JP remains beetle-free

July 6, 2012
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Two years after Jamaica Plain first saw Asian longhorned beetles (ALB), the neighborhood remains free of any further sightings of the tree-killing beetle. JP can look forward to at least two more years of quarantine and possible pesticide treatments, despite the lack of new sightings since the Faulkner Hospital discovery two years ago this...

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Cops: Man carried gun, drugs

July 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Dorchester man was arrested in the Bromley-Heath housing development on June 19 for allegedly carrying a gun with altered serial numbers and prescription drugs. Jiwan Battiste, 33, “violently struggled” with police during the 9 p.m. arrest outside 940 Parker St., according to a Boston Police Department (BPD) report. Police officers reportedly questioned...

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Local official campaigns for Obama

July 6, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has been traveling to battleground states in the presidential election. He has been campaigning for Democrat President Barack Obama, talking about Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. “It’s been real interesting,” said Sánchez. Sánchez, who has traveled so far to North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado, said...

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JP counselor volunteers in Kenya slums

July 6, 2012
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Mark Blogier is not spending his summer break from Boston Latin relaxing. The guidance counselor and social worker is spending six weeks in the slums around Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, working to improve the lives of African teenagers. “The reality is, I don’t know exactly what I’m doing until I get there,” he told the...

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Tuesday Club seeks variance for market, food trucks

July 6, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, which owns and operates the Loring-Greenough House at 12 South S., is seeking a zoning variance from the City for food trucks and a farmer’s market at the historic property, according to Tuesday Club President Edward Stanley. The hearing is scheduled for July 10. The club needs the...

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Dog loses toes in escalator

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The local Angell Animal Medical Center is warning pet owners about escalators after a dog lost two toes in a moving-stairs mishap at the Forest Hills T Station. A dog named Mace, owned by a Dorchester woman, ran up an escalator at the T station two weeks ago. At the top of the...

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Chestnut Ave. condo review extended

July 6, 2012
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GLENVALE PARK—The public comment period about the design of a proposed housing development at 207-209 Chestnut Ave. has been extended by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) through July 13. Developer Pat McKenna will host a community meeting about the project on July 10. McKenna plans to demolish an existing vacant...

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Survey finds some JP residents struggling

July 6, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), a community development corporation based on Amory Street, recently conducted a survey that found some residents are still struggling despite the Great Recession officially ending in 2009. Richard Thal, executive director of JPNDC, said the organization surveyed about 250 residents in the Hyde and Jackson Squares areas...

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Pond island eyed for erosion fix

July 6, 2012
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PONDSIDE—The island in Jamaica Pond may be shrinking, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is evaluating it while working on a plan to fix other erosion elsewhere in the park. Park advocates, including members of the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA) and Friends of Jamaica Pond, met with a Parks Department official at the...

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City, state to hold solar power workshop

July 6, 2012
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A workshop on installing solar power systems on homes and business will be held July 11 at Curtis Hall by the City and state as part of the new “Solarize Mass-Boston” program. The program aims to double the amount of small-scale solar power installations in Boston as part of a larger state effort. The...

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Man injured rescuing woman, baby

July 6, 2012
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A good Samaritan injured his hand while rescuing a woman and a 1-year-old baby from a rollover car accident at Green Street and Brookside Avenue on June 9, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The accident happened around 1:15 p.m. when the woman reportedly attempted to pass a taxi with her vehicle, according...

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Staff meals foster restaurant family

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Every day at 3:45 p.m., the staff at the Grass Fed burger restaurant stops working and sits down for their staff meal, a requirement and tradition in food service. Most staff meals—a legal benefit for most food service employees who work enough hours—are last night’s leftovers. Some staff meal menus can be unorthodox,...

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Police Spotlight: Burglars like unlocked windows

July 6, 2012
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While JP has not had an overall increase in burglaries, the warm weather has brought several recent incidents of criminals entering homes through open and unlocked windows. Capt. Paul Russell, commander of the local District E-13 Police Station, advises residents to close and lock all doors and windows. Also, do not hesitate to call...

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BPS: JP picks safety over proximity for school choice

July 6, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has completed the first phase of the attempt to craft a new student-assignment plan and is now reporting back the feedback it collected from community meetings and an online survey. The feedback, which is compiled in a report released two weeks ago that can be found at bostonschoolchoice.org, includes...

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Sights and Sounds, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, July 17 for the July 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Lantern Festival, Japanese festival to honor the dead, with dance performances and lantern designing, Thurs., July 12, 6-9pm, Forest Hills Cemetery...

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JP Agenda, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 17 for the July 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda includes Tres Gatos adding liqueurs to its license, and to increase the seating on its...

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Invitación, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 17 de julio para la publicación del 20 de julio. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones JPNC Public Service Committee, martes, 10 de Julio, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20...

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Gunfire wounds another victim at Bromley-Heath

July 3, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The wave of gun violence sweeping the Bromley-Heath housing development hit another victim on July 2, when a 19-year-old man was shot and wounded at 960 Parker St., according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Police officers patroling around 12:30 a.m. reportedly heard the gunshots that left the unidentified victim with wounds that BPD...

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Protesters want security at Bromley-Heath

July 3, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—About 20 people gathered today at the Bromley-Heath housing development to protest what they called the lack of response to recent violence there. Protesters said there have been nine shootings at Bromley Heath in recent weeks. “Every day we have a shooting,” said Mildred Hailey, former executive director and founder of Bromley-Heath Tenant...

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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

June 27, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first parklets next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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2 wounded as gun violence continues

June 27, 2012
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Two men were wounded in separate shootings this week in Hyde and Jackson Squares, the latest incidents in a wave of gun violence hitting the area. A total of six people were left wounded in four shootings in the area in the month between May 26 and June 26. Police have not announced any...

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Apartment project sent back to drawing board

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will send developers back to the drawing board with a luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. After strong community opposition, the BRA will send a scoping document to Boston Residential Group, the developers of the proposed 190 to 200 units, later this month. Scoping documents...

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JP Pride

June 22, 2012
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JP couple is part of landmark DOMA case

June 22, 2012
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Like many of Jamaica Plain’s married couples, Bette Jo Green and Jo Ann Whitehead enjoy a backyard garden, join in neighborhood barbecues and mark milestone anniversaries together. But unlike most couples, they have been forced to battle the federal government for basic marriage benefits such as Social Security—a case that looks likely to head...

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