Housing planned for children’s home

February 3, 2012
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A major developer of multi-family housing will acquire the 3.5-acre Home for Little Wanderers campus on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a company spokesperson. Boston Residential Group “is planning to develop” the children’s home property at 161 S. Huntington Ave., said spokesperson Janey Bishoff. Company CEO Curtis Kemeny was not immediately available for comment,...

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Homeless care project wins in court

February 3, 2012
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PARKSIDE—After nearly a year in court, the developers of a care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have won the right to proceed with construction. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House at...

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Former Mayor White dies; helped change JP

February 3, 2012
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Former Boston Mayor Kevin White, whose decentralized city government gave more power to Jamaica Plain, died at age 82 on Jan. 27. “He was a great man,” said Larry DiCara, a JP resident who served as a city councilor for 10 years during White’s administration. White spent part of his childhood in Pondside and...

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BPL: No money for JP Branch plan

February 3, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s long-sought renovation is still on ice due to lack of funds, Boston Public Library (BPL) officials said last week, despite their enthusiasm for the project. BPL Chief Financial Officer Sean Nelson explained during a meeting discussing the BPL’s financial status at the JP library that the library’s capital budget...

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Nonprofits make ‘tax’ payments

February 3, 2012
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Details still unclear Big nonprofit institutions recently paid $9.4 million in tax-like contributions under the City of Boston’s reformed “payment in lieu of taxes” or PILOT system. That is a 24 percent boost to income from the old system, according to a press release from Mayor Thomas Menino’s office. But it remains unclear what...

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Officials rally against ‘three strikes’

February 3, 2012
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A panel discussion about controversial prison sentencing reforms—including the “three strikes” laws—turned into a political strategy rally by several prominent Boston elected officials on Jan. 27 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. Dramatic moments included a convicted felon tearfully describing the impacts of a throw-away-the-key approach to sentencing, and local state Sen....

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100 low-income units to be renovated

February 3, 2012
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A hundred affordable rental apartments in 14 local buildings are undergoing major renovations this year in two separate, multi-million-dollar projects. Urban Edge, a Jackson Square-based community development corporation, is now renovating 82 units in 10 buildings in the Brookside, Hyde Square and Egleston Square areas. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), another CDC,...

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Showa Boston seeks expansion

February 3, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture aims to add dorm beds, classrooms and cafeteria space to its 420 Pond St. complex. Showa Boston President Ron Provost said that the expansion is necessary to keep up the institution’s financial health in tough economic times. Showa Boston is a branch of a Japanese women’s...

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Staying Afloat

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Protesters, including some from JP’s City Life/Vida Urbana, demonstrate in downtown Boston against “underwater” mortgages, where the mortgage debt exceeds the value of the home, on Jan. 30. City Life was joined by Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street, MassUniting and Chelsea Collaborative in the protest.

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Nursing home expansion OK’d

February 3, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—A minor expansion to the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was approved by the zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) and community groups in recent weeks. The nursing home at 431 Pond St. plans to to tack a 15-foot-long, two-story addition onto its existing building. At a Dec. 15 meeting of the Jamaica Plain...

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Laundry Winner

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Jo Anne Diaz (third from left) is awarded over $1,000 in free laundry service from store manager Karla Castellanos (far right) at the Jan. 16 grand opening of Jackson Square Laundromat at 270 Centre St. Joining Diaz (from left) are JP residents Christopher Newell and Merrill Atherton.

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Target to carry local pet shop’s gear

February 3, 2012
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Local pet snack bakery Polka Dog will debut a limited run of treats and other pet products at Target stores nationwide in May. The national chain’s new The Shops at Target program creates partnerships with small, independent businesses across the country to co-create limited-edition collections. “Someone I’ve never met before, who’s never heard of...

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Tax Expert

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident David Nagle, an attorney with Sullivan & Worcester LLP, was recently elected president of the Independent State and Local Tax Alliance, a not-for-profit focused on state and local tax issues.

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A ‘Haven’ for nonprofit meet-ups

February 3, 2012
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JP has a huge number of nonprofit organization employees, but they don’t have many venues for mingling and sharing ideas. A new lunchtime meet-up at a Hyde Square restaurant is changing that. A suggestion from JP’s Family Independence Initiative-Boston led The Haven, a Scottish eatery at 2 Perkins St., to seat employees from various...

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Cops: Woman aided fugitive boyfriend

February 3, 2012
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A local woman and her fugitive boyfriend were arrested on Lamartine Street last month after she allegedly joined him in a cross-country flight from drug possession charges. Jacquelyn Lungelow, 23, of 267 Centre St. in JP and Raymond Jeffreys, 24, of Worcester were arrested by Boston and state police officers in a Jan. 18...

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Ross will not run for Congress

February 3, 2012
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City Councilor Mike Ross has decided not to run for a U.S. Congress seat after openly considering the idea for weeks, according to a press release attributed to his campaign exploratory committee. “It wasn’t the right time for me, unfortunately,” said Ross, a Democrat who represents part of Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square. He was...

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Court clerk campaign investigated

February 3, 2012
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Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court for Criminal Business and a Jamaica Plain resident, is being investigated for an alleged campaign law violation, she confirmed to the Gazette. Hennigan confirmed a WCVB-TV report last month about a state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) investigation about a claim that...

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JP jaunts for last-minute Valentines

February 3, 2012
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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and fancy restaurant reservations disappearing just as quickly, the Gazette came up with a few ideas for the holiday. For the romantics: Pack a decadent picnic full of fancy cheese and wonderful wine. Enjoy it indoors, in front of a roaring fire. Where to go: City Feed for cheese,...

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Day of Service

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Elizabeth Warren (center), a candidate for U.S. Senate, was among more than 500 volunteers attending the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 16 at the Curley K-8 School on Centre Street, organized by Boston Cares. Joining her were (from left): Curley parent Julie Smiht-Bartoloni; City Year founder Alan Khazei and daughter Mirabelle; Malcolm Coles of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Boston Cares Executive Director Patrice Keegan; and Curley Principal Jeffrey Slater.

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Model Student

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Halle Edwards-McQuilton, daughter of Koreen McQuilton and a student at Chestnut Hill’s Brimmer and May School, represented Bolivia at Yale University’s Model United Nations conference on Jan. 19-22.

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Latino institute to study Whole Foods

February 3, 2012
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The gentrification controversy surrounding Whole Foods Market’s entry into Hyde Square last year may be studied by Latino policy researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “We are in the process of submitting proposal and we can’t really talk about the details yet,” said Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the Mauricio...

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Editorial: Make the Casey decision

February 3, 2012
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It is time for the state Department of Transportation to publicly announce a Casey Overpass replacement plan and then carry it out forthwith. MassDOT followed our advice in December to delay its decision until after the holidays so the community could have discussion and debate. That debate has occurred and it is time to...

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Editorial: The State House and the T

February 3, 2012
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We expect suburban and rural state legislators to hop on board with their Boston peers in fixing the MBTA’s budget woes. Most of them are Democrats, and Massachusetts Democrats believe in properly funding the MBTA. It says so right in their party platform, which supports “increasing investments and promotion of public transportation throughout the...

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Letter: Forest Hills needs 21st century plan

February 3, 2012
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In recent weeks many questions and concerns have arisen regarding the Working Advisory Group process about the Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain. There is a growing consensus within the affected communities and among the WAG participants that the process was defective, being neither inclusive nor transparent. Voices from the auto, rail and bus commuters...

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