No bids on T parcel, deadline shifts

March 2, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has not received any bids in its third attempt to sell a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. The bidding deadline was extended to this week. The parcel was offered at a reduced price, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo previously told the Gazette. Bidding documentation...

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Music enriches lives at Sherrill House

March 2, 2012
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Some write songs. Others listen to classical music. Some meet one-on-one, while others join in groups. Music helps some regain physical skills, and others to sharpen their memory. Music therapy comes in many forms at Sherrill House, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center at 135 S. Huntington Ave. that has a rare in-house program....

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JP senior population declines

March 2, 2012
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If you have trouble finding a gray-haired person for advice, that might be because Jamaica Plain’s senior population dipped nearly 12 percent the past decade. From 2000 to 2010, the number of JP residents 65 years or older dropped by 535, according to U.S. Census data. “That does not surprise me at all,” said...

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Home winner

March 2, 2012
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Senior meals program to be slashed

March 2, 2012
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A program that provides meals to hundreds of needy and isolated seniors in the Jamaica Plain area is slated for a 25 percent state budget cut. Ethos, a JP-based organization that provides many of those meals, says the cut is a double whammy. That’s because the state just ran out of money to provide...

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Retirees offer advice to younger generation

March 2, 2012
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The Gazette joined a group of seniors at J.P. Lick’s last week for a cup of coffee and good advice. The retiree group, organized by Arva Clark, meets weekly to discuss different topics. The group is so popular that Clark has recently added a second regular meeting. She can be reached at 971-9419. Some...

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Car Crash

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Patrons’ scent forces librarians to move

March 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A strong fragrance worn by Connolly Branch Library patrons triggered health issues for two librarians who were forced to temporarily transfer elsewhere, and the library’s Friends group is raising a stink about it. The Friends group wants longtime librarians Jane Bickford and Amy Manson back and a fragrance-free policy to keep them there....

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Ready to Work

March 2, 2012
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BPS bus-arrival time improving

March 2, 2012
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School buses in Jamaica Plain are running more punctually than earlier in the school year when they were arriving as late as an hour. “They fixed it three or four weeks ago,” said JP parent Marc Lipsitch, a parent of two children at the Hernandez School, whose bus was running 30 minutes late in...

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Digging in

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Un perfume obliga mudarse a los bibliotecarios

March 2, 2012
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Dos bibliotecarias del Connolly Branch Library fueron obligadas a mudarse temporalmente después de sufrir unos síntomas de malestar causados por un perfume fuerte llevado por unos clientes. El grupo Friends de la biblioteca se está quejando. El grupo Friends quiere prohibir las fragancias fuertes para que regresen las bibliotecarias Amy Manson y Jane Bickford....

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Seaverns Ave. trees to return

March 2, 2012
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A construction project at 21 Seaverns Ave. has caused the felling of two trees, causing neighbor complaints. New trees will be planted, the property owner told the Gazette. Owner Paul Donovan said his project spent a year being vetted in neighborhood processes. He cut down the trees to install a driveway and parking area....

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Pedestrian Struck

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Editorial: Thanks to Casey activists

March 2, 2012
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Debate about the Casey Overpass replacement project has been heated, and when the state’s decision comes, one side is going to win and one side is going to lose. That could produce bitterness. We hope that instead, activists on both (or all) sides will appreciate how much their friends and foes accomplished in this...

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Editorial: Community policing

March 2, 2012
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A few months ago, the South Street area was hit with a string of disturbing burglaries. The local E-13 Police Station responded by hosting a community meeting and parking a patrol car in the area to squash the crimes. It worked. Now the criminals are back—and so are the cops to tamp them down...

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Editorial: Primary voting

March 2, 2012
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On Tuesday, the presidential primary election, which helps nominate political party candidates, finally comes to Massachusetts. We’ll forgive you if you are not very excited. Most of the Founding Fathers believed that political parties were an evil to avoid. The broken presidential primary system and the two-party straitjacket show why. Early-voting states, most of...

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Letter: News shows JP gentrification

March 2, 2012
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I couldn’t help but notice the irony on the front page of the Feb. 17 edition. At the top of the page is the line, “Is JP gentrified? Numbers say no”; yet your front-page stories are about “a groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March” (“Bromley-Heath leader retires; BHA...

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Letter: In support of a skate park

March 2, 2012
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I’m writing in support of the improvised skate park in the old roller hockey rink on the Southwest Corridor (“Skate park may be coming to SWCP,” Feb. 17). It’s disappointing that neighbors complained to the Department of Conservation and Recreation about the “debris” and had it removed. The kids who were constructing that park were exercising...

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Letter: ‘Three strikes’ is too expensive

March 2, 2012
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For now, let’s leave aside the disproportionate effects the “three strikes” legislation would have (“In support of ‘three strikes,’ letter, Feb. 17). This is all about the numbers. Many of the legislators in favor of this bill would have us believe that the net effect of three strikes combined with other provisions would be...

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Letter: Disappointed in Malia’s Casey stance

March 2, 2012
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The following letter was sent to state Rep. Liz Malia: I live in the Jamaica Plain section that is represented by Jeffrey Sánchez. However, I have heard you speak in the past and have been impressed with the representation you provide to Jamaica Plain. So I am sorry to know that you have accused the Mass. Department...

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Sights and Sounds, 3/2/12

March 2, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, March 13 for the March 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit fundraiser, Jacob Wirth Restaurant, 31 Stuart St., Mon., March 5, 6-8pm. Under 35,...

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Invitación

March 2, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 13 de marzo para la publicación del 16 de marzo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones JPNC Public Service Committee, 6 marzo, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St....

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Agenda, 3/2/12

March 2, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, March 13 for the March 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings    JP Republicans (Wards 10, 11, 19), to discuss and organize for the March 6 ward and state committee elections....

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