AG Coakley to campaign for Warren in JP

August 3, 2012
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State Attorney General Martha Coakley will campaign in Jamaica Plain tomorrow on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, according to the group JP for Elizabeth Warren. Coakley will meet with supporters at a 21 Lochstead Ave. home on the morning of Sat., Aug. 4 and then join in a door-knocking campaign. Warren, a...

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Local officials split on three strikes bill

August 3, 2012
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Local elected officials are split on “Melissa’s Bill,” a so-called “three strikes” crime reform bill that imposes mandatory sentences on repeat violent offenders. The bill is named after Melissa Gosule, a 27-year-old Jamaica Plain resident who was raped and murdered by a paroled violent criminal in 1999. Gosule had submitted travel pieces to the...

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Puerto Rican Pride

August 3, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies

August 3, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, the long-time owner of Same Old Place pizza parlor at 662 Centre St., died unexpectedly on July 22. He was 69. “He had a heart attack,” daughter Regina Ciampa said. “He was a hard worker and we believe that had a lot to do with it.” “He’ll be remembered for all the...

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JPNDC takes heat for church plan changes

August 3, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The unexpected addition of luxury housing to community-supported development plans for the Blessed Sacrament campus in Hyde Square have roused the ire of some Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) supporters. “The basic frustration is that the community got left out,” said Richard Heath, who was highly involved with the development of the...

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JPNDC suscita críticas por plan de iglesia

August 3, 2012
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HYDE SQ. Los partidarios del Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation están enojados con La inesperada adición de condominios de lujo a los planes para el campus de Blessed Sacrament. La frustración es debida a que se olvidaron de la comunidad, dijo Richard Heath, quien se involucró en el plan original de desarrollo en 2006....

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O’Malley: Council nearing a redistricting plan

August 3, 2012
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The City Council is nearing a compromise on redistricting the City’s nine districts, according to Councilor Matt O’Malley. And JP’s leadership is unlikely to change. “There are still a number of steps to be taken, but short answer: Some consensus is being built,” said O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain. The City...

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Casey demolition schedule laid out

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The Casey demolition and construction plan, outlined by color. Temporary streets, to be used during demolition, are shown in green. The first stage of demolition is shown in yellow, followed by light orange, then dark orange.

FOREST HILLS—The Casey Arborway design team presented its proposed demolition and construction schedule at the latest Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting on July 18. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) team outlined the two-and-a-half-year, seven-stage demolition and construction plan, noting that it is liable to change, depending on weather and contractor suggestions. The first...

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Baseball Champ

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Revised plans for 161 S. Huntington filed

August 3, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Developers for the luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. have filed an updated plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in response to strong community feedback. The updated plan includes a revised facade with a public pocket park facing S. Huntington Avenue, five new three-bedroom “family” units, reduced parking and...

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Political Notes: O’Malley has new JP liaison

August 3, 2012
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O’Malley has new JP liaison City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, announced recently the addition of Ture Turnbull to his staff as a JP liaison, according to a press release. “I am thrilled to have Ture on my team,” said O’Malley, according to the press release. “Ture is smart,...

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Goddard House closure is questioned

August 3, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON— Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has questioned the closing of the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and asked officials to reconsider, while the head of Mount Pleasure Home, another local nursing home, called the closing the result of the community’s “moral responsibility” failing. With the closing, Jamaica Plain is losing...

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Restaurant picketed in wage dispute

August 3, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Protesters picketed outside Bukhara Indian Bistro at 701 Centre St. last week to demand payment of what they claim are owed wages from the restaurant’s owner, One World Cuisine restaurant group, as part of coordinated protests across the city. About 30 people chanting and carrying signs and banners paced in front of Bukhara’s...

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Rocker Rick Berlin releases new album

August 3, 2012
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Longtime Jamaica Plain resident and rock musician Rick Berlin released his latest album late last month. Backed by the eight-member The Nickel and Dime Band, with whom he has been playing for over a year, Berlin is pleased with the result, “Always on Insane,” he said. “For me, it’s my best recording, largely because...

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Reggae Fest

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Scooper Bowl

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Surprise concerts planned for JP streets

August 3, 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 was slated for Aug. 1, after the Gazette deadline. The concerts are intended to “bring the joy of unexpected music into everyday...

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Curley House revival crawls forward

August 3, 2012
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PONDSIDE—It is taking a little longer than expected, but plans to revive the long-underused historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley are still ongoing. Richard Dennis, head of the Friends of the James Michael Curley House, which is spearheading the revival effort, said that the group’s plans to take over operations at...

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Mayor’s rep observes JP for 24 hours

August 3, 2012
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Jullieanne Doherty, Jamaica Plain’s coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, recently spent 24 hours observing JP and talking to its residents as part of an effort by the City to give the coordinators a different perspective of the neighborhoods they cover. “I learned some things and gained valuable experience in the off...

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Regan League’s 43rd season wraps up with champs, picnic

August 3, 2012
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By Harry Smith, Special to the Gazette The 43rd season of the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League has come to a close with another successful year of close pennant races, thrilling championship games, and friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The league continued to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, with 800...

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City census finds zero homeless on JP streets

August 3, 2012
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The number of homeless people living on the City streets dipped to the lowest level since 1997, according to the City’s 2011 homeless census. And in Jamaica Plain, no homeless people were found on Jamaica Plain streets on the night of the census, said a City official. The census, which is normally released during...

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30th anniversary for South St. businesses

August 3, 2012
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Joy Silverstein, owner of Fresh Hair salon at 62 South St., and Jeffrey Ferris, owner of Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 66 South St., are celebrating 30 years of doing business in Jamaica Plain this year. The celebration, scheduled to coincide with First Thursday on Aug. 2, after the Gazette’s deadline, was expected to...

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Obituary: Warren Hagar; raised in JP

August 3, 2012
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Warren Arnold Hagar, 99, loving father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on July 13, 2012, at Park Lane Assisted Living, Monterey, Calif. He led a full life as manager of J.J. Newberry’s; high school English teacher, Yucaipa, Calif.; state rehabilitation counselor, Riverside; social worker, Redlands, Calif.; top salesperson, Encyclopedia Britannica; member of the...

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Editorial: Remembering Fred Ciampa

August 3, 2012
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One lunch hour at Same Old Place, a clumsy guy, who today happens to edit this newspaper, dropped a freshly made Italian sub all over the counter and floor. From his perch behind the cash register, owner Fred Ciampa teased the customer relentlessly about how everyone’s a food critic. Then he offered up another,...

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