Loft apartments planned for church site

May 11, 2012
By

HYDE SQ.—Loft-style, market-rate apartments are being planned for the vacant Norbert School building on the Blessed Sacrament Church site, a move that reportedly has “divided” the board of the affordable housing nonprofit involved in selling the building. The vacant former church on the Centre Street site also is getting developers’ attention, with at least...

Read more »

Wake Up the Earth 2012

May 11, 2012
By

The 34th annual Wake Up the Earth Parade wound through central JP and Hyde, Jackson and Egleston Squares, leading into the Wake Up the Earth Festival at the Stony Brook T Station on May 5.

Read more »

Route 39 plan delayed again

May 11, 2012
By

Plans to improve the Route 39 bus have been delayed yet again until the fall. The Route 39 bus changes, which were planned three years ago, were most recently scheduled to begin this spring. But according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo, they have been delayed again because MBTA staff needed additional time to ensure...

Read more »

Community center rental rates questioned

May 11, 2012
By

The controversial rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center on Heath Street were long overdue, but a “mistake” might have been made in the way they were carried out, said the group that sets the rates. Meanwhile, the City and a local city councilor are questioning the move and its impact on local youth...

Read more »

Housing Leader

May 11, 2012
By

Read more »

Apartamentos estilo loft vienen al sitio de una iglesia

May 11, 2012
By

HYDE SQ.— Van planeando nuevos departamentos estilo loft para el edificio vacío del Norbert School en el sitio de la iglesia Blessed Sacrament. La decisión ha dividido al comité de la organización de vivienda económica que vende el edificio. El edificio vacío en el sitio Centre Street llama la atención de agentes inmobiliarios, con...

Read more »

JP man shot to death in home

May 11, 2012
By

FOREST HILLS—A local man was shot to death in his Hyde Park Avenue apartment on April 27. The Boston Police Department (BPD) has not announced any suspects or motive in the killing of Mariano Malave, 25, of 132 Hyde Park Ave. “He was a nice guy. He had a lot of charisma,” said property...

Read more »

2 charged in South St. shooting

May 11, 2012
By

Two men—one of them a Jamaica Plain resident—have been charged in a shooting last December on South Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office told the Gazette. Luis Prieto, 19, of Hyde Park is charged with firing the gun that wounded a man behind 219 South St. on Dec. 11, 2011. Niko Flores, 17,...

Read more »

JP Indian Center: Warren should visit us

May 11, 2012
By

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who is embroiled in a controversy over her claims of American Indian ethnicity, has never visited the local North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), despite her many campaign stops in Jamaica Plain, according to the center’s head. “We’ve never heard from Elizabeth Warren, unfortunately,” said NAICOB Executive Director...

Read more »

Jackson Square redevelopment starts

May 11, 2012
By

The first phase of the $250 million redevelopment of Jackson Square will kick off Saturday, May 12 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the 225 Centre St. project. “I think the community has been so involved in setting the vision for the Jackson Square redevelopment that it is a real exciting day to reach the...

Read more »

Literary Lights

May 11, 2012
By

Read more »

Casey plan features Shea Square, parking changes

May 11, 2012
By

The design phase of the Casey Arborway project began with a discussion on parking, bus traffic, street names and the announcement of Shea Circle’s future: a standard intersection to be named Shea Square. While the design has been assumed to be future of the rotary for months, it was finally announced as the state...

Read more »

Running for a Cause

May 11, 2012
By

Read more »

New Catholic pastor takes over; parishioners concerned

May 11, 2012
By

The pastor of Jamaica Plain’s three Roman Catholic parishes is leaving after only 13 months on the job and will be replaced on June 5, according to the St. Thomas Aquinas Church bulletin. The pending replacement of Rev. Alonso Macias by Rev. Carlos Flor has stirred concern in local congregations, with the May 6...

Read more »

English High headmaster will not return in fall

May 11, 2012
By

English High School Headmaster Sito Narcisse announced this week that he will not be returning to the school next fall. Narcisse is leaving English, located on McBride Street, because he was offered a “leadership position in a school district outside Massachusetts,” Boston Public Schools (BPS) spokesperson Lee Maguire told the Gazette. Narcisse was not...

Read more »

Gail’s Café opens

May 11, 2012
By

JACKSON SQ.—Gail’s Café and Grille, a new restaurant at 268 Centre St., opened late last month. The restaurant serves a wide variety of food, from fish to rotisserie barbecue to baked and deli-style goods. It is being managed by Bill Jordan, a Jamaica Plain resident who previously managed Hyde Square’s former Hi-Lo grocery store,...

Read more »

Stonybrook Crash

May 11, 2012
By

Read more »

Church organ rescued by movers

May 11, 2012
By

A moving and storage company will give First Baptist Church’s historic organ a free home for as long it takes for the church to raise funds and install it. Mark Silverman of Westborough’s Mark’s Moving & Storage also donated a free semi truck to move the gigantic organ from its longtime space in a...

Read more »

First Baptist seeks church-sharing ideas

May 11, 2012
By

CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church is looking for groups to share its still-unfinished sanctuary space in the hopes of one day worshipping there itself. The 633 Centre St. church, which is still rebuilding from a 2005 fire, last week issued a request for proposals from community groups to use the roughly 6,400 square feet of...

Read more »

50 Years of Faith

May 11, 2012
By

Read more »

Councilors worry new school would move

May 11, 2012
By

Adding to the controversial Boston Public School (BPS) school-move plan process, city councilors have expressed concerns about BPS commitment to keeping the new Margarita Muñiz Academy at the former Agassiz School on Child Street in JP. As part of the BPS plan, the Mission Hill K-8 is slated to move into the now-empty Agassiz...

Read more »

Arborway group seeks crosswalk, woods fixes

May 11, 2012
By

The Arborway between the Casey Overpass and Murray Circle could see an improved crosswalk and better woodlands if the local Arborway Coalition can raise enough funds for a state matching grant. The group aims to improve the Arnold Arboretum crosswalk across the Arborway. And it wants to make further improvements to the wooded hillside...

Read more »

Hundreds clean up JP

May 11, 2012
By

About 580 Jamaica Plain residents from at least 29 community groups swept streets and picked up litter as part of the Boston Shines citywide cleanup event on April 28. “JP residents were up bright and early Saturday morning, making a difference one trash bag at a time,” said Jullianne Doherty, the JP coordinator for...

Read more »

Whole Foods study to focus on Latino impact

May 11, 2012
By

HYDE SQ.—The academic study of Whole Foods Market’s local impact will focus on the Latino community and gentrification. The study is being called “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” according to Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and...

Read more »

Archives