Letter: A new bridge is better

December 2, 2011
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I believe it is better to build a new overpass to replace the Casey Overpass. Forest Hills Station is a huge hub of trains, buses, school buses and lots of cars already. I travel through the area most times I leave my house, and there is great congestion there every weekday. Adding more car lanes...

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Letter: Population crisis is looming

December 2, 2011
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The news is out: world population hit 7 billion on Oct. 31! Meanwhile, the Massachusetts population reached a record high of 6,547,629 in 2010. It was great to see that after years of pretty much ignoring the issue, the national, state, and even some local media gave the issue its due attention. If we...

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Letter: Give us a bridge, not pavement

December 2, 2011
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At the most recent meeting about redesigning the Casey Overpass, I found the consultants’ presentation strongly skewed against a bridge. Their bridge mock-ups were singularly ugly and their language clearly favored the no-bridge option. I would like to register an opinion in favor of a bridge for the following reasons: Getting through-traffic off the...

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Letter: School move leaves kids behind

December 2, 2011
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The Boston Public Schools facilities plan proposed by Superintendent Carol Johnson on Oct. 24 and approved on Nov. 15 by the Boston School Committee moves the Mission Hill elementary school to Jamaica Plain, taking a high-quality, highly-selected K-8 to another assignment zone. It’s like musical chairs for the six pilot schools involved in the package...

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Letter: Surface streets can’t handle 24K more cars

December 2, 2011
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I support a bridge replacement option for the Casey Overpass. I have lived on a street off Hyde Park Avenue across from the Forest Hills T parking lot for 30 years and the traffic has only gotten worse. Hyde Park Ave. is often gridlocked in the morning and at evening rush hours. I have extreme...

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Letter: Surface option resurrects park

December 2, 2011
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I had the privilege of attending the Nov. 21 public meeting on the Casey Overpass and was impressed with the thorough design exploration and well-reasoned alternatives. There is no doubt in my mind that, on access and livability criteria alone, the at-grade solution is far superior to a replacement bridge. When you add in the premium...

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Letter: Surface traffic is no solution

December 2, 2011
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There has been much discussion about the Casey Overpass replacement options over the past few months, and interest continues to grow, as demonstrated by the standing-room-only crowd at last week’s meeting introducing the public to the two design options: a new, smaller and lower overpass vs. a six-lane road at grade level (the “at-grade”...

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Letter: Apply city vision to Washington St.

December 2, 2011
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As neighbors of the Arborway Yard, we were disappointed the project failed to win federal funding. However, across the street, another key development is happening at the former Flanagan & Seaton automobile warehouse at 3521-3529 Washington St. This 3.4-acre development, bordered by McBride and Burnett streets, could double the number of residential units on...

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Stroke Stopper

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident John Auerbach (left), the state commissioner of public health, joins Massachusetts General Hospital’s Dr. Lee Schwamm at the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium’s Educational Summit downtown on Oct. 21. Auerbach received the Helen B. Spaulding Community Conscience Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association at the event for his stroke prevention efforts.

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Football play

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) James Macchi (center), 8, of JP practices a tackle on Oct. 29 at the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day in the New England Patriots pro football team practice facility in Foxborough. Max Lane (left, background) was among the former Patriots who gave football lessons to children and teens with disabilities at the annual event.

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Curtis Hall reopens

December 2, 2011
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The Curtis Hall community center at 20 South St. reopened last month after undergoing a $5 million renovation. The historic city building hosts a public swimming pool, gym, basketball court and track. It also holds a wide variety of youth and adult programs and rents out community space for public meetings. The building reopened...

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Whitehaus releases new compilation

December 2, 2011
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A new compilation of JP-based music has been released by Whitehaus Family Records. The album, named “Whitehaus Family Record Family Record vol. 2: Are You in Paradise?” features 25 two-minute tracks from as many artists. All of the artists on the album have lived in JP at some point, and many still do. The...

