Faulkner Hospital to be scene of training exercise this weekend

November 1, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will be one site in this weekend’s “Urban Shield: Boston” emergency training exercise. It will host realistic simulations of hazardous materials decontaminations, treatment of victims and other activities that may look real to residents. There will be no actual danger to the public, according to the City of...

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JP council district retains Forest Hills, loses Woodbourne

October 31, 2012
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The City Council has approved by an 11-2 vote today a redistricting plan that would retain Forest Hills in the Jamaica Plain council district, while also adding Egleston Square and Mission Hill’s Back of the Hill, according to At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo. Woodbourne would leave JP’s district under the plan. City Councilor Matt...

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Developers’ donations stir debate; JPNC chair’s role questioned

October 31, 2012
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The head of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has stirred controversy—including about his own leadership—by issuing a report about campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects. As a result of the report issued by Benjamin Day earlier this month, City Councilor Mike...

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Pro-bridge group petitions mayor to reboot Casey project

October 30, 2012
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Pro-bridge group petitions mayor to reboot Casey project

Bridging Forest Hills, the group that advocated unsuccessfully earlier this year for the Casey Overpass to be replaced by a new bridge instead of new surface streets, is circulating a petition to Mayor Thomas Menino that asks him to pressure the state to go “back to the drawing board.” “Please, Mr. Mayor, help stop...

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Fight to keep Forest Hills in JP council district under way; Woodbourne to switch

October 30, 2012
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Woodbourne appears likely to leave the Jamaica Plain Boston City Council district when the latest redistricting plan is voted on tomorrow during the City Council meeting. A question remains whether or not Forest Hill stays in JP, but there is an effort to make sure that happens. City Councilors Matt O’Malley, who lives in...

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Trees down as storm largely spares JP

October 30, 2012
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Trees down as storm largely spares JP

Trees and large limbs are down around Jamaica Plain and the rest of the city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy yesterday. 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 some coastal areas and...

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Hurricane begins hitting JP

October 29, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy is already affecting Jamaica Plain with high wind gusts that will increase as the day goes on. Trees and tree limbs are likely to blow down. Power outages are a serious possibility. Residents should stay indoors if at all possible. The storm is forecast to produce winds up to 65 m.p.h. in...

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Forest Hills, Woodbourne may move out of council district; Arroyo protests

October 28, 2012
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As the Boston City Council’s redistricting process speeds toward a likely approval of a final map on Wednesday, proposals on the table would move the entire Forest Hills and Woodbourne areas out of the local Jamaica Plain district into Dorchester/Mattapan’s District 4. That would mean City Councilor Charles Yancey would represent them instead of...

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Hurricane may strike area; state offers tips

October 26, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy may strike the Boston area early next week as a major storm with heavy rain and strong winds. Even if the storm does not directly hit Massachusetts, it still may have significant local impact. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says that residents should prepare now for possible power outages, flooding and...

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Report: Police spies called anti-war event ‘criminal’

October 26, 2012
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A 2007 anti-war event at a Jamaica Plain church was labeled a possible “criminal act” by “extremists” in a secret Boston Police Department (BPD) file, according to a report that accuses BPD of illegal spying on peaceful protest groups for years. Speakers at the event included famed activist Cindy Sheehan as well as City...

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Safety report: Casey often drops debris

October 26, 2012
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The most recent Casey Overpass state inspection report states that the safety netting currently installed over parts of the overpass is catching concrete debris that would otherwise fall to the ground. But the fabric itself is suffering from “scattered minor tears.” The Structures Inspection Field Report, prepared by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT)...

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Photojournalist recalls path from JP to Iraq and beyond

October 26, 2012
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A photojournalist who got his start in the pages of the Gazette before covering such global hotspots as Afghanistan and Kosovo has published a hard-hitting memoir called “All the Kennedys Are Dead.” Darren McCollester lived in Jamaica Plain for nearly 20 years before moving to Winthrop a couple of months ago. His book is...

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Empresarios latinos honrados en City Hall

October 26, 2012
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Por Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette Cuatro de las pequeñas empresas latinas de Hyde Square fueron entre las 11 honradas en City Hall el 15 de octubre como parte de una celebración del Mes de la Herencia Latina del concejal de Boston Felix Arroyo. “Decidí honrar a las pequeñas empresas este año porque...

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Wood thieves damage trees

October 26, 2012
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Trees in Jamaica Plain and around the city have been damaged in recent weeks by wood thieves who hack off large knobs known as burls. A Dorchester man was arrested Oct. 3 in the Fenway on burl-stealing charges, but officials are warning residents to stay alert to any suspicious tree-cutting. Burls are abnormal growths...

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BRA approves S. Huntington project

October 26, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted to approve a controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. at its Oct. 18 board meeting. The project is expected to come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the next step in getting the City’s approval, on Nov. 13. “This project is really for...

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Warren stops by Doyle’s

October 26, 2012
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U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 23. Warren, a Democrat running against Republican incumbent Scott Brown, was greeted by about 100 vocal supporters and was joined by several local elected officials, including City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley, and state...

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S. Huntington ‘corridor plan’ in the works

October 26, 2012
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—Following months of community outcry and a recent statement of support by Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade, the BRA started to create a “corridor plan” for the S. Huntington Avenue area last week. The “corridor plan” for the area will outline parameters for...

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JP Observer: The Arborway Yard: When ‘temporary’ has lasted too long

October 26, 2012
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The MBTA placed a legal notice in the Boston Herald in 1998 looking for bids on construction of a transportation facility on 17 acres in Forest Hills. Local elected officials and the community members were shocked to see their plans showed a monolithic building covering the entire area with a garage for 186 buses,...

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Stained-glass window to be preserved

October 26, 2012
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The fate of the historic building at 161 S. Huntington Ave., the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers, is still undecided. But even if the 1914 building is cleared away for luxury apartments, one piece of history will not be destroyed. A Tiffany & Co. stained-glass window that depicts Jesus Christ blessing...

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Former Main Street director charged with larceny

October 26, 2012
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Carlos Schillaci, former executive director of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), was arraigned on Oct. 17 on larceny charges for allegedly stealing nearly $20,000 from the nonprofit, according to a press release. Schillaci left HJSMS in summer 2011 amid accusations that money that was intended for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) had...

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Nov. 6 election to decide president, Senate races

October 26, 2012
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The days are dwindling away to the Nov. 6 election, where Jamaica Plain residents will have four different candidates to choose from for the U.S. presidency. JP residents will also help decide a U.S. Senate race and several ballot questions. U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the candidates for...

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Coworker: Dookhan lied, cut corners at prior lab job

October 26, 2012
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Disgraced state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan lied about her degree and made a minor corner-cutting of procedure in her previous job at a vaccine-making lab, according to a former coworker, who called on authorities to check Dookhan’s work. The former coworker, who spoke to the Gazette on the condition of not being identified,...

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Sen. Brown rallies JP supporters

October 26, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown drew over 100 supporters–as well as Democratic Party opponents–to the grand opening of the new Republican Party campaign office at 370 Centre St. on Oct. 15. The GOP has drawn attention for its decision to open the office in generally liberal Jamaica Plain and in Hyde Square, one of...

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Church owners give financial details

October 26, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Owners of the Blessed Sacrament complex released financial numbers on the site amid controversy about their plan to have expensive housing built at two buildings on the campus. They reiterated they will go forward with their plan, but are open to other options that are financially feasible. The numbers were released by the...

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