City releases transportation plan

March 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette There is no question that Boston is booming with both increased development and with an influx of residents. Between 2000 and 2010, Boston’s population grew by five percent to more than 615,000 residents. By 2030, the population is expected to exceed 700,000. Already, Boston has crowded roadways,...

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Ciudad publica su plan de transporte

March 24, 2017
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De Beth Treffeisen Especial a Gazette Sin duda, Boston pasa por una etapa de crecimiento, tanto de industria como de población. Entre 2000 y 2010, la población llegó a 615 mil residentes. En 2030, se predice que este número superará los 700 mil. Boston ya tiene carreteras, trenes y buses repletos durante horas pico,...

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City proposes $1.7 million renovation of Parkman Playground

March 24, 2017
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The City is proposing a $1.7 million renovation of the Francis Parkman Playground on Wachusett Street, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Ryan Woods. The project is in the initial stages with the City collecting input from local residents, most recently during a community meeting on March 16. Woods said that construction...

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JP Observer: Local man promotes and defends artists, arts

March 24, 2017
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It was while Stephen Baird was studying chemical engineering that he began to transform himself into an arts impresario and advocate. While a student at Northeastern he opened a coffee house on campus that featured live music. In one way or another, Baird, a Jamaica Plain resident since 1989, has been providing nourishment and...

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Sights and Sounds, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Apr. 11 for the Apr. 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events          Frederick Law Olmsted’s 195th Birthday, April 26, 6-8pm. First Church Unitarian Universalist Jamaica Plain, Eliot and Centre Streets. Wheelchair...

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Q. and A. with local author Gustaf Berger

March 24, 2017
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Gustaf Berger recently finished penning his novel, “Death Postponed,” which was released earlier this year. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Berger about the book. (The session has been edited.) For more information about the book, visit gustafberger.com. Q: In your column in the March 10 issue of the Gazette you...

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Group to host JP library fundraiser

March 24, 2017
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With the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library slated to reopen sometime in mid to late May, the library’s “friends” group will host a fundraiser on May 5. Gretchen Grozier, co-chair of the Friends of the JP Branch Library, said in a phone interview that the fundraiser will help support new programs in the renovated...

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ZBA hearing on 25 Amory St. delayed

March 24, 2017
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on the 25 Amory St. project has been postponed until April 25, according to Inspectional Services Department (ISD) spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA. The project, which is being proposed by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, was expected to go before the ZBA on...

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DCR called out for slow action on parkway project

March 24, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) is being called out for the slow action on the parkway improvement project. Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council chair Kevin Moloney said a recent meeting about the project with DCR Commissioner Leo Roy went “from disappointing to frustrating,” while local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez said the...

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Real Estate Today: State of the real estate market

March 24, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain real estate market continues to boom with prices soaring and inventory at a shocking low. According to Josh Muncey, real estate agent at RE/MAX Destiny, buyers are jumping into the market very quickly, but there isn’t that much to choose from. Including condos, single families, and multi-families, there are 26 properties...

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BPDA approves rec center changes

March 24, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency board during its March 16 meeting approved the changes to the Jackson Square Recreation Center. Jackson Square Partners filed a notice of project change (NPC) with the BPDA for the Jackson Square Recreation Center late last year. About 11 acres of land in Jackson Square is being redeveloped...

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Real Estate Today: Local resident pens landlord book

March 24, 2017
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Peter Shapiro, resident of Jamaica Plain since 1986, has recently published a book about how to be a good landlord. “The Good Landlord: A Guide to Making a Profit While Making a Difference” is a manual for landlords and property managers about how and why to practice effective communication and relationship building that can...

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Real Estate Today: IAG meets to review revised Goddard House project

March 24, 2017
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Members of the impact advisory group (IAG) for the Goddard House project met on March 13 to review the scaled-down proposal with most of the group approving of the changes. The alterations to the project were presented to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) monthly meeting on March 16 and were approved. The...

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Invitacion, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017
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El plazo para el calendario de eventos es 12pm, martes, 11 abril, para la edición del 14 abril. Reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones Reunión para el propuesto parque de perros, proponemos un área para perros sin lazo en Southwest Corridor Park, miércoles, 5 abr, 6.30-8pm, el auditorio...

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JP Agenda, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Apr. 11 for the Apr. 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Letters:

March 24, 2017
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Water meter and privacy When the Boston Water & Sewer Commission sent notices seekking to enter customers’ property to install higher-technology meters, I requested a statement as to whether new meters do or do not contain devices potentially violating people’s privacy. The response was to threaten to shut off the water service, and with...

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Op-ed: Leaving the city for ‘good schools’

March 24, 2017
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By Andrew T. Jarboe In the coming weeks, thousands of Boston families will learn where Boston Public Schools intends to educate the system’s newest pupils. BPS is scheduled to mail assignments for grades K0 and K1 the week of March 20. Families registering children for K2 will discover their assignments by email the week...

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Despite continued opposition, BPDA board approves Plan: JP/Rox study

March 10, 2017
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Despite continued and vocal opposition, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its March 2 meeting approved the Plan: JP/Rox study by a 4-1 vote. Board members Timothy Burke, Carol Downs, Michael Monahan, and Ted Landsmark voted to approve, while Priscilla Rojas was the lone dissenting tally. Plan: JP/Rox is the long-awaited...

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Chimney Restored

March 10, 2017
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Chimney Restored

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Consejera quiere optimizar el acceso a la vivienda asequible

March 10, 2017
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De Beth Treffeisen Especial a Gazette La Consejera Municipal General Annissa Essaibi-George pidió una audiencia el mes pasado para optimizar el proceso de solicitar la vivienda asequible. “Llevo 14 meses trabajando en este asunto y la solución más importante para las personas sin hogar es la vivienda”, dijo Essaibi-George en la reunión. “Tenemos que...

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Councilor wants to streamline affordable-housing process

March 10, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George last month filed for a hearing order to determine strategies for streamlining the process to apply for affordable housing. “I’ve been working on this issue now for the last 14 months and the most important solution to homelessness is housing,” said Essaibi-George...

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Citing construction market conditions, developers of Goddard House proposal reduce project

March 10, 2017
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The development team behind the Goddard House proposal is reducing the project by 18 units, citing “significant financial challenges posed by the current construction market,” according to documents filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). BPDA is slated to host an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting on March 13 for the changes....

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Senior Life: Writing at 72

March 10, 2017
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By Gustaf Berger Special to the Gazette Obsession? Addiction? Within a year of my return to writing, I had lost twenty pounds. Emerging 22 years ago from a dark, drug-fueled period in my life, I began writing and submitting short stories, collecting a bag full of rejections along the way. I didn’t know that...

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Senior Life: Seniors bend into shape

March 10, 2017
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People of all ages trying to stay in shape can draw inspiration from the senior fitness class at Springhouse Senior Living. Kelly Sullivan teaches a class that she calls “Fit Mix,” which is a mixed fitness class for seniors ranging in age from the mid 80s up to 105 years old, with the bulk...

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