Letter: An open letter to our friends and neighbors of Jamaica Plain

January 29, 2016
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We write to update you on the recent substance abuse legislation unanimously passed on Jan. 13 by the Massachusetts House of Representatives. As the chairs of the Joint Committees on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Health Care Financing, we both played an intimate role in crafting the bipartisan legislation to help those facing...

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City to review dog use of Beecher St. land

January 8, 2016
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City to review dog use of Beecher St. land

The City is reviewing the use of the Beecher Street Play Area as a community-organized dog park after receiving complaints from neighbors. The review could spell the end to one of the few places Jamaica Plain residents can release their dogs off-leash. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) and the Mayor’s Office of...

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SHOWING SUPPORT

January 8, 2016
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SHOWING SUPPORT

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La Ciudad revisará el uso del terreno de Beecher St.

January 8, 2016
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La Ciudad está revisando el uso del área de recreación de Beecher Street como un parque de perros organizado por la comunidad después de recibir quejas de vecinos. La revisión podría significar el fin de uno de los pocos lugares donde los residentes de Jamaica Plain pueden dejar correr libres a sus perros. El...

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Stonybrook to participate in City’s Slow Streets program

January 8, 2016
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The Stonybrook neighborhood will be one of two areas that will participate in the City’s Neighborhood Slow Streets pilot program, according to Boston Transportation Department (BTD) spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. The Stonybrook neighborhood is roughly bounded by the Arborway and Forest Hills, Williams, and Amory streets. The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) had sent letters to...

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City changes affordable-housing policy

January 8, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh signed an executive order last month that changes the City’s affordable-housing policy, forcing some developers to pay more money or build more affordable units if they don’t meet the affordable-housing requirement on-site. The policy change went into effect Jan. 1. But to the disappointment of some housing organizations, the executive order...

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BRA to hold IAG meeting for Goddard House project

January 8, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is slated to hold an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting for the Goddard House project on Jan. 7, after the Gazette deadline. An IAG is a City-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the City on potential impacts of building projects. There are 12 members of the...

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BAPA names holiday decoration winners

January 8, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association chose 15 winners for its 2015 Business District Holiday Decorations Contest. Ninety-four businesses in the Centre and South Street districts were seen to have decorations for the holiday season and were awarded points for being most artistic, most festive, and most inviting to customers. New Leaf Flores...

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BPL spokesperson talks neighborhood libraries

January 8, 2016
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BPL spokesperson talks neighborhood libraries

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library is closed for a much needed $10 million renovation. The Gazette recently spoke with Boston Public Library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery via email about where the JP Branch Library programs have gone and what the neighborhood’s other two libraries, Egleston Square (2044 Columbus Ave.) and Connolly (433 Centre St.), have...

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MassDEP surveys 64 Allandale St. site, decision coming

January 8, 2016
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The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) conducted a survey on Dec. 18 of the 64 Allandale St. project site to determine whether it falls under the state Wetlands Protection Act and a decision is expected in February, according to MassDEP spokesperson Joe Ferson. MassDEP conducted a survey after receiving an appeal from the...

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JP Agenda, Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 26 for the Jan. 29 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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Invitacion, Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 26 de enero para la edición del 29 de enero. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión mensual de distrito E-13, reunión de la planificación estratégica jueves, 21 ene, 7pm en distrito E-13....

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Sanchez brings Latino elected officials together

January 8, 2016
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On Dec. 17, state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez held a celebratory luncheon for nearly 50 elected Latino officials in recognition of recent electoral gains throughout Massachusetts, according to a press release. After the November elections, there are now almost 50 Latino elected officials in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is a considerable growth from...

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HELPING OTHERS

January 8, 2016
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HELPING OTHERS

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan 26 for the Jan. 29 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Laughing Liberally Boston, a monthly progressive political comedy show, Sat. Jan. 9, 8pm, $8. The Riot Theater, 146a South St....

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Neighborhood group forms in Parkside

January 8, 2016
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A new neighborhood association, Parkside Neighborhood Association (PNA), has formed and held its first meeting on Dec. 1. The group will meet every other month to share information, meet neighbors, and work together to address community issues, according to a press release. Jamaica Plain homeowners and renters who live between Iffley Road, Glen Road,...

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BPS receives $1.5 million art grant

January 8, 2016
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has been awarded $1.5 million in grant funding from the Wallace Foundation to support its continuing expansion of arts education, according to a press release. The money will directly support the Boston Public School Arts Expansion Initiative, an effort to expand arts education that was launched in February 2009 as...

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JPNDC submits revised Site III plan

January 8, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) with their partner The Community Builders (TCB) have submitted a revised plan to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for Site III of the Jackson Square redevelopment project after years of planning and community processes. About 11 acres of land in Jackson Square are being redeveloped by a...

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Letter: Solutions to the post office wait

January 8, 2016
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I also have experienced the long, slow-moving lines at the Jamaica Plain Post Office. I have tried to make the best of my time in line. I often initiate long conversations with strangers who also wait. I sometimes do stretches and use my backpack as a free weight and do some lifts to tone...

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Letter: More delivery problems

January 8, 2016
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In this neighborhood mail delivery has been averaging four days a week, even during the Christmas rush. People with their names clearly visible on their boxes find their mail thrown on the ground or delivered to the wrong address. What the Sam Hill is going on with our post office? David A. Mittell, Jr....

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Letter: Better post office leadership needed

January 8, 2016
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In our fifteen years on Hampstead Hill in Forest Hills, we have had two people deliver our mail. First, we had the nonpareil Lynette Dion, who retired after 26 years with full honors from all the people and pets on our hill. Now we have Shawn Connolly, who is Lynette’s worthy successor: the mail...

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Letter: Taxes too high

January 8, 2016
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I am fuming mad after receiving my latest real estate tax bill. It is up 14.5 percent from my 2015 tax bill, which was up 12.2 percent from my 2014 tax bill, which was up 6 percent from my 2013 tax bill… and on and on accordingly. I am not one of these crazy...

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Obituary: Howard R. Leibowitz

January 8, 2016
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Obituary: Howard R. Leibowitz

Jamaica Plain resident Howard R. Leibowitz, an adviser to Mayors Ray Flynn and Tom Menino, died suddenly on Dec. 27. He was 63. For 29 years, the beloved husband of Constance Jane Doty. Dear son of Laurie (Berman) Leibowitz and the late Sumner Leibowitz. Devoted brother of Steven, Laurence and Peter Leibowitz and his...

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Neighbor has issues with Goddard House project

December 18, 2015
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The owner of Olmsted Place at 161 S. Huntington Ave. has written a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) expressing concerns over the proposed Goddard House project and complaining that he was not notified of any public meetings about the project or the S. Huntington Avenue corridor study. Olmsted Place, which was a...

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