City: Bicon has necessary permits

July 3, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The City is saying that Bicon Dental Implants has the required permits it needs to be operating, but the Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association is continuing to dispute that. Bicon, a 501 Arborway company, has stirred controversy in the area by demolishing a 19th century house at 21 Yale Terrace for a new development....

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Editorial: JP Porchfest returns

July 3, 2015
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Almost 130 bands at 72 JP homes? And dance parties and performances all over the neighborhood, with an eye to including virtually everyone? The Jamaica Plain Porchfest has remarkable growth and organizing wisdom for an event that returns for only its second year on July 11. What a tribute to the creativity of JP’s...

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Editorial: The Olympic legacy of a corrupted process

July 3, 2015
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Boston 2024 returned to Jamaica Plain this week with yet another cynically artificial meeting. This time, it was a mockery of the charrette format real urban planners might use; the type of input Boston 2024 directly refused to give JP at the beginning, when it still mattered. There are possible fringe benefits to an...

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Letter: How to give your Casey demolition input

July 3, 2015
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Since the closure of the Casey Overpass last month, commuters have faced infuriating traffic. In the planning phases, both supporters and opponents of the project envisioned some disruption; they were right. Navigating major construction is hard and time-consuming. Although state and city transportation officials make real-time adjustments based on around-the-clock traffic monitoring, they cannot...

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Letter: Demolition

July 3, 2015
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Demolition By Aimée Sands   Skin of the day peeling slow on the spit grease and grace sliding away, our bridge falling, knocked to rubble, cables split   and writhing from concrete, Medusan snakes – light yawning in the gap where darkness stood. Piledrivers bang all night, the neighbors wake and brood, the beams,...

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Invitacion, July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 21 de junio al mediodía para la publicación del 24 de julio. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Bartlett Square II, un propuesto edificio multiuso en 450-456 Amory St. de Chris DeSisto, presentado por Boston Redevelopment...

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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

July 1, 2015
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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

Most attendees at Jamaica Plain’s latest City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting on June 30 did not welcome the idea of bringing the Olympics to Boston with open arms. Instead, they barraged City officials with concerns ranging from security to the legacy of parks to an unwillingness to listen to the opposition. More than 250 people...

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Franklin Park remains in new Olympic bid; JP meeting June 30

June 29, 2015
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An illustration of a refurbished White Stadium during the proposed Summer Olympics in Boston 2024's "Bid 2.0" draft. (Courtesy Image)

Franklin Park remains a proposed Olympics venue in Boston 2024’s second-draft bid unveiled today. The updated plan has two big changes: the removal of a pentathlon swimming pool, and Columbia Road through Dorchester transforming into a kind of parkway. In addition, Boston 2024 told the Gazette it intends to pay for the entire White...

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Survey: Many Franklin Park neighbors oppose Olympics

June 19, 2015
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Many Franklin Park neighbors are not happy about the notion of the Olympics coming to party in the park, according to an unscientific survey conducted by the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Among the 100 respondents, 70 percent totally oppose a Boston Olympics, and 53 percent are “unlikely” to support using Franklin Park as a venue....

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Author questions Olympics numbers

June 19, 2015
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The economics of hosting the Olympics are often a rosy picture painted by a bidding group that fades away with time, according to Smith College economics professor and noted Olympic critic Andrew Zimbalist at a June 15 Jamaica Plain event. Zimbalist’s JP visit was based on his new book “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble...

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Green Cleaners

June 19, 2015
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Green Cleaners

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Goddard House to turn into residential units

June 19, 2015
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Goddard House to turn into residential units

The former Goddard House nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave. will be redeveloped into a 169-unit residential development. The Goddard House controversially ceased operations on Sept. 8, 2012 and has remained vacant. The enormous brick building was constructed in 1927 and housed about 100 seniors. The project, proposed by Eden Properties and Samuels...

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Encuesta: Muchos vecinos de Franklin Park se oponen a las Olimpíadas

June 19, 2015
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Muchos de los vecinos de Franklin Park no están contentos con la idea de las Olimpíadas en su parque, según una encuesta no científica realizada por Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA). Entre las 100 personas que respondieron a la encuesta, el 70 por ciento completamente se opone a las Olimpíadas en Boston, y el 53...

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Boston 2024 seeks youth groups for dubious ‘Olympic Day’ event

June 19, 2015
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Boston 2024 is inviting local youth organizations to join in a June 23 “Olympic Day” program that claims to encourage sports participation, but also doubles as free Olympic advertising. Such quasi-educational Olympic programming has been controversial in previous bid cities, and one academic critic tells the Gazette that Boston 2024’s effort is more of...

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Residents complain of overpass demo noise

June 19, 2015
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Some local residents are complaining about the noisy nighttime demolition of the Casey Overpass. Forest Hills resident Ted Kehoe is among the residents who have emailed the Gazette to take issue with the demolition. “I live on Tower Street in Forest Hills,” he said. “Tonight is the second night of overnight Casey Overpass bridge...

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Pond bench to be dedicated to local man

June 19, 2015
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Pond bench to be dedicated to local man

A bench at Jamaica Pond will be dedicated to the memory of a local man, Noah Katz, in a June 20 ceremony. Katz, who died unexpectedly last summer, was a marathoner who ran around the pond and frequented a bench on its eastern side, which became known to friends as his “office.” JP resident...

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JP Observer: Networking and space-making are keys to Cultural Plan

June 19, 2015
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The auditorium at English High School on McBride Street here buzzed with excitement on the evening of June 2 as nearly all the seats were filled with artists and art supporters from around the city. The “Boston Creates Town Hall” launched the first comprehensive arts and cultural planning process for Boston anyone can remember....

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Bikes and Wi-Fi among youth budget priorities

June 19, 2015
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More Hubway bikes and free Wi-Fi. A renovated school gym. And more water-bottle refilling stations in parks like the one pioneered at Jamaica Pond. Those are the City budget priorities chosen by a vote of more than 2,500 Boston youths in Mayor Martin Walsh’s annual Youth Participatory Budgeting Vote, according to a City press...

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Zoning Committee approves South St. dev.

June 19, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee voted earlier this month to approve Croan McCormack’s planned renovation of 108-110 South St. The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals’ Office said a hearing date has not been scheduled for the project. McCormack plans to renovate 108-110 South St. into a four-unit apartment building, while retaining the...

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New Olympics protest group forms

June 19, 2015
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Franklin Park Area Stop Boston Olympics members (from left) Isaac Hoeh, Chris Hoeh, Hussein Bashir, Cole Rainey-Slavick and Sarah Slavick pose with hobby horses during a June 13 anti-Olympics protest at Franklin Park. (Courtesy Photo)

Franklin Park Area Stop Boston Olympics, a new local group protesting Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid, recently formed. The group held its first meeting June 11 in Jamaica Plain, and its first protest event June 13 at Franklin Park, where members posed with hobby horses in mockery of Olympic equestrian events planned there. However,...

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Nativity Grads

June 19, 2015
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Nativity Grads

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Senior Visit

June 19, 2015
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Senior Visit

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ZBA approves 38-42 Hyde Park Ave.

June 19, 2015
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on June 2 approved City Realty Group’s (CRG) proposed development at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. CRG plans to turn 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. into a three-storey building with six residential units above a first-floor commercial space. There is currently a one-story building at the site, which used...

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Forest Hills Gap

June 19, 2015
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Forest Hills Gap

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