Remembrance Rider

September 28, 2012
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Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 28, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino on Sept. 24 vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote on Sept. 19 a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan by City Councilor Bill Linehan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District...

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T police target bus stop parkers

September 28, 2012
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MBTA Transit Police say they will crack down on illegal parking in bus stops after an informal Gazette review found the problem to be widespread in the neighborhood. “We’re going to hit it. We’re going to hit it hard,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury. The big culprits appear to be delivery truck drivers...

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T police warn of bike thefts

September 28, 2012
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The MBTA Transit Police is urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity after a rash of bicycle thefts at MBTA Orange Line stations in Jamaica Plain. “We can’t do it alone,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury. “We depend on the public. They are our partners.” Transit Police have been...

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Real Estate Today: JP is hot seller’s market

September 28, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain real estate market can be described in one word: “hot.” Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sales Manager Paul Melanson told the Gazette that JP is a seller’s market right now, with every listing receiving multiple offers and usually being sold at a higher price than the asking price. “We’ve seen a complete...

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Real Estate Today: MBTA parcel for sale again

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—An MBTA parcel across the street from Forest Hills Station is up for bid again after several developers “expressed strong interest” in it, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. Bidding opened earlier this month and will be open through Oct. 24. Parcel U, encompassing about 2.8 acres, is one of a handful of...

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Real Estate Today: Real estate office donates to kids’ group

September 28, 2012
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The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Jamaica Plain this month kicked off “6 for 60,” a new program and partnership with Boston College that will benefit The Home for Little Wanderers’ annual holiday gift drive. Coldwell Banker, whose local office is at 713 Centre St., will donate a $60 gift card for every...

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Real Estate Today: Unusual JP properties for sale

September 28, 2012
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While the Jamaica Plain real estate market is mostly known for apartments in multiple-family houses and more luxurious single-family homes, some local real estate agents told the Gazette about some more unique properties around the neighborhood. “JP has fewer cookie-cutter properties than other nearby markets” like Southie, Somerville, Cambridge or Roslindale, independent agent B.J....

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Real Estate Today: What JP prices could buy elsewhere

September 28, 2012
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Ever wonder what the cost of your Jamaica Plain property could buy you around the country? According to real estate agents from Montana, Arizona, Florida and Ohio, quite a bit, including beach-front condos and lake-view penthouses. With the average sale price of a single-family home in JP this year hitting well over $500,000, according...

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Real Estate Today: Easy, cheap ways to cut heating bills

September 28, 2012
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With fall officially here and cooler weather on the way, Boston Building Resources (BBR) is offering some tips on do-it-yourself improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient. BBR is a Mission Hill co-op that sells new and slightly used construction materials. First, take steps to block drafts. That will go a long way...

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Real Estate Today: Agent: Goddard House worth $12.5-15 million

September 28, 2012
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A local real estate agent says that the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center property could fetch between $12.5 million and $15 million on the residential market. The Goddard House, which is located at 201 S. Huntington Ave., ceased operations on Sept. 8. The enormous brick building was constructed in 1927 and housed...

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First Thursday draws art crowd in 8th year

September 28, 2012
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It’s hard to imagine Jamaica Plain without its signature First Thursday event, with the whole community engaging with art, music and each other. But seven years ago, there was no such thing. Thursdays were just another day. Then Arva Clark and Frank Burns, then-heads of the JP Centre/South Main Street (CSMS), married the concepts...

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‘Safety net’ is under threat, local groups say

September 28, 2012
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By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette The “safety net” of social services is under threat by federal budget cuts, representatives from a dozen Boston-area organizations warned at a Sept. 15 forum in Jamaica Plain. “You can’t walk down JP’s main streets without seeing someone in crisis,” said Sky Rose of Survivors, Inc., the...

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Unsafe bus stop is reviewed

September 28, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—A dangerous MBTA bus stop that blocks crosswalks and drivers’ views of traffic lights is under review after a resident complained to state officials. The inbound stop in front of the Loring-Greenough House on in Monument Square is already slated to be moved farther down South Street as part of the Route 39...

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Occupy JP splits up for now

September 28, 2012
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Occupy JP, a local version of the Occupy Wall Street movement, split up earlier this year, but might “reconvene” around an important cause in the future, according to one of its members. “It was not really any ideological split,” said Joe Cugini, a Jamaica Plain resident and former Occupy JP member, in an email...

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Ward committee to hold ballot question forum

September 28, 2012
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The Ward 19 Democratic Committee is holding a public forum on the controversial ballot questions for this year’s election, according to a press release. The forum will start at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Nate Smith House at 155 Lamartine St. One ballot question would legalize medical marijuana, while another question would...

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Cardinal installs JP’s new Catholic pastor

September 28, 2012
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By Patrick E. O’Connor, Special to the Gazette Rev. Carlos Flor was formally installed as pastor of Jamaica Plain’s three Roman Catholic parishes in a Mass led by Cardinal Seán O’Malley at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sept. 22. An overflow crowd filled the Brookside Avenue church and included visitors from Everett, East...

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Editorial: Review all state labs

September 28, 2012
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Following the horrendous crisis about drug evidence testing at the State Lab, the state must do a top-to-bottom review of all of the other sensitive lab work done there. The epic failure at the drug lab, which is putting thousands of drug convictions in question, is properly drawing immense government and media attention. But...

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Editorial: Supporting Main Streets

September 28, 2012
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First Thursday, the monthly arts event in central JP’s business district, is one of those things that is so successful and smooth that it seems to happen by itself. But it is actually the product of immense work by JP Centre/South Main Streets, a nonprofit that is essentially one staff person and a small...

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Editorial: How to move a bus stop

September 28, 2012
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The MBTA’s dilly-dallying about moving the dangerous bus stop in Monument Square is government bureaucracy at its worst. The only real cause for delay is the plan to create a shelter at the new stop location, which is nice, but not necessary. What is necessary is not endangering people. The bus stop signs could...

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Op-Ed: Parents must demand real change from BPS

September 28, 2012
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By City Councilor John R. Connolly, Special to the Gazette Two transformative opportunities for the Boston Public Schools hung in the balance as students began the new school year. First, students desperately needed a longer school day and a system that kept good teachers in the classroom. Unfortunately, this opportunity came and went, as...

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Letter: Good riddance to school’s racism-tainted name

September 28, 2012
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I can only speculate why the Boston School Committee of the 1970s named a public school after a scientist who was one of the most outspoken proponents of the idea that Africans were a separate and inferior species. The Louis Agassiz Elementary School in Jamaica Plain was permanently closed in June 2011, may his...

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Letter: No to condos in church building

September 28, 2012
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I think the Blessed Sacrament Church should be a community center so it can be for everyone. I don’t think it should be condos. I have lived in JP for about five years, and it would make me so sad to see the church turned into private, expensive condos. Tandin Johnson-Ward KidsArts! Multicultural After-School...

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Letter: Church would be more fun as community center

September 28, 2012
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I think the Blessed Sacrament Church should be a community center so it’s still open to the public and it’s cheaper. I don’t think the church should be turned into expensive private condos. I also think JP would be more fun if the church became a community center. Carly Chung KidsArts! Multicultural After-School and...

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