Arborway Yard cleans up its act

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA Arborway bus yard is undergoing improvements in an effort to be a better neighbor after being criticized by City inspectors late last year. New, higher-security fencing, gates and video surveillance are all part of the effort to clean up and curb illegal dumping at the facility located at the corner of...

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Mighty Oak

July 6, 2012
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Car-free ‘Open Streets’ details announced

July 6, 2012
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The “Open Streets” car-free event on the Green Street corridor on Sun., July 15, will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, along with parking and traffic restrictions. Part of a new program called Circle the City, Open Streets will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Glen Road and Green, Myrtle and...

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‘Sanctuary’ restaurant planned for Blessed Sacrament

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A new restaurant is planned for the corner of Creighton and Centre streets on the Blessed Sacrament campus. Centre Street Sanctuary, an “American-style bistro with a little bit of twist,” is expected to open at 365 Centre St. by Oct. 1, owner Adam Rutstein told the Gazette. Sanctuary is planned to accommodate many...

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JP Library gets $75k in fixes; renovation on hold

July 6, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) will receive $75,000 from the City for improvements in the next fiscal year, $50,000 short of what BPL trustees requested, but a full renovation remains on hold. That follows a tantalizing hint dropped by Mayor Thomas Menino in May, suggesting that the branch...

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Criminal complaints fly in pizza shop shutdown

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former owner of the Slice O’ Pie pizza shop and his ex-landlord have filed criminal complaints against each other for alleged larceny and threats following the shop’s abrupt shutdown in late May. Meanwhile, an ex-employee says the workers were never told the closure was coming and remain unpaid after losing their jobs....

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Political Notes

July 6, 2012
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Councilor wants school recycling bins Next time a student uses an empty water bottle as a basketball, City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo wants the target to be a recycling bin. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, has introduced a hearing order to bring single-stream recycling to the Boston Public Schools system, according to a press...

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Casey peer review released, gives thumbs-up

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Following strong community pressure, state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials posted traffic analyses and a peer review of the Casey Arborway project online last week. The peer review states that the traffic analysis done by the state’s team was “performed in a professional manner.” Some community and Design Advisory Group (DAG) members are...

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Wine and beer store to debut

July 6, 2012
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Streetcar Wine & Beer, a new store focused on higher-end products from small producers, will hold its grand opening on July 14. Michael Dupuy, owner of the store at 488 Centre St. at the corner of Kingsboro Park, said the starting inventory will include an emphasis on “Old World” wines from such places as...

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BPS program provides summer meals for youths

July 6, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) Summer Food Service Program is once again offering free breakfast and lunch to youngsters this summer. “It’s a great program that kids don’t have to be signed up for,” said Debra Korzec-Ramirez, the nutrition education coordinator for BPS and a JP resident. “They just go in and get the...

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Park Painter

July 6, 2012
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Three lots in JP to remain open space

July 6, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain will likely remain open space, according to Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) Director Evelyn Friedman. “The overwhelming response was for the sites to be used as open space,” Friedman said of the reaction at a community meeting held June 21 on proposals...

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JPNDC program helps out low-income families

July 6, 2012
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With many families still suffering effects from the Great Recession, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is rolling out the Family Prosperity Initiative, a program aimed at teaching families how to manage their finances. “There are a lot of JP families who are low-income and struggling,” said Anna Waldron, director of programs for...

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Q Salon opens doors

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Q Salon opened its doors in late May at 676 Centre St., the space formerly occupied by Jamaicaway Books. Q Salon, named after owner Jennifer Lydon’s middle name and grandmother’s maiden name, Quinlan—“We were very close,” she said—is currently offering hair services. Nail services are expected to start next week and spa services...

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Editorial: The public’s right to Casey data

July 6, 2012
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The Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group should not become the Design Audience Group. MassDOT is presenting it with major project changes, but withholding for months the data to support some of those changes, ensuring that the DAG’s advice has been two steps behind. In March, MassDOT presented a Casey Arborway plan that expanded the...

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Editorial: Where to park parklets

July 6, 2012
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Trading parking spaces for “parklets” is a good idea that likely will boost business, beautify streets, enliven our too-narrow sidewalks and literally curb our auto addiction. Whether a specific site is suitable for a parklet is a different question. It is good to hear that the City intends to hold community meetings about their...

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Editorial: Investigate T funding

July 6, 2012
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The MBTA budget disaster has whacked JP. Low-income seniors, people with disabilities and new hotel guests are all feeling the impact. The less money you have, the more the fare hikes are biting you. And that’s just for this fiscal year. It all would have been worse if legislators hadn’t pulled off some budgetary...

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Letter: Teachers Union is working hard for a contract

July 6, 2012
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I was pleased to see that our local state representatives are pushing to help get the contract between the Boston School Committee and the Boston Teachers Union resolved (“State reps. urge teacher contract resolution,” June 22). As a teacher, parent, Jamaica Plain resident and member of the BTU Negotiating Team, I share that goal....

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Letter: Bicyclists missing this ‘connection’

July 6, 2012
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MISSED CONNECTION You’re a white male, mid-20s. I saw you June 25 at 2:30. I was driving north on the Jamaicaway in a blue Toyota. You were driving north, too, zigging and zagging between cars, until you turned left at Longwood. You were riding a bike, wearing no helmet. I’m wondering if you have...

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BPL surveys parents for kids’ program

July 6, 2012
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Having surveyed city youths about what they would like to see in a new after-school program, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is moving on to collect their parents’ and caregivers’ input through an online survey. “This is our current phase,” said BPL spokesperson Gina Perille. “It covers a couple of key areas of input.”...

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Shelter Funds

July 6, 2012
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Asian wrap take-out restaurant opens

July 6, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—A new Asian wrap restaurant opened in Monument Square last week. Wrapmi, a “healthy, organic, on-the-go” Asian wrap restaurant opened on June 28 at 779 Centre St., replacing the short-lived Super Fusion Sushi. The menu offers wraps inspired by Chinese cuisine, Manager Sam Ho said. “When you’re eating Chinese food with chopsticks, you...

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Baseball Surprise

July 6, 2012
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Walk for Kids

July 6, 2012
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