JP activists hold anti-Olympics protest meeting

November 25, 2014
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JP activists held a meeting last night to organize protests against Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid, drawing more than 50 people. The meeting was triggered by Gazette reports that the bid includes Franklin Park, a choice made without public input. It was the city’s first community meeting of any kind about the Olympic bid. An...

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Local activists to host anti-Olympics meeting Monday

November 21, 2014
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Local activists will hold a public meeting on Monday for those interested in opposing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, which proposes using Franklin Park for horse and pentathlon events. Organized by veterans of such movements as Black Lives Matter and Occupy Boston, the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov....

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Car lot redevelopment approved

November 21, 2014
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An illustration of the new building planned at Washington and McBride streets. (Courtesy Image)

STONYBROOK—A massive mixed-use development of the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company on Washington Street was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week. The project at 3521-3529 Washington St. will include a four- to five-story multi-use building at the corner of Washington and McBride streets. The ground floor is planned to...

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JP minister trains Ferguson protesters

November 21, 2014
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JP minister trains Ferguson protesters

A Jamaica Plain minister has been training protesters in non-violent civil disobedience in Ferguson, Mo., in preparation for the grand jury decision on whether to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, three months ago. “I’ve been heartened by a new generation of young leaders… disappointed in our...

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Franklin Park added to Olympics bid without local input

November 21, 2014
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Franklin Park has been added to the venue list for Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid without any public input or notice. The plan—created by a private committee called Boston 2024—proposes building equestrian event facilities in the park, and rebuilding White Stadium to host the pentathlon. While the plan could change, the bidding process begins...

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Baroque Master

November 21, 2014
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Baroque Master

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Aprueban la renovación de lote vacío

November 21, 2014
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STONYBROOK— La renovación de un departamento inmenso multiuso antiguamente de Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company en Washington Street fue aprobado por el Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) la semana pasada. El proyecto en 3521-3529 Washington St. incluirá un edificio multiuso de cuatro o cinco pisos en la esquina de las calles Washington y McBride....

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BRA: Washington St. development needs more work

November 21, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has told the developer of a project along Washington and Green streets to go back to the “drawing board” in the face of community concerns. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four commercial spaces,...

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Arsonist now blamed for entire JP fire spree

November 21, 2014
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A Dorchester arsonist currently in federal prison for setting four fires, including one in Jamaica Plain, is now blamed by investigators for an entire nine-blaze arson spree that terrorized JP from 2005 to 2009. That allegedly includes the notorious—and long unsolved—2005 firebombing of Hyde Square’s popular El Oriental de Cuba restaurant, a crime that...

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Casey demo to begin this winter

November 21, 2014
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Demolition and construction on the Casey Arborway project is expected to begin this winter, following the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) vote to approve Barletta Heavy Division Corp.’s bid for the $60 million project. The “Notice To Proceed,” a document that is issued after the contractor’s plan is approved, will likely be issued in...

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Musical Party

November 21, 2014
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Musical Party

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JP Observer: Two for T: JP needs better service from The Ride and 38 bus

November 21, 2014
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The Ride less taken A local woman noticed that the driver of a familiar looking car labeled “The Ride” had been honking for awhile this past August, so she went out that afternoon to check. The Ride, according to its operator, the MBTA, “provides door-to-door, shared ride transportation to eligible people who cannot use...

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JP poet publishes collection

November 21, 2014
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JP poet publishes collection

Jamaica Pond Poets member and Gazette columnist Sandra Storey published her first collection of poems this month. The 114-page book, titled “Every State Has Its Own Light,” welcomes interactive interpretations, Storey said. “I invite people to join the creative process by writing the name of a state, geographical or otherwise, and describing its light...

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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

November 21, 2014
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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

Caffè Nero, a U.K.-based coffee franchise opening a location on Centre Street, has committed to to a “Good Community Business” agreement with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, according to Michael Reiskind of the JPNC and the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association. The agreement states that Caffè Nero will: participate in local JP businesses groups,...

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JPNDC brainstorms for affordable Heath St. project

November 21, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Community members helped to brainstorm ideas for an affordable rental housing project proposed for 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street at a Nov. 12 meeting organized by two nonprofit developers. The Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) will bid on 10 City-owned...

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Ex-councilor Tobin tells Menino anecdotes

November 21, 2014
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Following former Mayor Thomas Menino’s death on Oct. 30, former City Councilor John Tobin, now a Northeastern University vice president for community relations, posted several personal anecdotes about Menino on his Facebook page. Tobin represented Jamaica Plain on the City Council from 2002 to 2010 and got to know Menino well. His detailed, often...

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Driver in Arborway crash heads to trial

November 21, 2014
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Nikolas Papadopoulos, a 19-year-old West Roxbury resident who caused a two-vehicle crash on the Arborway last year that sent six people to the hospital, will go to trial in March to face a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. The trial will be...

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JP Agenda, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 2 for the Dec. 5 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, room 801. Tues., Nov. 25, 9:30am: 54-56 Iffley Road (construction of new mud room), 222-224...

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Soccer MVP

November 21, 2014
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Soccer MVP

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Sights and Sounds, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 18 for the Nov. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Showa Japanese culture festival, Sun., Nov. 23, 1-5pm, 420 Pond St. Info: showaboston.org. Bromley-Heath Fall Festival, hosted by state Rep....

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BLC director among 8 City managers forced out

November 21, 2014
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The City has ended the employment of eight high-ranking managers, including Boston Landmarks Commission Executive Director (BLC) Ellen Lipsey, a Jamaica Plain resident, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson Kate Norton. The Boston Globe first reported the action. “As with any administration, there are a number of staff changes that take place at various points....

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Thanksgiving Football

November 21, 2014
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Thanksgiving Football

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Holidays in JP: Holiday tree-lightings in JP slated for Dec. 6

November 21, 2014
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Two holiday tree-lightings featuring Mayor Martin Walsh will take place in Jamaica Plain on Sat., Dec. 6, according to a City document provided to the Gazette by the Mayor’s Office. The events are being billed as part of the “Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting,” featuring music, treats and a visit from Santa....

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Holidays in JP: A Thanksgiving wine suggestion from JP’s Blanchards

November 21, 2014
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Holidays in JP: A Thanksgiving wine suggestion from JP’s Blanchards

Looking for the perfect wine to complement your Thanksgiving dinner? John Paul Kaminga, the wine manager at Jamaica Plain’s Blanchards Wines & Spirits, suggested bringing a lambrusco wine to Thanksgiving dinner this year. “It’s a bubbly, red Italian. It can vary from very, very sweet to bone dry. It’s a very refreshing wine,” he...

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