How JP helped launch Occupy Boston

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Robin Jacks (right) at Occupy Boston last October.

Robin Jacks, whose rallying cry for an Occupy Boston launched the local protest movement, lives and works in Jamaica Plain—an experience that has informed her activism. Jacks is one of several prominent Occupy Boston leaders who call JP home. “There are a lot of us here,” she told the Gazette in a recent interview....

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SXSW Bound

February 17, 2012
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(Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Aloud (above) is one of two JP-based bands who will play the prestigious South By Southwest Music festival in Austin, Texas on March 17. Moe Pope and the Quills will join Aloud at the DigBoston’s Boston to Austin party. For info, see allthingsaloud.com.

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Rec. center inches closer to reality

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The Kelly Ice Rink’s future new home, the Jackson Square Recreation Center at Columbus Avenue and Ritchie Street, has taken another step towards completion. Urban Edge announced its fund-raising plan for the $10.4 million still not secured for the building’s construction. Urban Edge also announced it will form a stakeholder group that will...

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Pizzeria building is sold

February 17, 2012
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Century 21 Pondside Realty has bought the property at 662 Centre St., where the Same Old Place pizzeria resides. “We already own the rest of the block,” said Christ Stamatos, owner of Century 21 Pondside Realty, which is headquartered in that block. “It was a good move to make real estate-wise.” There are no...

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School-move probe seeks missing data

February 17, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) investigation into the funding of the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial plan to move various schools has hit a patch of turbulence. BPS failed to provide key data, according to FinComm, and BPS told the Gazette it never had the information in the first place. FinComm is investigating the...

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Man charged with child porn

February 17, 2012
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A Needham man is facing child pornography possession charges after his former employer in Jamaica Plain allegedly found porn on his work computer. Keith L. Millan, 55, was charged last week in JP’s West Roxbury District Court. He was fired last year from his former job at a JP property management company, which the...

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Giant Loss

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Tito Jackson, whose District 7 includes part of JP, suffers the humiliation of wearing New York Giants gear to City Hall on Feb. 6 after losing a Super Bowl bet. “I am a man of my word,” said Jackson, who had bet on a New England Patriots victory with another District 7 Councilor Jackson—Robert Jackson of New York City. “I won’t tell you how many times I had to bathe to get the Giants off of me,” Tito Jackson said, calling it “one of the most painful experiences I’ve had in City Hall.” He Tweeted the photo as evidence.

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Editorial: Leading Bromley-Heath

February 17, 2012
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Just like that, 40 years of tenant management at Bromley-Heath is at an end and the Boston Housing Authority is in charge. The silence from key players is deafening and the situation looks strange. But we believe this can become an opportunity for even more input from the housing development’s residents. And we trust...

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Editorial: All aboard for T solution

February 17, 2012
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Unreliable transit service that doesn’t even run every day. Funding that disappears to pay someone else’s debt. The prospect of transportation users paying far more for little or no benefit. It sounds like the MBTA’s hated plan to cut service and boost fares. But it’s actually a description of what rural Massachusetts faces if...

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Letter: Overpass choice must consider trade-offs, details

February 17, 2012
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The article in the Feb. 3 Gazette on delays and traffic has a need for clarification (“Overpass delay continues”). I am the author of the traffic report submitted to state Rep. Liz Malia. I announced up front that I would not state a preference for either the bridge or the at-grade option. My job was...

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Letter: Overpass traffic questions still not answered

February 17, 2012
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As a Casey Overpass Working Advisory Group (WAG) member, representing the Stonybrook Neighborhood, I have participated in a year’s worth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) meetings. During that time, traffic flow has been a major concern, especially for those representing nearby neighborhoods and commuters through and to Forest Hills. The WAG has spent...

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Letter: Thanks for holiday help

February 17, 2012
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The holiday season at the Elizabeth Stone House began with our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Staff and board members served over 125 adults and children, which included current residents, past residents and members of our community groups. Dinner was provided by one of our Natixis charitable partners, Community Work Services. Adults and children shared what they were thankful for...

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Letter: Traffic calming should be part of overpass project

February 17, 2012
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As advocates and residents who care deeply about the future of the Forest Hills area, we believe that our neighborhood streets are a vital element of a vibrant community. Every day, though, we see on those streets the unwanted impact of poor driver behavior, including increased commuter traffic, unsafe vehicle speeds and driver inattention...

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Letter: Forest Hills should have beautiful bridge

February 17, 2012
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I don’t live near Forest Hills, but I feel that the future of the Casey Overpass is important to all Jamaica Plain residents and not just those who live in or commute through Forest Hills. The current bridge is unattractive and, according to MassDOT, “structurally deficient.”  But why is the DOT’s vision limited to...

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Letter: In support of ‘three strikes’

February 17, 2012
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Potential conservatives have been described as liberals who haven’t been mugged yet. If so, the six-dozen or so attendees of a recent Jamaica Plain Forum and Union of Minority Neighborhoods meeting in Jamaica Plain have the potential of being de facto conservative recruiters by advocating leniency for habitual criminals. (“Officials rally against ‘three strikes,’”...

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Invitación, 2/17

February 17, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 28 de febrero para la publicación del 2 de marzo. Mandar a [email protected] Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.   Reuniones JPNC Zoning Committee, 8 y 21 marzo, 11 y 26 abril....

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Sights and sounds, 2/17

February 17, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Feb. 28 for the March 2 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Tropical Fiesta, annual fundraiser for Spontaneous Celebrations, Sat., Feb 18. Family fiesta with arts & crafts, puppets, aerialists, rumba, 5-9pm, adults...

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Agenda, 2/17

February 17, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Feb. 28 for the March 2 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, normally first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info:...

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Bromley-Heath leader to retire; BHA to take over

February 9, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The leader and co-founder of the Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March, and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will take over, according to a BHA press release. The tenant group will continue to advise the BHA, but will no longer have a management role, BHA...

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Officials pledge T budget fix amid protests

February 3, 2012
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Local officials pledged to come up with a budget solution. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation circulated a petition. Bikes Not Bombs announced a night of political lobbying. Occupy JP held up signs saying, “Increase fairness, not fares.” The tactics varied, but the response from over 150 people was the same: a rejection of...

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T chief: Our plan kills my own bus ride

February 3, 2012
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The scores of T riders who complained to MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis about proposed service cuts at a Jamaica Plain meeting on Feb. 1 probably did not know that they were speaking to one of their own. The MBTA’s universally hated plan would kill the 326 express bus from Medford that Davis...

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Hundreds protest T cuts

February 3, 2012
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A parade of 75 speakers, including many Jamaica Plain officials and residents, blasted the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts at a Roxbury Community College meeting on Jan. 19. Another meeting was slated to be held Wednesday night in JP as the Gazette went to press. At least 250 people attended the Jan....

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Overpass delay continues amid debate

February 3, 2012
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Traffic study is reviewed FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) decision on the future of the Casey Overpass is still delayed, largely due to state Rep. Liz Malia’s pushing for further study of MassDOT’s data. Meanwhile, some Working Advisory Group (WAG) members are starting to worry that continued delays might jeopardize the project....

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LGBT seniors fund to launch

February 3, 2012
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(Image Courtesy MAD STU Media) Partners Alexandre Rheaume (left) and Lawrence Johnson in the film “Gen Silent.”

Ethos, the Jamaica Plain-based senior care organization, is launching a groundbreaking fund to assist the neglected population of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders. The Ethos Equality Fund will be formally announced at a Feb. 16 event at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, along with the screening of a documentary film that...

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