DA Conley delivers $3,000 to JP Latino youth groups

March 28, 2014
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DA Conley delivers $3,000 to JP Latino youth groups

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley on Feb. 25 delivered thousands of dollars in seized drug money to two Boston non-profit groups that help the city’s Latino youth stay away from drugs, gangs, and risky behavior. As part of his annual Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program, Conley visited Casa Nueva Vida in Jamaica Plain...

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Conley entrega $8,000 a grupos de juventud Latinos

March 28, 2014
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Conley entrega $8,000 a grupos de juventud Latinos

El Fiscal del Condado de Suffolk Daniel Conley mes pasado hizo entrega de miles de dólares en dinero de droga incautado, a dos organizaciones sin fines de lucro de Boston cuales ayudan a los jóvenes de la ciudad a mantenerse alejados de las drogas, gangas y comportamiento  arriesgado. Como parte de su Programa Anual...

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Ban Chiang House gets new owners

March 28, 2014
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JP CENTER—Ban Chiang House, a Thai restaurant at 707 Centre St., is temporarily closed while it changes ownership. New owners Napat Sriwannavit and Phunthip Sittijirachote are in the process of seeking a transfer of the restaurant’s liquor license. Sriwannavit and Sittijirachote also co-own Pho & I House of Noodle and Rice in the Fenway/Symphony...

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On the Police Beat, March 10-23, 2014

March 28, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. March 23: Jorge Landaverde charged with assault and battery, 3234 Washington St.; assault and battery, 132 Williams St.;...

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Invitación, March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 8 de abril para la publicación del 11 de abril. Manda a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC Zoning Committee, 1 abril, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., agenda incluye: el traslado de licencia de...

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Editorial: Another Arborway Yard surprise

March 28, 2014
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Here we go again with another Arborway Yard surprise. The MBTA’s roundabout confession to the Gazette that it is about to start “site preparation,” including a major demolition, is the latest unnecessarily confusing and surprising step in 15 years of tinkering with this crucial public transit facility. The goals here should be simple. The...

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Editorial: Farewell to a JP behind-the-scenes star

March 28, 2014
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Commercial landlords are rarely lauded. When things go well, they tend to be invisible, and we may only hear their names when things go wrong. Yet they shape our neighborhoods behind the scenes. In JP, some particularly committed landlords are part of the reason off-beat, indie businesses continue to thrive. Stavros Frantzis, a JP...

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Obituary: Stavros Frantzis, JP developer and art collector

March 28, 2014
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Obituary: Stavros Frantzis, JP developer and art collector

Stavros Socrates Frantzis of Jamaica Plain, 72, passed away on March 15, 2014 after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Doris Charry Frantzis, the beloved father of Renzo Miranda of Jamaica Plain and Socrates Frantzis of California and beloved brother of Kostas and sister Anthi. Born and raised in Mytilini, Greece,...

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State rep. to lead AIDS Action Committee

March 25, 2014
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State rep. to lead AIDS Action Committee

State Rep. Carl Sciortino will be the new executive director of Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and will resign from office April 4 to take the job, the nonprofit announced today. Sciortino is openly gay and is living with HIV, he said in a press release. He takes over for Rebecca Haag,...

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Obituary: Stavros Frantzis, JP developer and art collector

March 17, 2014
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Obituary: Stavros Frantzis, JP developer and art collector

Stavros Socrates Frantzis of Jamaica Plain, 72, passed away on March 15, 2014 after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Doris Charry Frantzis, the beloved father of Renzo Miranda of Jamaica Plain and Socrates Frantzis of California and beloved brother of Kostas and sister Anthi. Born and raised in Mytilini, Greece,...

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JP leaders react to Menino cancer news

March 15, 2014
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JP leaders react to Menino cancer news

Former Mayor Thomas Menino is being treated for “advanced” cancer, the Boston Globe reported tonight, triggering early words of shock and support from local leaders. “I’m in shellshock right now,” said state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, a Jamaica Plain resident who long worked for Menino, starting in the mid-1990s. “One thing I know about him...

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Zoo plans ‘major project’

March 14, 2014
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Franklin Park Zoo will announce a new “major project” at a March 17 press conference slated to include Mayor Martin Walsh, according to a press release and a zoo publicist. Zoo New England, which operates Franklin Park Zoo and Stoneham’s Stone Zoo, declined to give advance details about the project. The press release describes...

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Gov. candidate Berwick aims to create community

March 14, 2014
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Gov. candidate Berwick aims to create community

Don Berwick, a Democratic candidate for governor, grew up in a small town in Connecticut called Moodus, where he said he learned the value of looking out for each other. Berwick said he wants to bring that philosophy to the Governor’s Office. “We were in it together,” Berwick said about his childhood in Moodus....

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Taking Action

March 14, 2014
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Taking Action

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Sale of Blessed Sacrament Church finalized

March 14, 2014
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The sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from the Church Square Partners to the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) was finalized Feb. 28. HSTF had entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the church building in early July 2013 from the Church Square Partners, which is a partnership...

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8 units planned to replace historic house

March 14, 2014
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8 units planned to replace historic house

By Kate Sosin/Special to the Gazette FOREST HILLS—The house occupies the biggest lot on the on the block, and residents say it is part of a patchwork of the neighborhood’s history. But the 115-year-old Victorian at 57 Wachusett St. is facing demolition in a plan to replace it with eight townhomes in three new...

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Venta de Blessed Sacrament Church finalizada

March 14, 2014
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La venta del edificio del antiguo Blessed Sacrament Church en 365 Centre St. fue finalizada. Church Square Partners vendió el edificio a Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF). A principios de julio de 2013, HSTF había concertado un contracto de compraventa para comprar el edificio de Church Square Partners, una asociación entre Jamaica Plain Neighborhood...

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Drug lab report: 1 ‘bad actor,’ many bad mistakes

March 14, 2014
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff A 15-month investigation by state Inspector General Glenn Cunha has found that former chemist Annie Dookhan acted alone in the state drug lab scandal of 2012, according to a final report issued March 4. While calling Dookhan the “sole bad actor” at the troubled drug lab, the...

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101 Brookley Road permits rejected

March 14, 2014
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STONYBROOK—Permits for a planned 36 condo units in 12 three-family buildings at the long-vacant lot at 101 Brookley Road were rejected by the city Inspectional Services Department (ISD) last month. Yan Schecter, manager of Buildex Real Estate Ventures LLC, the lot’s owner, has already subdivided the large property into 12 parcels and plans to...

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Pole yard move forced by stalled T garage plan

March 14, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff FOREST HILLS—A City pole yard next to the MBTA’s Arborway Yard is moving as part of an old agreement to build a new bus maintenance facility there—even though that project is stalled and unfunded. As the Gazette previously reported, the City last month advertised for bids to...

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Affordability questioned as next Jackson Sq. project gears up

March 14, 2014
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Affordability questioned as next Jackson Sq. project gears up

As “Site III” of the Jackson Square redevelopment project gears up, residents are concerned about the issue of affordability and what it means for the neighborhood. About 35 people attended a community meeting about the project at the Julia Martin House at the Bromley-Heath housing development on March 5. Site III is vacant land...

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Bird Surgery

March 14, 2014
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Bird Surgery

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Sights and Sounds, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 25 for the March 28 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Pond Vernal Equinox Celebration, park walk featuring readings by JP poet Sandra Storey and JP philosopher Roger Gottlieb, and...

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Gun Education

March 14, 2014
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Gun Education

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