JPNC opposes Curley funding cuts

March 30, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on March 20 sent the Boston School Committee a letter urging it to restore funding for the Curley K-8 School. “The budget cuts proposed for next year are dramatic and will be felt by every student at the Curley,” the letter states. According to the letter, the school will...

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Franklin Park paths, entries up for repairs

March 30, 2012
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Over the next two fiscal years, Franklin Park is slated to receive $300,000 from the City—two-thirds of which will go to fix entryways and pathways, while the remaining amount is to re-do the cross-country course. “There is more work to do than there is money out there this go-round,” said Margaret Dyson, director of...

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Exceptional Care

March 30, 2012
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Cemetery files overdue reports

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Forest Hills Cemetery filed overdue annual reports with the state in January, when the Gazette began pointing out their absence. The historic, nonprofit cemetery at 95 Forest Hills Ave. had never filed annual reports, despite being required to do by a 1985 law, according to Secretary of State’s Office spokesperson Brian McNiff. The...

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JP residents are on Gaming Commission

March 30, 2012
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Stephen Crosby and Enrique Zuniga, two Jamaica Plain residents, have seats on the recently finalized state Gaming Commission. The five-member commission will help usher casino gambling into the state and will decide which developers receive licenses to operate. “We have a huge amount to do. We have to start from scratch,” Crosby said in...

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Sights and Sounds, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, April 10 for the April 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events First Thursdays, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre & South streets. Thurs., April 5. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org. Hot Jazz Cool Neighborhood,...

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Invitación, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 10 de abril para la publicación del 13 de abril. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Reunión pública anual del Concejal Matt O’Malley’s. lunes, 2 abril, 630pm, Connolly...

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Agenda, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, April 10 for the April 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s annual town hall meeting. Mon., April 2, 6:30pm, Connolly Brach Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 635-4220....

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T plans to trim Green Line, kill JP Loop bus

March 28, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase,  an end to weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, and an elimination of the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus, according to a budget summary document released March 28 following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. Originally facing...

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Italian coffee shop to open in key spot

March 22, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An Italian coffee shop called Caffe Aromi is aiming to open in the long-vacant storefront at 403A Centre St. in the heart of Hyde Square next month, according to executive general manager Terry Bruce. It will serve coffee drinks, light pastries and panini, and “create a neighborhood hangout,” Bruce told the Gazette. Bruce...

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Overpass replacement to be ‘Casey Parkway’

March 21, 2012
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Project timeline announced The revised schedule for the newly-renamed Casey Parkway project was announced last night at the first Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting. The “25 percent design,” or first draft, for the replacement of the Casey Overpass with the new parkway will be presented to the community in October. The 75 percent design...

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Overpass to be replaced by surface street network

March 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—After months of delay and speculation, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has decided that the Casey Overpass will be replaced by an at-grade street network and not a new bridge. The decision to replace the overpass with six lanes of surface streets and possibly redesign Shea Circle was confirmed to the Gazette...

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Intersección en vez de un paso elevado

March 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS- Después de meses de tardanza y especulación, el Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) ha decidido que el paso elevado Casey será reemplazado por una nueva intersección a nivel de la calle y no por un puente. La semana pasada, el portavoz de MassDOT Michael Verseckes, en una entrevista con el Gazette, confirmó...

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JP Branch to get fix-up, but not full renovation

March 16, 2012
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees voted March 13 to request $125,000 for “improvements” to the JP Branch on Sedgwick Street in this year’s capital fund instead of a long-stalled $8 million renovation plan recently pushed for again by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. “What they have proposed is what the...

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Unofficial dog parks meet off-leash demand

March 16, 2012
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Dog owners in Jamaica Plain know where to go to let their dogs off-leash—even if it’s not legal. Peter’s Hill in the Arboretum, the Peter Parkman playground on Wachusett Street and the Beecher Street Park are not City-sanctioned off-leash dog parks. But daily, dozens of dogs have off-leash adventures there. “Problems with unleashed dogs...

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Local man scores big on ‘Jeopardy!’

March 16, 2012
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While growing up in Bristol, Conn., Jamaica Plain resident David Gard was always fascinated by the television quiz show “Jeopardy!” “I thought, ‘How cool is it to win money? One day someone is going to give me money for being smart,’” said Gard. Gard had the pleasure of just that, winning $84,700 on “Jeopardy!”...

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Suspect arrested in 7-Eleven homicide

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A suspect in last year’s stabbing death of a Jamaica Plain man in the 7-Eleven parking lot was arrested yesterday by Boston Police officers and charged with murder. Kenneth Soto, 19, was killed during an early-morning fight at the 451 Centre St. convenience store on Oct. 16. The man charged in the killing...

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Senate candidate meets with City Life

March 16, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped by Ula Café on Amory Street March 13 for a roundtable discussion about the mortgage crisis. City Life/Vida Urbana, a JP-based housing advocacy group, had members there sharing their stories about troubled mortgages and foreclosures. “We are here in Jamaica Plain because families across the Commonwealth have...

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Irish Star

March 16, 2012
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Hennigan School gets $5K fund from family

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Hennigan Elementary School has received $5,000—intended as the seed of a new foundation—from James Hennigan Jr., son of the longtime Jamaica Plain leader for whom the school is named. Hennigan held his 85th birthday party on March 10 in West Roxbury and gave a big gift rather than receiving one: a surprise...

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BPS grad rate up, but JP schools decline

March 16, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) graduation rate hit an “all-time high” last year, according to a BPS report. But Jamaica Plain’s high schools showed declines. English High School on McBride Street graduated half of its four-year seniors in 2011, a 9.5 percent drop from the previous year. Greater Egleston Community High School in Egleston...

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Librarians return amid scent dispute

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Two librarians are returning to the Connolly Branch Library after a fragrance worn by patrons reportedly caused health issues for them, forcing their temporary transfers. It is unclear how the issue was resolved. And there is still a disagreement between the Connolly’s Friends group and the Boston Public Library (BPL) about establishing a...

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Boston Teachers Union brings contract dispute to JP

March 16, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Representatives from the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) held a meeting at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library to discuss the 20-month-long ongoing contract negotiation process between themselves and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) on Feb. 16. The meeting was part of a series of meetings held all over the city to explain the BTU’s...

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Parent talks school cuts at council meeting

March 16, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Kieran Fitzgibbon, who has a son at the Curley K-8 School, spoke at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting last month about cuts in funding at that school. Fitzgibbon, who is part of a group of concerned Curley School parents, noted that funding is projected to be $6.2 million for 2013,...

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