Editorial: Review Bicon—and ISD

April 10, 2015
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Thank you to City Councilor Ayanna Pressley for calling out Bicon Dental Implants for its apparent straw purchase of a house against the owners’ wishes, and for calling for further review of its planned expansion. We will add that ISD’s treatment of Bicon should be watched just as closely. Bicon appears to have a...

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Editorial: JP’s Olympic answers

April 10, 2015
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That Boston 2024 chose to sort-of apologize for its disrespectful charade of a Franklin Park meeting, not locally, but in a friendly Boston Globe article is typical of its cluelessness. That Boston 2024 has done nothing to change its process—if anything, it has become even more secretive—is no surprise. Capping this is Boston 2024...

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Letter: Post office change process is disrespectful to all

April 10, 2015
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The United States Postal Service apparently intends to close our JP post office. (“Post office running short on time for move decision,” March 13.) We and our neighbors have made many efforts to get a straight story as to the reason and plan. One of us spoke to Postal Service spokesperson, Maureen, who stated...

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Girls basketball team grows together

April 10, 2015
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Girls basketball team grows together

Five years after joining a co-ed kids basketball league, and seeing it bloom into a thriving girls-only league, members and parents of Curtis Hall’s Girls’ Basketball Division are now angling to expand. The girls league, for ages 8 to 12, split off from the co-ed kids league about two years ago when “the girls...

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BRIC says it ‘purged’ Occupy Boston spy files

March 27, 2015
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A Boston Police spy agency destroyed all of its controversial surveillance files of the Occupy Boston movement two years ago, it revealed in response to a Gazette public records request. That may come as a relief to civil liberties organizations that criticized the Boston Regional Intelligence Center’s apparently illegal surveillance of lawful protests and...

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Peace Garden Cleanup

March 27, 2015
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Peace Garden Cleanup

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Sexual abuse alleged at Italian Home in ’80s

March 27, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain-based Italian Home for Children is facing an allegation that its former chief financial officer—George P. Forte Jr.—sexually abused a boy there during the early 1980s. The claim was made last month by lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, a famed advocate of Catholic Church sexual abuse survivors, on behalf of the unnamed alleged victim...

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The return of Dianne Wilkerson

March 27, 2015
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The return of Dianne Wilkerson

Of all of the twists and turns of Boston’s Olympics bid, perhaps the most surprising is the public reappearance of Dianne Wilkerson. JP’s former state senator’s last public activities here were in 2008, when her reelection attempt collapsed with her FBI arrest for taking bribes. After her release from federal prison in 2013, she...

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Alcalde promete arreglar los parques, pero sin dar detalles

March 27, 2015
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Alcalde promete arreglar los parques, pero sin dar detalles

Hablando con periodistas en una mesa redonda el 11 de marzo en el ayuntamiento, el Alcalde Martin Walsh dijo que después de las Olimpiadas, Franklin Park sería renovado de estilo vanguardista en una oportunidad rara. Pero, aunque simpatiza con la gente que tiene preguntas sin respuestas—gente que incluye la coalición de Franklin Park—el alcalde...

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Community Academy dodges closure

March 27, 2015
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The Community Academy school may dodge closure thanks to an updated Boston Public School (BPS) budget proposal created by the school’s community. The small, alternative public high school that serves students who have struggled in traditional classrooms was pegged for closure in a recent BPS plan. At a March 19 BPS budget hearing, BPS...

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JP’s Freedman leaves bike czar job

March 27, 2015
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Nicole Freedman, a Jamaica Plain resident, is leaving her post as director of the City’s Boston Bikes program to take a transportation position with the City of Seattle, according to an email blast from her. Her last day is today, March 27. Freedman, who is a former Olympic cyclist, became the director of the...

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JP groups to host inequality forum

March 27, 2015
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Several neighborhood organizations, including JP Progressives and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), are co-sponsoring a forum on inequality that will take place April 9, according to a press release. The other co-sponsors of the event, which will be moderated by DigBoston news editor and former Gazette columnist Chris Faraone, are Jobs with...

