Grass Fed at Forest Hills closes

February 24, 2017
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Grass Fed’s second location at Forest Hills was shortly lived, and closed suddenly on Jan. 8. It had opened in 2016. Krista Kranyak Chalfin, the owner, said she sold the Forest Hills location because it was too close to the Centre Street location. The other Grass Fed is located about a mile away, at...

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City announces funding for affordable housing, including two JP projects

February 24, 2017
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The City announced on Feb. 14 about $22 million in funding for ten affordable housing developments across Boston, including two proposed developments in Jamaica Plain, according to a press release. The two projects are the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s 25 Amory St. project, which calls for a four-story building with 44 affordable units,...

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JP Observer: Election system problems at the root of Trump’s ‘win’

February 24, 2017
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Since Donald Trump was inaugurated just over a month ago, Jamaica Plain residents are joining people around the country to take action against his appointments and his almost daily controversial actions. Unfortunately, in addition to tackling his outlandish behavior, people who are concerned need to battle the convoluted process that put Trump in the...

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JP Agenda, Feb. 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 7 for the Mar. 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. 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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Mayor Walsh announces promotion of JP resident at BPS

February 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette At a Feb. 10 press conference, Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang announced the promotion of Dr. Makeeba McCreary of Jamaica Plain to the role of managing director and senior advisor of external affairs for BPS. In her new position, McCreary will...

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Youths rally for Jackson Square Rec Center

February 24, 2017
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On Valentine’s Day, Jamaica Plain youth rallied for love—love in terms of community resources, that is. Members of the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) and local elected officials rallied at the Hyde Square Task Force Youth Development Center on Feb. 14 to advocate for the long-awaited Jackson Square Recreation Center to be built and...

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Proposed development for 1785 Columbus Ave.

February 24, 2017
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A 139,200-square-foot office building is being proposed for 1785 Columbus Ave. on the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury border. The developer is Horizons Watermark LLC, which is a joint venture between Horizons for Homeless Children and Watermark Development Inc. Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children. The site...

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City Council re-establishes Special Committee on Civil Rights

February 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette The City Council voted unanimously to re-establish the Special Committee on Civil Rights at a hearing on Feb. 8. Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley will sit on the committee. City Councilor Josh Zakim of District 8 will chair the special committee. He has previously chaired the...

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BPDA board vote on Plan: JP/Rox delayed

February 24, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board vote was delayed until March 2 after the board’s original meeting on Feb. 9 was canceled because of weather. The BPDA board will review the plan and will likely approve it. The BPDA staff only submits material to the board when they consider the plans ready...

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The Last Streetcar to Arborway, part III

February 24, 2017
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By Franklyn P. Salimbene Salimbene, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident who is a board member of the Arborway Committee for Public transit, Inc and a senior lecturer in law at Bentley University, recently penned a personal reminiscence of the last run of the Arborway streetcar. Below is the third part of the story. Having...

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Invitacion, Feb. 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 7 marzo para la edición del 10 marzo. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, a menos que haya otro código. Reuniones Comité de zonificación de JPNDC, reuniones, 1 mar, 15 mar, 5 abr, 7pm,...

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HSTF self-declared safe haven

February 24, 2017
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Celina Miranda, the executive director of Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), wrote a newsletter encouraging continued advocacy and declaring the organization a safe haven for youth and families impacted by recent political events. “Like many of you, we at Hyde Square Task Force are very concerned about the current political climate and the future...

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PROUD WINNERS

February 24, 2017
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PROUD WINNERS

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Mar. 7 for the Mar. 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events          Frederick Law Olmsted’s 195th Birthday, April 26, 6-8pm. First Church Unitarian Universalist Jamaica Plain, Eliot and Centre Streets. Wheelchair...

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HEALTHY EATING

February 24, 2017
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HEALTHY EATING

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Op-Ed: Malia’s legislative priorities

February 24, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia Last month marked the official start of the 190th legislative session. Members of the Massachusetts legislature filed over 5,000 bills, and over the next two years, the House and Senate will review each bill to determine if it should become law. The legislative session begins when elected officials...

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MODULAR BUILDING

February 24, 2017
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MODULAR BUILDING

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Op-Ed: How we’re making Boston’s streets safer

February 24, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh In January, the busy streets of Boston became safer. As we dig out from this month’s snowstorms and prepare for spring, I want to remind drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians about our City’s newest initiative to make our streets safer: reducing the speed limit on streets in Boston from 30 miles...

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Neighbors of Bicon Dental sue over company’s occupancy permit

February 24, 2017
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FOREST HILLS—The long battle between Bicon Dental Implants and its neighbors is continuing, as the Gazette has learned that members of the Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association has a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against the Bicon’s property-owning branch, Debbie LLC, and the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) over Bicon’s occupancy permit. The defendants...

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Letters:

February 24, 2017
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Space savers anarchy At a press conference on Feb. 10 Mayor Walsh declared that threats posted on space-savers would cause the savers to be confiscated. “I just made up that rule right now!” he added. The next morning my neighbor asked if I had security cameras, since overnight her tires had been flattened. The...

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Plan: JP/Rox study heads to BPDA board; opposition remains

February 10, 2017
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The Plan: JP/Rox study is slated to go before the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its next meeting, but neighborhood groups continue to draw issues with the current proposal. The BPDA board will review the plan during its March 2 meeting and will likely approve it. The BPDA staff only submits...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee unanimously approves affordable development

February 10, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee unanimously voted on Feb. 1 to approve Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)’s plan to construct a 100 percent affordable development in Jackson Square at 25 Amory St. The property at 25 Amory Street will be one of two buildings developed along the northern portion of...

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GRAND REOPENING

February 10, 2017
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GRAND REOPENING

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City requests 151 new liquor licenses from state leaders

February 10, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Special to the Gazette   Putting last year’s low-level feud over control of liquor licenses for Boston in the past, Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston state delegation are looking this year to cooperate in releasing more than 150 new liquor licenses over three years in creative ways – a way...

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