Pedal Power

June 8, 2012
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Bright Idea

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Jackson Sq. project gets cleanup funds

June 8, 2012
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A long-stalled part of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment got a boost last month when the City of Boston secured $400,000 in federal grants to clean up contaminated soil. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup funds target the future “Jackson Commons” project, a massive expansion of the current Urban Edge building at 1540-1542 Columbus...

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Nonprofit ‘tax’ payment info to come

June 8, 2012
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The City of Boston is poised this week to release the details of a reportedly successful new effort to get large nonprofit institutions to make tax-like payments. The so-called payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, system will have no written agreements with the colleges and hospitals that make the payments, unlike an earlier...

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Lesbian wedding study seeks JP couples

June 8, 2012
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A college student is seeking Jamaica Plain participants for a study of lesbian wedding ceremonies. Molly Wexler-Romig, an anthropology student at New York State’s Bard College, recently posted a request for participants in Centre Street’s Purple Cactus restaurant, among other locations. “I know that Jamaica Plain is an epicenter of queer life in the...

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Graduation Day

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City Champs

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City Life receives justice award

June 8, 2012
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The Salem Award Foundation announces that City Life/Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Plain housing rights organization, received the 20th annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice on May 11 at a ceremony in Salem. City Life was recognized for helping to save the homes of those who have suffered mortgage abuses in the...

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Letter: Mayor’s Casey stand is too little, too late

June 8, 2012
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The following letter was sent to Mayor Thomas Menino: Today I read a couple of news articles that disappointed me so greatly, I wanted to write to let you know personally (“Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass,” jpgazette.com, May 24). In the articles, you state an opinion on the Casey Overpass project, i.e.,...

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Editorial: Religious leadership

June 8, 2012
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Rev. Carlos Flor, the new pastor of Jamaica Plain’s Catholic parishes, made a good point in his welcome-to-JP interview with the Gazette. He said that by strengthening religious communities, his churches hopefully will be of better “service to the neighborhoods.” JP is often sorely missing the voices of religious leaders in its important local...

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Editorial: Mission impossible

June 8, 2012
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How is it that Boston Public Schools can have the gumption to move Mission Hill K-8 to Jamaica Plain despite huge controversy, but not to change the school’s now-inaccurate name? Granted, “Mission Hill” is easier to say and spell than the building’s former name “Agassiz.” But give us a break. We already have to...

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Editorial: Thanks to the JPNDC

June 8, 2012
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Modern JP, with all its saleable diversity and economic energy, would not have arrived without the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, which is marking its 35th birthday. Far fewer seniors would live here. Fewer low- and middle-income people, too. No Samuel Adams Brewery and, more importantly, a lot less small-business start-up advice. The JPNDC...

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Family Service head wins award

June 8, 2012
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Family Service of Greater Boston (FSGB), based on Heath Street, has received a $40,000 grant from the Aramark corporation, and FSGB CEO Randal Rucker received the company’s Building Community Executive Leadership Award. The award and grant is one of three announced by Aramark last month. “By supporting breakthrough programs that prepare hard-to-employ individuals for...

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Flour Power

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Hospital offers cancer tests for the uninsured

June 8, 2012
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Faulkner Hospital recently launched the Colorectal Health Care Access Program for local, uninsured men and women. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States that affect both men and women. Patients accepted into the program at the 1153 Centre St....

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Salon wins Green Business Award

June 8, 2012
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Fresh Hair, a salon at 62 South St., in April was named one of the winners of Mayor Thomas Menino’s annual Green Business Awards. Fresh Hair Salon calls itself a “green salon.” Conventional hair, nail and skin care products can contain harmful chemicals. Fresh Hair’s policy is to use only products that come from...

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Letter: Thanks to Rozzie’s great businesses

June 8, 2012
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While we appreciate the special interest the mayor has taken in Roslindale since his days as city councilor, and all he has done to help our neighborhood, we shouldn’t forget about the Roslindale business owners who have worked hard to find success here (“Mayor Menino on what makes Rozzie great,” May 11). There are...

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Big Sister

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Invitación, 6/8/12

June 8, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 19 de junio para la publicación del 22 de junio. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Reunión comunitaria de la ruta 39, para hablar de las mejoras y...

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Sights and Sounds, 6/8/12

June 8, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, June 19 for the June 22 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JPNDC 35th anniversary celebration, Sat., June 9, Blessed Sacrament Campus, 365 Centre St. noon-2pm: Annual Meeting, 2-4pm: Community celebration with live...

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Agenda, 6/8/12

June 8, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, June 19 for the June 22 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNDC annual meeting, Sat. June 9. Meeting noon-2pm, Community celebration 2-4pm. Blessed Sacrament campus, 365 Centre St. Info: jpndc.org. Bus...

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Boutique hotel aims to open this month

June 1, 2012
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A new “boutique” hotel, long in development at 81 S. Huntington Ave., is aiming to open for business on June 25, according to manager Trevor Cross. The 41-room hotel in a former nursing home was originally announced as a possible Comfort Inn. But now it will be EnVision Hotel Boston, an independent hotel with...

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Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass

May 25, 2012
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Calling the Casey Arborway project a “second Big Dig,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Gazette he would have preferred to see the existing overpass remain there. Menino said sometimes people have to think outside the box and his vision would have the overpass being rebuilt with green space underneath it. That would connect Arnold...

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Apartment project faces delay, opposition

May 25, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Eleven out of 13 members of the city-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed apartment building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. have signed a letter opposing the project. The opposition came on the heels of a Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) vote to delay demolition of the 1914 Knight Building and a Jamaica...

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