Man convicted in teen’s murder

January 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Dorchester man was convicted of murder last month for gunning down a Bromley-Heath housing development teenager in 2008. Elbert Newson, 23, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for killing 17-year-old Thomas Webb. Another man charged in the case, Michael Gaines of Roxbury, was convicted last year of unlawful gun...

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Met his MATCH

January 6, 2012
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Ten Tables owner to open ‘burger bar’

January 6, 2012
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JP CENTER—A new burger restaurant called Grass Fed Burger Bar, operated by the owner of the well-known Ten Tables, is coming soon to 605 Centre St. Grass Fed will replace the recently shuttered Bon Savor restaurant a few doors down from Ten Tables. The menu will include “alternative, creative burgers” as well as classic...

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French-style eatery coming soon

January 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A new restaurant called Tonic will open early this year at 3698 Washington St., offering French-influenced cuisine at affordable prices and with late dining hours. “It’s a French restaurant with an accent of American food,” said owner Croan McCormack. Tonic is going into the former Griffin’s bar location and is right next door...

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Grocery team-up

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JP residents could vote on Eastie casino

January 6, 2012
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JP residents should have the chance to vote on a casino development project in East Boston, local elected officials say. Under a recently passed state law authorizing three casinos and one slot parlor in Massachusetts, Boston City Council has the power to decide whether development plans for a casino in Boston will be subject...

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No overpass decision yet

January 6, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans to announce its decision on a Casey Overpass replacement project the week of Jan. 16, spokesperson Michael Verseckes told the Gazette this week. No community meetings have been scheduled. The aging bridge over the Forest Hills T Station area must...

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T may kill E Line on weekends

January 6, 2012
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E Line streetcar service could be shut down on weekends starting this summer as part of an MBTA cost-savings plan. The MBTA is also considering fare hikes and a range of other service cuts, as detailed on its website at mbta.com. The possible cuts and hikes were announced on Tuesday. A series of public...

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Life blood

January 6, 2012
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Family Resource Center to open

January 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A new family resource center is readying its doors for a Jan. 20 opening in Jackson Square. The expected opening of the Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida Coalition Family Resource Center (FRC) at the Webb building at Centre Street and Columbus Avenue will help residents address issues of housing, lack of food and...

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Fallen Marine’s brother kills self

January 6, 2012
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A brother of the fallen Marine for whom the Jamaica Plain post office was renamed has committed suicide, reportedly due to grief over his sibling’s 2004 death in Iraq. Brian Luis Arredondo, 24, took his own life in Norwood on Dec. 19, according to a statement from his father Carlos and stepmother Melida. Brian...

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WRCNA head dies

January 6, 2012
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Bruce A. Wallin, 63, of Jamaica Plain died Dec. 29, 2011. Wallin co-founded the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association (WRCNA) and was an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University. He was the author of the books “Taxation: Myths and Realities” and “From Revenue Sharing to Deficit Sharing: General Revenue Sharing and Cities.”...

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Community service

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Condo plan riles neighbors

January 6, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—A plan to replace the law office at 71 South St. with a three-story, five-unit condo building is riling neighbors, who call it too dense. Attorney Peter Fenn was seeking multiple significant zoning variances for the plan at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee. He agreed to...

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HOPE goes bankrupt

January 6, 2012
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The Hispanic Office for Planning and Evaluation (HOPE), a major human services organization at 165 Brookside Ave. Ext., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month. That follows an abrupt closure of its offices in April. “We did consider a number of options and strategies over many meetings before deciding that bankruptcy was our only alternative,”...

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Arborway Yard gets cleaned up

January 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Issues at the Arborway Yard that got the MBTA-owned bus facility added to a “problem properties” list were resolved within 48 hours, Inspectional Services Department spokesperson Lisa Timberlake told the Gazette. In an unusual move, the Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee—an advisory group that normally identifies private properties for city inspectors to investigate—added...

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Computer lab

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Editorial: Yes to a casino vote

January 6, 2012
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There is something absurd about holding a vote on whether a legal business can open its doors in Boston. But that is what the law permitting casinos in Massachusetts demands. The only question is whether the vote will be held in just the casino’s neighborhood, or citywide. When a Suffolk Downs casino in Eastie...

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Editorial: A neighborhood loss

January 6, 2012
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Bruce Wallin, the co-founder of the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association, passed away last week. First and foremost, his passing is a tragedy for his family and friends. It is also a loss for Northeastern University, where he was a professor, and for the Forest Hills neighborhood for which he cared deeply. Bruce brought...

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Editorial: Seize the year

January 6, 2012
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The year 2012 is here, and very little can be said with certainty about what events it will hold. Except this: An ancient Mayan god will not return to destroy the world, contrary to a surprisingly popular superstition. More sophisticated thinkers point out that end-of-the-world stories are metaphors for changes in belief systems. They...

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Op-Ed: Progress Over Party: JP should vote for Paul

January 6, 2012
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By Sean Ryan, Special to the Gazette If you lived in JP in 2008, chances are you voted for Barack Obama.  Tired of the wars, privacy invasions and rampant crony corporatism of the Bush years, JP residents overwhelmingly endorsed an idealistic young reformer who offered a universally popular message: change. Candidate Obama’s closing argument...

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Letter: A big shout-out to Egleston Sq.

January 6, 2012
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I just would like to give a “shout-out” to Egleston Square! I have lived here in this neighborhood for over 20 years. I have lived on School and Copley streets for most of this time. I have seen this community change quite a bit. I remember the X-Men, a time before there was a...

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Letter: AAA Appliances is A-plus

January 6, 2012
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What a great resource we have right here in JP. Last week, our oven gave out. The problem seemed apparent. The pilot light lit, but the flame did not spread across the oven bottom, making it impossible to reach a temperature above “warm.” We called a recommended service provider. The company charged us an...

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Letter: Tedeschi has great staff

January 6, 2012
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Tedeschi is one of my favorite stores in Jamaica Plain. Some employees from years ago are still there and others come and go, but this present staff is so friendly. There is among other customers and such a wonderful staff a camaraderie that I love. I am from Europe and from very mixed origins,...

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