Letter: Casey bus plan harms public transit

October 12, 2012
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The Arborway Committee, a longtime JP organization, has set as its mission a commitment to improving public transportation for Jamaica Plain and its neighbors. To that end, it sponsors public events on topics relating to better streetscapes for pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities. It advocates for better options for all sorts of transportation,...

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Abandoned property heading to foreclosure

October 12, 2012
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The owner of an abandoned building at 52 Montebello Road owes the City $265,000 in unpaid taxes and is in danger of losing the six-unit property, according to City Collector of Taxes Meredith Weenick. The property has been abandoned for years, neighbor Kate Peppard told the Gazette, though it had been quiet for a...

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Arborway Yard push renewed

October 12, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—After almost a year of inactivity, the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) has reconvened to keep the hope alive for a new Arborway bus yard. The Arborway bus yard, located at Washington Street and the Arborway, was built as a temporary facility nine years ago and is four years overdue...

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Invitación, Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 9 de octubre para la publicación del 12 de octubre. 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 sobre el proyecto del 161 S. Huntington, con el Jamaica...

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JP Agenda, Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 23 for the Oct. 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings 161 S. Huntington project community meeting, hosted by Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Mon., Oct. 15, 6:30pm, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St....

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Sights and Sounds, Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 23 for the Oct. 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Artists Ball, sponsored by Centre/South Main Street, live auction, silent art auction, Sat., Oct. 13, 8pm, Eliot Hall, 7 Eliot St....

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Family Dollar seeks to open JP store

October 8, 2012
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Family Dollar seeks to open JP store

WASHINGTON ST.—Family Dollar, a national discount-goods chain, is the proposed tenant for a new store to be built at 3383 Washington St., the former location of Royal Fried Chicken, according to a spokesperson for the North Carolina-based company. “We do currently have a lease signed for that location,” Family Dollar Communication Director Josh Braverman...

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Overpass, roads to close Sun. a.m. for race

October 5, 2012
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Several roadways in Pondside, Forest Hills and Jamaica Hills, including the parkways and the Casey Overpass, will be closed Sunday morning for the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon. The closure will run 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 on the following streets: the Arborway, Casey Overpass, Francis Parkman Drive, the Jamaicaway, Perkins Street,...

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161 S. Huntington slated for BRA vote

October 5, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON— The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. is “anticipated” to be heard and voted on by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board at its Thurs., Oct. 18 meeting, according to a BRA spokesperson. It has a high likelihood of being approved, as BRA staff only submit projects to...

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Court clerk: Special drug lab trials will strain system

October 2, 2012
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Special courts announced today to review cases affected by the State Laboratory Institute drug lab scandal will strain a court system that is already understaffed and underfunded, according to Maura Hennigan, the clerk of Suffolk County’s criminal courts. “Even before this occurred, we have struggled every day to cover our sessions, manage our cases,”...

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Testing backlog may have set stage for drug lab scandal

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Scores of convicts may go free due to former drug-testing chemist Annie Dookhan’s alleged evidence-tampering at the State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. But a decade ago, there was controversy over many criminal defendants going free because of an opposite problem at the State Lab: drug evidence not being processed at all due...

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State Lab had previous fake degree problem

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Annie Dookhan, the former drug lab chemist at the heart of an evidence-tampering scandal at Jamaica Plain’s State Laboratory Institute, was arrested today on charges that include lying about holding a master’s degree. While state officials are portraying the scandal as an isolated incident, a former State Lab chief got in trouble in...

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Drug lab had chemist scandal in 1985

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The tainted-evidence scandal that recently shuttered the Jamaica Plain-based state drug lab is not the first time that a chemist there has been accused of wrongdoing. In 1985, a similar scandal erupted when a chemist was charged with stealing cocaine in 11 criminal cases after testing it at the State Laboratory Institute at...

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State not investigating 17 other JP labs

September 28, 2012
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The state investigation that shut down the drug testing lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain is not looking into the 17 other labs in the building, which include disease control and racehorse drug testing labs. In recent weeks, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner and the...

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JP Open Studios

September 28, 2012
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JP reading event focuses on ‘Night Circus’ novel

September 28, 2012
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A new group called JP Reads is encouraging all Jamaica Plain residents to read the bestselling novel “The Night Circus” and join in a month-long series of local events to celebrate it. The book’s author, Boston resident Erin Morgenstern, will appear at the Footlight Club on Fri., Oct. 5 for a discussion and book-signing....

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MassDOT: Casey doesn’t need safety upgrades

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has no plans to alter the Casey Overpass’s maintenance schedule or safety devices following emergency repairs late last month. MassDOT continues to monitor the condition of the aging Casey on the same maintenance schedule as before Aug. 31, when debris fell from a section of the overpass...

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Nuevo pastor católico de JP nombrado

September 28, 2012
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Por Patrick E. O’Connor, Especial para el Gazette Una multitud llenó Our Lady of Lourdes Church el 22 de septiembre para la misa de investidura del reverendo Carlos Flor. Flor fue instalada formalmente como pastor de las tres parroquias católicas de Jamaica Plain en una misa con el cardenal Sean O’Malley. Una multitud llenó...

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Street art bashes Obama, Romney

September 28, 2012
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A campaign of high-end graffiti art bashing presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney has come to at least two Jamaica Plain locations thanks to a secretive group called TheBlankAdministration. The art showed up without permission last week on a wall at 405 Centre St. in Hyde Square, and also on a fence over...

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Rt. 39 bus improvements delayed

September 28, 2012
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The Route 39 bus improvement project has been delayed once again. The project was supposed to start this fall, but according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo in an email to the Gazette, it has been delayed until winter, weather permitting. Completion is expected in summer 2013. The planning began in 2008 and has been...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Some residents are complaining about tree removal taking place at the historic Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. “He’s a butcher,” Jamaica Plain resident Richard Heath said about Milley’s decision to remove trees....

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GOP opens JP campaign office

September 28, 2012
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The state Republican Party has entered the lion’s den of traditionally liberal, Democratic Jamaica Plain by opening a campaign office in Hyde Square. “We’re opening offices in corners of the state we never have before,” said Massachusetts Republican Party spokesperson Tim Buckley in a Gazette interview, adding that the GOP is growing rapidly throughout...

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JP Observer: Schools must teach financial literacy

September 28, 2012
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Financial illiteracy—to rephrase the old saying about New England weather—is something lots of people complain about, but public schools do very little to remedy. A bill before the Massachusetts Legislature co-sponsored by Jamaica Plain’s Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz would change that, making training in managing personal finances a required part of Massachusetts public education, K-12....

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JP has loved Obama, loathed Romney

September 28, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has a history of strong reactions to current major-party presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, generally loving the Democrat and loathing the Republican. A review of Gazette archives found that during his 2003-2007 stint as Massachusetts governor, Romney drew fire from JP residents and officials, especially for his attempts to thwart...

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