JP Observer: Local woman at hub of green space communications

August 26, 2016
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Everyone who knows her pretty much agrees: Sarah Freeman is a force of nature. The Jamaica Plain resident exhibits relentless energy to keep the community informed about and advocate for the outdoors. For years, Freeman, on behalf of the Arborway Coalition, has sent at least one email a week to what is now a...

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Santander donates funds to Urban Edge

August 26, 2016
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Urban Edge recently received a $35,000 grant from Santander Bank to supplement its Homeowner and Financial Education program, according to a press release. The program offers first-time homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention counseling and student loan counseling. Santander’s funding is through its charitable grant program, which supports initiatives in financial education, neighborhood revitalization, small business...

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Invitacion, Aug. 26, 2016

August 26, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 6 de septiembre para la edición del 9 de septiembre. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC, reunión mensual, martes, 30 ago, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. Abierta al público. Relaciones...

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Jackson Sq. Site III approved

August 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) during its Aug. 11 meeting approved Site III of the Jackson Square redevelopment. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) with their partner The Community Builders (TCB) are the developers for the Site III project. About 11 acres of land in Jackson Square are being redeveloped by a team...

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BRA board approves City Realty’s Washington St. development

August 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board during its Aug. 11 meeting approved the controversial development proposal for 3193 Washington St. City Realty’s plan for a 40-unit development at 3193 Washington St. will now head to the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals, as it needs several variances to be approved. The development at 3193 Washington...

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City releases RFP for Hyde Square art installation

August 26, 2016
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The City recently released a request for proposal (RFP) for an art installation in Hyde Square, according to a press release. The art installation will be implemented as part of a reconstruction of Hyde Square. That reconstruction is a phase of the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects. The project will stretch along Centre Street from...

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HSTF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

August 26, 2016
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HSTF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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BRA releases draft of Plan: JP/Rox

August 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority released a draft copy of the Plan: JP/Rox planning study last month and it incorporates much of what has been discussed in the many community meetings and workshops, including the possibility of having 15-story buildings in some areas of the neighborhood. Plan: JP/Rox is the long-awaited planning study for the...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 26, 2016

August 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 6 for the Sept. 9 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 26, 2016

August 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 6 for the Sept. 9 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events 21st Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain, at Franklin Park Zoo Tropical Forest Pavilion. Sept. 15, 6-9pm. Good food, good fun,...

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Letter: Sidewalk trees are pleasant

August 26, 2016
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As Jamaica Plain residents we are privileged to have some of the city’s best parks right in our neighborhood. And sidewalk trees go a long way toward making the city a more pleasant place to be. A tree that has pushed through the sidewalk has likely been there for a while, and let’s face...

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Letter: Vote no on Questions 2

August 26, 2016
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I have worked for 10 plus years in traditional public schools, charter schools, and the central office of a large urban school district. I have worked in schools in three states. Based on my experience as a teacher, as a student of education policy, and now as a parent, I think that Question 2,...

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Letter: Local elections matter

August 26, 2016
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As the co-chairs of the Jamaica Plain Progressives, we urge our neighbors in JP to support Katie Forde for the Suffolk County Register of Deeds. The reasons to support Katie are both practical and political. As a practical matter, Katie is the only candidate with the needed experience. The registry is critical to anyone buying...

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Op-Ed: National Night Out

August 26, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Recently, I visited neighborhoods across Boston, from Hyde Park to Brighton, from Mattapan to East Boston, for “National Night Out” with members of the Boston Police Department and Commissioner William Evans. We spent time with residents of all ages in nearly every neighborhood, playing games, eating food and ice cream,...

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City ends off-leash Beecher Street dog park

August 12, 2016
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Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) has announced that because of complaints, the Beecher Street Park is no longer to be used as a space for dogs to run off-leash. The site has been used as an unofficial dog park for many years. Meanwhile, Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley wrote a letter to...

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SNA members weigh-in on Plan: JP/Rox study

August 12, 2016
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By Sara Selevitch Special to the Gazette Roughly 25 community members gathered on July 27 at Doyle’s Cafe for a joint Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Stonybrook Neighborhood Association meeting to discuss the first draft of the Plan: JP/Rox study, which seeks to develop the 250 acres between Forest Hills, Egleston Square, and Jackson...

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A NIGHT OF GREAT MUSIC

August 12, 2016
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A NIGHT OF GREAT MUSIC

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Developer revises plan for James’s Gate parking lot; reveals proposal for James’s Gate site

August 12, 2016
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The developer for the project at the former James’s Gate parking lot at 14-16 McBride St. has updated his proposal to include two, three-story townhouses. He has also revealed his plans to build a five-story, mixed-used development at the James’s Gate site. Meanwhile, a cooperative group has formed to attempt to have a community-led...

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Miembros de SNA comentan en el estudio Plan: JP/Rox

August 12, 2016
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De Sara Selevitch Especial a la Gaceta Alrededor de 25 miembros de la comunidad se juntaron el 27 de julio en Doyle’s Café para una reunión de Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) y Stonybrook Neighborhood Association para hablar sobre el primer borrador del estudio Plan: JP/Rox, que busca desarrollar los 250 acres entre Forest Hills,...

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Boston Creates spawns artist funding

August 12, 2016
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Artists in Boston can now apply for grants to help them share their work with the public, continue their professional development, or teach others through a new program, “The Opportunity Fund,” according to a press release. The pilot grant program is a result of the Boston Creates cultural plan, which was unveiled in mid-June....

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3193 Washington St. proposal likely heads to BRA board

August 12, 2016
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City Realty’s 3193 Washington St. development proposal is heading to the Boston Redevelopment Authority board, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. Some residents have voiced opposition to the project, citing its potential impact on gentrification and questioning the reputation of City Realty. The BRA board will review the project during its Aug. 11 meeting, which...

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Former Roxse Homes worker sentenced for taking bribes

August 12, 2016
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A scheme to rent low-income apartments to non-eligible applicants has been discovered, and a Jamaica Plain resident has been sentenced to two years in prison and two years probation, according to a press release. Ismel Morales, 36, of Jamaica Plain, was working as the maintenance technician for Roxse Homes, a subsidized housing development on...

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MFA displays JP students’ art

August 12, 2016
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Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) can now view the work of Jamaica Plain students at a new exhibition of local youth artists called “HOMiE: In Our Eyes,” according to a press release. The works of residents Ada Li, Cameron Jones, and Clara Callahan are on display, as well as 34 other...

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BRA sets second meeting for 76 Stonley Road project

August 12, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host a second meeting for the 76 Stonley Road development on Aug. 16 to review the changes to the proposal, which includes the height of the project being reduced by one floor. Developers John Morrissey and Bryan Austin originally planned a 31-unit, 40,940-square-foot project at 76 Stonley Road. But...

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