First Time Voter

March 11, 2016
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Boston votes for Clinton, Trump in primary election

March 11, 2016
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Boston voters picked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and real estate mogul Donald Trump (Republican) in their parties’ respective presidential primary in Massachusetts on March 1, according to unofficial City results. About 39 percent of Boston voters came out to the polls. Both Trump and Clinton won the state vote for their...

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Proyecto de Goddard House aprobado por la comisión de diseño de la Ciudad, busca la aprobación de BRA

March 11, 2016
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La comisión de diseño cívico de Boston (BCDC) recientemente aprobó el proyecto de Goddard House, lo cual buscará la aprobación de BRA durante su reunión mensual el 17 de marzo. La portavoz de BRA Nick Martin dijo, “Creemos que el proyecto está bien”, pero que BRA tendrá otra reunión de su grupo de consejo...

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Affordable housing, eviction, and CPA discussed during housing meeting

March 11, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) held a State of Our Neighborhood pre-meeting on March 3 at the Ana M. Cole Community Center to discuss housing in the neighborhood and city. About 20 people attended the meeting. A panel discussed three housing initiatives to tackle the current housing crisis in Jamaica Plain and...

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MBTA board approves fare hikes

March 11, 2016
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The MBTA fiscal and management control board on March 7 approved system-wide fare hikes that amount to an average 9.3 percent increase that will go into effect July 1, according to a press release. The board vote means: Bus Pass increases to $55, while a LinkPass goes to $84.50 Outer Express Bus at existing...

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Neighborhood association appeals ISD decision on Bicon’s occupancy permit

March 11, 2016
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FOREST HILLS—The Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association has filed an appeal of the Inspectional Services Department’s (ISD) decision not to revoke the occupancy permit for Bicon Dental Implants. The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the appeal on March 22. Bicon, a 501 Arborway company, has stirred controversy in the area by demolishing a...

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Executive order to bolster female and minority entrepreneurs

March 11, 2016
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Minority and women business owners in Boston should now be granted more fair and equitable opportunities when competing for City contracts due to Mayor Martin Walsh’s new executive order, according to a press release. The order was announced last week with the City of Boston Economic Inclusion and Equity Agenda, which focuses on programs,...

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Goddard House project approved by City’s design commission, likely headed to BRA board this month

March 11, 2016
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The Goddard House project was recently approved by the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) and will likely go before the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board during its monthly meeting on March 17. BRA spokesperson Nick Martin said, “We feel that the project is in a good place,” and that the BRA will host another...

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Invitacion, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 22 mar para la edición del 25 mar. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión comunitaria sobre el medio ambiente cambiante de Boston, presentada por Boston Harbor Association, sábado, 12 mar, 1pm, English...

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Senior Life: JP@Home and City Feed host senior event

March 11, 2016
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Senior Life: JP@Home and City Feed host senior event

Ethos and City Feed and Supply co-hosted an event at the latter’s location at 672 Centre St. on March 4 to celebrate seniors and raise awareness for the JP@Home program, according to a press release. Meanwhile, because of its success, JP@Home is opening membership to residents outside of Jamaica Plain to include the contiguous...

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Senior Life: 125 Amory St. project to begin BRA process this summer

March 11, 2016
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Senior Life: 125 Amory St. project to begin BRA process this summer

The redevelopment project for 125 Amory St., a public housing development for seniors and people with disabilities, will go through a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) permitting process that will start sometime this summer, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) spokesperson Lori Nelson. The BHA awarded the redevelopment project to The Community Builders, Jamaica Plain...

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O’Malley’s ‘Puppy Mill Bill’ approved

March 11, 2016
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The City Council on March 2 unanimously passed Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s ordinance nicknamed the “Puppy Mill Bill,” which will ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in Boston, according to a press release. Mayor Martin Walsh signed the ordinance later that day. O’Malley announced the bill last...

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Obituary: Rozzie resident George Ulrich, who had close ties to JP, dies

March 11, 2016
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Obituary: Rozzie resident George Ulrich, who had close ties to JP, dies

Roslindale resident George Ulrich, who had close ties to Jamaica Plain and was a devoted father and husband, passionate bicyclist, jazz musician, computer programmer, and dear friend to many, died on Feb. 23 at age 63 from a rare form of cancer. George was born Sept. 17, 1952 to Dr. Sanford and Saretta Ulrich,...

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Sights and Sounds, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Mar. 22 for the Mar. 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Laughing Liberally Boston, a monthly progressive political comedy show, Sat. Mar. 12, 8pm, $8, The Riot Theater, 146a South St....

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Holding Vigil

March 11, 2016
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STAR STRUCK

March 11, 2016
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STAR STRUCK

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JP Agenda, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 22 for the Mar. 25 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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An Open Letter from Jamaica Plain clergy on Black Lives Matter

March 11, 2016
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We love Jamaica Plain. Nowhere else in Boston is there such a diverse mix of peoples and cultures so close together. The community we share is, for us, a little taste of Eden in America, to invoke the old 19th century appellation for our neighborhood. But as people of faith, we are not blind...

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Letter: Mental health

March 11, 2016
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I recently read a letter to the editor on these pages in which the writer stated she opposed the criminalization of mental health. The writer states she is a graduate social work student and states there has been “a growing number of people with mental illness in our jails and prisons since deinstitutionalization took...

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Letter: Destruction of Jamaica Pond wall

March 11, 2016
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On Feb. 16, a DCR work crew demolished a section of historic Jamaica Pond stone retaining wall to drain backed up rainwater from Frances Parkman Drive. To date, there has been no explanation, apology, or repair. This confirms, if more evidence were needed, that DCR cannot be trusted to conserve our community’s historic resources....

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Letter: Be honest, Mayor Walsh: What are your plans?

March 11, 2016
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The recent proposed budget cuts in the Boston Public Schools, and the subsequent articles and interviews that followed only underscore what a disservice we, as a city, are doing to our children. Mayor Martin Walsh has indicated that the school department has a bloated budget. The school department, he reasoned, needs to become more...

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Unanimous disapproval at MBTA fare hike meeting

February 26, 2016
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There was unanimous disapproval from community members and elected officials to the MBTA proposal to raise fares during a Feb. 10 meeting. Dozens of attendees shared their concerns about the potential fare increase. Nobody at the meeting supported any fare raise. About 50 people attended the meeting at the Roxbury Community College In efforts...

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

February 26, 2016
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BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Residents mostly supportive of 35 S. Huntington Ave. proposal

February 26, 2016
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By Josie Grove Special to the Gazette Most attendees at a Feb. 9 meeting on the mixed-use development proposal for 35 S. Huntington Ave. were supportive, but some questioned whether Jamaica Plain neighborhood groups should be able to weigh-in on the project. About 20 people attended the meeting at the Parker Hill Branch Library....

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