Holidays in JP: Buy a pie, feed those in need

November 21, 2014
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Buy a pie and feed those in need this holiday season. That’s the simple—and delicious—formula for “Pie in the Sky,” the annual holiday fundraiser for the Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit Community Servings. But hurry—tomorrow, Nov. 22, is the last day to place a pie order. Community Servings, located at 18 Marbury Terrace, cooks and delivers...

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes: Sara Beth’s Tofu Turkey

November 21, 2014
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The Gazette asked various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. City Feed and Supply at 672 Centre St. and 66a Boylston St. offered the following: Please vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike with this tofu turkey recipe! This tried-and-true recipe was created City Feed’s Sara Beth. All local ingredients listed in the...

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Connolly Halloween

November 21, 2014
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Connolly Halloween

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SW Corridor Park may expand to include new ‘urban wild’

November 21, 2014
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The Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) will likely be branching out with a new “urban wild” between Forest Hills and McBride Street as the result of a community push and two major housing developments. Following years of negotiations with developers and the community, the urban wilds between the former Hughes Oil site and Flanagan &...

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Franklin Park playground to get renovation

November 21, 2014
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A Franklin Park playground will be renovated next year after the City’s Youth Participatory Budget (YPB) volunteers voted it as their first choice for action, Franklin Park Coalition Director Christine Poff told the Gazette. Located across from Angell Street, the American Legion Highway playground was built when the then-mayor’s wife Angela Menino argued that...

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On the Police Beat, Nov. 2-16, 2014

November 21, 2014
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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. Nov. 16: Annoying and accosting, 15 Waldren Road; Kellie M. Green of Dracut and Robert Donald Wilson of...

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JP’s tree-killing beetle triggers statewide wood quarantine

November 21, 2014
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The discovery this summer of the tree-killing Emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle has triggered a ban on transporting ash wood. But unlike a previous quarantine for the Asian longhorned beetle, it doesn’t have much local impact, banning only taking the wood across the state line. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) already...

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Invitacion, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 2 de diciembre al mediodía para la publicación del 5 de diciembre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, sala 801, martes, 25 noviembre, 9:30am: 54-56 Iffley Road (construcción de una...

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Centre/South Main Streets remains leaderless

November 21, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization that has had past problems, remains leaderless a month after former executive director Andrew Zarro left the organization. CSMS ran into a tumultuous period from late 2012 and to the beginning of last year, when the organization saw a change of leadership and had...

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Change-Makers

November 21, 2014
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Change-Makers

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Coakley won JP handily in governor election

November 21, 2014
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Republican Charlie Baker eked out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley and three other challengers during the Nov. 4 general election, but in Jamaica Plain the results were a bit different. JP voters went overwhelmingly for Coakley, while also bucking the statewide trend on several of the ballot questions. Coakley garnered a commanding 81...

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Editorial: Say no to Olympics park-jacking

November 21, 2014
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The secretive, private committee of tycoons and special interests behind Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid has committed Franklin Park—and the surrounding Jamaica Plain area—to serving as a heavily impacted venue with no local input whatsoever. That is no accident or oversight. It is the well-considered, cynical tactic of the land-grabbing gentrification and privatization scheme...

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Letter: JP Local First urges local holiday shopping

November 21, 2014
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We are fortunate in Jamaica Plain to be able to purchase a terrific cup of coffee, a useful tool for cooking a meal, a gift for a friend’s new baby, or a wholesome loaf of bread for dinner—all from locally-owned, independent businesses whose shop owners care about our neighborhood and are invested in our...

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JP Branch renovation plan continues to tweak

November 21, 2014
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Renovation plans for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were tweaked further at a Nov. 12 meeting. The latest plan for the 12 Sedgwick St. library showed a smaller reading porch than previously shown, though the Boston Public Library (BPL) and the architects are “hopeful as the design progresses, the full size will be brought...

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BRA will hold meeting for Washington St. development

November 20, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will hold a community meeting Dec. 4 for a developer’s plan to turn 3383-3389 Washington St. into a mixed-use development. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall. The site, which covers three parcels, is currently vacant. It includes the former Royal Fried Chicken restaurant, a long-shuttered...

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‘A giant is gone’: Locals remember Mayor Menino

November 7, 2014
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‘A giant is gone’: Locals remember Mayor Menino

By Rebeca Oliveira, Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff Former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who led the city for an unprecedented 20 years before choosing not to run again last year, died Oct. 30 after a long and public battle with cancer. Menino, 71, won his first term as mayor in 1993. For...

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Washington St. project divides community

November 7, 2014
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Washington St. project divides community

A proposed development along Washington and Green streets that has stirred controversy for more than two years continued to do just that during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) community meeting Oct. 30. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four...

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City Realty, Egleston businesses strike deal

November 7, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—Following public protests, a city council hearing and involvement from various neighborhood advocacy groups and elected officials, six businesses in Egleston Square are finalizing negotiations with new landlord City Realty to remain in their longtime locations. City Realty bought two foreclosed buildings at 3106-3108 and 3152-3160 Washington St. in April. Those two buildings...

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Family Ride

November 7, 2014
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Family Ride

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‘Se fue un gigante’: Residentes rinden homenaje a Menino

November 7, 2014
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De Peter Shanley, Rebeca Oliveira y John Ruch/Personal de Gazette   Una “leyenda”. Un “gigante”. Un “representante de los desamparados”. Como las siguientes citas demuestran, el antiguo alcalde Thomas Menino, quien murió el 30 de octubre, fue descrito así.   El Representante del Estado Jeffrey Sánchez “Un gigante ha dejado la tierra, pero sigue...

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MassDOT approves Casey bid

November 7, 2014
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors voted to approve a contractor for the Casey Arborway project last month. Demolition of the existing Casey Overpass likely will begin before year’s end. Traffic detours and the date for closure of the bridge are not yet determined. The project required a vote because the...

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101 Brookley Road could see construction soon

November 7, 2014
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STONYBROOK—A proposed housing development on a 1-acre site at 101 Brookley Road is getting a second look from the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the neighborhood association, and the developer could begin construction on two of 12 triple-deckers soon. Residents say they’re happy they’re getting some influence on the developer thanks to ISD’s...

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A journalist’s view from the Menino beat

November 7, 2014
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I knew and covered Tom Menino, first when he was the District 5 city councilor from Readville/Hyde Park, and later when he was mayor—28 years. The first time I interviewed him, I asked him, a councilor, what he thought about having a neighborhood council in Hyde Park. He made a loud snoring sound, then...

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Landlord blasted at City Council hearing

November 7, 2014
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The locally controversial firm City Realty was among corporate landlords blasted by activists, officials and disgruntled tenants at an Oct. 20 City Council hearing. Egleston Square-area Councilor Tito Jackson called the hearing. The JP-based housing rights organization City Life/Vida Urbana, as well as Boston-based Chinese Progressive Association and the national Right to the City...

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