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Cops: Thief had gas, got the shakes

December 2, 2011
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BROOKSIDE—A man allegedly stole gas and 48 cans of protein shakes from a local nonprofit’s vans in the middle of the night on Nov. 16. Police arrested Emmuanuel Porter-Muhammad, 38, of Roxbury for allegedly siphoning gas and taking the Ensure brand shakes at Community Servings at 18 Marbury Terrace, according to the Boston Police...

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Ross questions school move cost

December 2, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross asked the City Financial Commission (FinComm) to investigate Boston Public School’s (BPS) plan to move Mission Hill K-8 School to Jamaica Plain, following the BPS School Committee’s approval of the plan Nov. 15. “They are spending an obscene amount of money to move three schools—close to $10 million,” Ross said...

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Nira Rock to get better entrance

December 2, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Nira Rock Urban Wild will get a nicer entrance from Arcola Street under a Boston Parks Department plan slated for the spring. The work could include a new seating area, repaired stone steps and the removal of a chain link fence, according to Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. The improvements came from...

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3 caught in food license crackdown

December 2, 2011
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Three JP eateries that were previously operating without legally required “common victualler” food service licenses are scheduled to go before the city licensing board next month. Canto 6 Bakery at 3346 Washington St., Monumental Cupcakes at 36 South St. and the Faulkner Hospital, which operates a cafeteria and coffee shop at 1153 Centre St.,...

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Developer picked for green project

December 2, 2011
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Boston-based GFC Development has been selected by the City of Boston to develop a lot at 64 Catherine St. as part of the city’s E+ Green Building Program. GFC, which his working with Utile Architecture and Planning, will build two “net energy-positive” townhouses—that would produce slightly more energy than they use—on the site. They...

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O’Malley calls for ‘open’ city clerk hiring

December 2, 2011
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Amid controversy that the Boston city clerk job will be filled by a former city councilor in a rigged hiring, local Councilor Matt O’Malley is calling for an “open and transparent process.” Former Councilor Maureen Feeney’s rumored bid for the job is controversial as a possible insider deal, as well as for Feeney’s history...

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Thieves raid cars

December 2, 2011
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Nov. 25 was Black Friday not only for stores, but also for thieves who broke into at least 10 cars on Sumner Hill. Police incident reports show only one car break-in that day on Greenough Avenue. But a resident and victim told the Gazette that many more cars were hit. Most of the cars...

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Invitación, 12/2/11

December 2, 2011
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Su Material. Considere quesu material para ser publicado en esta sección debe llegar con tiempo: Mínimo el martes antes del viernes de la publicción de esta edición. Si usa internet, eníe sus documentos a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Navidad Pedido. Nuestro Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez pide a quienes quieran participar en el programa Canned Food Drive, hagan sus...

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Sights and sounds, 12/2/11

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Joe Bergin of the Carpenter Poets of Jamaica Plain (above) joins Peter Bates and Marcia Karp at tonight’s Chapter and Verse poetry reading at the Loring-Greenough House. See Sights & Sounds listing.

The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 13 for the Dec. 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Holiday Stroll, craft sales, performances on Centre & South streets, meet Santa Claus and his reindeer. 1:45pm: Mayor’s Office Trolley...

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Agenda, 12/2/11

December 2, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Dec. 13 for the Dec. 16 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Talk About Youth, Thurs., Dec. 8,  7:15pm, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: Hyun Shin, 727-539-9114. Police Community...

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Ross might leave Boston, run for Congress

November 30, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Barney Frank—a move that would require him to move out of Boston and into the 4th Congressional District. But, Ross told the Gazette, he is not yet packing his bags to move back to Newton—where he grew up and Frank lives. Ross’s...

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Occupy JP to hold ‘Hard Times’ march Dec. 4

November 30, 2011
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Occupy JP will hold its first public event on Sunday: a Centre Street march called the “Economic Hard Times Tour of JP.” The march, which begins at 1 p.m. in Monument Square, will involve handing out informational leaflets about budget cuts to social services and how they impact Jamaica Plain, said Occupy JP spokesperson...

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