Overpass team tackles street design

June 10, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project started evaluating alternatives for at-grade traffic patterns, the first of many options to be explored in the redesign of the area. At-grade, or street-level, traffic patterns will dictate what the new overpass will look like or even if one will be included in the...

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Fighting Hunger

June 10, 2011
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No gold-buying for check-casher

June 10, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—Because of crime concerns, All Checks Cashed will not be allowed to start buying gold at its 282 Centre St. location following a city zoning Board of Appeal rejection May 24. The rejection was supported by Mayor Thomas Menino’s office and by state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, All Checks Cashed proprietor Idalia Flores and...

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JPNC sets election date

June 10, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) set Sept. 24 as the date for its 2011 election at its May 31 meeting at the First Baptist Church at 633 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. The election will be held on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling places will be set up at...

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Courageous

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New police captain takes charge

June 10, 2011
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Boston Police Capt. Paul Russell took over as commander of Jamaica Plain’s E-13 police district June 2, after Capt. John Greland was reassigned to another district in mid-May. “I am looking forward to getting back into a district,” Russell said in an interview with the Gazette. “I am happy to be here.” The switch...

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Psychic: Hyde Sq. future can’t be seen

June 10, 2011
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Will Whole Foods turn Hyde Square into a gentrified wasteland of loft condos and plate-armored baby strollers? Or will it turn Hyde Square residents into organic-powered Popeyes fueled with nutritional, and quite possibly Latino, food? Will members of Whose Foods? and JP for All ever sit down and share a chimi, or at least...

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Peace Planting

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Mayoral Visit

June 10, 2011
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Mayoral Visit

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JPNC report is late; members resign

June 10, 2011
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At least two members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Whole Foods Committee resigned this week, following the committee’s failure to meet a May 31 deadline to produce a report on the impact of Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square. Speaking to the Gazette last week, Ad Hoc Committee chair Steve...

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Mayor, Task Force support grocer

June 10, 2011
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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Hyde Square Task Force head Claudio Martinez both added their voices to the chorus supporting Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square last week. Martinez told the Gazette that the Task Force has also joined the Hyde/Jackson Business Association in opposing the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s bid to...

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Landmark laundromat closes

June 10, 2011
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Landmark laundromat closes

HYDE SQ.—A laundromat that has served as a basic community resource and chatting spot for decades washed its last load on May 29 after a reported dispute over a rent increase. The Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre at 410 Centre St. sits across the street from the former Hi-Lo supermarket, where a Whole Foods Market...

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Train track work to run all night

June 10, 2011
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SOUTHWEST CORRIDOR—They’ll be working on the railroad all the live-long day—and all night, too. The track replacement work on the Southwest Corridor—which begins tomorrow and will last three months—will run 24 hours a day on weekends and between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays, according to Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad spokesperson Tom Halkin....

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Museum brings youth art to JP

June 10, 2011
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Museum brings youth art to JP

By Rishi Sidhu The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is exhibiting artwork created by Boston area youth in the studios of the Northeastern University affiliated African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program (AAMARP) at 76 Atherton St. through June 27. The exhibit, titled “Community Creations,” is the culmination of the Fenway museum’s Community Partnership Program. The program...

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House plan raises rock-cracking fears

June 10, 2011
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PARKSIDE—A plan to build a house on a rocky lot at the end of Park Lane has neighbors concerned that their foundations or aging retaining walls might crack. The lot’s location atop a high ridge could affect several nearby streets. But the would-be developers of 17 Park Place—Gary Martell and Bob Reissfelder—have promised to...

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Art Lovers

June 10, 2011
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Art Lovers

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No Smoking

June 10, 2011
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No Smoking

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Hello, Kitty

June 10, 2011
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Hello, Kitty

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Beetle Battle

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Community to look at Washington St. ‘livability’

June 10, 2011
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Ideas for improving the “livability” of the Washington Street corridor between the Arborway and Green Street will be the subject of a June 11 workshop run by the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) June 11. The Saturday morning workshop will include a walk along the corridor before participants return to Doyle’s Café at...

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IdeAZ: Valedictorians

June 10, 2011
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Estudiante con las mejores notas; el primero  de la promoción; el alumno que da el discurso de despedida al final del curso, son algunas de las descripciones que se dan de la palabra “valedictorian” que es un arcaismo que tiene uso en el sistema escolar para destacar el esfuerzo de nuestros estudiantes por alcanzar...

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Thanks for a great Wake-Up

June 10, 2011
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Thanks for not raining on our parade (at least)…. Thank you to all the sponsors (please support them; see our website for a list at www.spontaneouscelebrations.org), coordinators, volunteers, donors, vendors, talent, nonprofit tablers, paraders and patrons of the 33rd annual Wake Up The Earth Festival and Parade! The rain may have dampened the numbers,...

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Editorial: Whole Foods arrests a bad sign of the times

June 10, 2011
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Everyone has a prediction about what kind of changes Whole Foods will bring to the neighborhood. Well, the first change is here, and it’s a bad one indeed: It is now illegal to display a protest banner in Jamaica Plain. Three JP residents were arrested for unfurling banners at Whole Foods’ first community meeting...

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House proposal is too big

June 10, 2011
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The house at 207 Chestnut Ave. lies within the Glenvale Park Neighborhood Design Overlay district (“House demo plan questioned,” April 15). The overlay district was created in 1948 to protect the historical character of the beautiful Glenvale Park neighborhood. Part of the mandate is stated as follows: “New or rehabbed buildings should reflect and...

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