Letter: Casey project means less bridge, more sky

July 24, 2015
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I have lived directly across from the Casey Overpass, literally a stone’s throw, for almost 20 years. Every day, I have looked out my front window and saw it smack in front of me. Every day, I walked in its shadow. The bridge has been the dominant feature in our neighborhood for almost our...

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Letter: Imagine a World Cup in Olympic bidders’ back yards

July 24, 2015
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As chair of the recently formed Boston 2026 Committee, which seeks to bring the 2026 World Cup soccer games to Boston, I would like to disclose an important detail about our bid to FIFA: Most of the soccer matches will be held in Boston 2024 board member John Fish’s and board chair Steve Pagliuca’s...

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Letter: It’s not too late to replace Casey with a new bridge

July 24, 2015
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The letter in the July 3 issue of the Jamaica Plain Gazette signed by four state reps., a state senator and three city councilors, “How to give your Casey demolition input,” amounts to rearranging the deck chairs while the Titanic is going down. When Interstate 95 was planned to go through our town in...

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Jamaica Pond closed due to possible toxic algae

July 21, 2015
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People and pets are banned from the water in Jamaica Pond until further notice by the Boston Public Health Commission, which warns that a toxic algae may be growing there. Swimming, fishing, boating and any other kind of water contact is banned. People and pets also should avoid touching anything along the shore that...

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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

July 3, 2015
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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

Most attendees at Jamaica Plain’s latest City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting on June 30 did not welcome the idea of bringing the Olympics to Boston with open arms. Instead, they barraged City officials with concerns ranging from security to the legacy of parks to an unwillingness to listen to the opposition. More than 250 people...

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Franklin Park remains in new Olympic bid

July 3, 2015
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An illustration of a refurbished White Stadium during the proposed Summer Olympics in Boston 2024's "Bid 2.0" draft. (Courtesy Image)

Franklin Park remains a proposed Olympics venue in Boston 2024’s second-draft bid unveiled June 29. The updated plan has two big changes: the removal of a pentathlon swimming pool, and Columbia Road through Dorchester transforming into a kind of parkway. In addition, Boston 2024 told the Gazette it intends to pay for the entire...

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JP Porchfest returns July 11

July 3, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Porchfest music and arts event returns for its second year on July 11 with nearly 130 bands playing outside local homes—and a bevy of other activities, too. Co-producer Mindy Fried, in a press release, calls the event “a block party on steroids,” adding, “There is so much talent and creativity in...

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Franklin Park se queda en la nueva oferta olímpica

July 3, 2015
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Boston 2024 reveló el segundo borrador de su plan olímpico el 29 de junio y Franklin Park todavía figura como una propuesta sede. El nuevo plan tiene dos cambios grandes: la eliminación de la piscina del pentatlón y la trasformación de Columbia Road en Dorchester en una calle arbolada. Además, Boston 2024 dijo a...

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JP Library to continue programs during renovation

July 3, 2015
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JP Library to continue programs during renovation

Some programs from the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will be transferred to the Curtis Hall Community Center while the library undergoes a long-awaited renovation, according to Boston Public Library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery. In addition, the library is planning some special celebrations about the renovation. The century-old JP Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St. will...

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Arborway Yard group joins up with JPNC

July 3, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted in April to enter into a relationship with the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), according to JPNC chair Kevin Moloney. CPCAY will retain “its identity as a community-based advocacy organization,” but will operate under JPNC’s Housing and Development Committee, according to the document JPNC...

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New City crew cleans up drug needles

July 3, 2015
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The City has a new program to quickly clean up hypodermic needles tossed as litter by drug-users. The Mobile Sharps Collection Team, formed last month as part of the Boston Public Health Commission, will pick up needles in public areas at public request. Residents who find needles should never touch them. Instead, they can...

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City’s Centre/South improvement plan putts along

July 3, 2015
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Six years after it began, the City’s improvement plan for Centre and South streets continues to inch forward at a snail’s pace. Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta said the City will hold a community meeting for improvements to Monument Square “in a couple of months.” That’s a delay from his...

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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

July 3, 2015
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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

Local developer Chris DeSisto is proposing a mixed-use building at Green and Amory streets, across from the Green Street T Station, that essentially mirrors his successful 2012 project on the opposite corner. The plan for 450-456 Amory St. calls for apartments, office space and ground-floor storefronts, including a restaurant. In substance and style, the...

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JP to be test site for free sunscreen dispensers

July 3, 2015
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Free sunscreen dispensers will come to Jamaica Pond Park as part of a pilot program inspired by City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the City recently announced. Mayor Martin Walsh announced this month that 30 dispensers will be installed in five City parks, in partnership with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change,...

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South Street Youth Center gets new director

July 3, 2015
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Corey Stallings, the new director of the South Street Youth Center.  (Courtesy Photo)

The South Street Youth Center (SSYC), which operates out of the South Street Apartments, a public housing development, has a new director who looks to bring his digital media experience to the organization. “It is a great opportunity to work in the community,” said Corey Stallings about recently becoming SSYC’s director. He said his...

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Educator Award

July 3, 2015
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Educator Award

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JP Agenda, July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 21 for the July 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Bartlett Square II, proposed mixed-use development at 450-456 Amory St. by Chris DeSisto, hosted by Boston Redevelopment Authority, Wed., July 8,...

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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

July 3, 2015
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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) last month voted 11 to 3 with 1 abstention to request the City to deny variances for the proposed development at 3200 Washington St. The council cited in its vote a failure for the developer to resolve residents’ concerns. The 3200 Washington project has been the target of...

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Farm Visit

July 3, 2015
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Farm Visit

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Sights and Sounds, July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 21  for the July 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Viva el Latin Quarter!, free family events hosted by Hyde Square Task Force through Aug. 7, with Zumba dance classes...

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JP resident criticizes DCR over lack of crosswalk

July 3, 2015
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PONDSIDE—A Jamaica Plain resident is criticizing the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for dragging its feet over installing a crosswalk on Perkins Street. That proposed crosswalk is part of a plan to improve access to Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive. DCR held a community meeting...

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MSPCA Pride

July 3, 2015
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MSPCA Pride

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On the Police Beat, June 16-28, 2015

July 3, 2015
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. June 28: Larceny-bicycle, 15 Kingsboro Park; accident-city vehicle, 3710 Washington St.; attempted residential burglary and trespassing, 44 Haverford...

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Playground Help

July 3, 2015
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Playground Help

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