Violence is everywhere, but...

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More city councilors oppose condos

August 17, 2012
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At-Large Boston City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley joined the opposition to condo buildings proposed for 207-209 Chestnut Ave. in a letter sent last month to the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD). City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who already opposed the project, also signed the letter. Developer Pat McKenna told the Gazette this week...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 28 for the Aug. 31 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings   Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda tba, Tues., Aug. 28, 7pm, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St. Info: jpnc.org. District...

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Free Ride

August 17, 2012
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Free Ride

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Editorial: JP diversity

August 17, 2012
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A study has found that JP friendships are unusually diverse in terms of political, religious and social attitudes. That’s a sign of more than token respect for individual differences, and that’s a great thing for any neighborhood and any relationship. JP prides itself on diversity. In some ways, the local definition of diversity is...

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Editorial: Policing Jackson Square

August 17, 2012
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Police officers perform an incredibly difficult job. They put their lives on the line just by wearing the badge. They make dozens of potentially life-changing judgment calls every day. They try to keep order while respecting and protecting civil liberties in a free society that can and does throw just about anything at them....

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Letter: Same Old Place owner will be missed

August 17, 2012
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Fred Ciampa made many wonderful memories for my children. (“Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies,” Aug. 3.) We had pizza night when we could, when Mom needed a break from preparing meals, and when we all needed a treat. What a sweet event it was, marching down Centre Street to the Same...

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Letter: Wage theft is a widespread problem

August 17, 2012
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A father of three told me: “This man was looking for people to paint cars in his body shop after hours. He said he’d pay $20 an hour, so I went there after my regular job. I worked there six hours a night. I was there for two weeks and then I asked him...

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Letter: Goddard House closure a moral tragedy

August 17, 2012
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I am personally saddened by the news that Goddard House will be closing forever in September; an irreversible decision, I believe made too quickly. (“Goddard House nursing home to shut down,” July 20.) Since my days as a young pastor 40 years ago, continuing through my current role at the Mount Pleasant Home next...

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