Condo project talks continue

April 27, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Attorney Peter Fenn aims to have an updated plan this summer to demolish his 71 South St. law office and replace it with a five-unit condo building, he told the Gazette. Some neighbors expressed concerns about the proposal’s density and parking when Fenn announced it in December 2011. The existing property includes a...

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Chef, author injured in bike crash

April 27, 2012
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CANARY SQ.—A Jamaica Plain chef and bestselling cookbook author was injured April 6 when her bicycle hit a car door at Centre and Moraine streets. Didi Emmons said she spent a night in the hospital with a concussion after the accident in a post on her Facebook page. She noted that she fell in...

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Editorial: Centers minus community?

April 27, 2012
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What is a community center without the community? We’re about to find out, as ludicrous, abrupt rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center drive successful JP youth programs out of the neighborhood, and perhaps out of business. This looks like another way to balance the books on the backs of the disadvantaged, and it...

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Editorial: Leash your dogs

April 27, 2012
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People are roaming free in JP’s wealth of parkland with the arrival of spring. Unfortunately, so are off-leash pet dogs. Having a dog off-leash on the street or in a park is illegal. It’s illegal because it’s irresponsible, rude and dangerous. Dogs are not miniature people. They are animals that can and will bite....

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Letter: Casey Arborway is a cheap but bad solution

April 27, 2012
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Regarding the Casey Arborway project, it’s about the money. And don’t forget, the state, at the start, told the Working Advisory Group members this is not about money. So anytime I hear otherwise, I want to pick up my pen. This is an important bridge. The bridge keeps cross-town traffic out of a neighborhood...

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Letter: Give Valentine some love

April 27, 2012
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Sawx fans, the players and many in the sports media need to lighten up re: their new manager, Bobby Valentine. They’re acting like small-town hicks, suspicious of the newcomer because he has a slight attitude and edge to him, and, no doubt in this case, because his hometown of Stamford is closer to N.Y.C. than Boston....

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Letter: Apartment project should preserve, not demolish

April 27, 2012
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We read with alarm the announcement of plans to demolish the New England Home for Little Wanderers to make way for a new apartment building described as “huge” and “high-end” (“Apartment project plan is filed,” March 30). For over 100 years, the west side of S. Huntington Avenue has been home to a group...

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Letter: Developer’s work does not add to JP character

April 27, 2012
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“Life goes on. Things get built,” developer Pat McKenna is quoted as saying in John Ruch’s April 13 article “Housing developer stirs more debate.” I have lived in the Glenvale Park neighborhood since 1988, a few doors down from Mr. McKenna’s proposed demolition of 207 Chestnut Ave., a farmhouse that dates back to the...

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Letter: Don’t mock luxury residents-to-be

April 27, 2012
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I found your April 13 editorial (“S. Huntington luxuries) on the impending cuts to the Green Line insulting to the nth degree. Instead of discussing the ramifications of the proposed MBTA service cuts and how these could negatively impact our community, and perhaps even offering your readers a cogent solution to this dilemma, your first impulse is to...

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Letter: Thanks to JP volunteers

April 27, 2012
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In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, we would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank and celebrate the 420 volunteers whose steadfast dedication and commitment enable Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston to fulfill its mission: to enrich the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families....

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Sights and Sounds, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, May 8 for the May 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Wake Up the Earth Festival & Parade, Sat., May 5, parade assembly at 10:30am, parade 11:30am, from Curtis Hall. Rain date...

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Invitación, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 8 de mayo para la publicación del 11 de mayo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Grupo de advertencia para Casey Arborway Design, lúnes 30 abril; miercoles 16...

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JP Agenda, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, May 8 for the May 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group, Mon., April 30; Wed., May 16, 6-8pm, State Lab Bldg., 305 South St. Info: massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass....

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Fire leaves 14 homeless

April 25, 2012
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A porch fire at an 83 Paul Gore St. residential building has left 14 people homeless until repairs are made. The Boston Fire Department did not respond to Gazette questions about the cause of the April 20 fire. A fund to assist the residents has been set up through the Neighbors for Neighbors organization...

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Jackson Sq. property to become parking lot

April 25, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Local developer Mordechai Levin is planning on turning the property at 41 Amory St. into an 84-vehicle parking lot. “To be honest with you, much of Jamaica Plain needs more parking. Much of the city needs more parking. It’s an old city,” said Levin. The site was previously used for “wrecking, dismantling and...

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Police seek school sex crime suspect

April 25, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—A man exposed his genitals to children outside a local school on April 24 and is being sought by police, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The suspect, described as a short white male in blue jeans, reportedly approached children playing outside the Hollow Reed School at 93 Sedgwick St. around 10:30...

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Court clerk violated campaign law, must pay $2K

April 18, 2012
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Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County criminal court system and a JP resident, violated campaign finance law last year and must pay $2,000, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance ruled yesterday. Hennigan had court employees label envelopes intended for sending out her political campaign materials, with the work done in...

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Construction chopper to slow J-way traffic on Sunday

April 17, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A helicopter is slated to land at Daisy Field and haul equipment to the roof of the 30-story Jamaicaway Tower on Sun., April 22, resulting in some traffic restrictions on the Jamaicaway, according to the president of the tower’s board of directors. The $100,000 helicopter ride is the only way to get a new...

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Apartments slated for Indian site

April 13, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large apartment complex with 190 to 200 units is being planned for a parcel next to the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week by Cedar Valley Development. The multi-building development will include...

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Residente de JP es nuevo representante latino

April 13, 2012
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Residente de JP Miguel Chávez ha sido seleccionado como el nuevo representante latino para el alcalde Thomas Menino. La comunidad latina ha crecido durante años y tiene mucho que hacer, dijo Chávez al Gazette. El será un vínculo entre los latinos de Boston y el alcalde. “Quiero darle la bienvenida a Miguel a mi...

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Casey Arborway adds 7th lane

April 13, 2012
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The latest sketch for the Casey Arborway project shows a new, additional turning lane. The so-called seventh lane, which allows westbound buses to turn south from Route 203 into the lower busway at Forest Hills station, was shown but not announced at the public meeting on March 29 at English High School. The change...

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Cemetery chief talks future of art programs

April 13, 2012
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The abrupt, mysterious suspension of popular arts programs at Forest Hills Cemetery last year was actually part of a “positive” reevaluation process that is getting the programs back on track, cemetery CEO George Milley told the Gazette this week in the first detailed interview given by any insider in the controversy. “I think it’s...

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Ula owner talks menu hits and misses

April 13, 2012
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After five years in their Brewery Complex home, Ula Café owners Korinn Koslofsky and Kate Bancroft have perfected dozens of recipes, including some that were never loved very much outside the kitchen. Koslofsky’s favorite “failure” was a childhood-inspired treat: vanilla wafer banana butterscotch pudding. “It just did not sell. We never knew what it...

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Sweet Symphony

April 13, 2012
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