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Mayor echoes Olympic park fix-up promises, but no new details

March 27, 2015
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Mayor echoes Olympic park fix-up promises, but no new details

Mayor Martin Walsh said that a post-Olympics Franklin Park would be renovated to the “state of the art” in a rare fix-up opportunity, speaking to reporters at a March 11 roundtable at City Hall. But, while saying he sympathizes with people who have unanswered questions—which includes the Franklin Park Coalition—the mayor provided no new...

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JP Observer: Thaw reveals more work to be done

March 27, 2015
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A new exercise program is being launched here this spring. Jamaica Plain resident Vivienne Frachtenberg called me last week to ask if I want to participate. She said it’s called “Walk and Bend,” and she started the program several days earlier. I confess I didn’t get the joke until she told me the equipment...

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JP groups win art grants

March 27, 2015
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More than two-dozen JP organizations and institutions supporting arts and culture won grants from the Boston Cultural Council (BCC), totaling over $57,000. The BCC awarded over $303,000 to 137 organizations in total out of 151 applicants. The 26 JP-area local organizations are: 826 Boston, Asian American Resource Workshop, BalletRox, Boston Cyberarts, Castle of Our...

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Digital copy of Loring-Greenough House created

March 27, 2015
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Digital copy of Loring-Greenough House created

MONUMENT SQ.—The Loring-Greenough House has been scanned and digitized into hologram-style 3-D images to document its historic details. The scan was performed by Feldman Land Surveyors, the same company that recently created a similar digital version of the historic Curley House on the Jamaicaway. “The scan is both a preservation tool and will...

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Curley Exhibit

March 27, 2015
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Curley Exhibit

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Sights and Sounds, March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., April 7 for the April 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Music Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society fundraising concert, $10 donation, to benefit JP Branch Library, Sat., April 11, 7pm, JP BPL,...

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JP Agenda, March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., April 7 for the April 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings BRA urban renewal extension, intro to request to extend special planning districts, including in Jackson and Egleston Squares,Tues., March 31, 6pm,...

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Real Estate Today: Height vs. affordability trade-off at 3200 Washington

March 27, 2015
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The developers of 3200 Washington St. said at an Impact Advisory Group (IAG) group this week that sacrificing the building’s height would also cause a drop in affordably priced units. During an IAG meeting on March 23 at the District E-13 Police Station, a member of the development team said that maintaining a height...

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Real Estate Today: Real estate market rebounding from snowy winter

March 27, 2015
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The most expensive home sold between March 11 and March 18 was this three-family home at 43 Parkton Road, which went for $1.2 million. (Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley)

The real estate market in Jamaica Plain took a hit along with the rest of the economy during the recent record snowfall, but it is rebounding strong as the region enters into spring, according to local real estate agents. Roger Rodriquez of Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty on Centre Street said “sales took a big...

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Real Estate Today: Excavation begins at 101 Brookley

March 27, 2015
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Real Estate Today: Excavation begins at 101 Brookley

STONYBROOK—Work has begun at the site planned for dozen triple-deckers on a long-vacant lot at 101 Brookley Road, though the City tells the Gazette that it is unclear whether work is authorized. Yan Schecter, manager of Buildex Real Estate Ventures LLC, the lot’s owner, has already subdivided the large property into 12 parcels and...

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Real Estate Today: BRA seeks public input on ‘urban renewal’ plans

March 27, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is seeking approval to keep alive its “urban renewal” plans and powers that cover large sections of the city, including parts of Jackson and Egleston Squares. Re-approval is required every 10 years, and usually has been done in secrecy and mystery—including last time around, when the BRA orchestrated secret Boston...

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Real Estate Today: Developers release plan for City-owned land

March 27, 2015
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Two local community development corporations released their proposal earlier this month to build a four-story, $15 million affordable rental development at City-owned land formed by the triangle of Heath, New Heath and Bromley streets, according to project documents. The project, which is being proposed by the team of Back of the Hill Community Development...

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