Overpass choice delayed

January 20, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) may reach a decision on the future of the Casey Overpass in private this week, but it will not immediately hold a public meeting to announce the decision. MassDOT previously said the decision would be made this week. “Usually we publicize meetings for two weeks, and...

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T seeks to boost fares, cut service

January 20, 2012
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The MBTA is seeking to plug a budget hole by raising fares and cutting service—including weekend E Line subway/streetcar trips and most of the JP Loop bus service. The highest-ridership lines in Jamaica Plain—the Orange Line subway and the Route 39 bus—would be untouched. A meeting about the already controversial proposal is set for...

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Poetry returns to Forest Hills Cemetery

January 20, 2012
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Poetry-reading is returning to Forest Hills Cemetery in a new series organized by the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET). It is the first poetry series to be held at Forest Hills Cemetery since FHET abruptly suspended programming in January 2011. Last year, only the Lantern Festival and a small series of walking tours were...

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T considera cortar servicios

January 20, 2012
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Con el fin de llenar una diferencia en su presupuesto fiscal, el MBTA considera subir el precio del transporte y cortar algunos servicios, incluso la ruta E de la línea verde durante los fines de semana y la mayoría del servicio JP Loop. Las rutas con la mayor cantidad de pasajeros—la línea naranja y...

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Campaign Quilting

January 20, 2012
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Cat Rescue

January 20, 2012
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JP officials question crime reforms

January 20, 2012
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Prison sentence reforms—including a beefing-up of the so-called three strikes laws—recently passed by the state legislature are sparking controversy across the city and in Jamaica Plain. “Many people in the city believe that it will be extremely expensive and it will sweep up many minor offenders because it is too broadly written,” said local...

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Parcel U on sale for 3rd time

January 20, 2012
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The MBTA is making a third attempt to sell a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. Parcel U, encompassing almost 123,000 square feet, is one of a handful of parcels that the T has been trying to sell, with limited success, since 2007. The Forest Hills Improvement...

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Three Kings

January 20, 2012
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Cops: Woman assaulted at pond

January 20, 2012
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A woman was attacked by an unknown man at Jamaica Pond early on Jan. 16 while walking her dog, according to the Boston Police Department. The woman reported that she was walking around the pond at 5 a.m. when the suspect passed her and said, “Hello.” The suspect then grabbed her from behind, causing...

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JP Observer: Siren noise problem shouldn’t fall on deaf ears

January 20, 2012
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Walking down Centre Street just after New Year’s, I was suddenly assaulted by a sound so loud it felt like someone had jabbed an ice pick in my right ear. I instinctively covered both ears, and I noticed some other pedestrians did the same. We were responding to the siren from an ambulance speeding...

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Musician/activist creates JP rock opera

January 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musician and activist Brian O’Connell is prepping for a big undertaking: presenting a “radical social satire rock opera,” complete with over-sized puppet actors, spoken word and a 10-piece band with 8 singers, scheduled to open at Spontaneous Celebrations Feb. 4. The story of “Over The Line” follows JP resident Sleepy Doormat, a...

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Commuter Carols

January 20, 2012
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JPCC Basketball League Standings

January 20, 2012
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The following are the Jamaica Plain Community Centers  Basketball League standings for the week of Jan. 10. The league plays on Saturdays at the Curtis Hall Community Center, which is part of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Junior Division Standings W L Thunder 3 1 Heat 3 1 Celtics 1 3 Nets 1...

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Bank to move branch

January 20, 2012
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Commonwealth Cooperative Bank will move its Centre Street branch to the new Arboretum Place development on Washington Street later this year in a switch approved by the state last month. The Hyde Park-based bank was already known to be part of the new development at 3803 Washington St. But the fate of the existing...

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How should park spend $250K?

January 20, 2012
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How would you spend a quarter-million dollars on the Southwest Corridor Park? The park is getting $250,000 from a Back Bay real estate development and the Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) is asking that question of residents—including at a Feb. 1 meeting in Jamaica Plain. The 5-mile linear state park runs along the Orange...

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We Are Hair grows in to new home

January 20, 2012
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Six months after opening its doors at Soleil Salon, We Are Hair is settling into its space with bold paint colors and regular patronage. The walls have been painted and festooned with hair-related movie posters—titles such as “The Beautician and the Beast,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Tangled”...

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Sánchez to halt medical pot bill

January 20, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez once again is poised to halt a bill that would legalize medical-use marijuana. His annual killing of the proposal has angered local and statewide marijuana activists. But this time, those activists seem to be focused more on their own efforts to make medical marijuana legalization a ballot question. Sixteen...

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Bridge Builder

January 20, 2012
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Editorial: Fund the T like a treasure

January 20, 2012
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Pay more and get less. That’s the pitch the MBTA is making to riders as it struggles to fill a $161 million operating budget deficit. Fare hikes that outpace anyone’s pay increases. No transit for people who work weekends or for tourists to and from the suburbs. A high impact on special services for...

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Editorial: Three strikes out

January 20, 2012
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but it sure helps get it passed. The state legislature rushed criminal sentencing reform bills through late last year without the usual hearings. The contents were largely simplistic, and ditto for the debate about them so far. The reforms appear to be based on suburban freak-out over...

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Ediorial: Welcome back, poets

January 20, 2012
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It’s great to see poetry return to the troubled Forest Hills Cemetery arts slate. The new series is not token, either. It’s an authentic big-name big deal. JP still deserves to know why arts were cut in the first place, especially as our tax dollars paid for a lot of it through the Massachusetts...

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Op-Ed: What is the ‘State of Jamaica Plain’?

January 20, 2012
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By Juan Gonzalez and Orion Kriegman, Special to the Gazette The 2nd Annual State of Our Neighborhood forum? What’s that? Last year, over 250 people came out on a cold Feb. 15 to gather in English High School for the first State of Our Neighborhood forum, where the elected representatives of Jamaica Plain shared...

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Letter: Paul is no progress

January 20, 2012
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In 2008, I voted for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because she had answers to questions and was easily the smartest and most experienced person in any room she was in. I could understand Obama’s appeal, but I wanted someone who could do the hard work we needed. Clinton did not get the nomination, and a not...

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