Editorial: Remember the living, too

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has been shaped by war. The heart of the neighborhood is Monument Square, so named for its prominent monument to the local men, from what was then a heavily abolitionist area, who sacrificed their lives in a horrific civil war to end slavery and preserve the Union. Across the street is the...

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Letter: Racist comments part of the ‘New JP’

May 25, 2012
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“Watch out for those black kids.” This is what some of the children from the after-school program in JP where I work were greeted with on April 6 as they were running to get on the awaiting bus that takes them home every night. On that day, I happened to be the bus monitor....

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Latvian church may become housing

May 25, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—The Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church is moving and its historic Rockview Street building may be sold to a housing developer, according to Rev. J. John Keggi, the congregation’s pastor. “Money is what it comes down to,” said Keggi, who heads a congregation that now numbers only about a dozen people. Keggi said...

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Letter: It’s time for the JPNDC to move on

May 25, 2012
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It is time for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation to move on to an area of the city that needs its expertise and knowledge of community and economic development (“Loft apartments planned for church site,” May 11). Thirty-five years ago, the JPNDC was formed to create jobs, develop affordable housing and assist folks...

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Letter: Thanks for Wake Up the Earth help

May 25, 2012
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Spontaneous Celebrations would like to thank all who made this year’s Wake Up the Earth another “best festival and parades ever”! Thanks to our 2012 “Festival Partners,” City Feed and Supply, Mt. Washington Bank, Amirs’ Natural Foods, Bukhara, Audio Spectrum and Playworks, and all of our sponsors and donors that make it possible. Thanks...

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He Wants to be a Millionaire

May 25, 2012
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Invitación, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 5 de junio para la publicación del 8 de junio. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones JPNC comité de servicio público, martes, 5 junio, 7pm. Cheverus Bldg., 365...

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Sights and Sounds, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, June 5 for the June 8 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival, Weds., June 6, ride 8-11:30am, festival: noon-5pm, Stony Brook T Station at Amory...

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Agenda, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, June 5 for the June 8 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues. June 5, 7pm, Cheverus Bldg., 365 Centre St. Info: jpnc.org. Police monthly meeting, Thu.,  June...

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Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass

May 24, 2012
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Calling the Casey Arborway project a “second Big Dig,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Gazette he would have preferred to see the existing overpass remain there. Menino said sometimes people have to think outside the box and his vision would have the overpass being rebuilt with green space underneath it. That would connect Arnold...

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Man charged in Hyde Park Ave. killing

May 18, 2012
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A suspect has been charged with murder in the April 27 shooting death of a Jamaica Plain man inside his Hyde Park Avenue apartment, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The killing of Mariano Malave involved a drug deal gone bad, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Charles Reddicks, 18, of...

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Apartment project faces more opposition

May 16, 2012
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Eleven out of 13 members of the city-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed apartment building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. have signed a letter opposing the project. The letter, sent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) today, included 20 bullet points opposing the look, size and scope of the project. “The signatories...

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Police post signs for fallen officers

May 11, 2012
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Street signs memorializing Boston Police officers killed in the line of duty have popped up at three Jamaica Plain locations as part of a citywide effort. The gray-and-black signs are part of the “Hero Project” to mark spots where officers were killed, according to Boston Police Department (BPD) historian Officer Robert Anthony. All three...

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Apartment project hits roadblocks

May 11, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted this week to delay demolition of the 1914 Knight Building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for luxury apartments. The BLC vote came on the heels of a Jamaica Pond Association’s (JPA) vote in opposition of the project earlier this week. The project’s developer, Boston...

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Loft apartments planned for church site

May 11, 2012
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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...

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Wake Up the Earth 2012

May 11, 2012
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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.

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Route 39 plan delayed again

May 11, 2012
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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...

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Community center rental rates questioned

May 11, 2012
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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...

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Housing Leader

May 11, 2012
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Apartamentos estilo loft vienen al sitio de una iglesia

May 11, 2012
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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...

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JP man shot to death in home

May 11, 2012
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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...

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2 charged in South St. shooting

May 11, 2012
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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,...

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JP Indian Center: Warren should visit us

May 11, 2012
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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...

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Jackson Square redevelopment starts

May 11, 2012
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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...

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