Letter: Low-income housing should be priority on City lots

August 3, 2012
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Regarding the City’s likely sale of lots on Boylston and Dalrymple streets for open space (“Three lots in JP to remain open space,” July 6): The City policy for disposition of publicly owned vacant lots should be for highest and best public use. If the City follows the lead of the community for gardens,...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 3, 2012

August 3, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Summer Nights Out, carnival, fitness, sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force, Wed., Aug. 8 and 15, 6pm, Blessed Sacrament patio, 365...

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Invitación, Aug. 31, 2012

August 3, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 14 de agosto para la publicación del 17 de agosto. 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, agenda incluye la petición de JP Kitchen’s (3510...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 3, 2012

August 3, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17 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 to include JP Kitchen’s (3510 Washington St.) request for common victualler license with 11:30pm closing...

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Police Spotlight: Beware of fake utility workers

August 2, 2012
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Local residents should be alert for thieves posing as utility workers who knock on people’s doors to get inside the house, according to Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. In a July 27 incident in JP, two men knocked on the victim’s door and said they needed to check the water pressure in her...

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Surprise concerts planned for JP streets

July 31, 2012
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August Noise JP, a series of nine surprise street concerts that are announced only just before they happen, is returning to Jamaica Plain this month for its second year. The first concert is slated for Weds., Aug. 1. The concerts are intended to “bring the joy of unexpected music into everyday life,” said series...

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Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies

July 23, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, the long-time owner of Same Old Place pizza parlor at 662 Centre St, died unexpectedly last night. He was 69. “He was a healthy man. It was sudden,” daughter Gina Ciampa said when asked about the cause of death. Funeral services are still begin planned, Ciampa added. “They built Jamaica Plain around...

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Church to become high-end condos

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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Candle in the Dark

July 20, 2012
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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 20, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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Goddard House nursing home to shut down

July 20, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, an enormous nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave., will close forever in September. The shutdown leaves about 100 seniors looking for new homes and puts a question mark on the future of the 2-acre site and its historic 1927 building. It’s just the latest...

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Iglesia se convertirá en condominios

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—El antiguo Blessed Sacrament Church en 361 de la Centre St. probablemente se convertirá en condominios de lujo con precios hasta 725.000 dólares, ya que el codueño de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) ha aceptado una oferta de su socio New Atlantic Development. Richard Thal, el director ejecutivo de JPNDC, dijo que...

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JP gang targeted in drug raid

July 20, 2012
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EGLESTON/HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s notorious Boylston Street gang, known for a murderous feud with a Mozart Street gang, was targeted by a massive drug raid on July 9 that included the arrests of two JP residents. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican...

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JPCC chair criticizes City partnership

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain Community Centers (JPCC) chair Kerry Costello is criticizing the relationship between Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) and the local councils that run the community centers, saying the City is attempting to garner more power over the partnership. The partnership is still governed by a 1974 “Plan of Operations” document. The...

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Open Street

July 20, 2012
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JP projects named in City’s 2013 budget

July 20, 2012
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Several Jamaica Plain-based projects were approved in the City’s fiscal year 2013 capital budget. Ward’s Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace’s Olmsted Park and JP’s border with Brookline, is due for boardwalk improvements. “The original boardwalk lifted and shifted during a flood several years ago,” said Jacque Goddard, a spokesperson for the Boston Parks...

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JP Observer: JP needs to honor local peace hero

July 20, 2012
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Not many neighborhoods can boast that a Nobel Peace Prize winner was born there—no more than 101 in the world, to be exact; that’s how many people have won the prize since it was established in 1901. Jamaica Plain can make such a claim, but looking around, one wouldn’t know it. Little in the...

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Health Team

July 20, 2012
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Casey may lose bike lanes

July 20, 2012
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In response to new analyses and expert input, the state Casey Arborway design team introduced an “opening year” design variation last month that removes on-street bike lanes. Off-road multi-use paths are still in place. The “opening year” variation, created to enhance pedestrian safety, is so called because it is aimed at accommodating 2016 levels...

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Homeless census results still missing

July 20, 2012
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The City has yet to release its 2011 homeless census, despite the fact it released previous census results during the winter months. The census has been conducted for 32 straight years, with the last several showing a drop in the homeless population. The City uses the census to help determine homeless programs and funding....

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Out in JP

July 20, 2012
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Eight Lives Left

July 20, 2012
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105A S. Huntington project filed

July 20, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A plan for luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave. was filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) late last week, just after the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) had its first meeting. The 195 luxury units in the multi-building development would include townhouses and apartment buildings...

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BHA: Drug deal sparked Bromley violence

July 20, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The recent violence at the Bromley-Heath housing development is the result of a drug purchase gone awry, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle. “That’s what I’m getting from my police,” he said. “There might be other theories out there.” The BHA and other...

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